September 26th, 2015

Her Whimsical Self

Artist: Iris Fritschi Cussens, United Kingdom Artist Statement: I always draw & paint faces. Faces tell a story; to me there is no part of the body that is as interesting as the face. There is so much to express, so much to learn and often the faces surprise me, as if they had a […]

July 15th, 2015

Painting with Crayons

Artist: Ellen Ward, United States Artist Statement: This summer I have been experimenting, trying to find a way to get painterly effects with drawing tools. Ideally I could be painting with oils or using traditional pastels, but I want to avoid toxicity, dust, and fumes. After some initial frustration, a method that allows for both […]

June 18th, 2015

An Invitation to the Underwater World

Artist: Peggy Rustler, Germany Artist Statement: The French artist Mona Fontina announces a painting challenge every month with changing themes. This time it was the underwater world. I searched for a nice picture from our visits to sea life displays in zoos and parks. The seahorse caught my attention and I thought, it must be […]

June 8th, 2015

Urban Sketching Tutorial

Artist: Laura Sfiat, United States Artist Statement: I recently gave a workshop at the local Urban Sketchers chapter in Boston. I had prepared some handouts on my 20-minute technique for urban renderings. Here below, is the process from beginning to end including the color wash.

The event was very well attended and I was quite […]

May 14th, 2015

Watercolor vs. Gouache

WATERCOLOR VS. GOUACHE This is an excellent short video explaining the different properties of watercolor and gouache and which wet media techniques are suitable for each.

via Plaza Artist Materials

May 14th, 2015

Testing Winsor & Newton Watercolor Markers

Thank you Wes Douglas for this comprehensive report on your test of the new Winsor & Newton watercolor markers on Stillman & Birn sketchbooks.

MEDIA: Watercolor Markers SURFACE: Delta Series – Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – Ivory – Cold Press Finish

May 6th, 2015

View of Manhattan Bridge from Dumbo

Artist: Adrian Rosario [ @lioninc_ ] Artist Statement: I feel like drawing is a simple task: just put a pencil on a paper and try to make sense of an image. I start by sketching and trying to fit everything and make the proportions I want to accomplish. Then I add detail, still sketching with […]

April 23rd, 2015

Drawing Through Tears

Washington Post graphics editor and sketch journalist Richard Johnson has published a compelling narrative about documenting the penalty phase of the Tsarnaev trial. The professional discipline required to report on such a story comes at a great emotional cost. Sitting in the back of the courtroom, Johnson complains about being forced to use binoculars at […]

April 19th, 2015

Watercolor Study and Final Painting

Artist: Dorrie Rifkin, United States Artist Statement: How many of you artists out there were taught to do a study prior to painting? And how many of you just want to skip this step and dive into the painting? Well, I would like to say, for the record, to all those teachers: You were right! […]

April 12th, 2015

24-Color “Full Spectrum” Paint Box

Canadian watercolorist and Urban Sketcher Marc Taro Holmes shares his “full spectrum” watercolor palette and explains why he upgraded to a larger size paint box. [This is ] “…a quick shot of my ‘large’ paint box. Not really that large – only 5×8″ when open. But twice as many colors as my previous 3×5″ bijoux […]

March 12th, 2015

Freehand Sketching

Larry Marshall has written a great review about a book that will be of interest to most artists.