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Monthly Archives: August 2016

All about Charcoal Drawing Ideas

The thing about charcoal drawing which differentiates it from other media of drawings, like pencil shading, brush work, or mechanical pen shading, is that it gives a very soft and subtle effect. Also, a charcoal sketch does not fade away with time, if cared for properly. You will see many portraits or drawings done by charcoal, as a soft drawing technique is required for portraits, which is naturally present in it. Drawing with charcoal is not difficult, but if you wish to do detailed drawings, then you need to practice different skills to get the proportions and shapes properly.

Required Materials

› Primarily, you need charcoal sticks and paper for this art form, both of which come in different varieties.
› Select a paper with a thick texture so that erasing or rubbing does not tear it.
› You can buy vine uncompressed charcoal, also known as willow charcoal, or use compressed charcoal that looks like graphite and comes in a pencil or stick form with soft or hard shapes.
› A good white eraser and kneaded eraser are also required to create tones and highlights, and also to make corrections.
› Blending stumps are good for adding minute details. You can also use small pieces of paper towels for rubbing the drawings.

Tips for Beginners

Understand Tones

Before attempting to draw with charcoal, you need to train your eye for understanding tones. This is the first lesson when it comes to shading with charcoal. Start by simply observing objects around you. Hold an object near you, and look out for three tones, viz., dark tones, medium tones, and highlights that are shown in a sketch as white.

Understand Shadows

Shadows are an integral part of charcoal sketches, as that is what is drawn on the paper in the first place. Suppose you are looking at an object that is illuminated by a ceiling light. The light is directly on top of the object in this case, and it will have few highlights that are tiny spots on the object, which are the brightest at the rim or near the top. You will see some light tones at the top of the object, medium tones around the middle region, and dark tones at the bottom. Finally, there will be a shadow somewhere on the surface on which it is placed.

Type of Paper

Charcoal will change its appearance depending on the type of paper you use for drawing. Smooth papers will not be able to hold the carbon dust and will fail to give a subtle feel to the drawing. So, it is better to use rough and grainy surfaces for drawing with charcoal. This will also make it easier for you to shade the drawing.

Avoid Smearing

Charcoal smears easily, which can be a curse or a blessing. You can use smearing to your advantage for shading your drawing, but this can also spell doom if you cannot help resting your hand on the page while drawing. In such situations, you can tape the paper to a wall and draw vertically. If you are not comfortable with drawing vertically, use a fixative on the parts of the drawing that you have finished to avoid smudging. If you cannot find a fixative, any hair spray will work just fine.

Try Unconventional Techniques

Most people think that drawing with charcoal is done just like pencil sketching, but you can also work backwards. You can cover a whole paper with charcoal and then “draw” with an eraser. This will give a striking effect to your drawing.


There are no rules in art, so you can experiment with various techniques in charcoal drawing and come up with what works best for you. Try different styles, strokes, and techniques, and create different types of drawings that are unique.


Even though charcoal drawing techniques are relatively simple, you cannot expect to master this art overnight. Practice makes a man perfect, and this also applies to drawing with charcoal. So, try different styles of drawing with this versatile material and practice them to come up with something original.

These were the various charcoal art tips. So, gather your supplies and start practicing them. First, make some simple still life sketches, and as you gather more skills, make portraits. You can find many drawing tips and video tutorials online that will help you learn the art of drawing with charcoal.

Perfect Sand Sculpting and Sand Art

Sand workmanship and chiseling have turned out to be exceptionally well known as of late. It stays to be an action that has gotten the favor of youngsters and grown-ups alike. Go for a walk down any sandy shore, and you can see individuals delighting in merriments and commending sand model and workmanship celebrations. This is the place we can see sprouting ability all adapted to go past the common in making their manifestations. This workmanship has run past great manors with taking off towers. Today, the insignificant mixes of sand and water have run complex with the different innovative types of sand models being built by individuals for their sheer love of this artistic expression. Myrtle Beach gladly features the world’s tallest and longest sand mansion ever developed. Individuals have made perfect works of art through sand chiseling. From conspicuous figures to autos, palaces with channels, and dream handles, the topics are unending.

