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Traditional art-promoting groups II

Sat Jun 14, 2014, 12:22 PM


Traditional art-promoting groups II


Do you share your artwork on DeviantArt? Congratulations, this might help you progress as an artist by getting known amongst the community and grow by getting feedback and tips on your work. You are also getting inspired by seeing new artworks, searching for artists that interest you and reading tutorials, articles. Great way to gain more exposure for your artworks is to join groups and share deviations in group's galleries. Best groups on DeviantArt are full of the most inspiring works, share tutorials and publish valuable articles, feature art, organize contests and most of all - admins of those groups are active and take care of their submissions in a short amount of time. They have no problem to communicate and accept suggestions. This article's purpose is to share groups that specialize in sharing traditional artworks - consider becoming a member :) (Smile)



:icontraditionaldeviants: TraditionalDeviants > Group dedicated to traditional artworks with over 8600 members, it contains a "WIP" and a "Tutorial" folder. One submission per day for each member.

:iconwateryartists: WateryArtists > A group dedicated to showcasing and celebrating the wonderful and diverse world of watercolor.

:icontraditional-works: Traditional-Works > Active group with over 3200 members, dedicated to traditional arts. Group has quality control and folders for tutorials and body art.

:icontraditionalartnow: TraditionalArtNOW > Over 1300 members, the group also supports digital artworks and handcrafts. One submission per day to each folder allowed.

:iconpainters: painters > A traditional art group that focuses entirely on painting media. They accept all ranges of talent - from novice to professional. Join and submission rules can be found here.

:iconfineartgalleries: FineArtGalleries > Fine Art Galleries is a very conservative group featuring what is traditionally known as "Fine Art". They will accept members who show an active discipline in accordance with their examples of artwork. Because of this, not everyone that applies will be accepted. Gallery submission rules can be found here.

:iconanything-traditional: anything-traditional > Group with almost 10k members, therefore submission limit is currently set for 1 deviation per week. The group doesn't accept WIP's or sketches and has a quality control. Works must be 100% traditionally made.

:iconwatercolorlovers: WatercolorLovers > Almost 10k members, 1 deviation per week for each member. Works must be made in watercolor medium, slight digital enhance/edit is allowed. The group also accepts watercolor tutorials.

:icontraditional-painting: Traditional-Painting > This group is for artists who paint with traditional media. They require submissions to have a significant amount of paint in them. Examples of traditional paint media include oil, acrylic, watercolor, egg tempera, ink, spray paint, et cetera. Each member is allowed to submit one piece per week. Over 8k members.





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Interviewing weroni

Fri Jun 13, 2014, 9:10 AM


Interviewing weroni


Summer's Yearnings by weroni



You are a fantastic young artist and a medicine student. How do you manage to create and study such uneasy field at the same time?

Thank you very much, it means a lot that you think so :D (Big Grin). It's true that when you study medicine, you're more or less glued to your chair for 6 years, but usually, by the end of the day, after all the studying and work in the hospital I like to relax for a while, and I've found that painting really calms me down and helps me unwind after a long day.


Starry Night by weroni  Demeter (Edit inside) by weroni



It seems that watercolor is your favorite technique to use in your artworks. Do you have a particular relationship with it, why did you choose it?

I think that the attribute that appeals to me the most is it's unpredictability. They do whatever they want, what seems like a mistake at first may later become my favorite part of the painting. Also, I am a person who likes to have things under control and watercolors force me to let go of all that control I usually hang onto all day... and I just simply find them beautiful :D (Big Grin)


This Bleeding Soul by weroni


I love the cheerful coloring in every single painting of yours. Are you an optimistic person? What influences your choice of color?

I wouldn't call myself an optimist, but I simply find beauty in colors. And I feel that world is already full of gray and pouring all those colors into the painting lifts my spirit, so by sharing my art I hope to do the same for everyone else :) (Smile)


Alternate World, Alternate Life, Alternate Me by weroni


How long does it take for you to finish an average piece? What about other subjects than portraiture, does your artwork always include faces?


Sometimes, when I have all the time in the world and am in the right mood (the one when you feel like you're on fire and you simply HAVE TO paint :D (Big Grin)), all I need is few hours, or one day. During the semester, though, I usually paint maybe for and hour or two in the evening, so it may take up to one week to finish a painting. I have tried painting different subjects (and maybe one day I'll even finish them and post online :D (Big Grin)), but I think what draws me to portraits is also one of the reasons why I paint - an effort to "write down" my thoughts, emotions or simply stories in my head with a brush. I love it how some artist know how to tell a story with just one painting, and I wish that someday, I can do the same :) (Smile)


Flawless Dream by weroni


Do you exhibit or plan to exhibit?

No, I've never had this kind of opportunity. I understand that it's one step closer along the path of establishing a career and reputation as an artist, but I feel that it's still too early for my skills.


Blushing Trees by weroni


Do you have goals in your artistic career? Tell us about them :) (Smile)


I do dream, but I am still a newbie when it comes to the world of art and I feel that there's still too much I need to learn, so for now I am happy to share my art with others, maybe do some commissions. Maybe in few years I won't call it a "hobby" anymore, and maybe I will. Time will tell:) (Smile)


After the Laughter by weroni Heart of a Rainforest by weroni



How does DeviantArt impact your artistic life? Please share your inspirations with us :) (Smile)

I've always been doodling something everywhere I could(literally everywhere). I stopped during my last years of high school, because I felt that there's not much I can achieve as a self-taught artist. DeviantArt community made me realize how wrong was that assumption and I gradually started experimenting with pencils and charcoal again. What always encouraged me were all those awesome people, who didn't pretend that they were born professional artists. They still left their oldest works in the gallery. There's many wonderful people who make some really helpful tutorials, post pictures or videos of their works in progress, answer (sometimes silly) questions in the forums or notes. And maybe after a while, you can even call them friends. So from a girl who always tore up all her pictures and gave up on art it took me to a place where I am not afraid to publicly share my art with others and strive for constant improvement.


