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All about Warm up Art

The technique for signal drawing is utilized by craftsmen to slacken up, much the same as competitors warm up before a diversion. In this frame, one needs to rapidly portray things he has as of now observed. Such sort of drawing is for the most part finished inside 10-30 seconds. Utilizing signal drawing for activity and general outlining is normal. This action helps in making drawings rapidly by examining the articles. Give us a chance to see more about this method through the passages beneath.

A form of drawing which depicts action or movement is known as gesture drawing. Presenting a human figure in motion can also be termed as gesture drawing. It is the depiction of character/essence of what one observes. The activity of portraying motion through gesture helps depict the relation between forms/objects with their surroundings.

A simple, step-by-step and easy-to-understand procedure of making a gestural drawing is given below.

  • The object to be drawn should be placed in front and observed properly.
  • A charcoal (about 1-1½) should be used for drawing. One should just glance at the paper occasionally while drawing.
  • The process of drawing should be a continuous one. The general shape of object, important curves, angles, etc. should be sketched quickly in order to get an idea about the basic outline or probably the nature of the drawing.
  • The strokes made while sketching need not be limited only up to the outer areas of the drawing. One can also think about working through the basic shape.
  • If the hand eye movement is coordinated properly, one can draw a satisfactory sketch in quick time.
  • To establish the proportion of the whole sketch, it is recommended to draw a line from top to the bottom of the sketch.
  • Once all the basic shapes, angles, curves are drawn, detailing should be completed. The sketch should be created within 30 seconds. Time limit for drawing should be increased gradually for different drawing poses.

Mass Gesture Drawing
To make mass drawings, the general guidelines remain the same; however, few things differ. Lines used for creating these sketches need to be broad. The charcoal should be held sideways for making such drawings. One should start from the interior of the sketch and progress towards the outline. Keeping in mind the baseline of still objects is important. Pressing the charcoal harder is the way of adding depth to the sketches that are drawn farther away. The pressure on charcoal needs to be lightened while drawing an object that appears to close in. The light and dark effect is an important feature of mass drawing as it helps in unifying the drawing and creating a rhythm.

Sustained Gesture Drawing
The sustained gesture drawings are created with an objective of combining the activity of the object with its actual appearance. A quick study about what is expected in the drawing should be carried out and appearance of the object should be analyzed. The proportions and scale which defines the dimensions of the drawing should be understood. Edges need to be drawn beforehand as it helps in developing the sketch further and to carrying out the detailing. The movement or activity to be portrayed in the drawing should be verbalized in the mind. The sketching work becomes much easier with this activity. One should first begin with light strokes and should continue for 2 minutes and stopping only to analyze the subject should be the set procedure. Corrections if any, should be made after analyzing the drawing.

The gesture drawing examples could be anything we see in day-to-day life. One should practice a lot to master this form of drawing.

Information about Canvas Painting

On the off chance that canvas painting appears like an action that you might want to attempt your hand at, then it is vital that you remember the accompanying tips. These will help you begin the specialty of painting, without making the botches that a great many people tend to make when they begin painting. For your benefit, we have partitioned the tips into three sections―the tips that you should use before you begin chipping away at your work of art, those that you can utilize while painting, and the things you have to remember after you are finished with the artistic creation.

Before Starting the Painting

The tips that have been given here are a few things that you should remember before you begin on your canvas painting. These tips are in no specific request or succession.