Tips to Build the Perfect Sand Sculpture/Castle

Before you begin the sculpture, you must first ensure you have the right tools. Ensure you have packed a long-handled shovel and a bucket. Try to include chisels, spatulas, apple corers, spoons, ice cream sticks, knives, and pastry brushes. The main idea is to improvise on the items used for sculpting. (Use a fork with the prongs broken off in the middle. This will make it easier to form columns in the sand castle). Next, you will need to include a spray bottle, as the sculpture needs to be kept moist to keep the surface firm whilst you construct the castle.

Once you have gathered all the tools, it’s time you hunt for the right location on the beach. First, keep a look out for the high tide line. You can test the formation of the sand before you begin. Pick up some sand and compress it in your hands and roll it into a ball. If the ball does not remain firm, it clearly shows that it is not meant for any such art. You also need to look for a place that is moderately away from the sea.

After you have found the ideal location, start digging. You need to keep digging till you reach wet sand. This would be your initial tough task. It needs to be done, as it is this wet sand that will give a firm foundation to your sculpture.

Now, you need to accumulate enough wet sand to start with the building and carving. This is known as the process of tamping. A form is basically used for tamping. This is what results in building towering structures. Use the form (box or plastic can sans the base) to begin your construction. Place the form on the spot. Now, add the sand and water into it. As you proceed further with the process, remember to tamp it firmly.

Once the form is filled, try to lift it slowly. Once you have finished with the base form, you can create other forms on top of that base. The idea now is to mold the wet sand into the shapes you desire. Try to retain as much water as possible with the forms. Use the basic mounds of sand to create various shapes you desire.

Once you have finished with the basic structure, it is time to unleash your creativity. Always start carving from the top. Carving must always be done in the outward direction. Do remember to concentrate on the entire structure rather than attempting to complete one side at a time. Always try to create basic shapes. Use materials like aluminum cans on the castle to create the look of outposts, towers, etc. If you scrounge through items at home, you can come up with various little unused items that will enhance your sand castle.

The limit to your creativity is endless. Today, sand art and sculpting have got a professional touch with new sculptors entering this bracket, and creating some of the most whimsical forms of sand sculptures seen on coastlines today.

About Master the Art of Glass Painting

Glass painting is an exceptional type of workmanship, containing ravishing manufactured hues done up on glass. The mix of glass and paints gives the work of art an ethereal interest. Glass painting is extremely intriguing to do. Glass painting packs contain an outliner, which is intended to keep the distinctive shades of glass paints set up. One can either unleash one’s imagination and paint freehand, or else utilize layouts. Four principle sorts of paints are accessible for glass painting: recolored glass paint, vinegar follow paint, matte paint and silver paint. Every sort is implied for a particular reason. For instance, in the event that one wishes to incorporate an assortment of hues on the bit of glass, then the recolored glass paint is reasonable. Vinegar glass paints are proper when one needs to include a tint of shading. Be that as it may, these vinegar paints are very sticky! For painting an unmistakable glass vase or dishes, one can utilize silver paint, as it includes an insight of silver, along these lines giving a translucent impact to the work of art. Matte paint, then again is valuable when one needs entire scope without translucent viewpoints.

Glass Painting Instructions and Tips

Glass painting is quite easy to learn, and can be done without many hassles. Keeping a few tips in mind, before the commencement of the glass painting project will prove beneficial.

