How to Draw a Face of Jesus Under a Black Light

Last Tuesday I demonstrated how to draw what chalk artists sometimes call a “formula face.” It’s called that because there is a sequence of steps–a formula–to follow in drawing a face with black light technique. That demonstration was done with regular chalk on a black surface. This week, I’m going…

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The “Isms” of Art History, Pt. 2

[Guest post by STL Master Artist, Pat Knepley] Last week, we looked at five “isms” in art history: Mannerism, Neo-Classicism, Romanticism, Realism, and Impressionism. This week, we’ll consider five of the more recent “isms.” Post-Impressionism – (very late 1800s and into the turn of the 20th century)  Seurat, Van Gogh,…

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The “Isms” of Art History, Pt 1

[Guest post by STL Master Artist, Pat Knepley] The history of visual art through the ages is generally broken down into movements –periods of time when artists were like-minded and worked around a set of core beliefs…whether they knew each other or not! Since the time of the Italian Renaissance…

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The Ultimate Low-Tech Drawing Tool, Pt. 2

[Guest post by STL Master Artist, Pat Knepley] Have you ever wondered why most pencils are yellow? One story is that the color yellow was associated with royalty in China, and since in the 1800s graphite discovered in China was found to be of a high quality, pencil manufacturers wanted…

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