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Opaque colors

When one talks of opaque colors, what immediately comes to mind is ‘poster colors’. Just like the conventional water colors, these opaque colors too are soluble in water however; the properties of these colors are different than those of watercolors. While watercolors are transparent, opaque colors, just as the name suggests, are opaque.

Opaque colors can be used as thick paints unlike water colors. In opaque colors, it is easier to make corrections after the color has dried. The beauty of opaque colors is that every conceivable tone can be achieved with varying amounts of white. Also, the exact tone can be mixed in the palette, and it will appear evenly on paper.

The use of thick opaque paint is a useful way to paint easily. Thick flat patches of the required tone are applied one over the other or adjacently. The best way is to start with middles tones and then gradually add lighter and darker tones as required. This is because; it becomes easier to estimate the tonal value as we progress.

Opaque colors come at an advantage especially when you want to paint things like a wall. A combination of thin and thick applications is just right to create the effect of a plastered wall.

Opaque over transparent technique is used for getting the best of effects from both the worlds. The transparent layer serves as a rich background over which the opaque effect adds lighter tones and highlights the desired areas.

Pointillism is another method that is used with opaque colors. This method was pioneered by Impressionists artists. In this method, small dots of paint are placed close to each other and the resultant hue is perceived by our brain which mixes these colors.


August 31, 2010 Posted by | Drawing | , , , , | Leave a comment

Art Drawings and Tools

The beauty of visual art truly gets reflected in the form of drawing. Various media can be used to decipher this art. Art drawing is the foremost form of expressing and creating drawing. Pencil or charcoal is used to create paintings or art drawings. Art drawing has a very wide scope and artist is at liberty to choose the theme form anything real or imaginary.  In other words, subjects from all aspects of life can be a part of art drawings. One of the shortcomings of art drawing is not so well defined edges. Purist also doubt upon cleanliness aspect of art drawings. But looking at the broader side of it, it has several beautiful aspects about it and one can afford to give a miss to cleanliness and edge aspects. But yes, one is for sure and that is the artist need to put in extra effort in case of blending portions while creating art drawings. To improve the blending aspect, several tools are used like blending stump, chamois, felt pad, facial tissue, paper and tortillion etc.


Blending Stump has points on both ends. Its basically a tightly wounded paper stick. Chamois helps in bringing smooth texture to the drawings. Felt pad is quite useful when it comes to having random textural effects on drawing. Facial tissue is known for its quality of blurring the edge of shadows on drawing whereas paper helps in blending. Tortillon helps in creating entirely different texture but its not very tightly bound. Artists of art drawings have several other materials at his disposal to get the desired effect.

December 11, 2008 Posted by | Drawing | , | Leave a comment


drawing_handsIndia is a land of many forms of art. To the credit of India, right from ancient civilization to modern India, India has produced numerous monumental artworks. There has been no let down as far as producing classic work of arts is concerned. Even invaders have managed to blend well with Indian culture and left a legacy of art works which are both Indian as well as foreign in nature. In other words, the best of diverse cultures has been witnessed by India. Mughals are a great example of this fact.


Among several forms of art, Drawing is one wonderful part of visual art. Drawing makes two-dimensional shape, figure, or image by using any tool on a surface like paper. One can use several tools for drawing the likes of which include charcoals, stylus, graphite pencils, wax color pencils, pen and ink, inked brushes, crayons, pastels, markers, or even different metals like silverpoint. The person who draws efficiently is also called as Draftsman or Draughtsman.


However, many people confuse between drawing and painting but both things are totally different from each other. The only similarity is tools used in both form of arts are almost same. In painting, brush is used on a cloth or other surface for layering of pigments whereas in drawing dark lines are used drawn on the surface of a paper. The process used in the both painting and drawing is also different. Execution of an artwork or finishing of a work of art is the central theme of traditional paintings whereas problem solving, observation and composition are emphasized in drawing.

December 3, 2008 Posted by | Drawing | , , | 1 Comment