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How To Paint Dynamic Hands With The Structural Method

How To Paint Dynamic Hands With The Structural Method Painting a realistic hand is made easy by understanding the basic structure of the hand's anatomy and rhythms of hand operation. Don't worry - this is not going to be a lesson in Metacarpophalangeal Joints and Lumbrical Muscles.  I don't really know what those are and [...]

How To Paint Dynamic Hands With The Structural Method2019-01-06T11:00:51+00:00

Self Portrait of an Artist – How To Paint A Portrait by Matt Abraxas

Self Portrait of an Artist - How To Paint A Portrait by Matt Abraxas In the final video for creating my yearly self portrait, I bring you along on a time-lapse demo to show you how to paint a portrait. I paint my self portraits each year around my birthday which is on March 25th. [...]

Self Portrait of an Artist – How To Paint A Portrait by Matt Abraxas2019-01-07T09:42:31+00:00

Solve Problems Early With Study Sketches Before Your Final Painting!

Solve Problems Early With Study Sketches Before Your Final Painting! Painting should be fun, but when it starts looking bad, the joy rapidly dwindles.  What if with a little preliminary work, you can ensure a more enjoyable process and a better piece of art? This post is a continuation on the process of creating a [...]

Solve Problems Early With Study Sketches Before Your Final Painting!2019-01-07T10:12:01+00:00

Painting A Self Portrait and Jerry’s Artarama Contest

Painting A Self Portrait and Jerry's Artarama Contest Follow Along With Me In Creating A Self Portrait Over The Next Few Weeks Self Portrait Study 2012 Every year at around my birthday in March, I paint a self portrait.  I've been doing for a long time as an exercise to see the progress [...]

Painting A Self Portrait and Jerry’s Artarama Contest2014-03-17T16:03:22+00:00

How To Draw Hair Easily – from The Studio by Matt Abraxas

How To Draw Hair Easily - from The Studio by Matt Abraxas Lesson in How to Draw or Paint Realistically You can go straight to the video HERE Working on an illustration that involved a portrait of a woman, I had the challenge of creating a different hair style than I had on the model.  Typically, [...]

How To Draw Hair Easily – from The Studio by Matt Abraxas2014-03-06T09:58:09+00:00

30 Minutes to Become a Better Artist

30 Minute Painted Quick Sketch   Improving How You See in 30 Minutes The Video for the Painted Quick Sketch is Below A common problem in painting is in understanding color.  There are countless colors in paints, but no matter how many we use, we often still create a flat, convoluted mess.  Paintings often lack [...]

30 Minutes to Become a Better Artist2014-03-09T11:45:08+00:00

How to Draw and Paint

How to Draw and Paint - Seeing as an Artist Learning to draw and paint begins with copying simple easy-to-follow art lessons, but when you find yourself wondering how to draw realistic people or paint a landscape as beautifully as you envision it, then you have to go beyond the basic step by step drawing [...]

How to Draw and Paint2014-02-14T16:11:34+00:00

My Demo Painting at SmithKlein Gallery – Painting From A Snapshot Picture

Painting from a Snapshot Photograph At SmithKlein Gallery in Boulder, CO., last month, I painted a demonstration of how I sometimes work directly from a single photo. Before anything else, I do want to stress the importance of working from life as much as possible.  In order to understand tonal value (the graduating differences from [...]

My Demo Painting at SmithKlein Gallery – Painting From A Snapshot Picture2014-01-28T23:23:34+00:00

Painting Several Characters Using One Model

Painting Several Characters Using One Model In the 2 part video below, I show you how I used myself as a model for an illustration involving 4 adults. This can be very useful for illustrators on a tight budget and deadline, or for anyone who is having difficulty arranging other people to pose. An important [...]

Painting Several Characters Using One Model2014-01-29T11:19:10+00:00

Happy Birthday, Rembrandt

Commemorating the 407th birth anniversary of one of the greatest painters of all time, Google has altered logo yet again to involve the portrait of the celebrated Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn. Happy Birthday Rembrandt Rembrandt is most known for his self portraits.  He began his career with portrait painting and only about 10% of these [...]

Happy Birthday, Rembrandt2014-01-16T14:18:39+00:00

How to Paint a Portrait Fast

Painting A Face Quickly for Illustration Work Face Painted in Profile for a book by Simonetta Carr about John Knox. In this quick tutorial, I speed up the process from 25 minutes to about 10 minutes showing the steps I take to quickly paint a side-view portrait. Simonetta Carr writes books on Christian biographies.  This [...]

How to Paint a Portrait Fast2014-01-29T13:29:46+00:00

Remastering a Painting

Remastering an Old Painting - Art of Repainting Feather Boa Skirt - 2009 I painted this over a year ago.  When I saw it on the gallery wall, I felt at once that this was a piece I had rushed to call finished.  Nate, the curator of Smith Klein Gallery, said he liked [...]

Remastering a Painting2014-02-26T17:27:04+00:00