• 8 Essential Concepts for Art Lovers

    8 Essential Concepts for Art Lovers

    Expand your knowledge of art through concepts such as color, style, movements, and techniques Despite their importance, many fundamentals of art are often unfamiliar. We have included a list of some of those concepts below. Even if you are already familiar with some of these ideas, you’ll probably learn something new: how they came to be, their traditions, and their development. It is a varied selection that includes essential notions, such as color theory, popular artistic movements such as Pop Art, professions, and techniques such as collage. If you want to explore the topics in detail, click on the red links to access the full blog post.

  • 5 Online Courses to Learn Naturalist Illustration from Scratch

    5 Online Courses to Learn Naturalist Illustration from Scratch

    Learn to create nature-inspired drawings and compositions using different art techniques with the help of expert illustrators Naturalist illustration developed during the time of great explorations as a way to depict all species discovered in the Americas. Contrary to their scientific counterpart, naturalist illustrations were not realistic representations and could reflect the artist's personal vision. Other than a pencil, ink, and brush, a naturalist artist also carried a magnifying glass to help them investigate, compare, and measure all sorts of details to best capture what they were observing. To learn to create naturalist illustrations professionally from scratch, we have selected five courses with five different expert teachers who will share all their tips and techniques. Naturalist Illustrations with Watercolors: Drawing and Composition, a course by Cristina Cilloniz Watercolor is a versatile medium that requires a lot of attention to detail and brings calm to those who paint with it. In this course, you will learn to draw and combine animal figures with botanical elements and complete a naturalist illustration in watercolor under the guidance of botanical illustrator and artist Cristina Cilloniz (@cristina_cilloniz).

  • Top 10 Creative Projects of March 2021

    Top 10 Creative Projects of March 2021

    We put together the projects that received the most likes in March within the Domestika community We kick off the new month by introducing you to the 10 favorite community projects for March. Final projects of courses from different disciplines, teachers' works and commissions are mixed in this space open to creativity. All of them different but with something in common: they are the projects that have received the most likes. In March, watercolor has had a lot of prominence, but also crochet and illustration. Nature has been one of the most inspiring themes and has also been the highlighted theme in other disciplines, such as packaging. And as for digital arts, a work done with the SketchUp design program stands out. To check their creative processes, click on the red titles. Don't forget to add your comment at the end of the article and let us know your favorite.

  • Superflat: How Murakami’s Popular Art Movement Emerged

    Superflat: How Murakami’s Popular Art Movement Emerged

    Pop art is experiencing a revival in Japan thanks to Takashi Murakami Takashi Murakami is a celebrated contemporary Japanese artist. In the early 90s, he rejected modern Japanese art, claiming it was boring and elitist. Instead, he took an interest in post-war Japanese pop culture, in particular the subculture known as Otaku, which also refers to people with a passion for anime, manga, and cosplay. Over a decade, Murakami researched this culture, learning about its relationship with mid-20th century Pop Art and traditional Japanese art, and coined a term that referred to the flat (2D) form associated with Asian graphics, fine arts, and pop culture, as well as Japan’s cultural aesthetic: Superflat. This postmodern art movement was created by a generation of artists born after World War II. It draws on external influences that are reinterpreted to connect with Japanese identity.

  • Discover Inuit Artist Kenojuak Ashevak

    Discover Inuit Artist Kenojuak Ashevak

    We celebrate the enchanted art and life of this remarkable female artist Kenojuak Ashevak was born in an igloo in an Inuit camp in 1927. She became one of Canada's most celebrated graphic artists, collecting multiple honors and achievements until she died in 2013. The daughter of an Inuit hunter and fur trader, she grew up traveling from camp to camp in Arctic Quebec. When she was 19, she married Johnniebo Ashevak, a local Inuit hunter who developed artistic talents in his own right and sometimes collaborated with her on projects. In the late 1950s, both Kenojuak and Johnniebo experimented with carving and drawing.

  • How to Start Your Own Art Collection at Home

    How to Start Your Own Art Collection at Home

    Everything you always wanted to know about amateur art collecting from illustrator Manuel Bueno You might think that art collectors are people with huge bank accounts who live in big mansions and buy their art at auctions just to pass the time. But art is not just for the one-percenters, nor should it be limited to museums. You can also turn your personal space into a place where all kinds of art fit right in. That's why we spoke with the graphic designer, printmaker, and illustrator Manuel Bueno Botello (@buenobueno), who has experience in the world of collecting, both for professional and personal purposes.

  • 10 Artists and Designers to Draw Inspiration From for Your Botanical Watercolors

    10 Artists and Designers to Draw Inspiration From for Your Botanical Watercolors

    Artist and illustrator Luli Reis shares the artists who inspire her botanical watercolors Exploring the textures, contrasts, colors, and shapes present in nature can be an infinite source of inspiration. This almost infinite universe is where the visual artist and illustrator Luli Reis (@lulireis) finds references for her expressive watercolor compositions, illustrations full of color, and movements that can only be found in nature.

