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Do You Really Value Your Paintings?

Is Your Canvas Rotting From Oil Paint?

Way back in the Fifteenth Century you did not have a wide choice of support for your paintings (canvases) to paint on. Hey, but these guys were really creative! They found a way to get around painting on flat wooden supports. Now, the choice is quite broad. Introducing the Canvas. 

We all now paint on the faithful canvas. There is a special feeling when painting with a brush on canvas, a "springing-ness" with vibrations giving wonderful textures. Pity they did not experience this in those long gone days. Canvases today are light, portable and easy to store.

I used to buy my canvases in rolls and stretch it which is much cheaper - although when I sold several large paintings a week I purchased ready-made canvases online. Made my own. Cheap!

Flax canvases are a good choice if you want your artwork to last longer than a few centuries.

You will find a big variety of textures in cotton, flax and other fibers. Be careful with cheap cotton canvases as oil paint will rot the canvas after awhile. 

If you are short on cash you can try hessian which has an open weave so it takes up and absorbs more paint.

Remember, you canvas must be primed (sealed) before you start to to paint. That is only for oil paint as acrylics won't rot the canvas.

Try putting you primer on with a pallet knife where you'll get  marvelous textures on your finished artwork.

Are You An Artist
Who Was Born To Paint?

With such a HUGE population of nearly eight billion humanoids living on this planet, with only a handful of creative artists! True Masters of the Arts.

There is nothing magical about being creative. We are, all of us, inherently born to paint, and to be creative in any of the arts.

I went to an art college for a few years and was taught all the techniques of oil painting. Here, I was exposed to many of my fellow-students work when I became aware of the lack of creativity and began wondering if it is possible to break away from the norm?

I used to ask myself "Surely I don't have to paint this way, there must be other ways to be more effective?" As an example I got a huge 3ft x 3ft piece of drawing paper (4 sheets stuck together) got out my soft pastels and started sketching on a very LARGE scale.

The results were different and the teacher validated my creativeness. This did spark and interest from other students, not for the size but the way I was using the pastels edges rather than the tip.

This taught me a new way of seeing things - it's like a student who said this is a bull drawing  - and Picasso said "No, it is a typwriter."

I realized that creativity in oil painting was formed by constant change--it is not easy to pickup a brush and paint something really new, or different.

So over the years, you can become creative just by holding a paint brush and knowing all about techniques which forces you to become creative and a GREAT PAINTER.

Write to me from the "contact" page and tell me if you feel you can become a creative oil painter.

Jon Mumford 

Webmaster for Drawing-Pencil-Sketches.com

Painting With Acrylics Yet?

Drawings of FlowersDrawings of Flowers

Have you ever tried painting with Acrylics? Why not?

Acrylic paints usually come with a dull or matt surface unlike oil paints--also the depth is quite limited with acrylics.

But, there are lots of mediums you can use to change the surface appearance of your acrylics. You get a choice of glossy, transparent, matt, texture or grainy.

One of the biggest problems I've had  with acrylics is that it dries far too fast especially when you have a large canvas to cover! There are retarders available but they can also change the surface texture.

But your drying time can be increased by an hour or more.

That's why I love oil paints so much. I can spend days on one painting.

Your choice of acrylics is either gloss or matt. It is great to use both in a painting to give those subtle contrasts.

Why varnish it?

It's really to seal the canvas after you have completed your painting.

Also you can get an acrylic paste --you plaster you canvas giving a really impasto (thick paint look)  thereby saving yourself a few bucks.

I will be writing more on acrylic paints - so stay tuned to my news feed on the internet.

Jollyon Hooley

Why Do You Need to Keep a Sketchbook?

Well, you need to collect prep sketches for later use in a landscape. Maybe you have your range of pencils to hand but no colors and today, they looked magnificent in the autumn with a beautiful harmony of color! 

Hmmm, I also forgot my Conte Crayons so that was another missed opportunity. I thought about charcoal as you can get super-soft effects from jet black to a very soft gray.

I always try and tell my students to carry only the bare essentials otherwise great opportunities will be lost. That would be a ring-bound sketchbook, several sticks of soft and hard charcoal and a few rags for blending. I am going to teach you how to create marvelously soft effects using only charcoal.

