Commonly asked Questions for beginner Artists

Do I really need to know how to draw? If you were to attend a university, you would spend a year or two learning to draw before you touched paint. Learning to draw correctly is part of teaching your eye and your hand to work together. How often have you wanted to draw something and then it looks totally different. Learning to simplify every image in basic shapes and drawing...
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Does Drawing Matter in a Loose Painting? by Kim VanDerHoek

When teaching I've been asked if a painter can hide the fact that they can't draw, if they paint really loosely. Immediately an image of a magician doing a card trick pops into my head as I imagine how a painter might employ that same type of visual slight of hand. The student asking the question is usually disappointed with my answer and they then proceed to try to prove me w...
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Techniques on Traditional Drawing

Traditional drawing is certainly way harder than digital and it is true that people are able to progress much faster digitally, but one should learn the traditional type of drawing and painting before starting digital drawing, since it often lays out the foundation for screen design. This article contains a mixture of traditional drawing tutorials, drawing techniques and some ...
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Lesson #2: The Position of the hand

A lot of students ask me to teach them how to work 'looser'. What they don't realize is that the position in which you hold your brush determine the 'looseness or tightness' of your painting. The choice and type of brush will also determine how the painting will look.      It is important to understand what different brushes and different hand positions do.      There...
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