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Practical Painter

Practical Painter

Practical Painter Volume 2

Improve your traditional art skills today! In Practical Painter volume 2, top artists share their tips, tricks and advice to help you master your medium of choice and learn new techniques in oils, watercolours, charcoal, acrylics, gouache and much more.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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1 min.

Are you a passionate painter, a dabbler, or just getting started? Whatever your level, we’ll help you improve your art skills and add to your know-how. In this special edition from ImagineFX magazine, top artists share their tips, tricks, advice and techniques to help you master your medium of choice. From animal anatomy to oils, from colour thumbnailing to charcoal techniques, from rendering the folds and textures of different fabrics to getting what you need from a photoshoot, our experts will guide you step-by-step. Want to experiment with a new medium? We’ll show you how get to grips with watercolour, acrylics and gouache, and help you choose the right materials for you. Want to learn from the professionals? You can work along with our artists as they employ a range…

8 min.

Sergio Lopez LOCATION: US WEB: www.themainloop.com EMAIL: sergiolopez@themainloop.com MEDIA: Oils “I enjoy discovering new vistas,” says Sergio. “Setting up my easel. Creating a piece on the spot. There’s no better way to discover the truth and essence of a scene than by standing before it and studying it carefully.” The Santa Rosa based artist is equally enamoured with the female form, his still-life oil paintings alive with colour and swathed in light. A compulsive sketcher, Sergio’s work is a compelling mix of observation and imagination. He’s exhibited paintings throughout California, around the US and in numerous publications. 1 ANGEL FACE Oil on linen, 22x30in “This painting was shown in Sarasota, Florida, for the American Masters Invitational Show. I was really proud to show alongside some big names in the fine art world, such as Jeremy Mann.” 2 PARHELIA Oil on linen, 30x24in “This…

2 min.
david palumbo

Artists reveal the spaces where they create art My studio setup occupies what would normally be the dining room portion of your typical South Philadelphia row home. It’s not a large space, though the high ceilings, massive mirror (came with the house, that’s how they do it in South Philly) and plenty of daylight make it feel expansive. My previous studio area was the size of the rug pictured here, so I’m happy to be able to stretch my arms out. Speaking of mirrors, the small one in that closet door (to the left of the tall bookcase) is very useful for quick mirror-checks on my paintings. Everything that I need for an average day’s work is here (aside from my computer, which is in another room). Fresh brushes and tubes of paint…

2 min.
lora zombie

My studio is located in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and it’s my favourite place to be, because it’s my little world that I can fill up with my art. I try to make a new thing every day, even if doesn’t end up being finished or is just a sketch for a future idea. The way I work begins with a degree of planning – I have certain ways that I’ll approach something new. But once the creative process starts, it flows quickly and instinctively. And it’s sometimes hard to stop – ha! I never see a final picture in my head before the work is finished. Instead, I like to let it take its own natural shape. Also, I’ll tell you a secret: a lot of people think I use watercolours in my…

2 min.
vanessa lemen

I usually have several paintings going at once. It’s important that they’re surrounding me because the studio is the world that my paintings and I live in together and carry on an ongoing dialogue. My husband Ron and I are both artists, and living and working go together hand in hand. I would say that our whole house is a studio space, but the second floor of the house is especially set up for the purpose of working and creating. The room I mostly work in at home – and what I call my studio – is a good-sized, open loft at the top of the stairs; the walls are covered in WIPs. I put small shelves and ledges up on one of the walls, so that I can interchange my work…

2 min.
jim pavelec

Hell is pretty full these days, so I work at home like most artists. I recently moved my studio back into my home from an office location. I felt the extra expense of the off-site studio was unnecessary, and wanted to save money for upcoming projects. My workspace isn’t very large, but this means I can bounce from my easel to my computer or drafting table with ease. With the new painting techniques I’m utilising, this is ideal for me. I switch back and forth from traditional media to digital several times within a piece. I can work on a drawing, lay some acrylics and pastels on it, scan it, paint on it in Photoshop, print it out, mount it to board and be painting in oils – all in one…