Celtic knotwork art - Humanity & Kindness...
I created this colourful Celtic knotwork design on the theme of humanity and kindness and based on a traditional Celtic knotwork design -
I actually created it in the first weeks of lockdown (late-March 2020) for a book on kindness, 'Be Kind' by Tecassia Publishing - thinking about how we're all interconnected across the whole world and how we need to cultivate our kindness and patience towards each other so that we can all live together effectively, especially in those most difficult moments when we sometimes feel anything but patient and kind...
Basic colour wheel colour theory explained – keeping it simple – put the ideas into practice straight away.
Do people keep referring to the colour wheel or colour theory without explaining what it is, why it’s helpful, or what it’s got to do with you? …confusing, right?
Only until it’s explained properly! When you understand basic colour wheel ideas, it’s like you’ve been let into a special artists’ club and get to find out all the colour secrets!
I didn’t properly understand about the artist’s colour wheel until I started training in interior design… it was a big ‘a-ha’ moment and suddenly everything ‘clicked’…
That’s what I want to share with you – how basic colour wheel colour theory can improve your art!
We’ll look together at the basic colour wheel – we’ll understand what it’s for and understand some simple colour terms before going on to see how basic colour wheel colour theory can help us choose colours for our drawings and artworks.
In this blog post, we’ll cover:
Exploring drawing and painting on fabric - inspired by the beautiful blendings of colours that watercolour artists create, I decided to explore the effects of ink on wet fabric....
A small handful have become artworks in their own right, whereas others become part of a pattern, or composite artwork, combined with my drawings, and many are just a very faint background, you would hardly notice.
This is actually a technique I use in very many of my digital artworks to create an interesting, colourful and textured background for my artwork...
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Easy artist colour theory for you to understand how to use colour practically in your art.
Colour is one of those things that attracts us to creating art – it’s exciting and emotional and it gives our drawings life and personality.
It looks so easy… so why is it sometimes so damn hard?!
Let’s start by looking at some easy ways to add colour to our art –
In this blog post, we’ll learn techniques for using colour to add form, depth, light, shade, and shape to your drawing – as well as the excitement of colour!
This is important, because as well as being an expressive tool to give emotion, feeling, and excitement to your artwork, colour is also a tool that you can use to give your artwork shape, depth, and form.
In the earliest parts of our drawing, we spend time looking at our subject matter and not our page so that we can draw the outline correctly…
We’ve done lots of hard work with our basic line drawing and may even have added texture and shade (mark making) with pen, pencil, or charcoal. So now we have that already in place, it’s the time to really immerse ourselves in the colour on the page or canvas.
You can apply the following ideas to any medium that you choose to use to apply colour to your artwork.
And you can adapt the ideas to suit your own style – and I would encourage you to do so.
Choosing colour for an artwork or design can be a really fun part of the creative process, but sometimes the sheer amount of colour choice available is just a little bit overwhelming, so here's a few tips I've learned over the past few years to help...
Of course, if the artwork or design is of flowers, animals, or birds I find the the natural colour of the flower, animal or bird is a great place to start, but for more abstract designs, or ones where you don't necessarily want the colours to look true to life, you can start by picking colours out of a favourite photo...
Here are some I tried from some of my own holiday snaps...
Have you always wanted to learn how to use colour more confidently in your art?
Would you love to know how to create compositions that work?
Then I've got the perfect courses for you...
Today, I launch:
Last month, we were looking at understanding pastels (the different types of pastels, including oil pastels, and the different pastel techniques).
Today, we're making a more specialised pastel journey, looking at oil pastel techniques...
Oil pastels are less messy than traditional pastels and lots of fun with rich colours and textures that you can create with very expressively.
I do enjoy using oil pastels and I find I create with them quite differently than with my usual pens and markers.
In this Oil Pastels free PDF download we'll look at:
Would you love to have a go with pastels but aren't sure where to start?
Are you confused about which types of pastels to choose or uncertain about how to get those lovely blended colour effects?
Then my new Drawing with Pastels free PDF lesson is for you!
Follow my pastel drawing demos to learn the techniques and find a pastel style to suit you...
My colourful 'Garden Wrens' artwork was inspired by seeing a tiny wren flitting about in the colourful Acer leaves in my back garden (while I was doing the washing-up!)... it was a wonderful moment as we so rarely see the little wrens that we suspect have a nest in thick ivy behind our plum tree...
Such a sweet little bird and a real treat to see in my own back garden!
I create my artworks digitally in Adobe Illustrator - but I start them the good old-fashioned way - with pen and paper...
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