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Drawing Fundamentals: Modeling Planes

Objects look convincing when a draftsman models the form correctly. Here, we take it step by step to ensure accuracy and a solid foundation.by Jon deMartinEvery artist wants to master the modeling of form, using value to create a third dimension in a drawing, so let’s take a look at this fundamental task.
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Pastels: Teaching Values

Maintaining a distinctive value structure is at the core of Joann Ballingers pastel instruction–and her own paintings.by Lynne Moss PerricelliIn both her teaching and her own pastel paintings, Joann Ballinger emphasizes the importance of a distinctive value structure. In her own work, Ballinger maintains her initial value structure by continually checking on the developing painting, viewing it from a distance and making adjustments if necessary.
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Technique: Working With a Complementary Palette

Working with a complementary palette can lead to harmonious paintings and the creation of clear, vibrant colors.By Naomi EkperiginStill Life of Egg and Glass,by Jacob Stevens, 2007,oil on board, 24 x 18.Private collection.For many artists, choosing a palette can be difficult. A palette can be made with as few as three colors, and traditional painting is taught with the rule that the primary colors red, yellow, and blue can be used to make all other hues.
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Chinese Watercolor Artist Guan Weixing

Watercolor Artist brings you a gallery of renowned Chinese watercolorist Guan Weixing’s work. For more on this exciting artist and the places and people who inhabit his work, see the feature article, “Profiles in Courage,” in the April 2009 issue of Watercolor Artist.Old Farmer from Shanbei (watercolor on paper, 11×15)Wrestler from Inner Mongolia (watercolor on paper, 44×26)Expectation (watercolor on paper, 14×20)Northeast Farmyard (watercolor on paper, 30×20)Autumn Rhythm (watercolor on paper, 21×29)First Look Into the World (watercolor on paper, 20×15)Shanbei Folk Singer (watercolor on paper, 15×20)Little Monk from Xishuangbana (watercolor on paper, 20×30)Discover new watercolor tips, techniques more with Watercolor Artist email newsletter.
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Anna Olswanger: An insiders guide to finding representation and working with an agent

Since 1975, Artist’s Graphic Designer’s Market has been a must-have reference guide for emerging artists who want to establish a successful career in fine art, illustration, cartooning or graphic design. Beyond up-to-date contact and submission information for more than 1,100 art markets, AGDM includes informative articles and interviews with successful artists and art buyers.
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Drawing Basics: Preparing Your Surface

In the June 2007 issue of American Artist, we discussed how the large charcoal drawings that Montana artist David C. Here, we examine how he prepares his drawing surface.Step 1Powers cuts a 40-x-20 piece of Fabriano Artistico hot-pressed watercolor paper from a large roll hanging on a rod.Step 2In order to get an even tone on the drawing paper, the artist has to submerge it in a vat of diluted acrylic paint.
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