April 2020 CP Magic is a digital product only.
What’s in April 2020 CP Magic
Featured Artist: Dan Miller
Dan Miller has been making art since his growing up years in Nebraska. He is also an excellent writer, so he tells in his own words about his life as an artist, including how he discovered his favorite subject, and unique style.
“I try to simplify the landscape by eliminating superfluous details in order to capture its true essence…. It is my mission to discover a middle ground between realism and abstraction while creating contemporary works of art that are interpreted as heartfelt expressions of my reverence for Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.” – Dan Miller
Dan shows you how to simplify your landscape drawings through this step-by-step tutorial. Learn how he decides what to include in his drawings and what to leave out, and how to use color and value to capture the spirit of the landscape. See how he uses a technique as simple as cross-hatching to create depth. If you long for a simpler style of drawing, but don’t know where to begin, then this tutorial is for you.
Carol Bond is an artist and life coach who has a passion for helping other artists fulfill their potential. This passion is why Carol is helping artists through her coaching business, carolbondlifecoaching.com, and beginnersandbeyond.com, her site for colored pencil artists. She shares tips for developing and maintaining creative confidence.
Burnishing is a method of blending in which you blend by using heavy pressure. The colors are all mixed together physically and forced down into the tooth of the paper, producing colors that look more vibrant and saturated. Carrie demonstrates how to create smooth, deeply saturated color by burnishing. She also shares tips on when to burnish for the best results.
Making it Better
This month’s reader art crit features a lovely cat. Carrie shares a few ideas on how to improve her work and how you can check your own work.
The featured photo for April 2020 CP Magic is a lush landscape under a bright blue sky and sunlit clouds. Submit your finished work for inclusion on a future Reader’s Art Gallery.