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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. 

Watercolor: How to Use Liquid Mask

watercolor seasons

As much as I think I would like to live in a tropical paradise all year round, there is something special about all four seasons: the newness of spring, the hot summer nights, the crisp, back to school feeling of fall, and the bundled up by the fire feeling of winter. I don't think I could give any of them up. And the lovely thing about art is that you can paint any season at any time, regardless of what the weather might be doing outside your windows.

FILED UNDER: Art Lessons / TAGGED: watercolor, Painting, Illustration, Landscapes, Seasons, liquid mask, frisket

Creating Illusions in Watercolor

watercolor basics 3

Would you consider art an optical illusion? I'm not sure I've ever thought of it that way. But in fact, what we see when we look at art is an illusion. What we're actually looking at is a canvas/paper that has been colored on by some medium to give the illusion of something else.

FILED UNDER: Art Lessons / TAGGED: watercolor, Depth, Illusion, Illustration, Art, how to paint, painting

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

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