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Beginners - Basic Colour Theory

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"I came across this worksheet whilst tidying my computer today and thought it may be of use to those of you who are new to painting and drawing. It gives a brief outline of basic colour theory. You may wish to read my earlier blog posts on colour theory and my thoughts on colour and it's subjectivity."
Basic Colour Theory
Primary colours – Red, Yellow & Blue (These are the three naturally occurring colours that can't be produced from mixing other colours)
Secondary colours – Orange, Violet & Green (These are produced by adding two of the primary colours together)




Tints & Tones – Tints and Tones are made by adding either White or Black to your colour. i.e. By adding white to red you produce the tint of pink and by adding black you produce the tone of burgundy.
With oil and acrylic paint, you achieve this by mixing the paint on your palette. With watercolour paint you use the white of the paper, so you would add more water to red paint to make it transparent and a…

Tips on drawing horses - Video to accompany previous post

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Tips on drawing horses

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Drawing animals (horses) (Notes from recent workshop on drawing horses, that you may find useful)

When we are learning to draw people, there are several basic rules that we can apply. Although there are exceptions to every rule, we learn tips on proportion that we can use in all our figure drawing.
With animals, we can't have these quick tips on drawing their proportions, as all species are so different. The subject is simply too vast. Even within species, the breeds can be completely different. i.e. One rule couldn't apply to both a thoroughbred racehorse and a miniature Shetland!
So we need to devise ways of making sure our proportions are accurate. As many animals have a thick covering of hair or fur, we need to begin by thinking about where the skeleton lies beneath. By knowing where the bones are, especially the skull and eye sockets, you can avoid your animal drawing looking like a cuddly toy. With a horse, pay particular attention to the legs and feet. You need to avoid putt…