Thank you, weroni Heart


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Watercolor Techniques II

Wed Jun 11, 2014, 1:28 PM


Watercolor Techniques II


Traditional Art Week at projecteducate continues! During Artist's Toolbox weeks, I've published articles dedicated to watercolor tools (Watercolor Equipment I - Basic Tools, Watercolor Equipment II - Additional Tools). Current series of articles is focusing on painting methods, previously published Watercolor Techniques I article can be found HERE. I sincerely hope these will motivate some of you to try something new and wish you all happy painting! #1






Wet-in-Wet Technique


Wet-into-wet is another versatile and popular technique where watercolor, or water, is dropped onto a wet surface. This is a great technique to use for creating the illusion of a soft out of focus background in your painting. The soft, flowing, complex or random effects possible with wet in wet techniques are the unique signature of the watercolor medium. Even acrylics, though they can be diluted into glazes or slopped around in watery patterns, can't match the expressive textures of diffusion, pigment granulation and color gradation possible with a watery gum arabic vehicle on paper.


winter times by bracketting94




▲ Tools:


A piece of watercolor paper, preferably stretched
A brush (any size)
Two different color paints
Jar of water, a tissue to wipe your brush with


▲ How to:


First apply clean water to the area you will be painting (you can use a sponge, or a spray bottle). When the sheen is almost gone, begin painting in your colors. You can also place water on top of the colors to create more effects. For best results, keep the values of your colors close to the same. Also, wait for the sheen to be almost gone before dropping another color on top of a previous one. Otherwise, your surface will be too wet and the colors may not create the right effect.

Being able to predict the results you're going to get working wet-on-wet takes practice, but as this technique can produce spectacular, lively paintings it's well worth experimenting with it. It's particularly useful for suggesting movement in a painting and for diffusing shapes when you don't want too much detail. Make up a file of your various attempts with notes on the colors you used (some pigments collect on the paper's surface, creating more of a texture than others), how dilute the second color you added was, how wet the first layer was, and what paper you used.



▲ Wet-in-Dry comparison


Painting wet-on-wet the colors will spread into one another, producing soft edges and blending, whereas painting wet-on-dry produces sharp edges to shapes. Knowledge of these two techniques can also help prevent you from being frustrated by the paint not doing what you expect. If you want sharp edges to what you're painting, then any paint already put down on the paper must be dry before you paint another shape. If it is completely dry, then the shape will stay exactly as you'd painted it. If it isn't completely dry, the new layer will diffuse into the first.


Connected by taho





Wonderful watercolor tutorials to see



Watercoloring tips by dodostad  Watercolor bleeds notes by StevenLipton   Watercolor tutorial 2 by emperpep 

Wet-in-wet watercolor technique

Wet-on-dry and We-on-wet








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Traditional Art Tutorials on DeviantArt


A lot of people want to learn to draw and paint better but they just don't know where to start. You don't need an expensive art course to learn and progress, sometimes the answers are not far away. On DeviantArt, artists not only share their artworks but many of them are willing to share their working secrets, they create tutorials and FAQ journals or simply answer to your notes if you ask them. When you know what you want to improve, searching for a good tip gets even easier.

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ANATOMY tutorials

Nose Topography by aaronverzatt   Drawing Eyes Tutorial by satchelsbag

Portraiture-The Mouth by aaronverzatt Eye Anatomy Map by aaronverzatt


COLOR tutorials

 Natural Color Palette by TimBeard
Tutorial : Pencil color (basic) by rikurikuri  Color Theory Crash Course by pronouncedyou  Practical Colors Tutorial by KelliRoos Color theory 101 by death-g-reaper


TECHNIQUES tutorials

Watercolor Effects by CyprinusFox Watercolor Tutorial [Techniques + Flowers] by Ze-RoFruits Butterfly Tutorial by Siluan Watercolor Tutorial English by Yenni-Vu Color Pencil Tutorial by Verlisaerys
 


WALKTHROUGH

Watercolor eyes in flesh tone tutorial by jane-beata Jack Preview by AuroraWienhold Walkthrough - Ozelot in watercolor by LittleMissRaven




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Hello everyone Hi!

Welcome to our Traditional Art Week (June 9th - 15th)


Three months since the previous one, we are back with the entire week dedicated to Traditional art! Our small team has put their heads together to bring you a handful of articles that we believe you will find useful and interesting. Don't forget to join our chat event on Sunday (June 15th) that will take place over at #CommunityRelations, noon PST (12.00 pm) - we'll see you there!

