Artist's Drawing and Inspiration4 min read
Sam Has A Bird Bath
When you are beginning a drawing you need to choose a subject which excites your interest and preferably one which challenges you. I especially enjoy drawing kids in action, or totally involved in an activity, or just being still and wondering. The r
Artist's Drawing and Inspiration1 min read
Artist S Hints And Tips
• Keep your pencils sharp. I use 180 garnet paper to grind a tip, then 800 wet-and-dry to polish it. I carve the wood away with a penknife. A long sharp stem of graphite is much easier to achieve detail with. • Blending stumps are great for giving sh
Artist's Drawing and Inspiration4 min read
From Calligrapher to Wildlife Artist
I was born in Brisbane and have spent a large part of my life here. The sub-tropical climate makes it easy to be outside, consequently I constantly have my camera at the ready. I have travelled extensively throughout our wonderful country from the ou
Artist's Drawing and Inspiration23 min read
Easels Made Easy Contributed
Winsor & Newton provides a selection of top quality easels that offer a solution to any painting environment whether it be at home, the studio, in school, or outdoors. Choosing an easel is an important decision for an artist. The choice will vary acc
Artist's Drawing and Inspiration3 min read
Aussie Icons The Laughing Kookaburra
Firstly I applied a very pale blue soft pastel (gently rubbed in with my finger) to the background immediately around the birds and the very small foliage. This allows the detailed edges to remain clear when colour is applied, I find this method mean
Artist's Drawing and Inspiration3 min read
My Love For Modern Art
I’ve been painting all my life. I can remember as a child in the 1980s my father bringing home reams of used computer paper which I drew on to my heart’s content. One of the greatest things about being a kid is that you do things without thinking and
Artist's Drawing and Inspiration2 min read
Artist S Hints And Tips
• I am sure you all have heard this before, a reminder never goes astray. It is very important to get your drawing as accurate as you can, because putting colour on an imperfect drawing will not make it better. • Practice, practice, practice and your
Artist's Drawing and Inspiration3 min read
Two Spirits on Mars
The painting I have chosen is called Two Spirits on Mars. As I mentioned in my profile, I am quite spiritual. The Gospel of St Matthew says: “Foxes have holes… but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” For me, the fox has a spiritual meaning.
Artist's Drawing and Inspiration4 min read
Natural History
I have always had a special interest in natural history – plants, animals and their landscapes – both artistically and scientifically. I grew up in Oxford where I took an Honours degree in Natural Science (Zoology). It was not very useful in terms of
Artist's Drawing and Inspiration4 min read
Drawn to Art
As a child, handing over my drawings of dragons and surreal animals is when I first realised I was creative. I would imagine scenes that didn’t even exist, piecing together a drawing. I was interested in the Surreal and Fantasy, artists like Salvador
Artist's Drawing and Inspiration4 min read
Mary River Rocks
I keep my ‘outdoor’ set in a cheap plastic fisherman’s box – the kind with compartments used to keep hooks and lures. I pack the pastels in with cotton wool or rice, so the rougher the journey, the cleaner they get. I use all kinds from the softest U
Artist's Drawing and Inspiration2 min read
Celebrity Portrait: William Dafoe
After finding the photograph you want to use, use a sheet of tracing paper and a 2H or H pencil to trace the main facial features of the person. This will give you accurate placement of the person’s face and its features. Flip over the tracing paper
Artist's Drawing and Inspiration2 min read
Lethbridge Gallery
Operators of the Lethbridge Gallery believe that a valuable and fulfilling part of making art and exhibiting it is to meet the people who are moved by their creations. This gallery’s philosophy is that meeting the purchasers makes a fulfilling link b
Artist's Drawing and Inspiration1 min read
Materials
• Good quality drawing paper such as Chanson Drawing paper 220gsm “C” à grain. This paper is a fine tooth white paper for drawing in pencil, charcoal, chalk, ink wash and poster colour. For this drawing I have used an A3 sheet. • Tracing paper or a l
Artist's Drawing and Inspiration2 min read
Artist’s Hints And Tips
• It is best to print the photograph horizontally flipped so that when you trace the portrait and place it on the paper it is viewed the same as the original photograph. Also print out a smaller copy of the photograph so you can use it as reference w
