6 Methods for Starting Portrait Drawings




How to Know If Acrylic Paints Are Right For You – Learning to Paint

Every artist has their own likes and dislikes. Most artist have a chosen medium that they prefer to use. You should experiment and try a variety so you know which ones suit your likes and dislikes. I have listed pros and cons for acrylic paint.

How to Use Acrylic Paint As Watercolor – Learning to Paint

I like to use acrylic paints because they are so versatile and can be used just like watercolor. Acrylic paint is water-based meaning it dissolves in water. You only need a small amount of paint mixed with water and you instantly have converted the acrylic paint into watercolor!

Danish-German Painter & Engraver, the Neo-Classical Way – Asmus Jacob Carstens (1754 – 1798)

Born on May 10, 1754, at St. Jurgen in Schleswig, Denmark, Asmus Jacob Carstens or Asmus Carstens was a Danish-German, ‘Neo-Classical’ painter and a draughtsman. At the age of twenty-two, in the year 1776, he started studying at the Copenhagen Academy. Here he made his first painting, “The Death of Aeschylus.” For further studies in Arts, in 1783, he moved to Italy, where the works of Giulio Romano intensely enchanted and influenced him. He wanted to visit Rome too, but short funds curtailed his journey to Mantua only.

Philipp Runge – The German Romantic Painter of the Eighteenth Century

Philipp Otto Runge or Philipp Runge, the famous ‘Romantic’ landscape painter, theorist, and drafter, was born on July 23, 1777, in Wolgast (West Pomerania), Germany. Hailing from a wealthy Protestant family, Philipp Runge was the ninth child of Magdalena Dorothea Runge and Daniel Nicolas Runge, a merchant and the owner of a shipping company. At quite early an age, the artist’s mother trained him on the techniques of making ‘Scissor-Cut Silhouettes,’ an art; he kept polishing through his life.

French Landscape Painter & Impressionist – Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, one of the most admired French landscape painters and printmakers, was born into an affluent bourgeois family in Rue du Bac, Paris on July 17, 1796. Camille’s father was a wig maker and mother, a milliner. Unlike most artists who show precocious sign of artistry, the follower of the ‘Barbizon School of France,’ Corot realized his true calling only by 1815, when he began drawing classes at Atelier Suisse. After the Corots shifted to a new house in 1817, Jean took a room on the third floor that also later became his first studio. Ever well off, the artist was educated at Rouen and was apprenticed as a draper.

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