Monday June 9th

Traditional Art Week Introduction blog by jane-beata


Tuesday June 10th

Painting with a knife by Goodnight-Melbourne
Traditional art tutorials on DeviantArt by jane-beata


Wednesday June 11th

A brief discussion on limited palette by Goodnight-Melbourne
Watercolor techniques II by jane-beata


Thursday June 12th

Beware of green by Goodnight-Melbourne
Creating the illusion of space by jamberry-song


Friday June 13th

Interviewing weroni by jane-beata
Watercolour and salt by STelari


Saturday June 14th

What ruins a painting by Goodnight-Melbourne
Traditional art-promoting groups by jane-beata


Sunday June 15th

Chat event by jane-beata
Traditional Art Week Summary blog by jane-beata


We hope you all enjoy upcoming articles La la la la

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Traditional Art Week Summary

Sun Mar 9, 2014, 12:58 PM


Traditional Art Week Summary (March 2014)




Oh my oh my, how time does fly! Our Traditional Art Week is now officially over, in case you missed any of our articles, here's the full list ♥

Many thanks to our hard-working contributors > Astralseed, ArtByCher, SylwiaTelari, Xadrea for their dedication!



Monday March 3rd

Traditional Art Week Introduction blog by jane-beata


Tuesday March 4th

#Traditionalists by Astralseed
#Traditionalists Events
by
Astralseed


Wednesday March 5th

Traditional art techniques II by jane-beata
Collage Art by ArtByCher


Thursday March 6th

Combining Techniques by Xadrea
Traditional Mixed Media
by
Astralseed


Friday March 7th

Interviewing takmaj by jane-beata
Watercolor Techniques by
jane-beata


Saturday March 8th

Traditional art-promoting groups by jane-beata
Sketches and sketchbooks
by
SylwiaTelari


Sunday March 9th

Chat event by Astralseed
Traditional Art Week Summary blog by jane-beata







Don't despair! Next Traditional Art Week is scheduled for June 2014! Since we covered some general topics this week, during the next one we'll be focusing on specific techniques and tutorials.
If you wish to suggest a topic for an article, please do so using this forum.



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Traditional art-promoting groups

Sat Mar 8, 2014, 7:00 AM


Traditional art-promoting groups




Do you share your artwork on DeviantArt? Congratulations, this might help you progress as an artist by getting known amongst the community and grow by getting feedback and tips on your work. You are also getting inspired by seeing new artworks, searching for artists that interest you and reading tutorials, articles. Great way to gain more exposure for your artworks is to join groups and share deviations in group's galleries. Best groups on DeviantArt are full of the most inspiring works, share tutorials and publish valuable articles, feature art, organize contests and most of all - admins of those groups are active and take care of their submissions in a short amount of time. They have no problem to communicate and accept suggestions. This article's purpose is to share groups that specialize in sharing traditional artworks - consider becoming a member :)





:icontraditionalists: Traditionalists > The group was created in order to give the traditional community a broader audience and to help shine more light onto the joys of traditional art. More about the project > What is Traditionalists / Traditionalists Events

:iconsense-create-lnspire: Sense-Create-lnspire > Member submissions are auto-accepted, 2 submissions every week per member allowed. The group also shares resources, tutorials, articles and promotes your artworks further to Twitter and FB.

:icontraditional-help: Traditional-help > The group accepts submissions on daily basis and shares resources. Submissions are auto-approved.

:iconlearning-to-draw: Learning-To-Draw > This is a group for aspiring artists to collaborate and commit to submitting art on a regular basis in order to improve their art skills.Submissions accepted daily.

:iconpaintingopen: PaintingOpen > Unlimited submissions, auto-approved. Over 3600 members following this group.

:iconthetraditionalart: TheTraditionalArt > 5 deviations per day accepted, over 1800 members.

:iconparadiseofartists: ParadiseOfArtists > 2 submissions per day, they are very picky, but the galleries look fantastic and your work gets promoted in polls and journals. Make sure to submit your best work!

:iconalltraditionalart: AllTraditionalArt > Over 1200 members, 3 submission per day allowed.

:iconilovetraditionalart: ILoveTraditionalART > 5 submissions per day allowed.

:icontraditionalartworld: TraditionalArtWorld > Unlimited submissions.

:iconall-traditional-art: All-Traditional-Art > Unlimited submissions.




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Watercolor Techniques

Fri Mar 7, 2014, 11:25 AM


Watercolor Techniques I




Traditional Art Week at projecteducate continues! During Artist's Toolbox weeks, I've published articles dedicated to watercolor tools (Watercolor Equipment I - Basic Tools, Watercolor Equipment II - Additional Tools). You should go grab your tools now, because the next series of articles will be focusing on painting methods. I sincerely hope these will help you and wish you all happy painting! :#1:



DSC 0298 crop 2 by jane-beata






Laying a wash



A wash is a large area in a watercolor painting where the paint flow and diffusion have been manipulated to efface individual brushstrokes. Within wash areas, color transitions are usually gradual and span analogous hues. Laying a wash is one of the most satisfying tasks in watercolor painting. Essentials of this skill are not difficult to learn, but to master the craft you will have to practice a bit. Washes are mostly used to create a flawless portrait background or a landscape sky that shades bright to mist.


▲ Tools:


You'll need a piece of watercolor paper stretched on a drawing board, a large flat brush, a jar of clean water, a cloth or a tissue for drying your brush and something to prop your drawing board up at a 30-degree angle to the horizontal.


▲ How to:


1 - You will need to tilt your painting surface first. The tilt creates a fall line or directed gravitational flow across the paper. This pulls the wash solution from high to low and collects the excess liquid in a reservoir, called the wash bead, along the bottom edge of the last brushstroke. Each brushstroke cuts into the existing wash bead and creates a wetted area underneath it, allowing it to flow down the stroke to the new edge.