  • 10 Online Courses to Get Started With Acrylic Painting in 2021

    10 Online Courses to Get Started With Acrylic Painting in 2021

    Get started in acrylic with these online courses taught by some of the best experts Acrylic painting is a type of art that uses quick-dry plasticized material made of pigments contained in an emulsion of an acrylic polymer. Although acrylic paints are soluble in water, once they dry they are resistant to it. They also have great color versatility, making it the favorite medium of many artists. These 10 courses will introduce you to the vast world of acrylic and help you learn and improve your skills.

  • Drawing Tutorial: Posca Pen Techniques for Beginners

    Drawing Tutorial: Posca Pen Techniques for Beginners

    Discover the perfect technique for drawing with paint markers to create bright, colorful illustrations with James Chapman Posca pens are an industry classic. While often associated with graffiti, there is a lot more you can do with these mighty markers. James Chapman (@jameschapman) is a digital artist who began using Posca pens to get a break from the screen, and in the process his charming illustrations have drawn him an impressive following. In this tutorial, he shares some basic techniques that he has developed for using Posca pens.

  • 6 Interesting Facts about Color Theory

    6 Interesting Facts about Color Theory

    6 surprising facts about colors that you might not have known We are surrounded by colors. They are one of the first things we learn to identify and name. We all have a favorite one, and use them as tools to represent both cultural and artistic identities. But what do we really know about them? Do you know why the Pantone color classification system exists, how the color pink affects us, or why orange didn't exist before the 15th century? Find out in this video.

  • My Materials: Acrylic Illustration

    My Materials: Acrylic Illustration

    Illustrator Jon Berkeley takes us through the tools he uses to conceive, paint, and publish his acrylic illustrations Whether digital or analog, the variety of materials available to an illustrator is vast. Everyone has their own preferences but when investing in your own materials, it can be helpful to see what other professionals use. Jon Berkeley has over 30 years of experience in editorial illustration, and has won awards from Creative Quarterly, the Society of News Design, and the British Society of Magazine Editors for his work illustrating for the biggest magazines in the world. His preferred medium is acrylic as, in his opinion, it offers him the best of watercolor and oil painting. In this video, Jon shows us what tools he uses, sharing simple tips on how and why they are useful for acrylic illustration.

  • What Is the Color Wheel?

    What Is the Color Wheel?

    You've probably heard a lot about this tool, but what exactly is the color wheel, and how does it work? The color wheel is an important tool to get to grips with when you begin a visual art. To put it simply: if colors were words, the color wheel would be the alphabet–it’s what you need to speak this language well.

  • Hilma af Klint: The Fascinating Story of an Abstract Art Pioneer

    Hilma af Klint: The Fascinating Story of an Abstract Art Pioneer

    Ahead of her time, this artist created hundreds of enigmatic paintings where the invisible became visible. Unseen for many years, her work has now vindicated her as one of the pioneers of abstract art It was 1935, and Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky wrote a letter to his New York gallery owner, where he claimed the authorship of his first abstract painting: a piece painted in 1911. “Without doubt, it is the first abstract painting in the world (...) it is, in other words, a historical painting”, said the letter. Nonetheless, in Sweden, in 1906, a woman called Hilma af Klint had already been painting abstract compositions in which line, color, and geometrical shapes had been the main subjects. However, her story and her contribution to abstract art remained unknown until the 1980s, when an exhibition taking place at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) finally vindicated her role. Why doesn’t her name resonate when we think of this art movement? What happened that kept her prolific production unknown, unlike Mondrian, Malevich, or Kandinsky’s works? Here is the fascinating story behind one of the pioneers of abstraction.

  • 5 Watercolor Time-lapses That Will Inspire You to Paint

    5 Watercolor Time-lapses That Will Inspire You to Paint

    Paint and water embrace in these inspiring works by five watercolor artists Watercolors are a world of possibilities–you can explore infinite subjects using this medium. These five time-lapses are proof that water, when mixed with paint, is mesmerizing. The following five artists show us how they each create a piece at great speed. Watercolor portrait, with Carlos R. Casado (@carlosrodriguezcasado) Carlos R. Casado mainly uses watercolors for caricatures. Carlos uses watercolor's unpredictability to his advantage when he draws and paints well-known characters. Here, he shows us a different way of working with watercolors to what we are used to seeing.

