Hot Fine Art How-Tos

How To: Paint the texture of water

Watch this instructional painting video to create a water like effect on the surface of canvas, wood or paper. Use acrylic paint and a spray bottle with some paint thinner. Spray the turpentine onto wet paint and watch the paint separate into shapes that look like the surface of water, splashes and wave patterns.

How To: Draw a front view of a nude woman

Learn how to draw from a professional artist! This drawing video tutorial will teach you how to draw a front view of a nude woman. This drawing demonstration will help you in the art of sketching and drawing naked women for your art projects. This is the Reilly technique for a front nude pose.

How To: Draw a tree branch

In this tutorial, we learn how to draw a tree branch. Start out drawing two lines for the trunk of the tree. Work these lines up until you reach the top where the branches are located. Then, draw outward lines that will be the branches. Do not make all of them the same size. You want this to look realistic, so make them all vary in size. Draw small lines at the tip of every branch to make it look like wood coming off of them. When finished, add in lines along the branches to show bark on them...

How To: Write the letter D in calligraphy copperplate

In this video, we learn how to write the letter D in calligraphy copperplate. Start off by drawing a thin line down the paper, pressing on the pen harder to make a thicker line in the middle, then thinning out at the end. Drag the line to the left making a thin line, then loop it around to the front of the line and make the D shape. After you make the shape, bring the line to the back of the original line and loop it. Do make a lower case letter, make an oval shape with a thick line on the le...

How To: Do glass chunk casting

Learn about chunk casting with Corning Museum of Glass experts. Chunk casting is a method of casting glass by packing a mold with chunks of glass and melting the chunks in the mold, instead of filling the mold with molten glass.

How To: Draw substitutions in Toon Boom Animate

In this tutorial, we learn how to draw substitutions in Toon Boom Animate. When you are inside of the program, you will see the 'drawing substitution' preview window on the side of the screen. Create the animation how you like it, using different shapes, colors, etc. You can use the high camera map to see how it looks an make a mat to put around the stage. Once you're finished, save this to your computer and then extend out the timeline. To animate him, hit F5 and then drag out the length of ...

How To: Photograph a nude man

Learn how to photograph the beauty of the male form. We will show some of the things you will need to know to take great shots of the male nude…from finding models, to posing, composition, and lighting. Photograph a nude man.

How To: Draw Donald and Goofy

Donald Duck and Goofy are two classic Disney characters. If you are learning to sketch and want to draw these adorable cartoon friends, check out this tutorial. In this video, you will learn the simple steps you need to take to sketch these Disney classics.

How To: Draw people sitting down

Drawing a person sitting down and other sittign positions can sometimes be really tricky. The next time you run into a problem, be sure to use this great video as a guide. In this video, black charcoal is used and three different sitting positions are gone over.

How To: Print, Cut & Fold Your Own DIY Hermès Handbag

Yay, you can now own the iconic Hermès bag for next to nothing! There's one catch—it's made of paper. Hermès is currently offering several free downloadable templates for the "Kelly Paper Bag" on the company's Facebook page. Not exactly usable in the traditional sense, but it still comes directly from the official Hermès design studio, and who doesn't love papercraft?

How To: Take photos of floating / flying / levitating people

Do you believe you can fly? Or at least, believe that you can take pictures where it looks like you or other people are flying? Or at least jumping really high? This video will show you how to take pictures of flying, floating, levitating, or high-jumping people using a digital camera, tripod, stool, and photo editing software like Photoshop or GIMP. Either way, the effect is surprisingly easy to create and can help you make some really amazing photos.

How To: Paint on plexiglass

Watch this instructional painting video to begin painting on plexiglass. Create some cool effects using spray paint, paint thinner, acrylic paint. Make marks and unique textures using your finger, scratching tools and stencils.

How To: Make a fiberglass mold

This how-to video series is a step-by-step guide to molding fiberglass. These videos give a simple introduction to fiberglass mold construction, explained using a model aircraft cowling but the same technique applies to any fiberglass sculpture. The entire process is detailed from plug, to mold, to finished fiberglass part. Follow along with the eight steps: develop the plug, construct the parting board, lay up the mold, release the mold from the plug, prepare the mold for fabrication, lay up...

How To: Paint sand in your composition

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to paint sand. Users will need a palette knife and paint brush. The colors needed for the sand are: iron oxide, pure white, burnt umber and burnt salmon. Collect all 4 colors on the palette knife and apply it lightly onto the canvas. If it is too dark, add some more white paint. Then use a paint brush to smooth out the edges and blend the sand together. This video will benefit those viewers who are interested in art and painting, and would like to lea...

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: 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: Draw anime/manga backgrounds

Watch this video to learn how to draw backgrounds for anime and manga. "Miki Falls" manga creator Mark Crilley presents a tutorial on how to draw and color backgrounds for a manga-style illustration. The emphasis is on using color and linework to create the illusion of depth.

How To: Tie a toga for men

Toga parties are an essential part of the college experience! Don't get stuck at your next toga party with a sheet that keeps falling off, check out this video and learn how to tie your outfit properly.

How To: Draw Mickey Mouse on a dry-erase board

In this video, we learn how to draw Mickey Mouse on a dry-erase board. Start off by drawing a circle on the left hand side of the board, then draw a half circle with another circle connecting to that on the right hand side of the board. Now, connect another half a circle around the sides, to help shape the face. Next, make an "m" shape on the top of the face going down to the sideburns and fill this in. Color in the ears as well, then make a rounded v-shape at the bottom of the face to make t...

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