2 - Charge your brush with paint. Starting at the top edge of the paper, put down a broad horizontal stroke, from one side to the other as if you were drawing a line with a pencil. Don't lift your brush until you're all the way across.

3 - Add more paint to your brush, then make another horizontal stroke making sure that the tip of your brush picks up the wash bead from the previous stripe. Don't paint above the bead, you'll ruin the evenness of your wash. You should work quickly to prevent lines in your wash.

4 - Continue this way until you get to the bottom of the paper. Squeeze the excess paint from your brush between a fold of cloth, then use the brush tip to lift the excess paint from the last stroke. Important > Leave the painting surface tilted until the wash dries completely.


▲ Graded wash


A graded wash is wash in which the color lightens towards the bottom of the page. To create graded wash, work in a similar way than explained above, but instead of loading your brush with more paint for each subsequent stroke, you load your brush with clean water thereby diluting the wash. Lift the excess water from the last stroke and leave to dry at an angle.


Texture Article by jane-beata

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Wonderful watercolor tutorials to see



Watercolour Basics - Technique by the-artists-cubby   Watercolor tutorial part 2 by Melimaiel  Watercolor Tutorial English by Yenni-Vu  Watercolor Tutorial [Techniques + Flowers] by Ze-RoFruits

Painting a flat watercolor wash
Painting a graded watercolor wash






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Interviewing Maja Wronska (takmaj)

Fri Mar 7, 2014, 5:54 AM


Interviewing Maja Wronska (takmaj)



Portovenere vol 2 by takmaj Portovenere by takmaj



You're a freshly graduated architect, am I correct? When did you realize for the first time that this is something you want to do with your life?

Yes, you are – I’m very happy about it. Well, to be honest, it all started when I was just a baby. My mom is an architect, she never forced me to be one, but, well, I just get some of her passion in my blood. When I was a kid, she let me color drawing designs of facades, and sometimes she showed those drawings to actual clients! I was so proud when she wasn’t ashamed of my drawings and I have to say that I was only 5 years old. In addition, we always have millions of colored pencils and all range of paints at home, and I could use them all the time, besides they were meant for professional usage, not for 4 or 5 years’ old children.


Glyptotek by takmaj



What makes watercolor your favorite artistic medium? Did you ever try acrylic or oil, painting on canvas?

Yes, I painted with acrylic, but I hated how messy they are. I never used all paints, some of them I wasted and I never liked it. Watercolors are easy, clean and wonderful.



Rialto by takmaj



Your gallery is one of the most cheerful places to see when browsing through DeviantArt. How do you pick colors for your next painting?

Wow, thank you. Well, before every painting, I browse the Internet and look for some photos to see the climate etc. When I think about a building or a city, I see the whole picture in my mind with colors and tones I should use.


Golden gate bridge by takmaj



Have you ever painted portraits or other subjects that does not connect to architecture?

I can say that architectural art is my area of expertise. I believe people should learn some basics and principles before painting any subject. I know a lot of construction rules, have a knowledge about historical and contemporary buildings, so even when I paint or draw some made up buildings, they still could exist and work. It really makes me upset when I look at someone's architectural drawing and see that there is no possible way people could walk into the building from the picture, or it could collapse, or the worst thing - perspective is messed up. I might be old-fashioned but I think it’s better to learn basics first and then start to show off :) (Smile) That’s why I never upload any portraits. What’s more, I create artwork that I personally would hang on my wall, cause I’m not a fan of people's faces "staring" at me from the pictures. But of course it’s my personal opinion, I don’t want to be offensive.


Summer day by takmaj



How large is an average piece painted by you and how long does it take to finish it?

I usually paint on a paper that is 42cm high and 56wide, and it takes me about 4-5 hours.


Siena by takmaj



Tell us about your favorites tools of the trade, what kinds do you use?

I use White Night’s watercolor and pretty random paper, sometimes Fabriano, sometimes not. I have 3 brushes (two of them are borrowed from my friend 8 years ago :) (Smile) ). In my humble opinion what really matters is the ability and the strong will, not the tool you use.


lanterns in Poznan by takmaj



Do you have favorite artists on DeviantArt? Who are they, show us galleries or artworks that we shouldn't overlook.

The deviation which I like the most is El despertar del robot by Thelastsumer, the idea of dancing building is so fresh and funny, I love the colors and everything about that piece of art.
Second is Chills by PascalCampion, I am probably the greatest fan of Pascal's work in the world, I just love everything he draws, especially those family scenes
The last but not least is Imagine This by Trichardsen, I love auroras photos and it's my dream to see that in person one day. I also really like pictures taken by Pajunen :) (Smile)


Thank you, takmaj Heart


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Traditional Art Week


Our team of Community Volunteers and senior contributors have put together another Traditional Art Week at projecteducate that is going on right now (3rd - 9th March 2014) - keep in touch and check out INTRODUCTION blog to see what we have prepared for you. Next Traditional Art Week is scheduled for June, feel free to suggest a topic you'd like us to write more about, using this forum.

Summary with our previous Traditional art week's articles can be found HERE.


Traditionalists

There is a lot going on over at Traditionalists. Our current activities include bi-weekly chat events, that are taking place at #CommunityRelations, usually on Sunday (schedule can be found HERE). We are also running Stock challenges, for more details check out this journal. We also have a new contributor (Entwinedbliss), that is putting together interesting interviews on a regular basis.

Are you interested in getting involved with Traditionalists and contribute? See more detailed info in this journal.