  • 5 Essential Courses for Learning Color Theory

    5 Essential Courses for Learning Color Theory

    Learn useful concepts for working with color with five experts Color theory is used across nearly all creative disciplines: interior design, crafts, painting, design, illustration, and more. Five experts working across different creative disciplines share their methods, tips, and unique insights to help you add color to your projects. Color applied to Interior Design, a course by Miriam Alía Interior designer Miriam Alía shows you how to create powerful color combinations for interior design projects and use them to manipulate light and mood. Create fresh color palettes that reflect the personality of a space.

  • 5 Photographers Who Defined the Self-portrait

    5 Photographers Who Defined the Self-portrait

    Discover painting’s influence on the photographic self-portrait and how it can build a visual narrative Across all artistic disciplines, self-reflection can be expressed in different ways. The creator inevitably leaves a piece of himself in each of their creations. Since the days of Ancient Greece, it has been believed that creativity goes hand in hand with self-exploration. When it comes to the self-portrait, there is a whole other level of communication between the artist and spectator. The artist shows themselves exactly as they are, or, how they want others to perceive them.

  • Beginner and Advanced Watercolor Painting FAQs

    Beginner and Advanced Watercolor Painting FAQs

    Ana Victoria Calderón answers what you’ve always wanted to ask about watercolors Ana Victoria Calderón (@anavictoriana) is a painter and illustrator who uses watercolors as her primary medium. She creates art for Hallmark, Papyrus, Demdaco, Galison, and editorial work for Glamour, Vanity Fair, InStyle, and Elle. One of her three Domestika courses, Modern Watercolor Techniques, has just reached 100K students! To celebrate this achievement, Ana Victoria has been answering some frequently asked questions about watercolor materials and techniques and giving professional tips in a live chat for the Domestika Live series. Read some of her answers below:

  • Why Is No One Smiling in Classic Portraits and Photographs?

    Why Is No One Smiling in Classic Portraits and Photographs?

    Learn why smiling was so uncommon in paintings and early photographs "Smile!" We listen to this phrase practically every time we pose for a photograph. Nowadays, smiles are almost a requirement in photos and selfies, a reflex action: when we see a camera pointing at us or somebody asks to take our picture, our first instinct is to smile. But that has not always been the case. For most of recorded history, smiles have not been prevalent. Smiles are rarely present in paintings or old photographs. Why? A matter of vanity? One of the hypotheses that could explain this enigmatic phenomenon is the vanity of the subjects portrayed. Due to the lack of personal hygiene in past centuries, teeth condition left much to be desired. Subjects would keep their lips firmly closed when posing for posterity to avoid showing their teeth. But that is not the truth, for a simple reason: bad teeth were so widespread that they did not inspire shame in the subjects or their painters.

  • What is Fabric Marbling?

    What is Fabric Marbling?

    Discover the secrets to this traditional technique that combines painting and design Fabric marbling is a process that involves floating paints on top of a thick solution. The paints are manipulated into patterns that are later transferred to an object. You can use this craft to dye fabrics and paper, while some people also use it to dye leather and ceramic pieces.

  • Free Download: Stages to Complete a Painting with Ink and Watercolor

    Free Download: Stages to Complete a Painting with Ink and Watercolor

    Illustrator Alex Hillkurtz shares a visual guide of the stages used in watercolor and ink painting Alex Hillkurtz (@alexhillkurtzart) was born in England and grew up in California where he is a renowned storyboard artist for feature films, television, and commercials. His film credits include Argo, Almost Famous, It’s Complicated, and many others. He uses the language of cinema to compose his images, moving beyond what one sees and depicting what he wants others to see. He believes that in our overly crowded lives, sketching and painting invites us to move at a more deliberate pace, giving us a true sense of place, where unexpected stories are revealed.

  • More than 270,000 Free Nature Illustrations from the Biodiversity Heritage Library

    More than 270,000 Free Nature Illustrations from the Biodiversity Heritage Library

    Discover this free catalog of nature illustrations dating back hundreds of years and boost your creativity The Biodiversity Heritage Library has been dubbed the world’s largest open-access digital library for resources on natural history and biodiversity. Right now, the world is experiencing a major extinction crisis and widespread climate change. Aware that many heads are better than one, the Biodiversity Heritage Library was launched to pull together resources from libraries all around the world, pushing to advance global research by digitizing their collections and provide free worldwide access to its catalog.

  • Fill Your Ceramics With Color With This Simple Marbling Technique

    Fill Your Ceramics With Color With This Simple Marbling Technique

    Paula Casella Biase, potter and founder of Bambucito, shows us how to marble our pieces quickly and easily The creation and personalization of ceramic pieces goes beyond modeling, although this is an essential part. The shape of the piece is completed with the decoration that we want to apply, and the use of glazing techniques usually contributes to a much more attractive and unique finish. One of the simplest glazing techniques is marbling, with which we can use a few colours and some heat to create more interesting work. To help you learn to apply marbling, ceramicist Paula Casella Biase (@paulacasellabiase) explains her technique in the video below: