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  • How I personally define art
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    How I personally define art

    6 years ago

    Waterfall in Pan Pastels by Robert A. Sloan Waterfall by Robert A. Sloan Coming up with definitions of art is a good pursuit to get attention at a certain type of party. Especially if you're in college, work for a college or hang around with people...

  • Derwent Inktense Blocks
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    Derwent Inktense Blocks

    7 years ago

    Derwent Inktense Blocks, photo by Robert A. Sloan Derwent, formerly called Rexel Cumberland, is an old, old UK company that more or less invented pencils and to this day creates more variety, inventiveness and sheer colorful weirdness in pencils...

  • Oil Painting with R and F Pigment Sticks
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    Oil Painting with R and F Pigment Sticks

    7 years ago

    "Oyster Creek" painting by Robert A. Sloan from photo by halthepainter on WetCanvas.com, done with R&F Pigment Sticks on canvas board. 5" x 7" Oil Sticks are not oil pastels or crayons or pastels. They're what I thought Oil Pastels were because you...

  • New Sketching Technique with Pan Pastels
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    New Sketching Technique with Pan Pastels

    2 years ago

    Jamaica Beach Scene sketch by Robert A. Sloan, 5" x 7" in ball point pen and Pan Pastels on Pentalic Nature Sketch paper. Photo reference by VladK on WetCanvas.com. Pan Pastels by Colorfin LLC are a new form of soft pastels. Colorfin's proprietary...

  • How to Draw Tangerines with Colored Pencils
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    How to Draw Tangerines with Colored Pencils

    2 years ago

    Tangerines, colored pencil drawing 4" x 5" by Robert A. Sloan, you may copy this drawing if you credit my HubPages tutorial and link to it when you post it online. This article is a step by step demonstration in colored pencil realism. Once...

  • How to Mix Skin Tones in Transparent Watercolor
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    How to Mix Skin Tones in Transparent Watercolor

    8 years ago

    Self portrait, Winsor & Newton Artists' Field Box watercolors in 5" x 8 1/2" Moleskine watercolor journal. Copyright Robert A. Sloan, October 2007, all rights reserved. In the watercolor self portrait I started my Moleskine watercolor journal with,...

  • Color Mixing in Oil Pastels
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    Color Mixing in Oil Pastels

    8 years ago

    A Lone Tree, 5" x 7" in Neocolor II watersoluble oil pastels on black Colourfix paper by Robert A. Sloan Yes, after months, maybe a year since I bought a very good webcam, the QuickCam Pro, I have finally made some art instruction videos! This...

  • Richeson Semi-Hard Pastels Product Review
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    Richeson Semi-Hard Pastels Product Review

    8 years ago

    A Winter Fantasy, 5" x 7" in Richeson semi-hard pastels on Fresh Grey Colourfix sanded pastel card, by Robert A. Sloan Richeson, a well established art supply manufacturer, recently came out with three new lines of pastels. Experienced pastelists...

  • Product Review: ClaireFontaine PastelMat pastel card
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    Product Review: ClaireFontaine PastelMat pastel card

    8 years ago

    Miss Gemini in the Window - 6 1/2" x 8 3/4" in Cretacolor pastel pencils on brown PastelMat by Robert A. Sloan A while back I received two sample products for review -- a set of Deep Darks in Pan Pastels and a little pad of ClaireFontaine PastelMat...

  • How to Paint from Negative Space in Watercolor
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    How to Paint from Negative Space in Watercolor

    9 years ago

    Columbine, 4" x 6" watercolor on cold press watercolor paper by Robert A. Sloan. The finished painting for this step by step demonstration. This step by step demonstration can be done using my colors and choice of flower, or you can use the...

  • How to Draw Cumulus Clouds
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    How to Draw Cumulus Clouds

    9 years ago

    Cumulus clouds in Derwent AquaTone watercolor pencils on cold press/Not surface watercolor paper, 4" x 6", Robert A. Sloan, photo reference by oldrockchick on WetCanvas.com Cumulus clouds are the puffy white clouds you see on bright sunny days...

  • How to Draw Rocks With Colored Pencils
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    How to Draw Rocks With Colored Pencils

    2 years ago

    Cape Cod Poppies, drawn in Derwent AquaTone woodless watercolor pencils on paper, dry, by Robert A. Sloan. Photo reference from WetCanvas.com August Colored Pencils Challenge posted by draymond for the August 2009 Colored Pencil Challenge. Rocks...