Traditionalists 01 / Traditionalists 02 / Traditionalists events



Traditional Art DD Round-ups



May 2013 Traditional Art DD Round-Up
June 2013 Tradtitional Art DD Round-Up
July 2013 Traditional Art DD Round-Up
September 2013 Traditional Art DD Round-up
October 2013 Traditional Art DD round-up
November 2013 Traditional Art DD round-up





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Traditional Art Techniques II

Wed Mar 5, 2014, 7:07 AM


Traditional Art Techniques II


Traditional Art Week continues! This article will give you a brief overview of even more physical media techniques and their characteristics, featuring beautiful examples found all over DeviantArt and tutorials. I sincerely hope this will get you inspired to try something new and experiment, why not pick a tutorial and see what you learn! Don't forget, whilst techniques has their own regulations and principles, they still can be combined, you have to be no wizard (just a little creative) to find a new way to express yourself through them.  Let's take a look  Singing 

(Traditional Art Techniques I)




1. Drawing media II



Drawing is one of the major forms of expression within the visual arts, and is generally concerned with the marking of lines and areas of tone onto paper. Traditional drawings were monochrome, or at least had little color,  while modern colored-pencil drawings may approach or cross a boundary between drawing and painting. Drawing is often exploratory, with considerable emphasis on observation, problem-solving and composition. It is also regularly used in preparation for painting. A quick, unrefined drawing may be called a sketch. In fields outside art, technical drawings or plans of buildings, machinery, circuitry and other things are often called "drawings" even when they have been transferred to another medium by printing. (Wiki)



▲ Pen (ballpoint, fountain)


A pen is primarily a writing implement used to apply ink to a surface (usually paper), for writing or - in this case - drawing. Ruling pens allow precise adjustment of line width, and still find a few specialized uses, but technical pens are more commonly used. Modern types, often used to create artworks, include ballpoint, fountain or ceramic tip pens. A ballpoint pen dispenses viscous oil-based ink by rolling a small hard sphere. The ink dries almost instantly on contact with paper. They are usually reliable, inexpensive and can be an excellent medium for serious fine art or illustration. A fountain pen uses water-based liquid ink delivered through a nib. The ink flows from a reservoir through a "feed" to the nib, then through the nib, due to capillary action and gravity. Fountain pens are nowadays also used for artistic purposes or by professional designers.

Tutorials to see > The ballpoint pen art book by ArtisAllan, Tutorial for Ballpoint-Pens by forkfighter


Redhead Girl - Ballpoint Pen by VianaArts Ballpoint Pen Icarus by kleinmeli



▲ Marker


A marker pen (marking pen, felt-tip pen, flow, marker) is a pen which has its own ink-source, and usually a tip made of a porous, pressed fibers such as felt. A typical permanent marker consists of a container (glass, aluminum or plastic) and a core of an absorbent material. All kinds of markers are available on the market (permanent markers, highlighters, non-permanent markers, security markers, election markers). Drawing with markers offers almost instant gratification - markers are simple to use, require little preparation time and dry quickly. They are ideal for creating loose lines, caligraphic designs and precise technical illustrations.

Tutorials to see > Copic Marker Tutorial by finni, Copic Marker Tutorial I by cartoongirl7


Portrait by marker by carlosCL General Iroh marker by BryanValenza





▲ Conté

Also known as Conté sticks or Conté crayons, they are a drawing m edium composed of compressed pwdered graphite or charcoal mixed with a wax or clay base, square in cross-section. They were invented in 1795 by Nicolas-Jacques Conté, and had the advantage of being cost-effective to produce, easy to manufacture in controlled grades of hardness. Nowadays they're manufactured using natural pigments, clay and a binder. Conté crayons are most commonly found in black, white and sanguine tones, as well as bistre, shades of grey and other colors. Colors sets are especially used for field studies and color studies. Some artists create entire paintings with them, using them the way pastels are used.

Tutorials to see > How to draw with conte crayons

whither? by derekjones [113] Untitled Charcoal & Conte On Canvas 53.2 by ShinKwangHo


▲ Crayon

A crayon (or wax pastel) is a stick of colored wax, charcoal, chalk or other material. They're available at a range of price points, are easy to work with, often less messy than paints and markers, blunt, usually non-toxic, and are available in a wise variety of colors. You can work with either water-resistant or water-soluble crayons. They are particularly good instruments for teaching small children to draw in addition to being used widely by student and professional artists.

Tutorials to see > tips: pencil crayon basics by kitton

You're Never too old for crayons by artisticalshell crayon drawing of leonid afrem by rayjaurigue







1. Painting media


Painting is the practice of applying paint, pigment, color or other medium to a surface. The medium is commonly applied to the base with a brush but other implements, such as knives, sponges, and airbrushes can be used. Painting is a mode of creative expression, and the forms are numerous. Drawing, composition or abstraction and other aesthetics may serve to manifest the expressive and conceptual intention of the practitioner. Different types of paint are usually identified by the medium that the pigment is suspended or embedded in, which determines the general working characteristics of the paint, such as viscosity, miscibility, solubility, drying time, etc. (Wiki)




▲ Encaustic painting


Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid or paste is then applied to a surface—usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used. Metal tools and special brushes can be used to shape the paint before it cools, or heated metal tools can be used to manipulate the wax once it has cooled onto the surface. Today, tools such as heat lamps, heat guns, and other methods of applying heat allow artists to extend the amount of time they have to work with the material. Because wax is used as the pigment binder, encaustics can be sculpted as well as painted.

