This is the place or beginners to gather and ask questions, seek feedback, and share their thoughts and experiences. Experienced artists willing to provide encouragement and share what they know are also welcome here.

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Hello and Welcome to the Beginners Group!


This is the place or beginners to gather and ask questions, seek feedback, and share their thoughts and experiences. Experienced artists willing to provide encouragement and share what they know are also welcome here.

If you are a beginner and would like to share your art, you can either post in the Show & Tell thread or start your own discussion.

If you are a beginner and would like some advice on a specific work-in-progress, you can either post in the WIP thread or start your own discussion.

Experienced Artists--please don't share your artwork in this group unless you are using it to answer a beginner's question.

Click here to learn how to upload images into your forum posts (which is important so that people can see your art within the post, rather than as an attachment link beneath your post).

Just two simple rules:

  • Please keep all discussions relevant to beginner topics.
  • Be friendly and considerate in your posts.

Thanks for joining & have fun!


Discussion Forum

My Take on Automatic Drawing

Started by C. Andrew Wolfe. Last reply by Jess Mar 21. 5 Replies

Something I did last year when I decided to get back into the swing of things.…READ MORE

Help needed - drawing - how to finish?

Started by Carole M. Feb 9. 0 Replies

...after always saying  "I wish I could draw" -  this year I've been putting pencil to paper and 'practicing'.  I know my limits - and it will have to fit into the category of whimsical, or quirky I guess!  Having gotten this far with this houses…READ MORE


Started by Becky Bailey. Last reply by Jackie Rose Jan 28. 3 Replies

Do you gesso, even when using pre-primed canvas? If so, do you use colored gesso or add color to it as a part of starting the under-painting?  Any thoughts on best brands of gesso?  What about consistency?  Is thick better?READ MORE

critique for my first ever portrait pls

Started by Maria Lalala. Last reply by Pat Jan 23. 12 Replies

its my first portait so any feedback will be…READ MORE

Derwent art acadamy

Started by Mike Gullick. Last reply by Jan Bracher Nov 15, 2014. 1 Reply

Just submitted my third lesson to the art acadamy. Not far to go till I get them pencils.

Softening My Grip While Maintaining Accuracy

Started by Heather E.. Last reply by Darla Beamon Nov 9, 2014. 7 Replies

Hello All! First Day! I have a very hard grip, which tends to cause lines in my paper. I've tried the knife hold, which doesn't allow me very much accuracy. Is this simply something that needs to be practiced relentlessly or is there another…READ MORE

Tags: hold, grip

light in painting

Started by Lisa Baird. Last reply by Pat Oct 15, 2014. 1 Reply

I am a beginner in acrylic painting and I have an acrylic painting of Oak trees.  I have added shimmering gold Highlights randomly throughout the painting. My problem....When looking at the picture you can not see the highlights  (many many many…READ MORE

Realistic skin tones

Started by Leeton reed. Last reply by Leeton reed Jul 31, 2014. 4 Replies

Ok so I am using derwent artist pencils and am trying to get preferably a pale skin tone, would like to know what would be the suggested pencils to use to achieve this, and a basic idea how to get it to work, any advice appreciated, thank you.

the use of reference..

Started by Mika vahlqvist. Last reply by Leeton reed Jul 28, 2014. 14 Replies

I have always liked to use my imagination and not use any reference pictures or anything, i have felt it would be almost "cheating" in a way to use reference.But to be honest there are like 1 million poses and i would never be able to just learn…READ MORE

Tags: drawing, reference

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Comment by Mary Lee Parker on Saturday
Hi to very one I'm a Artist too my name ie Mary Lee
Comment by Pat on Friday

Welcome..........You will find a great deal of knowledge here from a great group of people.

Comment by Cathey E. DeRosa on Friday

Hello and welcome to all the newcomers. I'm a crafter, not an artist. I'm the only one I've been able to find on this site. So, I am not here to help you with your already new found or experienced talent.

But I will tell you, you will meet the most wonderful people on this site and make friends like never before. There are so many of us that are friends and would love to have you all as friends. It is an amazing thing.  At least in my life it is.

You will learn from the greatest and will be amazed at the artists on here. You'd think they would be in galleries. The diversity and creativity is beyond your imagination. Have fun with us!

Cathey DeRosa

Comment by Shem Anyayahan on Thursday

I'm new here in The Art Colony and I consider myself as a beginner in Drawing. I wish to learn more and improve my skills in drawing and sketching. I'm just a school aged girl. Nice meeting you, guys! :)

Comment by C. Andrew Wolfe on March 17, 2015 at 4:07am


Not much of a visual artist here. I write better than I draw, really. But I'm trying to improve. I've been keeping fairly abstract lately just to get used to the media I've chosen. Most currently I am attempt to blend (or layer) colored pencils. I started with really poor results but I feel like I'm finally starting to catch on.

Anyhow, I look forward to improving and maybe even becoming a decent artist.   :D

Comment by Katie Hawke on January 29, 2015 at 11:24pm
Hello, I'm new to drawing have just discovered I love watercolour drawing. I get the impression that it is more about the blending & washing colours than the detail of the picture. Leaving it up to the viewers imagination so to say. What do other more experienced people say? Any tips? Many thanks, K
Comment by Elizabeth McEwan on November 5, 2014 at 2:19am

Ok - that was not too hard - pic attached - decided in honour of the Australian Drought and with apologies to writer Dorathea McKellar, I have call this "I Love a Drought Prone Country"..... Thanks ...... Libby

Comment by Elizabeth McEwan on November 5, 2014 at 2:18am

Comment by Elizabeth McEwan on November 5, 2014 at 2:17am

Hello - I am new to this forum and also very new to painting. I have been procrastinating for almost a year and recently put a DVD tutorial I had purchased into the computer and away I went. I was amazed at how quickly I could turn a blank sheet of canvas into something that to my eye resembled a rather rustic Australian Landscape. I am now onto my 2nd painting on the same theme by incorporating additional items such as clouds and Aussie gum trees. Once I figure out how to upload the painting I will post it and will also welcome your comments and advice as to where I can go from here. I am still a bit of a coward and experimenting with shading and blending using only 2 colours - burnt umber and white. Hopefully I will soon have the confidence to move to more colours .... baby steps .....

Comment by Lynn He on November 4, 2014 at 8:42pm

Hello!  I just joined.  Glad I found this site!

I am looking for two things:

1.  Resources to get ideas for different lettering styles.

2.  Good guidance for mixing vivid paint colors (any type of paint) and using them in unusual ways...whether Impressionist, post-Impressionist or contemporary in style.

Any pointers will be greatly appreciated!

~Lynn H.


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