  • One of the first things that you will need to decide on is the kind of canvas you should choose to paint on. There are a variety of canvases available in the market like canvas boards, rolled canvas, canvas mats and even stretch canvas. Depending on the kind of painting you want to make and also what your comfort level is, you can choose one of these canvas types. The canvas can be made of either cotton or linen. If you want a canvas that is strong and has a long shelf life, opt for a linen canvas. Also, the size of the canvas is an important thing to bear in mind. Remember, the smaller your canvas, the less chances there are that you will miss out on details. Also, a smaller canvas is perfect for a beginner to start with. Also use an easel for your paintings.
  • Next, decide on the medium that you want to use. Many people believe that water paints are the best for a beginner to start with, but it is not. Sure it is easy to use, as it spreads easily, but lack of experience can cause smudging of colors and spreading, which is unnecessary. One of the best paints to start out with for beginners are acrylic paints. These paints dry easily and therefore, if you need to make corrections, it is extremely easy to do so on acrylic paintings, but sometimes blending colors can be difficult because of the same reason. Try to blend colors when the colors have dried off a little, but not completely. Some people prefer to use oil paints.
  • These are not as easy to use as say acrylic paints and the techniques are such that beginners may take time to master them. But they are perfect for paintings that need a lot of blending of colors, as they take a lot of time, sometimes even days, to dry.
  • Brushes come next in the list of things that need to be bought for canvas painting. Get a variety of sizes of brushes. You will need thin bristled brushes for details and bigger brushes for background areas and the likes. Pay attention to the quality of the brushes. You do not want the brushes to be shedding hair on your painting. Use a brush tote. If you do not want to buy one, you can fashion one out of a coffee container or use a coffee mug as a brush container.

During the Course of the Painting
Once you have worked out the various things that you need to make the painting, you need to decide on the subject that you want to paint and what technique you are going to use in order to recreate the subject. Remember, creating an almost photographic representation of a subject is best left to masters or maybe master forgers. As a beginner, try to get your proportions right, get your brush stroke techniques right and work on your color combination and blending. Here are some tips that you can try as a novice to the art form.

  • One of the first things to remember as a painter is to avoid the use of pencil on your canvas. It is difficult to erase out pencil marks later without affecting the quality of the paint, and somehow, they always tends to show through.
  • One of the best canvas painting techniques to use when starting out is to paint in those areas first that will have prominent darker colors. You do not need to detail these areas, but you can loosely block these areas out. This will also help you get your composition of the painting right.
  • If you are not comfortable with this idea of blocking dominant areas out then try painting the canvas in sections moving from left to right or top to bottom. But this technique may pose problems with blending of colors, if you are using those paints that dry fast. This is an extremely useful technique for oil paintings
  • Another canvas painting tip that you could probably use if it works for you is start with the details first and then paint the background of the painting. Personally, I prefer it the other way; painting the background first and then adding the various details of the painting as this ensures that I do not smudge the details with the color of the background.
  • While it has been mentioned earlier to avoid the use of pencil on canvas, sometimes, when your drawing needs a lot of details, it becomes necessary. Even in such cases, I would suggest that you first make the drawing on a sheet of paper and then etch it on the canvas.
  • Now that you know what are the different techniques that you can use, focus your attention on studying the subject. Study it in terms of color, shape, texture, line, hard and soft edges, terms that painters would study it in. Try to fit the subject on your canvas with the help of a grid.
  • Once you have studied the subject and decided on the technique that you want to use for the painting, make a rough sketch of the same and then start painting the canvas.

After the Painting
Once you have finished the painting, there are certain important tips that need to be followed to ensure the life of not only the painting but also the different things that you use in order to make the painting.

  • One of the foremost things to keep in mind after you have finished the painting is to ensure that you allow it dry well. Whatever the medium that you have used in order to make the painting, it needs to be allowed to dry well.
  • Try to cover the painting, so that dust does not gather on the painting.
    Once the painting is dry, you should varnish it in order to preserve it. This will also give your painting a glossy look and negate the need of a glass protection when you frame it.
  • Take proper care of your paintbrushes. This is a very important to extend the shelf life of your brushes. Wash the brushes with warm water, which should be allowed to flow outside the bristles of the brush. After that dip the brushes into warm water mixed with soap. While dipping it into soapy water, ensure that you keep moving the brush rapidly and do not allow it to rest. Now do the same in clean water and repeat the process till the brush is cleaned completely without changing the color of the water it is dipped in. Use rubber bands to hang the brushes upside down, so that the water drains out.

Once you have finished your painting, do not be discouraged if it has not turned out the way you expected it to. Every painter in the history of the universe has started by painting pieces that would have seemed atrociously ugly to even the least discerning of art critics. Try again, as you need to get used to the medium of canvas in order to become better at it.

