What is a Selkie?

Life is funny. I had Jin N Tonic over last night modeling for me. I let her choose three poses straight from Gil Elvgren, of whom I’m a huge fan of. She choose her three poses, and I drew them straight onto the watercolor paper. In three hours, we ended

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How to avoid muddy watercolors

So you need to know how to avoid muddy watercolors? Well first off, what is muddiness? It’s one of those you’ll know it when you see it issues. Muddiness looks like, well, mud all over your watercolor painting. Once your watercolor painting becomes muddy, it’s time to throw it out.

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Qualities of good pinup art

I’ve been studying what good pinup art is for awhile now. Although I’ve been studying the Pre-Raphaelite masters like John William Waterhouse lately, I’ve always been a fan of good American pinup. American pinup artists during the so-called Golden Age of Pinups made their money in ads. The ads only

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Three free mermaid templates

Every once in awhile, you design something but you don’t really like the end result. This happens to me all the time. I drew up these three mermaids but the actual paintings were less than satisfactory. So, I’m giving away the templates as templates. They’re PDF files, so all you

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You need a watercolor journal

You should have at least one watercolor journal. I’m not going to get into which watercolor journal is better. To me, it’s an exercise in absurdity. I’ve rarely seen anyone sell their journals. Rather, most of us use them either for traveling or experimentation. Travelers may want something like a

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How to ink watercolor

So you want to know how to ink watercolor? It’s actually a very simple three step process. First you draw it in pencil. Then you ink it. Then you erase the pencil after the ink dries. That’s all there is to it. But, let’s not end this article just yet.

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Just keep producing art

I just wrote about the mindset of an artist, which is the difference between the artist who “makes it” versus the artist who doesn’t. This is sort of part II of that. Some people think there’s something special about producing art. Or the artist is born with some supernatural talent.

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