Patricia Schappler | Graphite and CollagePatricia Schappler’s graphite and collage work gave us pause during last year’s Annual Art Competition. We wanted to get to know the artist a little bit better—what she loves about art, what inspires her to create, and her unique ability to trust the art to take her into directions that surprises her.
In this excerpt from Stan Sperlak’s feature article “Into the Night” from Magazine (June 2013), Sperlak demonstrates how to complete a sunset landscape from start to finish. Scroll down to read this step-by-step demo, and learn how to portray the ethereal qualities of night with pastel.Progression of Heavenly HuesBy Stan SperlakThe moments after the sun sets provide an opportunity for an easy lesson in painting the order and values of prismatic colors as they appear in the sky.
Ali Cavanaugh is an artistic sensation, pushing watercolor forward with her highly recognizable style. Her portraits and painted figures resonate with thousands of followers and fans. All of us eagerly await what she will do next. Until then, enjoy this exclusive QA with the artist, as we touch on everything from her unconventional career steps and the tools she loves.
Anatomy of a Pencil, How You Can Hold a Pencil and All the Marks You Can Make!In this pencil drawing round-up, instructor Kathi Hanson discusses tons of pencil drawing ideas that start with knowing the anatomy of the tool you are using, how you can hold a pencil for different strokes, and all the marks you can make.
Gorgeous Blooms Perfect for Beginners — Plus Step-by-Step Directions!Artists, rejoice in the loveliness of Marie Boudon’s easy watercolor flowers — perfect for your journal pages, handmade stationery, and definitely pretty enough all by themselves, too! In DIY Watercolor Flowers, Marie guides you through the basic techniques of flower painting with illustrated instructions of your favorite blooms and floral “arrangements.
Sandrine Pelissier was a winner in Magazine‘s 2013 All Media Art Competition (mixed media and collage art category). She created her winning painting, Recycling Life (below), in response to thoughts about circularity—“the way everything gets recycled in nature.” The foreground of the painting is a collage landscape of newspaper obituary clippings, signifying that “we all ultimately come back to the ground.