  • Product Review - Koh-I-Noor Polycolor Museum Art Set
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    Product Review - Koh-I-Noor Polycolor Museum Art Set

    9 years ago

    Koh-I-Noor Museum Art Set, photo by Robert A. Sloan Woodless colored pencils are efficient. Every bit of the core material is used, especially if instead of sharpening you wear down the point filling in larger areas or glazing to a chisel point to...

  • Seven Tips for Sumi-E Painting
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    Seven Tips for Sumi-E Painting

    9 years ago

    Docks on Spider Lake, MI - 1 painted in sumi-e ink with Chinese brushes on rice paper by Robert A. Sloan from a photo reference by Helen on WetCanvas.com The art of Sumi-E is Japanese ink painting. My first tip is to get all of the proper supplies,...

  • How to Draw Shading with Hatching and Crosshatching
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    How to Draw Shading with Hatching and Crosshatching

    2 years ago

    Glass and Birds Page in my Moleskine watercolor journal by Robert A. Sloan In my Glass and Birds Page, above, I used hatching and crosshatching with fine point colored pens to create values and shapes in an orange glass paperweight and around two...

  • How to Mix Colors with Holbein OIl Pastels
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    How to Mix Colors with Holbein OIl Pastels

    9 years ago

    Light, bright and whimsical, I painted Lemon on a Pink Plate looking for the combinations that would least mute down the colors. Holbein oil pastels are unwrapped square sticks of soft, creamy artist grade oil pastels. Like artist grade soft...

  • How to Draw a Siamese Cat Profile
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    How to Draw a Siamese Cat Profile

    2 years ago

    Siamese cat profile, 9B graphite pencil (super soft) on paper by Robert A. Sloan. The finished demo drawing. Model is Aristophenes MRC Sloan, the cat who owns the author. When you draw a cat from life, as I just did, it's important to watch for a...

  • Book Review: The Sumi-E Book by Yolanda Mayhall
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    Book Review: The Sumi-E Book by Yolanda Mayhall

    22 months ago

    My scan of the cover of my favorite Japanese ink painting book. First, as a hobby, Sumi-E or Japanese ink painting is not expensive to start up. Beginner kits range from $10 to $10 from various suppliers including Dick Blick, ASW, Acorn Planet and...

  • How to Use Past Tense, Present Tense, and Future Tense in Novel Writing
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    How to Use Past Tense, Present Tense, and Future Tense in Novel Writing

    13 months ago

    One of the easy ways to tell beginner writing is that the story bounces from past tense through present tense and future tense at random. Unskilled writers who don't keep a consistent tense can confuse readers about what happened when. More than...

  • Product Review: PastelMat -- Fine New Art Surface!
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    Product Review: PastelMat -- Fine New Art Surface!

    9 years ago

    Eight color sampler of PastelMat available from DakotaPastels.com with some colored pencils tests on the black top sheet. Decades ago starting in 1990, I began using pastels on tinted grounds. My paper of choice for all of my street art years was...

  • The Complete Guide to Drawing by Giovanni Civardi Reviewed
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    The Complete Guide to Drawing by Giovanni Civardi Reviewed

    9 years ago

    Complete Guide to Drawing by Giovanni Civardi cover with examples of Civardi's drawings. A Complete Guide to Drawing by Giovanni Civardi, published by Search Press, Ltd., ISBN 978-1-84448-206-1 is actually a compilation volume. It combines six...

  • How to Fill a Sketchbook In One Month
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    How to Fill a Sketchbook In One Month

    2 years ago

    Blue Lake Scene, 8 1/2" x 11" in Ultramarine Deep Dark Shade Pan Pastel by Robert A. Sloan Because at the end of the month you will be a much better artist. Your drawings and sketches will be more lifelike, your shading smoother, your lines more...

  • How to Use Microsoft One Note to Organize Novel Notes
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    How to Use Microsoft One Note to Organize Novel Notes

    9 years ago

    Acer Aspire One by Robert A. Sloan. Ink and watercolor in 5" x 8 1/2" Moleskine watercolor journal. Back in the day, novelists used typewriters. Sometimes they were portable and sleek, the one I had in high school was pale blue, lightweight and...