You can Make great Face Painting Ever

Did you realize that face painting is a workmanship which started a great many years back? It was finished by Indian tribes that utilized diverse tribal plans and procedures. Confront paint craftsmanship around then was utilized to characterize the status, culture and tribe of the person. Certain tribes in India still practice this craftsmanship amid tribal festival. Many parts of Asia Africa still have tribes which paint their countenances with various outlines. Confront painting today is utilized by individuals crosswise over different race. It has additionally been utilized as a part of some prominent films. Keep in mind Jim Carey in Mask with the splendid green face and dull long eyebrows and dim lips? Do you wish to make some face painting craftsmanship as well? Utilize the accompanying tips…

Confront Painting Tips and Tricks

  • First of all gather some basic face painting supplies. Always make sure you buy colors which are of cosmetic grade. So, even if you have non-toxic colors DO NOT use them. Only stick to colors which are of cosmetic grade.
  • They are safe to use and if you are painting on children’s face then you need to be more careful with your painting supplies.
  • Also, buy other supplies like brushes, sponges, hand napkins, wet wipes, antibacterial gel sanitizer, etc. All these supplies will come very handy. You will need number 2 brush to 3/4 inch wide brush. Small brushes will help to border your designs, while large brushes will help you color a large area of the face quickly. Sponges will also help you to put color or foundation on the face and neck quickly.
  • Black hand napkins are a good idea as they don’t look dirty and can be used to wipe the paint brushes. Also, keep wet wipes to wipe off the face before you start working on. Use antibacterial wipes or gel to wipe off your hands and brushes, after you are done with one face. This will ensure your clients that you are maintaining good hygiene and safety.
  • So, get your colors, brushes and other face painting supplies. Start with the simplest of designs and symbols.
  • As you are a beginner, start with some cheek face painting designs. Keep a chart or book with various cheek designs for boys, girls, men and women. Ask them to choose a design which they like. If you are painting a child’s face then make sure you take the parents consent first.
  • Keep some headbands or scarves and rubber bands handy. Tie the clients hair back so that it doesn’t fall on the face when you are painting. Then wipe the face with wet wipe and apply foundation. And use your colors and brushes to create the design. Many people tend to blot the makeup with baby powder to prevent it from fading away due to sweating. So, you can do this if you want.
  • After you are done with the face painting, show your client their face paint design using a mirror. Take photograph of your artwork, so that you can save it for your portfolio or blog.
  • Once you have become good at making small cheek paintings, try some innovative full face painting or face and neck paintings. Be very careful while painting near eyes or mouth or nose. These are sensitive areas and a little bit of cosmetic contact can cause itching or serious problems.
  • So, in your free time draw some designs, which you can use to paint on the face. Add the good designs to your template book. You can also add some popular full face painting designs like mask, joker, tiger, butterfly, skeleton, etc.

So, what are you waiting for? Gather the face painting supplies and use some free online cheek painting designs to create cool looking paint painting art. Enjoy!

Simplify the Art

The work, a conventional type of verse, started in Italy, some time amid the thirteenth century CE. “Sonnet” is gotten from the Italian word sonetto, which truly signifies “a little lyric”. It is an extremely melodious sort of verse with a settled rhyme conspire, and an unpretentious, cadenced meter. As the ubiquity of the poem developed over the world with the progression of time, this type of verse was embraced in numerous different nations with various well known writers chipping away at it. Subsequently, the poem advanced, and as should be obvious from a significant number of the later manifestations of English, American, and even Urdu artists, we can state that it developed too.

While writing poetry, special emphasis is almost always laid on its rhyme and rhythm so that it becomes more appealing for the reader. Learning to sonnet would be a good way to make the ‘traditional’ and the ‘modern’ meet―you can stick to the traditional rules of writing a sonnet, while making use of the modern words, thus, ending up creating an evolved and sophisticated poetry. Also, you can say more things in lesser words and that too, in a very romantic way. Buzzle brings you a few practical tips to help you write a soulful sonnet.
How to Write a Sonnet
Sonnet, as mentioned above, evolved over the ages, and so, the format that the first Italian sonnets used also underwent a significant change. In fact, Shakespeare came up with his own, distinct style of sonnet writing, which has thenceforth been known as the Shakespearean Sonnet. Nevertheless, there are a few elements that, even to this day, continue to remain common for all the sonnets. These are as under:

► Each and every sonnet has to have 14 lines; no more, no less.

