Category Archives: Art Tips and Tutorials

Here you will find posts from Selina with advice about creating art. These include art tips and techniques, painting walk-throughs, video tutorials and other creative advice. The advice ranges in medium from watercolors, to acrylics and digital painting.

Experimenting and Moon Boats

If you’ve been following my Facebook or Instagram feed, you’ll know I’ve been experimenting for a while now. Trying new media, trying new styles, trying to re-find myself I suppose. A lot of my artworks these days start from nothing. No idea, no inspiration. Just me and a blank canvas and a pencil-brush-marker-whatever drawing tool I […]

Digital Painting Walkthrough- Finishing up

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Developing a Concept with Digital Painting

I’m working up a new mermaid concept for one of the cards in my upcoming Mermaids Oracle deck with Lucy Cavendish. I’m attempting to save work in progress shots as I go to show how I paint digitally. I don’t work exactly the same every time I paint, but here is an example of one […]

Finding Inspiration

Trivia- What is the number one most frequently asked question of artists, that most artists dislike being asked? “Where do you get your inspiration?” It’s so common, it’s like being asked, “Where did you get that dress?”, as though we’re expected to have some store address we can direct people to to stop in and […]

Tips for Realistic Figures and Faces

There is a saying in the digital movie effects industry when a computer generated character sort of gives you the creeps- it’s “The uncanny valley”. The “gap” where our mind says to us that it sort of looks human, but not quite right, and that leaves us with an odd, disturbed feeling! This is because […]

Graphite Pencil Drawing Tips

Graphite pencil was one of the first mediums I really extensively developed for my art. When I was starting out, I was paint-shy. Paint was just so intimidating and hard to control! So I stuck with trusty graphite (“lead”) pencils, and discovered just how much this simple tool can achieve. Some of my all time […]

Painting Tips and Tricks

A selection of tips for traditional painting. Most apply to all painting mediums (watercolor, acrylic, oils, etc) and some are more specific. Brush care: When painting, I use lots of different size and shape brushes that I keep altogether in a pot. When I use them, I leave them out on the table next to […]

General Painting & Drawing Tips

A few of my best bits of advice for creating art in general. Cool colours and Contrasting colours for lively shadows: To make your pictures look more vibrant and real, and avoid boring, muddly browns and greys, using cool colours and contrasting colours is the key. Any time you draw or paint shadows, or things […]