Tag Archives: art techniques

Oil Pastels and Books

Decades ago I tried oil pastels and couldn’t get anywhere with them. They are difficult to use and blend but they seem to have improved them lately. I am going to try and sketch with them on my other blog … Continue reading

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Waiting for Toned Paper

I ordered and received some toned tan paper that I bought from Amazon in the States because no one in Canada seems to have it yet. When I received the paper it felt wonderful but had a peculiar chemical smell. … Continue reading

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Biographies and Art Technique Books

I bought 4 new books and 2 used books that looked interesting for biography art techniques. 1) How to Draw & Paint Animals: Learn to Draw with Colored Pencil Step by Step by Debra Kauffman Yaun – another excellent Walter … Continue reading

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Another Art Book: The Realism Challenge by Mark Crilley

I was browsing online and this book popped up: The Realism Challenge by Mark Crilley. I looked at it and the preview pages and it seemed interesting because he often uses coloured pencil, graphite, and watercolour together, which I also … Continue reading

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Some New and Used Books

I bought two very inexpensive used books before Christmas, and they finally arrived in the mail. The first is an older edition of Hayden Herrera’s biography of Frida Kahlo. I wanted this to get me in the mood for making … Continue reading

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Oh Yes, I Bought Three Watercolour Books

Yeah, but two of them are for the spouse, so I guess I’m safe. I noticed Amazon had a copy of a book I’ve had on my wish list since last summer. Figuring this was a sign, and encouraged by … Continue reading

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Tim Powers Meets James Gurney

When you buy art technique books there is usually one thing or another you browse to or try out as you skim the pages and familarize yourself with the contents and attendant photographs and illustrations. In the James Gurney book … Continue reading

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