► Every sonnet has to be written in the iambic pentameter, which means that five (‘penta’ means ‘five’) syllables in each line are specially stressed upon, when the sonnet is read aloud.

► Every sonnet has a fixed, set rhyme scheme. Rhyme schemes may differ from one sonnet to the other; however, within a single sonnet, the poet has to compulsorily follow one, single rhyme scheme; diversion from it may destroy the entire rhythm of the poem.

►Each sonnet, irrespective of whether it is Italian, Shakespearean, Elizabethan, Occitan, or Spenserian, always has a volta. In poetry, volta or turn indicates either a rhetorical variation, or a subtle shift from one emotion and/or thought to another.

Apart from the points mentioned above, every sonnet is written in its own peculiar way. Let us consider two different sonnets and try to analyze what goes into writing them:
Prologue to Romeo and Juliet
“Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life;
Whole misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their death bury their parents’ strife.
The fearful passage of their death-mark’d love,
And the continuance of their parents’ rage,
Which, but their children’s end, naught could remove,
Is now the two hours’ traffic of our stage;
The which, if you with patient ears attend,
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.”

― William Shakespeare
On His Blindness
“When I consider how my light is spent
Ere half my days in this dark world and wide,
And that one talent which is death to hide
Lodg’d with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, lest he returning chide,
“Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?”
I fondly ask. But Patience, to prevent
That murmur, soon replies: “God doth not need
Either man’s work or his own gifts: who best
Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state
Is kingly; thousands at his bidding speed
And post o’er land and ocean without rest:
They also serve who only stand and wait.””

― John Milton
Tip 1: The Number of Syllables
In a sonnet, each of the 14 lines comprise ten syllables, which means that there are total 140 syllables in the entire sonnet. While writing a sonnet, this is the very first thing to keep in mind; none of your lines can contain more (or less) than 10 syllables.

Consider the first lines of the above sonnets:

“Two households, both alike in dignity”
Now let us split the words into individual syllables:
Two1-house2\ holds3-both4\ a5-like6\ in7-dig8\ ni9-ty10

“When I consider how my light is spent”
When we split these words into individual syllables, we have,
When1-I2\ con3-si4-der5\ how6-my7\ light8-is9\spent10
Tip 2: The Iambic Pentameter
The iambic pentameter has to be used uniformly throughout the sonnet. This means that you will need to see to it that five syllables out of ten in each line are stressed more than the others, while you read your poem aloud. The use of this poetic meter imparts a natural rhythm to the sonnet.

Let’s look at the five stressed syllables in the first lines of both the sonnets.

“Two households, both alike in dignity”
Two1-house2\ holds-both3\ a-like4\ in-dig5\ ni-ty

“When I consider how my light is spent”
When1-I\ con2-si-der\ how-my3\ light4-is\spent5
Tip 3: Understanding the Structure
Before you start working on a sonnet, it is vital to understand the various divisions within it. Take a look at the following terms:

►Quatrain refers to four consecutive lines of any poem or a stanza.
► Sestet refers to six consecutive lines of any poem or a stanza.
► Octave refers to eight consecutive lines of any poem or a stanza.
► Couplet refers to any two lines of the poem or stanza, which rhyme with one another.

Shakespearean sonnets invariably have three consecutive quatrains (the first 12 lines divided into three parts of four lines each), and one couplet (the last two lines that rhyme). On the other hand, Petrarchan sonnets comprise one octave (the first eight lines) and one sestet (the last six lines).
Tip 4: The Rhyme Scheme
Rhyme scheme is essentially the pattern in which the lines of a given poem rhyme with each other. The common practice is to use alphabets to indicate two lines that rhyme, with rhyming lines marked with the same alphabet.

