How To Match Color Through Mixing

Mix Paint to Match Colors
Artist Ashley Hurst shares his process for matching colors with paint. Color mixing can be difficult, but his method simplifies the process. In the late 90s, I got a job matching color. I was a college student at the time – a studio art major. My boss was an oil painter, like myself. With connections in the art-print-industry, he had received a contract to paint copies of a popular artist’s work. These were palette knife paintings. We would create 200 copies, hand-painted on top of Giclée Read more [...]

Markers and Colored Pencils – Time Lapse

Markers and Colored Pencils Blood Oranges Time Lapse
In this recorded Live Lesson series, we create a drawing of several Blood Oranges by combining alcohol-based markers with colored pencils. The above video is a time lapse from this five-part lesson series. This entire series (5 hours), complete with every step of the process as well as a photo reference is available to members here. (Each week a new Live Lesson is broadcast to members, recorded, and archived for replay.)Not a member? Start your trial today and get access to all of our courses, ebooks, Read more [...]

Using Water Mixable Oil Paint For The First Time

Painting with Water Mixable Oils for the first time
Artist Ashley Hurst has years of experience painting with traditional oil paints but had never used water mixable oils. The following post and video details his first impressions of the medium and the pros and cons of its usage. Water mixable oil paint is the new kid on the block in terms of traditional art making media. What is it? Where does it fit in amongst the paints more commonly used? How does it work? We'll answer these questions and maybe a few more. A working concept of oil and acrylic Read more [...]

Painting On A Panel

Painting on Panel - Paint like the Old Masters
Artist Ashley Hurst shares his process for preparing gessoed panel for painting with a variety of media including oils, acrylics, and pastels. With any art making process, the surface plays an important role. It seems that many times, we get so obsessed with the process or the medium that we overlook the importance of the surface. When it comes to painting, canvas stretched tightly over a light wooden frame is the most popular material, but it is not the only option. Wooden panels, common Read more [...]

Painting in Virtual Reality with Google Tilt Brush

Painting in Virtual Reality
It's an exciting time to be a creator. Never in the history of mankind have there been so many new mediums available for us to express ourselves and simply create. When we create a drawing, painting, or a sculpture, we bring something new into the world that didn't exist before and creating with new digital-based mediums are no different. We are still creating something that never existed before. The way we interact with these new creations differs from traditional mediums, but it is very much Read more [...]

How to Draw Marbles – Lesson Excerpts

Realistic Marbles Lesson Excerpts
In this recorded Live Lesson series, we create a drawing of several marbles with graphite and white charcoal on gray paper. The above video features excerpts from this lesson series. This entire series (3 hours) is available to members here. (Each week a new Live Lesson is broadcast to members, recorded, and archived for replay.)Not a member? Start your trial today and get access to all of our courses, ebooks, Live Lessons, lesson plans and more.Start Your Trial Creating the Illusion of Reflection Read more [...]

The Results Are In. The Next Course Is…

The next art course is...
As many of you already know, one of the goals of this website is to bring you the highest quality art instruction that covers a widely diverse spectrum of art making media, techniques, and subject matter. Along with this, it is my desire to design courses that exceed your expectations and reflect what you want to learn. At the conclusion of each course that is created for you, I reach out and ask you what you'd like to see developed next. Students are able to vote on course options by participating Read more [...]

How To Draw Texture

How to Draw Texture
Introduction to Texture Not once did my drawing mentor talk about texture with me. Texture is one of the seven elements of art and design. So why did my drawing teacher never discuss it? The answer is this - texture is subordinate to all the other elements of art. Simply put, texture is both the least important and the most challenging. My drawing professor instead focused on the basics, value and proportion. He taught me to do the same. In some ways texture needs the other elements of Read more [...]