I have worked on this storm landscape painting for some time and finally finished it today. The painting was done with soft pastels, mainly Unison and Rembrandt, on Ampersand board. Ampersand is a hard board with grainy surface and a great surface to work on. The painting is 16 x 20 inches.Read More
Learn How To Draw And Paint
Drawings and Paintings By Artist Henk Prinsloo
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One easy way to draw from a photograph and get the proportions correct, is to use a grid. This is a technique used for many centuries by the old masters, like Leonardo Da Vinci.
In the tutorial section you will find a tutorial that will show you how to use a grid to make an accurate drawing from a photography.
Aerial perspective is needed in landscape paintings to show a sense of depth and realism. One way to assure correct perspective is to determine a vanishing point on the horizon and to accurately draw the objects in relation to the vanishing point. You can read more about it, here: Landscape Perspective
Aerial perspective is also achieved by using warm and cool colors. Take a look at the painting below: The basic shapes and color temperature creates an illusion showing depth. Cooler colors recede and warmer colors advance towards the viewer.
Move your mouse over the image to see the landscape painting.
Today I’m going to show you another cool pencil drawing technique that I use in some of my pencil portraits.
Occasionally the artist needs to cover a larger area with graphite. It could be very time consuming to use a pencil to do this. One way to quickly cover large areas is to use a soft paintbrush with graphite powder. Apply the graphite with the brush.
You will have to practice this technique since the graphite powder tends to go on darker than you intended. It is easy to go dark but rather tricky to have very smooth and light values.
Here is what I do to create a soft lighter value: Dip only the tip of the brush in a little graphite powder. Now dab most of the graphite off on a piece of paper. Rub with your brush on the paper until you see the desired value. Now your brush is ready to fill in the lighter areas.
Carefully apply pressure with the brush. I apply the graphite powder in a circular motion. The above drawing is in its early stages. The softer values on the skin was achieve by using graphite powder. You can see the finished result if you move your mouse over the image.Read More
Some time ago I finished this drawing of actor Brad Pitt. I especially loved the light setup in the original photo that resulted in dark and deep shadows. This is the ideal image to draw since there are many levels of value allowing the artist to create a realistic pencil portrait.
The entire drawing was done using a 0.7mm mechanical pencil with 2B lead. Mechanical pencils allow for great details. The drawing was done on 2-ply Bristol Paper. Bristol is a tough paper that allows for many layers of graphite enabling the artist to create nice dark tones.
See my free drawing tutorials that will teach you how to draw in pencil.Read More