Consider the first quatrain of our Shakespearean sonnet:

“Two households, both alike in dignity, (A)
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, (B)
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, (B)
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.” (A)

So, the rhyme scheme of the first quatrain is ABBA.

Now, consider the second quatrain of the same sonnet:

“From forth the fatal loins of these two foes (C)
A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life; (D)
Whole misadventured piteous overthrows (D)
Do with their death bury their parents’ strife.” (C)

So, the rhyme scheme of the second quatrain is CDDC.

Similarly, consider the third quatrain of the sonnet:

“The fearful passage of their death-mark’d love, (E)
And the continuance of their parents’ rage, (F)
Which, but their children’s end, naught could remove, (F)
Is now the two hours’ traffic of our stage;” (E)

So, the rhyme scheme of the third quatrain is EFFE.

Lastly, look at the remaining couplet:

“The which if you with patient ears attend, (G)
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.” (G)

So, the rhyme scheme of the couplet is GG.

The rhyme scheme of our Shakespearean sonnet is ABBA CDDC EFFE GG.

Now, let us take a look at the rhyme scheme of our Petrarchan sonnet. Consider the octave:

“When I consider how my light is spent (A)
Ere half my days in this dark world and wide, (B)
And that one talent which is death to hide (B)
Lodg’d with me useless, though my soul more bent (A)
To serve therewith my Maker, and present (A)
My true account, lest he returning chide, (B)
“Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?” (B)
I fondly ask. But Patience, to prevent” (A)

The rhyme scheme of the octave is ABBAABBA.

Now, for the remaining sestet:

“That murmur, soon replies: “God doth not need (C)
Either man’s work or his own gifts: who best (D)
Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state (E)
Is kingly; thousands at his bidding speed (C)
And post o’er land and ocean without rest: (D)
They also serve who only stand and wait.”” (E)

The rhyme scheme of the sestet is CDECDE.

So, the rhyme scheme of our Petrarchan sonnet is ABBAABBA CDECDE.
** It should be noted that while the rhyme scheme may differ from sonnet to sonnet (of the same type), the structure mostly remains the same. It should also be noted that the Petrarchan sonnets of Dante differ in structure, in that, they have two sestets and two quatrains.
Tip 5: The Plot
After understanding all the prerequisites of a valid sonnet, the next and final step is to develop a plot. Generally, every sonnet begins with an idea, the poet builds on it in the first six to eight lines, and then takes a turn―volta. In the remaining six or seven lines, the tone of the sonnet tends to suddenly change, while the poet either comments on the idea he has attempted to develop and/or tries to solve the problem, if the plot involves one.

►In our Shakespearean sonnet, the first two quatrains describe the plot and the backdrop of Romeo and Juliet in a nutshell. The volta can be noticed at the third quatrain, which tells the audience about the next two hours of the show. In the last couplet Shakespeare promises the audience to be patient and quiet and watch the play, as everything that the prologue (that our sonnet is) leaves out, can be seen on stage.

►Similarly, in our Petrarchan sonnet, Milton begins his first octave by telling us that he is blind. He further says that he believes in his talent, and how he wants to continue serving God by being patient and indulging in the thing he can do the best (writing poems). The volta is visible in the next sestet, wherein Milton speaks about God’s reaction, who tends to remind the poet that He is sovereign, and man should always keep faith in Him, no matter what.
Examples of Sonnets
Here are a few examples of other sonnets, just to give you an idea about their structure and the rhyme scheme that they may follow.
Nuns Fret Not at Their Convent’s Narrow Room
Nuns fret not at their convent’s narrow room (A)
And hermits are contented with their cells; (B)
And students with their pensive citadels; (B)
Maids at the wheel, the weaver at his loom, (A)
Sit blithe and happy; bees that soar for bloom, (A)
High as the highest Peak of Furness-fells, (B)
Will murmur by the hour in foxglove bells: (B)
In truth the prison, into which we doom (A)
Ourselves, no prison is: and hence for me, (C)
In sundry moods, ’twas pastime to be bound (D)
Within the Sonnet’s scanty plot of ground; (D)
Pleased if some Souls (for such there needs must be) (C)
Who have felt the weight of too much liberty, (C)
Should find brief solace there, as I have found. (D)

