Art mediums: 3 of the best ways to draw or paint


Artists often have favourite art mediums to create their art – that is normal and often encouraged. However, to be able to figure out your favourite way to draw or paint, you need to try out a lot of art mediums, which can get really expensive really quickly. As such, there’s nothing wrong in watching other people play with different tools or seeking out advice regarding the issue. That way you can make a wiser decision early on, without hindering your artistic progress.  Here are 3 of the best ways to draw or paint:

Graphic tablets

Honestly, nothing really can beat graphic tablets, despite it being one of the less conventional art mediums. You can literally try out every single physical art medium out there digitally, once you get used to the way graphic tablets work. They are more expensive in the beginning and you might frown thinking you have to pay so much in comparison to a pencil – but over time things add up. While you might pay next to nothing for a pencil, you need to buy hundreds of pencils over time. Graphic tablets last quite a long time, especially if you get one of good quality. So you get one only once and there’s that. Unlimited drawing potential!

Art mediums

Oil painting

There’s a reason oil painting is one of the most used art mediums of the great Renaissance painters. It’s very versatile: the colours blend beautifully, they are bright and vibrant, you can let the layers dry out and then you can paint on top (not disturbing the lower layers), and you can even wash out your canvas and reuse it (although there may be a drop in quality).

You can paint anything you want in oil, there’s not really much preventing you from doing so. You just need a lot of brushes of different sizes.  You can also work only with the primary colours – they blend beautifully and create an array of colourful options. Beware of the toxic fumes, though. Only paint in a specially designed room or on a balcony.

Pastel painting or drawing

Pastels are cheaper than oils and come even in the form of pencils. They blend quite well and you can use them on paper, although it’s advised to use on special pastel paper, which is thicker and rougher. As such, the cost is overall way lower and you can create wonderful landscapes. They can be manipulated to give off nice contrastive effects. For example, you can chip them lightly and then press the pastel flakes into the paper. The downside is that it’s more difficult to add in details and since they are chalk-like, you will get it everywhere if you’re not careful. Pastels are one of the less known art mediums.


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