Hot Fine Art How-Tos

How To: Make simple one piece silicone rubber molds

Check out this video for how to create simple one piece silicone rubber molds. This technique is ideal for smaller projects (less than 12" x 12"), this is the easiest process for creating parts, patterns, tools, & molds. We demonstrate creating a silicone rubber mold and then the casting of parts with Repro, epoxy casting resins and polyurethane elastomers. This process can be used in automotive, mechanical, fine art and film special effects uses.

How To: Draw a mountain landscape using charcoal techniques

Drawing is an excellent exercise for the brain that also lets your mind wander. This video tutorial demonstrates how to draw a serene mountain landscape using charcoal techniques. Begin with a simple sky and mountain range, then add trees and a beach. Pencilling in water will help to bring the trees to the foreground. Finally, add shadows and a waterfall to provide a sense of depth to the entire rendering.

How To: Trim a tall ceramic pot

Watch this instructional ceramics video to learn how to trim a tall pot on the pottery wheel. First, wet the rim of the pot and stick the pot upside-down to the bat. make sure that the pot of centered on the wheel. It's good to turn the turn the wheel slowly when trimming, to peel away the excess base material and make a nice foot ring.

How To: Draw Sonic from Sonic the Hedgehog

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to draw Sonic from the Sonic the Hedgehog. Begin by drawing a circle for the head and 2 triangles for the ears. Then draw the lines for the spikes and a small oval for the stomach. Now draw the hands, legs and feet. Draw the eyes. Now draw the tail and outline the image. Add the details and delete the guidelines. Start adding color to the image. Add some darker colors around to create shading. This video will benefit those viewers who enjoy drawing on...

How To: Glaze pottery inside and outside

Watch this ceramics tutorial video to learn how to use some more advanced glazing techniques to make the inside different than the outside. The detailed instructions in this helpful how-to video are best for intermediate to advanced potters who want to glaze both the inside and the outside of their pottery.

How To: Throw a bread crock

Watch this ceramics tutorial video to learn how to throw a breadcrock using clay and a pottery wheel. This how-to video is best for intermediate potters. The instructions in this video will have you throwing your own bread crock in no time.

How To: Make a paper mache baby elephant

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a paper mache baby elephant. To begin, you will need a pattern, which you can find at Ultimate Paper Mache. There is a grid on the pattern that you can use to expand onto a large piece of particle board. This will give you the entire body for the elephant. After you cut the elephant out of the board, glue and nail it together with spacers in between the body parts. After this, crumple up newspaper and then tape and squish it onto the wood until the muscl...

How To: Add 3D effects and shading to graffiti letters

In this tutorial, we learn how to add 3D effects and shading to graffiti letters. To start, you will draw a simple letter with a pencil. Then, take one point under the letter in the middle and draw a darker outline. Next, you will draw an outline around the first outline to make it look 3D. Next, you will shade in the area in the middle of the letter and anything that is in between the first letter and the second. After this, you will add in lines and additional detailing to make the letters ...

How To: Make a mold using an epoxy fiberglass layup

Check out this video to learn how to make a professional epoxy fiberglass layup and epoxy laminating systems. This process is ideal for working on larger projects, a typical 'fiberglass layup' is a popular process for those who need a large, strong, and lightweight tool.This process can be used in automotive, mechanical, fine art and film special effects uses.

How To: Draw a graffiti alphabet

In this tutorial, we learn how to draw a graffiti alphabet. If you aren't familiar with drawing graffiti, this is a very personal type of drawing that you can do anyway you would like. Make the letters close together, but give them wide arches so they look bold. When you write out the alphabet, you will color the space between them black, and then shade the inside of them. It may be hard to see exactly what the letters are, but that is the fun with graffiti. Make it completely unique to you a...

How To: Decorate raw clay pottery with white slip

In this video pottery-making tutorial, Simon uses a white slip made from half china clay and half stoneware clay. Slip is an alternative to glaze for finishing a potted project. Simon also demonstrates an easy project to make a paint brush holder that will keep tools in place while using them. Watch this video demonstration to pick up a few ways to decorate a raw clay pottery piece with white slip.