Tutorials to see >  Art - Encaustic Tutorials

White Rabbit by readyo encaustic portrait 2 by aminotturtely



▲ Tempera / poster paint


Tempera, also known as egg tempera, is a permanent, fast-drying painting medium consisting of colored pigment mixed with water-soluble binder medium (usually a glutinous material such as egg yolk). Tempera also refers to the paintings done in this medium. A paint consisting of pigment and glue size commonly used in the United States as poster paint is also often referred to as "tempera paint", although the binders and sizes in this paint are different from traditional tempera paint. It either comes in large bottles or jars or in a powdered form. It is normally a "cheap" paint used in theatrical backdrops or in grade school art classes.

Tutorials to see > Tempera Colour Tutorial by Chenria

There's No Pain Now by RobM48 Pixels 03 by monguz



▲ Stencil


A stencil is a thin sheet of material, such as paper, plastic, or metal, with letters or a design cut from it, used to produce the letters or design on an underlying surface by applying pigment through the cut-out holes in the material. The key advantage of a stencil is that it can be reused to repeatedly and rapidly produce the same letters or design. The design produced with a stencil is also called a stencil.

Tutorials to see > How to cut stencils Tutorial

Stencil by kristrappeniers Stencil Monkey by sark-stencil



▲ Fresco


Fresco is a technique of mural painting executed upon freshly laid lime plaster. Water is used as the vehicle for the pigment and the painting becomes an integral part of the wall. The fresco technique has been employed since antiquity and is closely associated with Italian Renaissance painting.







What is your favorite technique? Do you like to mix different media?


Your thoughts and comments are welcome!


Frail


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Traditional Art Week Introduction

Mon Mar 3, 2014, 9:19 AM


Hello everyone Hi!

Welcome to our Traditional Art Week (March 3rd - 9th)


Three months since the previous one, we are back with the entire week dedicated to Traditional art! Our small team has put their heads together to bring you a handful of articles that we believe you will find useful and interesting. Don't forget to join our chat event on Sunday (March 9th) that will take place over at #CommunityRelations, noon PST (12.00 pm) - we'll see you there!

If you wish to contribute a traditional art-related article during our next Traditional Art Week (June 2014) or have suggestions for topics you'd like to read about, please comment here. Heart


Monday March 3rd

Traditional Art Week Introduction blog by jane-beata


Tuesday March 4th

#Traditionalists by Astralseed
#Traditionalists Events
by
Astralseed


Wednesday March 5th

Traditional art techniques II by jane-beata
Collage Art by ArtByCher


Thursday March 6th

Combining Techniques by Xadrea
Traditional Mixed Media
by
Astralseed


Friday March 7th

Interviewing takmaj by jane-beata
Watercolor Techniques by
jane-beata


Saturday March 8th

Traditional art-promoting groups by jane-beata
Sketches and sketchbooks
by
SylwiaTelari


Sunday March 9th

Chat event by Astralseed
Traditional Art Week Summary blog by jane-beata


We hope you all enjoy upcoming articles La la la la

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Artist's Toolbox: Dry pastel

Sun Feb 23, 2014, 6:01 AM





Artist's Toolbox: Dry Pastel



A Pastel is an art medium consisting of pure powdered pigment and a binder of a neutral hue and low saturation. Pastels have been used by artists since Renaissance, but gained popularity mostly in the 18th century, when a number of notable artists made pastel their primary medium. An artwork created in pastel is called a pastel drawing or a pastel painting. We mentioned pastel as one of traditional art techniques in a series of articles written for Traditional Art Weeks of projecteducate 


Pastels cannot be mixed on a palette like paints, but are mixed on the paper by overlaying and blending. The exact composition and characteristics of an individual pastel stick depends on the type of pastel and the type and amount of binder used. It also varies by individual manufacturer. There are two types of pastel - dry pastel (sticks of ground pigment mixed with chalk and gum) and oil pastel (oil or wax is used as a binder). In this article, we will be talking about dry pastel. 


1000 Pix Checker by jane-beata


▲ About dry pastel


Dry pastels are available in varying degrees of hardness, the softer varieties being wrapped in a paper. Soft pastels is the most widely used form of pastel, the sticks have a higher portion of pigment and less binder, which results in brighter colors. Finished drawings require protecting with a fixative spray to prevent smudging and framing under the glass. Pan pastels are formulated with a minimum of binder in flat compacts (like women's makeup) and applied with a special sponge tools, no liquid is involved. Hard pastels have a higher portion of binder with less pigment, producing a sharp drawing material suitable to create fine details. Hard pastels are traditionally used to do preliminary sketches with (composition planning), or in combination with softer pastels. It's sufficient to mention that these colors are less brilliant and are available in a restricted range in contrast to soft pastels. Lastly, pastel pencils are pencils with a pastel lead that are very useful to add details. 


DSC 0150 900 pix crop by jane-beata DSC 0111 900 pix crop by jane-beata





▲ How to use pastels


Choosing your tools - First of all, choose your palette appropriately, for starters you don't need many, a set of 12 will be more than enough. You can pick a specific color theme, such as shades of grey or earth tones. Another thing you'll need is a proper surface, paper with "tooth" or texture, with the ability to grab the pigment and hold it. Good art supply stores have paper specifically designed for pastel drawing available. You can also use charcoal paper or even canvas to draw on.

Blending - You can use your finger (some artists prefer this, some don't recommend due to messy working practices) or paper stumps (cylinders made of layers of paper) for blending, even paper tissues. The softest pastels can be also applied with brushes designed for working with pastel.