St Valentine's Day

Cat & Dog Romance as Valentine is nearbyCat & Dog Romance as Valentine is nearly here

Yeah, Dogs and Cats can love each other and they are warming up for St Valentine's Day just around the corner!

Which is the Feast of Saint Valentine and an annual holiday celebrated on February 14 every year.

The day became associated with romantic love within the circle of Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. Have you marked in you diary for flowers for your loved one? In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards 

No Easy Walk in The Park...If

You Want To Be Successful As An Artist

As Mandela said, it is a long walk to freedom and that means the amount of practice you put in. And for what niche you want to shine in.

That will include architecture, interior design, designing furniture or fabrics, glassware sculpting, textiles, woodcarving or oil painting. Can you think of anymore niches you are interested in?

Maybe you have a sense of humor and you'd like to create a children's comic strip? That pays well if you are good at it - and you can become famous!

What will that take? Years of practice in just drawing, load that up with learning about color and mixing paint! Think it is easy? Ha! You have to be tough to stick at it. 

You can to get into the architectural college, you love designing buildings from skyscrapers to residential up-market houses along Malibu Beach.

You are passionate about architectural styles and design. So you apply for a job interview and the Director asks you casually "You see that building over there created by one of our staff..."What would you change to make it more dynamic?" Your answer "I think I would change the color balance, make it less intrusive." You blurt out..."I am not that keen on color sir!" The door is now closed for you. 

Bottom line, you have to be passionate about ALL ASPECTS within the niche. And that means sheer hard work! And do not think sitting behind a computer will give you a leg up in creativity. Sorry. You have to be different.

Learning To Draw Pencil Sketches Like a Pro

There are times when you look at an abstract painting in an art art gallery or a museum and wonder what the hell in the world the artist was thinking! Take a peek at the map of Texas congressional districts and you could ask the same question. The weird squiggly lines, weird shapes and crazy-awkward elongations can give a casual observer a headache! 

What does all this mean? You wonder, it has nothing but meaningless shapes thrown together that would not inspire a truly creative artist.

Although I've listed this as a blog, I want to share other news about what is going on around us in the drawing world, some funny stuff there, and things you can get inspiration from unusual ways - robots, not humans - who can draw abstract art. Yes, it is Crazy!

Nature Elephant Sketches

Sketches of elephants drawn with 2B pencil.

Time; about 30 minutes. Try your hand at this - draw fast and loose! With no fiddling with drawing over original lnes twice!

This puts a bit of "fuzz" in your drawing - so take heed! Keep your pencils sharp.

Elephant Drawing by RembrandtElephant Drawing by Rembrandt

Elephant Drawings, One of the easiest animals to draw.

If you can draw a balloon shape slightly elongated you have an elephant right there - all you need to add are the four legs and floppy ears. Try it!

Two Happy PigsTwo Happy Pigs

Sketch of Lake HuronSketch of Lake Huron
Abstract sketch of Tuscany LandscapeAbstract sketch of Tuscany Landscape

How To Draw Landscapes For The Absolute Beginner

Start by sketching a thumbnail size rectangle. A rough one as shown here on the right.

Draw a line across your paper for the horizon line. Then place buildings and trees or anything that looks interesting.

Remember, just a very rough sketch and use ONLY black and a mid-toned gray.

If the balance looks okay, draw the landscape full size.

Drawings of Flowers for Beginners:

When Drawing Flowers Becomes a Breeze once you have mastered the technique!

Try drawing with pen and ink, start off with ball pen then go and get a pen with a nib - and don't forget the black ink.

How To Draw Flowers

One of the easiest flowers to draw is the five petal flower like the cosmos.

Follow the steps in these tutorials and you will become a master craftsman in a short time.

Picasso's Mother and ChildPicasso's Mother and Child

10 Drawing Ideas You Can Use To Speed Up Your Drawing Skills

Study Picasso's Mother and Child Drawing.

See the contour layers on child and on mothers' hands?

William Jefferson ClintonWilliam Jefferson Clinton

Caricature of Bill Clinton

Remember this guy back a couple of decades ago who said "I never slept with that woman!"

This caricature is of Vegan Bill. William Jefferson Clinton, aka Bill Clinton, was the 42nd President of the United States.