Artist's Drawing and Inspiration5 min read
A Tale Of Talent
I was born in Narrabri, in North-West NSW, where I now live and work as a piano teacher and artist. I combine these two aspects of my life by drawing instructive cartoons for my students! I have been drawing for as long as I can remember and have ent
Artist's Drawing and Inspiration4 min read
After the Storm
I make a sketch, considering tone and compositional arrangement, remembering that sunlight will be a feature of this painting. I select most colours before I start, choosing colours with reference to photographs. I consider complementary colours and
Artist's Drawing and Inspiration2 min read
Back of Bourke
Jenny Greentree resides on an ancient red ridge overlooking Gidgee Lake – quite literally out the ‘Back of Bourke’ in western New South Wales. Her home has been a source of inspiration which has helped to unlock her exciting God-given talents. Jenny
Artist's Drawing and Inspiration3 min read
Fragments of Magic 2
• Mt Gambier Blue Lake Paper (‘Brolga’ hand-made, 600gsm).• Van Gogh oil pastels: Black 700.5; Prussian Blue 508.5; Blue Violet 548.5; Fir Green 654.5; Sap Green 623.5; Permanent Green 614.5; Greenish Yellow 243.5; Scarlet 334.5; Vermilion 311.5; Lig
Artist's Drawing and Inspiration17 min read
Back To School And University
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Artist's Drawing and Inspiration5 min read
Drawing Vs Dormancy
Although English born, my folks had wanderlust, so I spent my childhood growing up in in numerous locations across Australia and New Zealand. We always lived in rural areas, with the countryside on our doorstep, which, naturally as kids, we explored.
Artist's Drawing and Inspiration3 min read
The Brothers
Charcoal or pen and ink portraits probably work to my strengths, sometimes combining the two works well. My satisfaction with commissioned portraits is countered by the ‘will they like it?’ anxiety. In this case, the anxiety was heightened by the tig
Artist's Drawing and Inspiration6 min read
Serious Addiction
I was born in Cambridgeshire, in the United Kingdom. I met my Australian husband when he was on a working holiday in the UK, and he ‘kidnapped’ me and brought me to Australia in the mid ’70s. Seymour in Victoria is my home now. I work for Victoria Po
Artist's Drawing and Inspiration3 min read
A Touch of Gold
For this demonstration, I chose to paint a scene of the Goulburn River, Seymour. Water is one of my favourite subjects. I obtained the reference material on a warm summer evening just as the sun was going down, and the mosquitoes were coming out! I t
Artist's Drawing and Inspiration2 min read
Artist’s Hints And Tips
• Don’t be too ‘precious’ about your pastels. Remove the wrappers, they get in the way. Don’t be afraid to break them into smaller pieces if that makes them easier to work with. Breakages also provide some nice sharp edges useful for details.• Fresh
Artist's Drawing and Inspiration5 min read
A Love of Drawing
My earliest memory of art coming into my life was when I was six or seven years old, my Dad came home with a box of sketches and I remember being fascinated at how good they were. There were sketches of castles, boats and babies. I started drawing by
Artist's Drawing and Inspiration2 min read
Softly Sketching
• 2H HB 2B 4B lead pencils• • Kneadable Paper eraser• Eraser• Blending stump• Tissue• Ruler• Divider• Sharpener Firstly, I softly rule up a grid and outline the features, then remove grid lines and use a divider to check measurements and a ruler to
Artist's Drawing and Inspiration2 min read
Reader’s Gallery
ARTIST DRAWING AND INSPIRATION magazine seeks to showcase the works of talented Australians producing art at a whole range of skill levels, whether they are accomplished creative people with a long history of achievements or beginners (of all ages) s
Artist's Drawing and Inspiration4 min read
My Creative World
Though I’ve been drawing since I was a child, it’s only been recently that I’ve been able to invest myself in my art, as I’ve long hoped. As many self-taught artists find, mine has been a winding journey, driven by an undercurrent of passion, dedicat
Artist's Drawing and Inspiration3 min read
Goodnight Quinn
• Paper Art Spectrum Colourfix suede paper – Tasman Sky• Pastels I use pastels of the following brands - Art Spectrum(AS), Rembrandt (R), and Faber Castell. And pastel pencils - Faber Castell and Derwent. • Dark: Mars Violet R 538/5, Burnt Umber R 4
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