― William Wordsworth

The above sonnet has an octave and a sestet, and its rhyme scheme is ABBAABBA CDDCCD.
The Cross of Snow
In the long sleepless watches of the night (A)
A gentle face-the face of one long dead- (B)
Looks at me from the wall, where round its head (B)
The night-lamp casts a halo of pale light. (A)
Here in this room she died; and soul more white (A)
Never through martyrdom of fire was led (B)
To its repose; nor can in books be read (B)
The legend of a soul more benedight. (A)
There is a mountain in the distant West (C)
That, sun-defying, in its deep ravines (D)
Displays a cross of snow upon its side. (E)
Such is the cross I wear upon my breast (C)
These eighteen years, through all the changing scenes (D)
And seasons, changeless since the day she died. (E)

― H.W. Longfellow

The above sonnet has an octave and a sestet, and its rhyme scheme is ABBAABBA CDECDE.
Happy ye Leaves! When as Those Lilly Hands
Happy ye leaves! when as those lilly hands, (A)
Which hold my life in their dead doing might, (B)
Shall handle you, and hold in love’s soft bands, (A)
Like captives trembling at the victor’s sight. (B)
And happy lines on which, with starry light, (B)
Those lamping eyes will deign sometimes to look,(C)
And read the sorrows of my dying sprite, (B)
Written with tears in heart’s close bleeding book. (C)
And happy rhymes! bathed in the sacred brook (C)
Of Helicon, whence she derived is, (D)
When ye behold that angel’s blessed look, (C)
My soul’s long lacked food, my heaven’s bliss. (D)
Leaves, lines, and rhymes seek her to please alone, (E)
Whom if ye please, I care for other none. (E)

― Edmund Spenser

The above sonnet has three quatrains and a couplet, and its rhyme scheme is ABAB BCBC CDCD EE.
One thing is for sure, writing a sonnet is not an easy task. One has to practice it over and over again to achieve perfection. It is needless to say that a poet has to make utmost use of his/her feelings and emotions while writing a sonnet, so as to add a soul to it. It is also essential that you read other sonnets aloud so that you understand all the technicalities, including the use of iambic pentameter. The louder you read, the easier it is to identify the “stressed” syllables. So, what are you waiting for? Go on and write down your own sonnet; you will surely bring a smile on your loved one’s face.

Buying Genuine Artwork Online

While the Internet has made our lives advantageous, as it were, it has additionally been touted as a place where no buy can be ensured, and shabby impersonations of genuine items are sold. In spite of the fact that the internet shopping background may not be that terrible for a few, with regards to acquiring craftsmanship on the web, there must be a honest to goodness method for recognizing the realness of the piece you are eagerly going to spend your income for. That impeccable model, that strange photo, that striking painting―what goes into purchasing workmanship on the web? Here are a few tips gathered from worldwide specialists.

Look for Authentic Websites

Experts recommend purchasing art from online extensions of real galleries to ensure their credibility. However, there are other websites that exist solely in the virtual realm, and have been set up so that you can avoid the cost of a middleman, and purchase directly from the seller or even the artist. To verify such websites, look for a physical address, a phone number, and an email address. Call them and discuss the piece you want to buy.
You will be able to gauge from the conversation how well they know their business, and this will increase your confidence in the website that you intend to purchase from. Though this is true of any online shopping experience, ensure that websites you buy artwork from are secure; while paying, the address bar should read https:// that proves that your credit card details will be safe with them.
Learn More About the Artist

You may have seen a piece of art you really like, but do you know the artist? Because of the volatile nature of the art market, it is difficult to predict whether that artwork is going to stand the test of time or retain a position of pride and importance only in your home. If you are purchasing art as an investor, and intend to resell it after the value of the piece appreciates, it is important that you learn as much as you can about the artist.
Alan Bamberger, art consultant and author of The Art of Buying Art, says, “Knowing how to assess an artist’s career information becomes increasingly important the more expensive or significant the art is that you’re thinking about buying.” He suggests learning about the lifetime of the artist, his education, the number of years he has been in the field, the publications that have mentioned him, the galleries/auctions/exhibitions/websites that have showcased his work, and of course, his references from other buyers and gallerists. In short, the popularity of the artist determines the value of the artwork you are going to buy.
Learn More About the Artwork