Rene Magritte, The Great SurrealistRene Magritte, The Great Surrealist

René Magritte was born in Lessines, in the province of Hainaut, Belgium, in 1898. He was the son of Léopold Magritte, a tailor and textile merchantwho was a milliner before she got married.

He began lessons in drawing in 1910. 

Magritte mother committed suicide and he was present when her body was retrieved from the water, but recent research has discredited this story.

When his mother was found, her dress was covering her face, an image that has been suggested as the source of several of Magritte's paintings. 

Data from Wikipedia

Anyone Can Draw!  A lot of individuals think that drawing is only reserved for those who are born with impeccable talent. We often think that it takes years of intensive training for someone to produce a great piece.  The truth is Anyone Can Draw. 

Follow This link for the full story 


Floral and Human ImagesFloral and Human Images

Inspirational Talk By Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on video

Drawings of large succulent leavesDrawings a large succulent leaves

How to draw nature with Pen and Ink.

You can get away with your perspective being right in nature drawings.

You can't easily tell where your single point perspective is.

Abstract Art and Drawing is Gaining in Popularity

Have you ever tried your hand at drawing abstract shapes and forms? It is not as easy as it looks especially if you are only using a pencil. To fill in masses of shapes you need charcoal and crayons.

Also, as with other genres, you do need to consider how you are going to draw your visitors into your drawing. Apply the rule of thirds - I've mentioned this a few times where you guide your viewer into your picture in stages. It is a skill, and you should know it.

Follow along on this blog - there's always tips you can use.

Abstract Art Title: 5th Avenue NYAbstract Art 5th Avenue, NY

Humor is really the only effective medicine you can find that really works!

Rich dad, Poor Dad, I don’t think it matters a hill of beans. Who your dad is and not very relevant in today’s world.

Wealth is where you find it. You can make a fortune right now in internet marketing or selling beans, or amassing bucks by playing crap shoots in Vegas! Of course - you can make money from your art. You can make money by doing the things you really love. No question.

The choice is yours - but hey, stick to drawing or do something you love!

The big bucks are found in entertaining people and making them laugh usually with below the belt crap. Look at the hoops you have to jump through to get the girl of your dreams.

You soon forget about your dreams and of buried treasure to go to work.  Then one day you come home to find that your dream girl has run off with your best friend.  A note attached to the front door saying that you were not fun anymore.

Many people would think it's a tragedy and would feel pity. But, the man in question I know very well and he laughed and thought it was the funniest joke in the world. In that instant of enlightenment hit him, right between the eyes.

You can still find your place in the sun if you would but open your eyes and use the gifts the creator has endowed you with.   Do you really need a cell phone? Are you better off with the Internet? Of course you are not!

You don’t have to play the Game at all. Just do it! And you'll win on your terms.

Trending on Blog posts: The Fragrance, Beauty and Color of Nature's Queen 

How to draw a rose? It's a phrase almost as famous as "A rose by any other name,still smells as sweet." 

Roses are Nature's Queen. They make your back yards into gardens and floral arrangements into bouquets. They give you fragrance, beauty and color you only find with Natures Queen. Sooner or later in your art education, you'll want to know how to draw a rose.

Rose Drawing using texture onlyDrawing using texture only Through Photoshop Filters

Tattoos: Ugly or Beautiful Skin art?

High sentiments always win in the end. The leaders who offer blood,toil, tears and sweat always get more out of their followers than those who offer safety and a good time. When it comes to the pinch, human beings are heroic.  George Orwell

Mar 18, 2018

2013 Ellen

2013 Ellen Can you please comment or say a few words about your drawings. There are many people who see and read these comments and can learn from them.

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Mar 18, 2018


Kong abhi bacha hai!

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Mar 17, 2018


I like to draw this type of drawing...thanks.

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Mar 17, 2018

Jason Momoa

My favorite actor.

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Mar 16, 2018

An Eagle

There is nothing I can say about this eagle. Tell me what you think of my drawing. Any comments to help me along? By Jebin

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Mar 13, 2018

How-To Draw-Landscapes

How to draw great landscapes for the absolute beginner

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Mar 12, 2018

Another anime

Hey! Me again! I was as always skimming through some online drawings and found something i liked so here it is! Please leave your reviews and suggestions

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Mar 12, 2018

A naruto sketch

Hello!! I wanted to draw from something now and popular so there you go!! I hope you all like it and please leave your review as it helps me how I can

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Mar 09, 2018

Every One having their own Identity

Girl watching towards the nature,that she having his own identity and individuality.....