Erasing - Be careful when working with your eraser around a pastel painting, never try to rub off the pigment. Knead the eraser to make it pliable, then press it to your work to lift the pigment off.

Working habits - Before you start, plan your composition, make a light sketch using pencil or harder pastel. Work from dark to light > start with the darkest tones, adding lighter ones, layering and blending as you go. Make sure to clean the pastel dust from your workplace frequently, try not to inhale it. It's okay to use an easel, in which case the dust naturally falls into the ground and won't irritate you. Keep your hands clean, it will help you not to create an accidental smudges that will be hard to remove. Make a habit of cleaning your pastel sticks as you work with them, using a dry towel or a tissue to remove any other pigment from them.

Fixation - Use a fixative spray after you're finished, be careful though and follow the instructions, it's usually toxic. You can use fixative even between layers of pastel drawing, this allows you to work on the next layer without smudging the previous one. 


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▲ Protection of pastel artworks


To create a permanent work with pastel, artists should keep few things in mind. Use only pastel with lightfast pigments (this goes for every technique, not just pastel), work only with acid-free archival quality supports. Works should be properly mounted, framed behind glass and stored away from the direct sunlight. As mentioned, it's okay to use a high quality fixative to prevent smudging, but be careful, as some fixatives may change the color of your pigments. Use of a hair spray instead of fixative is not recommended.





▲ Techniques, Tutorials, Resources for learning


Here are some fantastic resources for learning dry pastel techniques.



 Soft Pastel Dust Tutorial by TeaKitsune

Pastel tutorial by Sarahharas07

Charcoal and Pastel tutorial by gabbyd70

Best brands of Art Pastels


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Have you tried using dry pastel? 


Feel free to share your experience in the comments below :heart:


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Previous Toolbox articles:

Watercolor equipment - Basic Tools | Watercolor equipment II - Additional Tools | Pencil, Graphite, Charcoal


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PE: 5 reasons to love your job

Fri Feb 7, 2014, 7:10 AM


5 reasons to love your job




"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

Confucius





Washed Up by DalaiHarma



1. Your work consumes a significant amount of your life time. If you don't love what you do, you spend way too much of your time being upset and uncomfortable.

2. You will probably never be truly great at what you do. Without passion and will to invest, improvement is unlikely to come.

3. You'll lack fulfillment. You'll be thinking about things you could be doing instead and watching the clock all the time. Your days won't be productive.

4. Without being productive, you won't get promoted. Without excitement and portfolio that shows progress, you won't get new customers.

5. While doing a job you don't like, you won't be able to do what you'd love to do more, be much better at and more productive. You will waste yourself.


Frustration by Fangfingers




"The biggest mistake  that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else. Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career!"

Earl Nightingale





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Happy New Year, world!

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 1, 2014, 1:07 PM


It was a very happy year for me. After a decade, first year spent being single and living in my home town again, close to my family, that is everything to me. I had 3 exhibitions here this year and became a Community Volunteer on DeviantArt and I am forever grateful for everything life has brought me. I hope to continue on the path of seeking my inner peace, being a loving mother, daughter, sister and friend to those that take care of me.

Selfie, 2013 by jane-beata



What are your most proud accomplishments of 2013?
Where do you see yourself in 365 days?



Happy New Year, everyone :heart:




journal skin made by STelari

Did you know that Sense-Create-lnspire has also a FACEBOOK PAGE ?



One specific part of our FB page is dedicated to Landscapes & Scenery category, artwork album Places. Every other day a new artwork is featured there.

This is a summary of all landscapes featured on our page during November 2013.


Enjoy the view :heart:










Traditional Art Week


Our team of Community Volunteers and senior contributors put together a Traditional Art Week at projecteducate (9th - 15th December 2013), you can find all the published articles HERE. Next Traditional Art Week is scheduled for March, feel free to suggest a topic you'd like us to write more about, using this forum.


Gallery Makeover Project


Changes in regards to the Traditional Art Gallery Tree haven't yet been finalized, you still have chance to provide feedback, that we greatly appreciate. Traditional Art Gallery Makeover Updated Proposals can be found here.


Traditionalists


Traditionalists will be opening up to new activities soon, we are currently looking for contributors from the community that wish to participate in events or with articles and features. You can find more detailed info in this journal.

Traditionalists 01 / Traditionalists 02



Traditional Art DD Round-ups



May 2013 Traditional Art DD Round-Up
June 2013 Tradtitional Art DD Round-Up
July 2013 Traditional Art DD Round-Up
September 2013 Traditional Art DD Round-up
October 2013 Traditional Art DD round-up
November 2013 Traditional Art DD round-up





Forum Threads of Interest


Digital vs. Traditional

Creativity vs. Skill

Bristol paper and what media to apply

What do you use your sketchbook for?