Is the piece of art a single piece, a part of a collection, or a limited edition? Is it an original or an ‘enhanced’ reproduction, or more importantly, a giclée (a fine art digital print)? Some of these may look original, but upon receiving them, you may realize that they are not. You may be told that you are being sold a signed print, which is not the same as the signature of the artist on the original work.
This is where the verification of the artist and the site becomes more important, to ensure that you are not being conned into spending a colossal amount for something worth much less.
Time Your Purchase
If you happen to find a piece of art that is up for sale as soon as it is launched, you are likely to buy it for less. Since the value of art appreciates over time, it is a good idea to find websites that highlight new releases, from where you can buy originals at their starting price. This also means that eventually, the value of your possession may appreciate, and if you intend to sell it, you may get a suitable return on your investment.
Be Well Aware of Your Requirement

Are you looking for a certain type of artwork? A certain color? A certain size? A certain medium? Ensure that you know exactly what you want so that when you go online, you are not lost for choice, and are in fact, able to easily narrow down your choices based on your preferences. Measure the area where you are going to put the artwork. It may be difficult to judge the scale of the painting online. Something small may look very huge and vice versa.
If possible, get a mock-up and put it up in that space so that you get used to the idea of the size of the artwork.
View the Artwork Closely
Purchasing online means giving up on the facility to see, touch, and experience the artwork in its real glory; of course, this is only one of the things you have to give up for the convenience this medium offers. Colors may vary from screen to screen; what appears salmon on screen may actually be peach in reality, and this can really throw you off balance when you receive the artwork.
So, view the picture of the piece of art in the highest resolution and the maximum screen brightness so that you can see the color and detail as closely to its original self as possible.
Demand a Certificate of Authenticity

All original artwork is accompanied by this document, and if it is not, you know you’re not getting the real deal. Not only does this validate the authenticity, it also is mandatory if you intend to sell the work in the future.
Verify the Shipping and Return Policy
Once you are sure that you’ve found a piece that your heart is set upon, read up on the shipping and delivery policy of the website. We’ve already established that artwork is an expensive investment, so it should be delivered to you in mint condition. Ensure that it is insured for damages during shipping by the seller.
Further, most websites have a return and refund policy, because what if the artwork doesn’t look as it did online, or what if it just isn’t working out in the space you had planned to put it up in? If a website does not have this policy, steer clear of it. There is a stipulated time within which the artwork may be returned (usually 7 days from the date of receipt), but this may be different for each website.
Explore, Explore, Explore!

It is easy to like something online and purchase it immediately. However, spend some time in research. Don’t rush in. Experts suggest using a minimum of one month to research and identify your taste in art. Once you are able to do so, it is only then that you should go ahead and make that purchase. One more thing that you should do is buy one small piece of artwork, and see how that works out.
Did you get what you were looking for? Does it look exactly as it did online? Did you have any trouble during shipping/payment? Does it suit the space you have bought it for? Does it suit your taste? If the answer to all or most of these questions is yes, you can safely switch to online shopping for artwork.
Remember, however, that nothing beats the real-world experience of interacting with art connoisseurs, and understanding the meaning behind each piece of artwork. So, while you do switch to online shopping, make it a point to, once in a while, step into a gallery and enjoy the real experience.

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.

Selling Watercolor Paintings Online

Painting is not only a pastime; for a few people, it goes about as a treatment, while for others, it is an undeniable calling. This is one such action that unwinds your psyche, body, and soul, and gives you finish flexibility to convey what needs be in your own specific manner. Painting something utilizing any medium, be it oil, acrylic, watercolors, notice hues, batik, or even pastels or colored pencils, can transport you to a better place in your brain. The artistic work of watercolor painting has seen its share of moves. It is adored by a few people and not so cherished by others, but rather despite everything it stays mainstream. The accompanying sections give more data about this artistic expression.