  • How to Create a Painterly Style
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    How to Create a Painterly Style

    9 years ago

    8" x 10" Oil Pastel on Art Spectrum Colourfix, by Robert A. Sloan Here's the definition of "Painterly" as of the American Heritage dictionary: 1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a painter; artistic. 2.a. Having qualities unique to the art...

  • Pan Pastels Extra Deep Shades Great for Sketching
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    Pan Pastels Extra Deep Shades Great for Sketching

    9 years ago

    5" x 7" PanPastel on white wirebound ProArt sketchbook paper, by Robert A. Sloan In http://hubpages.com/hub/Painting-with-Pan-Pastels, I went into how to paint with the new Pan Pastels by Colorfin LLC. These are the very softest pastels available....

  • How to Draw an Egg
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    How to Draw an Egg

    2 years ago

    I thought I'd kick this off with something a little wicked for those of you that enjoy my art lessons. The topic is so simple it's almost stupid, right? How to draw an egg? Come on, you just make this oval and leave it white, right? Ever try to get...

  • Creativity, Isolation and Mental Illness
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    Creativity, Isolation and Mental Illness

    9 years ago

    A broken tree on Mt. Petit Jean, golden droplets of resin could become pure amber in centuries. There's a common myth that artists, writers and people in creative professions suffer from mental illness. Specific famous artists like Van Gogh and...

  • Figure Drawing is Important in Today's Art
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    Figure Drawing is Important in Today's Art

    9 years ago

    Watercolor self portrait by Robert A. Sloan Figure drawing is as important today as it ever was for artists. It can help even for landscape and animal artists. Figure drawing teaches good observation and sketching, it's very easy to see what even...

  • Five Tips for Street Artists
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    Five Tips for Street Artists

    9 years ago

    Clouds -- a pastel painting on sanded Wallis pastel paper by Robert A. Sloan. For doing street art, you need to set up with decent art supplies. Most of this section is geared toward using pastels on paper, the way I did when I was successful as a...

  • How to Become A Self Taught Artist
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    How to Become A Self Taught Artist

    9 years ago

     The biggest difference between someone who can't draw and someone who can draw well enough to call themselves an Artist is that the Artist knows he or she can do it. Trusts that the next time they pick up a brush or a pencil, it'll do what they...

  • Prismacolor Realism, Colored Pencil Painting
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    Prismacolor Realism, Colored Pencil Painting

    9 years ago

    ACEO Lilacs in Prismacolor Premier on white Stonehenge paper by Robert A. Sloan  ACEO Lilacs was a twenty hour production, not counting the time it took to take the photo reference and wait till the lilac bush in our back yard bloomed in 2007 to...

  • Drawing With A Limited Palette in Colored Pencils
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    Drawing With A Limited Palette in Colored Pencils

    9 years ago

    #33 of 100 -- 1/3 done and only ONE day behind now! Whoohoo! http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/14183 is the challenge link.  In a much earlier Hub, I recommended getting the biggest set of colored pencils you can afford in artist grade, and even...

  • Drawing With A Muted Palette
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    Drawing With A Muted Palette

    9 years ago

    #32 of 100 for http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/14183  Well, a palette is what colors you have available to draw with. A friend of mine on http://www.wetcanvas.com bought some Derwent Drawing Pencils and Derwent Graphitint pencils because I used...

  • Why should I learn to draw?
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    Why should I learn to draw?

    9 years ago

    #31 of 100 for http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/14183 I never wanted to become a professional artist. I set out in life at age four with the idea that I'd become a writer and make up the stories that go in books. Preferably the sort of stories...

  • Yarka Soft Pastels, A Bargain Artist Grade Pastel
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    Yarka Soft Pastels, A Bargain Artist Grade Pastel

    9 years ago

    #29 of 100 for my http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/14183 100 Hubs Challenge  Yarka is a Russian art supply company with a very long history. For over a century they have provided very high quality art supplies both to Russian people and other areas...

  • Painting with Derwent Aquatone Watercolor Pencils
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    Painting with Derwent Aquatone Watercolor Pencils

    9 years ago

    Still rolling on my 100 Hubs Challenge... can I catch up for the three days I missed by starting late?  Derwent is a very wicked British pencil company, formerly called Rexel Cumberland, which has plotted for centuries to soak up as much of my...