  • The piece of glass chosen for glass painting should have a smooth, plain and clear surface. Printed glass and designed surfaces should not be used, as the painting will not be prominent then. Since natural oils from the hands tend to smudge the glass surface, it is advisable to put on surgical or latex gloves while handling the glass piece.
  • The glass surface should be cleaned thoroughly, to free it from dust and dirt. The glass paint will fail to stick on a dusty surface. One should make use of warm water and soap to clean the surface of the glass. The glass surface should be thoroughly dried using a paper towel or clean piece of cloth.
  • People not confident about freehand painting can trace the design on a sheet of drawing paper and then tape it to the inside of the glass piece. Make sure the piece of paper chosen is the same size as the glass piece. This is one of the easiest glass painting techniques, as once the picture has been taped, all one requires to do is paint, using the traced paper below as a reference. People using freehand style should place a white cloth or paper below the glass, for clarity while painting.
  • Trace out the design using the black liner provided in the kit. This step must be done carefully, as it is this black outline that defines the final glass painting. Make sure the lining is smooth, with least number of breaks and bumps. One can carry out this step slowly, taking as much time as one requires.
  • Be careful not to smudge the previously drawn outline while outlining another portion of the painting. Allow the outline to dry completely. Beginners may find some extra lines formed while outlining. Such extra lines can be removed with the help of a blade or outline thinner.
  • Once the outline has dried completely, the painting is ready to be adorned with vibrant glass paints. Depending on the design of the painting, the paints are to be chosen. Glass paints come in bottles with a user-friendly nozzle, which allows one to apply the paint directly onto the glass. However, if the glass paint is available in wide-mouth bottles, then the paint can be applied using a regular watercolor brush (a thin one). Stir the bottles well before use, and never mix them with water, as water thins the paint.
  • Narrow down the painting in smaller zones, and concentrate on one zone at a time. This way, the painting will not appear so intimidating. Always remember to allow the paints in one zone to dry completely before doing the adjacent ones. This is because there is the possibility of paints from one zone seeping into the other through the outline, and then merging. This will ruin the entire painting.
  • While applying the paints, one should ensure that the glass piece is kept intact. Moving the glass can cause the paint to run all across the painting, thereby ruining it. The glass piece should not be disturbed until the glass paint dries completely. Keep siblings and pets away! Once the paint has dried, the painting is ready to be framed and hung on the wall.

All one requires for this art is the interest to paint, some creativity, and lots of patience. One can look online for designs for glass painting, whereby one can try out different kinds of paintings. Once the skills of glass painting have been mastered, one can even try one’s hand at stained glass. Glass paintings make great gifts, and since they are homemade, they are appreciated even more.


Contemporary Still Life Paintings

Still Life is a class of works of art that backpedals hundreds of years, with surely understood specialists including Monet, Picasso, and Van Gogh. The subject of still life sketches has changed after some time, yet at the same time life is still a basic piece of contemporary workmanship. Furthermore, a standout amongst the most essential parts of still life canvases is development. While that may sound outlandish, it is completely valid.

Development in a sketch can be depicted in various ways. It can be the angle that attracts the eye to the subject of the artwork or the feeling of progress inside the composition that draws you through and makes the artistic creation more dynamic as opposed to latent. In any case it is portrayed, development breathes life into a still life painting.

Investigating some still life works from current craftsmen, obviously the utilization of an assortment of brushstrokes can make a fantastic feeling of development. Seeing the diverse strokes, swipes, and scopes attracts your regard for the stream of a work of art. In a portion of the foundations, you’ll see bigger strokes that lead the eye to the subject of the sketch. The subjects themselves have much littler, more refined brushstrokes that don’t remove consideration from the still life. Having brushstrokes lead the eye can break our typical perspective of a work of art. We may take a gander at a sketch like we would read a book: left to right, start to finish. Nonetheless, with the utilization of strong clearing strokes, it can lead the look in new bearings, bringing about an alternate response to a sketch.

Concentrate the utilization of strokes in a canvas can give us a smart thought of the procedure a craftsman experienced to make the piece. Intense strokes can demonstrate an all the more wild vitality in the work of art, driving a watcher to surmise that the piece may have been made with more vitality. Littler strokes that are more refined make us envision a procedure that is more many-sided, tedious, and thoroughly considered. Utilizing having a composition gradually uncover itself to the watcher, we can perceive how looking all the more carefully at the vitality and development of a work of art can uncover the aims of the craftsman and even the procedure. It gives the watcher a superior feeling of association with the fine art.