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I hear from artists all the time that they hate drawing hair. I love drawing hair and fur, and making it look realistic. So I thought I'd share how I... 

Use a kneaded rubber eraser to bring out the large areas that will appear the lightest. Don't go too rough with...
 
How to draw hair tutorial - Are you stumped about how to draw hair? You aren't alone. A lot of people find it difficult. I think one of the problems is that people think they have to draw every hair. You don't, as you will see in this tutorial, it's a matter of spotting the dark and light tones, then placing highlights.

Drawing blond or silver hair is only slightly different from drawing other hair types. When I am drawing blonde or silver hair, I just work a lot...

How to draw fine baby hair or short hair. I've had several people looking for instruction on how to draw short hair - All short hair is not the same. A baby's fine, wispy soft hair is very... 

How To Start a Pencil Portrait Art Business
I have written a series of informational pages on this topic because I often receive email from artists, asking how they can market their artwork more effectively. I love to hear from other artists and share information, but unfortunately it does take a lot of time, so I created a page (and several branching-off pages, some are below) to help those who are interested in pursuing pencil portraiture as a part-time home job or career change.

How To Promote Your Art Online
With the Internet, there's a world of opportunity for artists to show what they do best! But where and how can you promote your art without spending a lot of money at membership sites? You don't have to pay a lot of money to see results. Here are some ideas on how to promote your art business online. I hope you will find it helpful.

How to Select Art for Your Home

Selecting art for your home can be an exciting adventure and a source of enjoyment for years to come. Keys to success are figuring out what kind of art you like...

This article isn't about selling your artwork on the Internet. It's about establishing a presence on the Internet that clearly indicates who you are, what you do and how to contact you…

 

Before you can draw the human form, or anything else for that matter, you must be able to see it accurately. Contour drawing is a tool that helps artists develop this skill through the sense of sight and sense of touch…

 

Full-spectrum light in your studio is a must if you want consistent color in your painting…

 

In what appears to be a frequently occurring situation, publishers seem to pay cover artists and illustrators to do work on the publisher’s books without having a legally sufficient writing covering the issues about who owns the rights to the artist’s/illustrator’s work... 

 

Every artist wants the answer to this question: How do you break blocks? Here are some ideas to choose from that might help you jump over your hurdles…

 

The Graphic Artists Guild is a national union of illustrators, designers, web creators, production artists, surface designers and other creatives who have come together to pursue common goals…

 

How does one make the leap from aspiring to published illustrator?...

 
Instructions for assembling a crib to store your artwork!
 
This tutorial will explain the techniques used by Fabian Barajas to create digital pencil portraits in Photoshop.
 

Two ideas for flat storage, ideal for storing all of your paper…

 

Tips sent in by other artists on how to store artwork using recycled items…

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Have you ever had someone tell you that you can't make corrections in watercolor? Not so!...

 

Sometimes, selecting the right paper will depend on what your drawing subject is and the overall look you want to achieve in drawing...

 

A list of 10 ideas including - Just Do It, No one will do it for you. Set Goals, You have to know where you're going so you'll know when you get there…

 

By using contrasts effectively, you can create rich, harmonious color. Master these six principles of contrast and you'll be on your way to more expressive painting…

 

Color isn't a foreign country, but it has its own language. Familiarize yourself with the vocabulary of color…

 

It may seem hard to believe, but almost anyone can be an artist. It depends largely on the goals you set and how hard you apply yourself…

 

Every camera term you didn’t understand is now explained! From Aperture to Zoom Lenses…

Darla reviews her new camera - I found it very easy to figure out, which was one of my main concerns about getting a new digital camera…

 

My favorite colored pencil tutorial. When I start a new portrait, I always think carefully about what color of paper best fits the mood of the portrait I want to create, and which color will best complement the color scheme of the portrait. Choosing the appropriate color of paper for a colored pencil portrait is not something that should be done hastily!...

Darla Dixon, Artist

Darla Dixon Portrait Art & Illustration


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