Types of Lighting For Art

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Is your art being shown in a good light? Discover the best methods for lighting art, and make everything from prints to gallery walls shine

1. Ceiling-mounted accent lights

Best for: making the art—not the light source—the focus

“Pin spotlights that direct light onto individual artworks is a great way of illuminating them,” says Mishaan. These ceiling fixtures can be recessed or surface-mounted, and they allow the direction of light to be adjusted. They can also be specified with a range of light-beam spreads, so “you can ensure that the light covers most of the artwork,” not just a small part of it, he says.

As a rule of thumb, adds Russell, ceiling-mounted lights should be placed so that the light beam hits the center of the artwork when the fixture is adjusted to a 30-degree angle. “If you light a piece of art at ten degrees, which means you’re … Read more

How To Improve Your Artistic Composition?

The 12 ultimate tips for composition in art

From the Golden Ratio to implied lines, Dan Dos Santos shows you his favorite tricks for creating strong compositions.

A strong composition is crucial to a successful piece of art. It’s what attracts a viewer’s eye, and what holds their attention once they take a closer look.

It can mean the difference between an action-packed piece of art and a solemn, contemplative one. But how do you make a composition convey the mood you want, and what is it that makes a composition successful?

There are a many long-standing rules regarding what makes a good composition, such as the Golden Ratio, the Golden Spiral and the Rule of Thirds. But in my opinion they aren’t really rules at all.

Think of them as suggestions or better yet, as optional templates. Traditional methods like these are just one answer to a problem which has an infinite number of solutions. Their purpose … Read more

How To Make Your Drawing More Realistic?

Drawing definitely needs to be learned (studied and practiced), yes you do need understand quite a few skills and techniques. There are methods and art rules that you can use to help you draw better almost immediately if you apply them properly.

Drawing isn’t something that people are born to be able to do. Whether they practice on their own or study courses (the right one can really speed up your results ten-fold.) Realism drawing is a result of a combination of all four major areas of study

  1. Outline Drawing (contour of the shape itself and the shapes of all the shadows and highlights)
  2. Shading (with a full knowledge of the five major areas of where to draw the highlights and shadows as well as what level of tone to draw them.
  3. Proportion (perspective rules really help with this)
  4. Composition (where to position all the elements in your image
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