How To: Draw a horse step-by-step

In this tutorial, we learn how to draw a horse step-by-step. First, you will want to draw the face of the horse. You can use intersecting lines in the face so you place the features of the face equally apart. After this, draw the outline for the body of the horse. Once you have this perfected, you can start to add in the hair for the horse. Next, draw in the details of the body and draw the shoes on the bottom of the horses feet. Draw in the tail, then add in shading and other lines to make i...

How To: Cut a t-shirt into a halter top

Revamp an old t-shirt into a stylish halter top shape. This is an easy project, and with these tough economic times, you should probably be saving that money instead of going shopping. Check out this video fashion tutorial and learn how to reconstruct a t-shirt without any sewing.

How To: Cut plate glass

This is a Fine Art video tutorial where you will learn how to cut plate glass. Measure the plate glass and make sure the measurements are correct. Then place the guide along the line of the cut, take your glass cutter and score along the edge of the guide. If the plate is small in size, take the base of the cutter and place it underneath the score mark and apply equal pressure with your hands on both sides of the score. The plate will snap with a nice clean cut. Another way to snap the glass ...

How To: Draw a beautiful unicorn

In this tutorial, we learn how to draw a beautiful unicorn. Start off by drawing the outline of the unicorn, using circles to show where the head and joints are. Draw long lines for the legs and the tail. Then, draw on the point for the head and start to add in the details of the body. As you continue, you will add in the hair on the back of the unicorn and then shade all around the body. Add in colors to the unicorn and then start to make the background. Show it in front of a purple and blue...

How To: Make a homemade graffiti mop

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to make a graffiti mop. This task is very easy, fast and simple to do. The materials required for this task are: a small bottle, syringe, whiteboard rubber and ink. Begin by placing the ink in the small bottle using the syringe. Then roll up the whiteboard rubber and place it in the small bottle. Make sure that the whiteboard rubber completely covers the top of the bottle and fits tightly. This video will benefit those viewers who enjoy art and drawin...

How To: Decorate bisque pottery with red iron oxide

This is a video tutorial of decorating bisque with red iron oxide. Red iron oxide can be layered, fired, watered-down, and used in many ways to add a finish to a piece of bisque pottery. Bisqueware absorbs the color easily, so the two materials work well together. Pick up some new ideas for how to decorate bisque pottery with red iron oxide by watching this video ceramic design tutorial.

How To: Braid fabric without it fraying

Watch this fashion tutorial video from ThreadBanger to learn how to braid fabric without it fraying. You'll need three strips of fabric, pins, and a sewing machine. You can embellish just about anything with your new braids, and this instructional video will help you braid like a pro.

How To: Draw Harry Potter

In this tutorial, we learn how to draw Harry Potter. Start out by drawing Harry's face, adding in all the details, such as: his hair, eyes, glasses, nose, and mouth. After this, start to draw his upper body wearing his Quidditch robes, and draw his arms. One arm should be reaching in the air for the ball and the other should be to his side to balance him out. After this, start to add colors to the picture. Add in his skin color, then add in his brown hair and gold and red for his sports robes...

How To: Draw 3D wind flapping flags

Mark demonstrates how to draw flapping flags or scrolls. He starts with a paper in a binder but any paper will work. In this demonstration he uses a pencil to create his drawing but any pen or pencil will do. He draws the flagpole first starting on the left side of the page. He draws multiple circles creating cylinders that you may have learned how to draw in a previous lesion by Mark Kistler. He uses shading to create the effect of a curve and depth of the flag. He shows how to create the ef...

How To: Draw Sonic the Hedgehog

Evan Burse of Cartoon Block shows us how to draw Sonic The Hedgehog, the speedy little hedgehog with attitude. From the classic Sega video games and cartoons, to the modern 3D games and crossovers, this tutorial takes you through the step by step process of creating this classic video game icon.

How To: Take photographs like Gregory Crewdson

In this Ovation TV original special, acclaimed photographer Gregory Crewdson shares with us his insight into his photographic techniques. Like a film, he uses a lot of production, a lot of lighting, a lot of set design. He is an American photographer best known for elaborately staged, surreal scenes of American homes and neighborhoods. Learn how to take pictures like this master artist.

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