Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Draw, Mix, Paint

I know I'm probably late to the show, but here is an amazing website I recently discovered called Draw, Mix, Paint.

On this site, realist painter Mark Carder shares a crazy amount of valuable information covering his entire process. From toning his boards, to laying out a palette, to varnishing a painting... It's all here, and it's all completely FREE.

Mark has painted 2 Presidential Portraits, including that of George W. Bush.

I consider myself a pretty experienced painter, and I still learned a lot from browsing his video catalog. Mark seems to be the sort of artist who has advanced due to his strong technical ability and attention to detail. As such, he is very careful, well spoken, and quite good at explaining his process.

All of Mark's works are firmly grounded in classical realism. But don't let that deter you simply because you think it doesn't suite your style. Learning the fundamentals of classical realism is a great boon to any fantasy artist's arsenal.

I can not begin to imagine how much work it must be for Mark to create all of these videos. And to offer them all for free, simply in the spirit of sharing, is truly humbling.

If you like what you see, let Mark know in the comments section of his Youtube Channel. Or better yet, consider supporting Mark by purchasing his 'Painting Portraits' DVD. Originally priced at $129, he is now offering a HD downloadable version for just $20. That is a complete steal in my opinion, especially for 8 HOURS of material!

I am downloading mine now and am looking to forward to listening to it while I work tonight.


  1. What a bargain! Thanks Dan

  2. Very good, he was featured over there on Charley Parker's Lines and Color's recently.
    Even more remarkable is that he is self-taught so it shows that anyone can study these and others video, work hard, and really go far.

  3. amazing share Dan! I'm already learning so much from his short snippets. I'm planning to get his download too.

  4. Thanks for sharing this, really great information.

  5. This is really great! I've been out of painting in oils for so long I don't really remember the technical aspects of it and I've been wanting to get back into it more for personal paintings. This is a great resource! Thanks for posting this!

  6. This looks great -- thanks, Dan! I'll be watching it as well as your 2009 DVD "Book Cover Illustration" as part of my continued-ed of traditional painting over the next few weeks. :)

  7. Excellent find thanks for sharing!!!

  8. Thanks very much for sharing this Dan. As you said although Mark is focused on classical realism there is definitely something for every artist to learn here. His methodical approach to colour mixing alone is great food for thought.

  9. This is a great find, thanks for sharing!!!

  10. Thanks for the information... I really love your blog posts... specially those on
    Paint Booths


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