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Mar 09, 2018

Every One having their own Identity

Girl watching towards nature, that she having his own identity and individuality...

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Mar 09, 2018

Minnie Mouse

When I was a baby I always had Minnie Mouse everything...ever since I love Minnie Mouse ❤️

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Mar 08, 2018

Har Har Mahadev

it's my imagination...

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Mar 08, 2018

Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone. Share your comments.

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Mar 05, 2018

Tom and Jerry

its just tom and jerry... I would prefer to see your own original drawings rather than copy Walt Disney characters. Kim Langer co odinator Try it, you

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Mar 02, 2018


Pencil sketch art for beginners starts from getting insights from arts of great finesse. Learn and Boost your skills from effective drawings and sketches.

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Feb 28, 2018

Megan Fox

Megan Fox Sketch

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Feb 28, 2018

Paula Patton

Paula Patton

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Feb 27, 2018

Seam C 2012


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Feb 27, 2018


Our life is the same like this, in bad situations where the flowers are in a shoe. The flowers know to grow, however, the place is that's should also learn

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Feb 27, 2018

P.V.sindhu - proud of india 💐

This is P.V. Sindhu's Drawing made by me...C DAY of INDIA......P.V.sindhu is my FAVOURITE sports person ......💐

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Feb 27, 2018

The sky is the limit, reach out for it

The idea behind this sketch is to bring out my expression of first making our roots strong and then reach out for the sky. Just like a tree does. In

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Feb 25, 2018

Knowledge is power, But enthusiasm for Your Art Pulls The Switch.

Just how powerful do you think your art can be? Certain facts are waiting for you or anyone else, to pick them up and share them with other artists. However,

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Feb 25, 2018



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Feb 24, 2018

Aztec Art Drawings

Aztec art drawings for your imaginative creative art projects with a little history.

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Feb 24, 2018

Journey Towards Life

Life journey is compared to the journey by ship. In ship while its journey, it has to overcome many difficulties such as heavy wind, rain,storm etc.,

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Feb 23, 2018

Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin Please write up a few lines about your art/cartooning and Charle Chaplin? Kim {coordinator

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Feb 23, 2018

Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin Why not try something original instead of copying? Kim coordinator

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Feb 22, 2018

Basic Drawing and Sketching Techniques

To begin basic sketching techniques, you need to gather few materials. First of all what you have to do is to choose the right type of pencil. There are

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Feb 22, 2018

The lady wolf

How a lady wolf would behave if her husband forgets their wedding day

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Feb 22, 2018

My Sketches

Drawing is a frame of mind and a loving cuddle. It is the only thing I've found in which I can lose myself completely and the only thing I love.

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Feb 22, 2018

india side beauti

today i draw indian woman painting

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Feb 20, 2018

Marilyn Monroe

First time to draw/sketch it is a Drawing of Marylin Monroe free hand in pencil. Drawn by Jesus Perea.

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Feb 19, 2018

Mistakes That Artists Make In Their Marketing

Are you one of those artists who have no clue of what they are going to paint? They have “A writers’ block or, in this case, an oil painters block, and

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Feb 19, 2018



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Feb 17, 2018

Are Your Oil Paintings You Sold Next To Zero?

Well, it is not an easy niche to break into as there must be as many niches as there are paintings! Have you had a passion for a specific niche like flowers,

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Feb 16, 2018

Look, I Did Steal a Few Ideas By Curating Oil Paintings!

Well, I was a bit short of cash in the last years of 1990 which was the beginning of the end of apartheid in South Africa. This was when I was in and

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Feb 16, 2018

Cute girl

Sexy girl eats ice cream, umm yumy!

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Feb 14, 2018

Drawings of Flowers

Drawings of flowers and how to construct basic shapes for beginners.

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Feb 14, 2018

Nature Sketches

How to draw nature sketches and drawings in simplified steps using pencils or crayons.

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Feb 13, 2018

You Can't Paint Like A Pro Unless You Have The Essentials In Place

The big question is; Do you have the right pallet? What I am talking about is the actual palette you use to mix your paints on. The standard pallet is

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