Basics for Beginners

Watercolor painting is a great way to express your creative talent. If you are a beginner, then there are many resources you must be equipped with, which will help you get started. This technique is a bit tricky to master. If you have that creative spark in you, then you first need to get your supplies ready. The following are the items that you will need.

You need a good set of brushes that include flat brushes, round ones, and oval ones. Check hobby stores for beginner’s kits that have brush sets. Depending on the type of picture you will be painting, decide the brush size you need.

The next step is the paints. You can either buy paints in the form of cakes or those that come in tubes; it depends entirely on you. You will also need a pallet.

Next is the paper. You can either use simple blank sheets that you have at home, or a drawing pad. Remember, the thicker the paper, the better. A thin paper will warp and change shape when the paint dries. Other basic supplies you will need are a water holder, drawing board, pencils, erasers, tissue papers or towels, drawing board clips, etc.

How to Sell Your Paintings Online

Professionals have many options when it comes to selling their watercolor paintings. Your local art gallery would be the best solution. This would help you establish a name and as you gain a strong foothold in the market, the sales would also rise. Most budding artists plan group exhibitions to save on the expenditure, as this would help them market their works at a lower price. Another option is to sell your watercolor paintings online. There are a few different methods that you can follow. These methods are listed below.

Look for online galleries that host the works of new artists. Do your research properly and send your pieces to the ones that best suit you at the moment. Check their submission process and whether they take any commission for displaying your work. Read through their terms and conditions very carefully to avoid misunderstandings later on.

There are many websites where you can directly advertise and sell your work. Sites like eBay, Deviant Art, Craigslist, Artbreak, etc. are used by many budding and seasoned artists to sell their work. However, read the sites’ terms properly before displaying your work for sale on any of them. There are also many online artists’ communities that you can join.

You can also do some self advertising by displaying your work on social sites such as Facebook and Twitter. You can even create a blog for this. The way you advertise yourself here also matters. The manner in which you display your work and how you describe it are just as important. The main aim here is to get maximum exposure. Remember to regularly keep updating your page with photos of your latest creations.

Another good option is to create your own website. It can be a great way to showcase your work. You will either have to get someone to maintain and update it regularly or you will have to do it yourself. This will give you the freedom to display your art as you feel.

A few things to remember are that while taking photos of your work, see which ones are the best, most effective, and look most similar to the original, as there is always a slight difference between a photo and an original. When pricing, do not set an amount that is too high or too low. Be reasonable. When showcasing a piece online, always include the price and a brief description where required.

Why Are Watercolors Popular?

Watercolor painting is one of the most beautiful ways to express your creative talent, making this medium quite popular among people. There are various reasons for its increasing appeal, some of which are listed below.

The beauty of watercolor paintings is that it allows the artist to use his/her spontaneity and create works with just a few color washes or strokes. Depending on the subject, this medium is also very fast to use. It does not involve any cumbersome process.

Compared to other mediums of painting, this one gradually becomes easier. There may be some hiccups when you start out, but it is a matter of mastering the strokes of the brush. With practice, you can see improved results in a shorter period.

It is greatly favored by those who are on the move. It is the first choice of most artists when it comes to landscapes and seascapes. The kits are light and easy to carry, and there is no need to lug too many supplies, except for the palette, water container, and paper.

Experts do not even use a pencil for the basic drawing. Watercolors also dry faster than any other medium.

Pastel and charcoal works may prove to be difficult to carry for the fear of being smudged, but this does not hold true for a watercolor paintings.

This medium proves to be ideal for depicting nature and even abstracts. The beauty of the strokes is such that it helps you fill large areas in a short time, and if you have a very good creative bent of mind, then you can use these strokes and create new results that do not need any planning.

Watercolors help you to get results which you may not even have visualized. This adds to the beauty of your work.

Selling watercolor paintings online is not really difficult, and is an option that is exercised by many artists. Just keep the above mentioned important considerations in mind, have patience, and once you get some recognition, your works of art may start selling as masterpieces!
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