Other Things of Interest


Creating Art on Commission by jane-beata

ProjectPorkchop vol.291 by Astralseed

(-404) Deviant Found, vol.26 by STelari

Traditional Trove 7 by RhynWilliams

Traditional Tuesdays #67 by deshrubber

How to sell your original paintings by ArtByCher





                                                    Winter Features



Ice Maiden by MayumiOgihara Christmas card 2013 by clockwerkjos

WINTER ON THE VORONTSOV PONDS by Badusev


Winter is coming by CoalRye  Veronika by ElenaShved
The Brook in Early Winter by litka
Winter Spirit barn owl by hontor


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone :heart:






                                     Previous Traditional Art Updates



Newsletter #2: Monthly feature + updates

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 21, 2013, 1:21 PM
Hello everyone :wave:

First of all, on 2nd of December we've became Supergroup - big THANKS to our donators, who supported us with points and made this possible. We will be posting more articles, features and polls, as well as customize our front page to look at least as great as your artworks submitted here. Donation pool is still open, it took us one year to collect points :)

Our recent donators:


:iconxxpseudoxx: :iconrhynwilliams: :icondygyt-alice: :iconsloppygee: :iconprimalfuryan: :iconklarem: :iconastralseed:




Submissions


✿ Currently, all submissions into the "Member submissions, December 2013" folder are set to 2 per week for every member (submissions are auto-approved). Additionally, members are able to submit to group's Favorites (Featured folder) twice a week - 3 positive votes needed to get in. Second folder in our Favorites (Community help) is designed for submitting tutorials, articles, journals, anything that our traditional art community can benefit from - members can submit here twice a week as well, 1 contributor vote needed in order to get in.

✿ We are inviting traditional artists to join our group every day, those that wish to join themselves can apply, they will be auto-approved. Everyone can become a member of Sense-Create-lnspire to enjoy daily dose of a wonderful traditional art.

✿ Please, submit only your traditional artworks to the group! Manga & Anime/Traditional and Fan art/Traditional is also acceptable, but Photography, Digital art, etc will be removed from the group immediately and deviant will be notified. Why is this? We are group focused around traditionally made artworks, thank you for understanding :thumbsup:

Featured folder is the main folder of our gallery, only admins can submit there. We request all traditional Daily Deviations to be part of this folder as well as extraordinary artworks of our choice.




Monthly features


✿ We now have much more options to feature your artworks. Every month, we will pick 15 artworks from the current submissions folder and set polls to find community favorites. We will feature these artworks in our Newsletter journal as well as highlight 3 winners of each poll :)

November 2013 FEATURES

dance koi by kosharik69- Commission - Hetta and Hadrian - by LosenkoCinderella by ArdenEllenNixon

Coral by San-T Close your eyes. by XRlS Still Life by andr3d

A morning on Mariacka Street by sanderus You Should Have Known by LinnFeyling A STUDY IN FREEZING COLD by Badusev

Bird by Richard-Moon somwhere over the rainbow by TanyaShatseva Moth Girl by KaterinaChadoulou

Can I Hate You? by weroni Lena by ZawArt Rouen by takmaj

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If you wish to contribute to our group with a regular feature, an article / blog post, please note the group with your ideas :#1:



Traditional Art Week Summary

Sun Dec 15, 2013, 2:14 PM


Traditional Art Week Summary


Oh my oh my, how time does fly! Our Traditional Art Week is now officially over, in case you missed any of our articles, here's the full list ♥

Many thanks to our hard-working contributors > Astralseed, ArtByCher, STelari, Xadrea for their dedication!

Monday December 9th

Traditional art FEATURE CONTEST by jane-beata

Tuesday December 10th

If you like it, Feature it by jane-beata
Bump up your color by Xadrea

Wednesday December 11th

Traditional art techniques by jane-beata
How to photograph paintings by ArtByCher


Thursday December 12th

What to keep in mind when submitting traditional artworks by jane-beata
References by SylwiaTelari


Friday December 13th

Interviewing AuroraWienhold by jane-beata
Silk screen basics by Astralseed


Saturday December 14th

How to sell your artwork by ArtByCher
5 Reasons to try it the traditional way by jane-beata

Sunday December 15th

Chat event by Astralseed



Don't despair! Next Traditional Art Week is scheduled for March 3rd - 9th 2014! Since we covered some general topics this week, during the next one we'll be focusing on specific techniques and tutorials.
If you wish to suggest a topic for an article, please do so using this forum.



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5 Reasons to do it the traditional way

Sat Dec 14, 2013, 12:29 PM


5 Reasons to do it the traditional way


Traditional and Digital art are both completely different mediums, able to create the same product. It is possible to paint a beautiful, watercolor-like painting digitally, as well as achieve the cleanliness and color options of a digital piece traditionally. Therefore, using one or the other to express ourselves creatively is, just like many things in life, just an option. People may have personal, sometimes even illogical reasons for using one or the other and that's fine. Today, however, I'm a cheerleader for the "traditional side", and I offer you 5 reasons to do it traditionally!

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Vase Painter by JeremyLeach



1. Oh the wonderful smell of art supplies > I'm not talking about the toxic smell that come painting techniques require, of course. Rather about the feeling you get when entering a huge art supply store, touching all those brand new pencils and tubes, canvases.. Personally, I could never get attached to a Photoshop brush the way it's possible with new Polychromos.


2. Easier on eyes > Painting traditionally never exhausts your eyes as much as working on a screen all the time.


3. Physical touch > Have you ever tried to apply the paint to a canvas with just your fingers? It's very exciting but a sort of therapy at the same time. You can paint spontaneously, at large and making your whole body to be part of the process.

4. Producing an original artwork > The result of painting or drawing traditionally is an original painting or drawing. It's a one of a kind object that has it's special value.


5. Your house looks great! > It does. Even a mess, consisting of various brushes, paint, papers and sketches lying around, has it's charm and can even support your creativity. Also, an art easel is a very sexy object to own.


painter by Klikkanan



Do you prefer the traditional or digital way? What are your reasons?

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below ♥


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