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Kristen Rock

Kristen Rock

Kristen is an artist living in Norfolk, VA.  She is happiest with a cup of coffee in one hand and a paintbrush in the other. A sucker for a sweet sunrise and an unexpected adventure, Kristen's latest inspirations include mermaids, dream catchers, and all things nautical. 


Trace & Color: Wild Animals

trace color draw

A big secret to creating art is tracing. In Trace & Color in any medium: Wild Animals, the illustrator gives us the tools to make our own template by tracing. So in a way, we are making an adult color by number for ourselves, just without any numbers.


FILED UNDER: Making Art / TAGGED: Trace, Color, Wild Animals, Coloring, Graphite paper, how to draw, tracing


Fashion Design Lookbook

fashion look design art

One of the best things about fashion and the art of fashion is that you're free to design whatever you like—whatever it is that makes you you. You can be express your style with classic pieces, wild animal print, or mysterious, dark glasses.


FILED UNDER: Art Lessons / TAGGED: Fashion, Look book, Illustration, Sketch, Art, Fashion Art, Painting, Water Color, Couture, how to draw, fashion illustration


101 Textures in Oil & Acrylic

how to paint textures

There are so many different things you can paint—landscapes, people, or still life—and there are so many different ways to paint them. Not only are there different mediums, but there are different techniques as well.


FILED UNDER: Art Lessons / TAGGED: Acrylic, Oil, Illustration, Practical Techniques, Painting, textures, how to paint


Color Mixing in Acrylic

how to paint sunset

Think about all the different colors represented in a sunset. You might think you would need hundreds of different colors to produce that beautiful effect. But actually, limiting your color palette will give you all the colors you need.


FILED UNDER: The Color Mix / TAGGED: Color Mixing, Acrylic, Painting, Illustration, Color Theory, Color Wheels, Acrylic painting tools, palette


How To Draw & Paint: Pastoral Landscapes

how to paint depth

When I look at a landscape, I love for my eyes to travel around the painting taking in the depth and range that the artist has rendered.


FILED UNDER: Art Lessons / TAGGED: Pastels, Landscapes, Panoramic, Paint, Illustration, Composition, Foliage, how to paint, painting



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