  • How to Pack Art Supplies
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    How to Pack Art Supplies

    9 years ago

    Colored pencils are delicate. Protect the soft-core ones with elastic band cases or foam or flannel pads inside their tins.  Whenever I've moved, the one thing I have to put the most planning and organization into is packing my art supplies. For...

  • How to Sharpen Prismacolor Pencils
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    How to Sharpen Prismacolor Pencils

    2 years ago

     Prismacolor Premier or Prismacolor Premier Lightfast colored pencils, or Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils are all very subject to internal breakage. Other brands of colored pencils can get this too, some are worse than others. Prismacolors are the...

  • How Artists Can Use Photos for Inspiration Without Violating Copyright
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    How Artists Can Use Photos for Inspiration Without Violating Copyright

    4 months ago

    This guide will help you navigate the sometimes complicated process of using other artists' photos as references for your own drawings, paintings, and other artworks, including what the best places and methods are for finding good material as well as how to avoid copyright infringement.

  • 10 Ways To Destroy A Good Watercolor Brush
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    10 Ways To Destroy A Good Watercolor Brush

    9 years ago

    #17 of 100 -- I'm catching up!  Please do not indulge in conspicuous consumption by purchasing a beautiful Kolinsky Sable watercolor brush that could last you a lifetime, particularly in those large sizes that run over $100 for a single brush, and...

  • Sketching Tips for Derwent Tinted Charcoal Pencils
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    Sketching Tips for Derwent Tinted Charcoal Pencils

    9 years ago

    #15 of 100 -- wow this is starting to add up fast!  Sketching with Derwent Tinted Charcoal Pencils is fast, sometimes messy, interesting and dramatic. Drawing with charcoal is always dramatic whether you're going to settle in at your drafting...

  • 5 Tips for Using Derwent Graphitints Pencils
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    5 Tips for Using Derwent Graphitints Pencils

    7 years ago

  • Keeping A Watercolor Journal
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    Keeping A Watercolor Journal

    9 years ago

    Tenth in my 100 Hubs Challenge!  Because you'd rather be painting than writing longhand? It's a thought. I'd always meant to do one. I've seen them in print. Someone who lives somewhere wonderful and far away, like a little town in the UK, will...

  • Secrets for Using Derwent Inktense Colored Pencils
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    Secrets for Using Derwent Inktense Colored Pencils

    2 years ago

    Learn how to use these pencils effectively.

  • Inexpensive, versatile oil pastels for sketching and fine art
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    Inexpensive, versatile oil pastels for sketching and fine art

    9 years ago

    Oil pastels are an underappreciated fine art medium and a gloriously frugal color sketch medium for pastels or oils or anything you want to do. This article describes both fine art and fun hobby art applications with some tips and techniques and useful links.

  • Fine Art Oil Pastels are Worth the Cost
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    Fine Art Oil Pastels are Worth the Cost

    2 years ago

    Abstract Wheels created with three primary color Sennelier oil pastels and one black Caran d'Ache Neopastel for the strong black lines. If you're looking for a fine art medium that is clean, portable, lightfast and powerful, consider oil pastels. ...

  • How to Underpaint for Colored Pencil
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    How to Underpaint for Colored Pencil

    10 years ago

    The Octopus, by Robert A. Sloan Underpainting with watercolor or markers is a technique that saves time. It's related to using colored paper for an artwork -- you don't need to add as many layers of colored pencil to make sure all the little white...

  • Tools & Materials for Colored Pencil Realism
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    Tools & Materials for Colored Pencil Realism

    10 years ago

    Silver and Cherries by Robert A. Sloan from Cherries #3, a reference photo available at WetCanvas.com Colored pencils aren't just a children's medium or an illustrator's medium any more. Fine artists like Bernard Poulin, Gary Greene, Cecile Baird...

  • Why start with a big set of colored pencils?
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    Why start with a big set of colored pencils?

    5 years ago

    Some colored pencils sets Many art courses and traditional art schools suggest that beginners need to stick with limited palettes. Often art teachers want students to use only monochrome or two-color harmonies. Yet inside many artists I've known,...

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