Review: Platinum Pigment Rose Red Fountain Pen Ink

Hi and welcome back for another fountain pen ink review. In my previous review we’ve looked at a black “Carbon” ink from the Japanese company Platinum. Today’s ink is from their “Pigment” line, which I think is very similar if not identical. The Pigment line-up, however, offers no black, only red, blue and brown. The one we’re going to discuss today is the red, or…

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“Balancing Color” Full Demonstration [+Video]

Today’s painting depicts a view from my bedroom window. The manner in which it was painted can certainly be considered fast and loose. It is an impression after all. I jumped in and out quickly and that’s why I used “direct painting” as my painting method of choice. I paint with relatively thick paint. I use white paint where I want lighter wash without using…

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Guest Artist: Drawing the Cube – Getting Rid of Linear Perspective by Russell Black [+Video]

As artists, we have to deal with a lot of visual information. Our job is to take what we see and then recreate the three dimensional scene onto the flat, two dimensional surface of our paper or canvas. In effect, we lie. There is no possible way to draw three dimensions onto two. It’s just not possible. That being said, we have over the centuries…

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“Painting from Photographs” Full Demonstration [+Video]

As you may remember, a version of today’s painting has already appeared on my website and my YouTube channel in a form of an exciting series titled “Double Vision”. Today I paint version two of the same subject that showcases slightly different technical approach to painting in watercolor which is reminiscent of painting with gouache. You may remember several technique-wise similar demonstrations that appeared on…

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“Painting an Impression” Full Demonstration [+Video]

In today’s demonstration I am trying a little bit different approach to presenting my commentary for the painting process as showcased in the video. I am going to provide the information form of notes, very similar to how I would comment on the painting in a workshop scenario. Please let me know how you like this new approach in the comments. The title says “Painting…

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Elements of Design – 1. Shape

Welcome back to my website. With this article I return to the topic of design elements. Design elements and principles are the bricks that our paintings are made of. Saying that knowing how to implement them is important is an understatement. The truth is that without mastering them you simply cannot hope to master the “language” that is painting. It is similar to learning the…

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