How To Make Time For Your Art

How to Make Time For Your Art Our time is perhaps our most valuable commodity. How we choose to use the time we have often directly affects the quality of our lives. Many of us spend a good amount of time at work, often longing for the hours that we get away from it. We spend time with friends and family and many times, our time is spent caring for those folks. We have chores, responsibilities, and many of us use our time to volunteer. The list goes on and on. There are plenty of activities that soak up our precious time. With Read more [...]

The Results Are In. The Next Course is…

The Next Course Is... Most of you know that my goal as a teacher is to serve you as students. Part of this is teaching you what you want to learn. Each course that has been developed over the years has been the result of you telling me what you want to learn. At the conclusion of each course that is developed, I reach out to you and ask what you want to learn next. You guys answer a simple survey with multiple options. When the results are in, I get started developing the next course, releasing course modules Read more [...]

The #1 Drawing Mistake Made by Beginners Plus 7 More

Drawing Mistakes Made by Beginners Never in the history of mankind has a perfect work of art been created. "Mistakes" or better yet - "imperfections" are part of the creation process. Every drawing that we create will have its "fair share" of them. Ironically, it's often these imperfections that attract us to drawings in the first place. There's something special about seeing "the hand of the artist", knowing that the mark is not quite right, yet it still communicates the subject gracefully. I start this post discussing imperfections Read more [...]

7 Ways to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

Get Creative Juices to Flow Sometimes as artists we get stuck. It happens to all of us. Either our motivation is lacking or our inspiration is missing. If you're experiencing this, there's nothing wrong with you - it's normal. It's simply part of being a "creative". It can be frustrating for sure. Creativity is odd creature. It seems that the more room we give to it, the more it grows. But when we try to force it to happen, the more it hides from us. Creativity simply can't be forced, we have to let it happen. In Read more [...]

Time To Vote On The Next Course

Which art course is next? "Portrait Drawing The Smart Way" is now complete making it the latest addition to the collection of comprehensive courses offered here at TheVirtualInstructor.com, all of them included with membership. The addition of this course now brings the total of courses offered up to 8 with an additional mini-course. There are now over 33 hours of course video and over 1000 pages of ebooks. Each course that is created is logically sequenced and features multiple demonstrations in a variety of media, Read more [...]

The Importance of Critique in Art

The Importance of Critique in Art There's a reason why writers have editors. No matter how well you write, there will be mistakes. Many times, these mistakes are overlooked by the author simply because they are "too close" to their work. What the author writes may make total sense to them as they write it because they understand their own vision. As a result, they may omit details that are crucial for readers. Then there's the grammatical errors that occur. A good writer simply needs a good editor. The editor sees the work with Read more [...]

Oil-Based VS. Wax-Based Colored Pencils

Oil-based vs Wax-based Colored Pencils A few months ago I published a post that took a look at the world of “colored pencils”. In this post, I covered the different “colored” pencils that artists frequently use. Many of these pencils aren’t true colored pencils, well not in the traditional sense anyway. Watercolor pencils, Inktense pencils, colored graphite, and pastel pencils are all pencils that feature a colored medium enclosed in a wooden shaft, but technically none of them are true colored pencils. So what are Read more [...]

Improve Your Drawing Skills in 6 Days

Improve Your Drawing Skills In 6 Days Drawing is foundational to any form of art-making. It doesn't matter if you consider yourself to be a painter, printmaker, or sculptor, drawing is part of the process. Therefore, we can all benefit from improving our drawing skills. I think that if we are honest with ourselves, we all want to improve - even if we are already possess a high level of skill. The thing about drawing is that some of us still ascribe to the notion that it is an innate ability that a lucky few are born with. We believe Read more [...]