Improve Your Drawing by Developing a Habit

Improve Drawing Skills By Developing a Drawing Habit We all have habits. Some are good and some are not so good. Once a habit is formed, it usually "sticks". This is why it is so important to commit to creating good habits in our life and ridding ourselves of the habits that hinder us. It's easy to talk about starting a brand new habit, but it's another thing to develop one. Developing a habit takes dedication and will power in the beginning. Over time, the habit becomes easier to repeat, but it's tough at the start. So, why I am talking Read more [...]

9 Must Have Colored Pencil Supplies

Colored Pencil Supplies Whether you're just starting out with colored pencils, or if you've been at it for a while, there are several materials and supplies that I consider to be "must haves". Every time I sit down to work on a drawing, I make sure that each of these supplies are within my reach. I may not use them for every drawing that I create, but they are an essential part of any colored pencil artist's tool box. Let's have a look inside... 1. Colored Pencils Okay, so this one is fairly obvious. You must Read more [...]

Make Prints of Your Art

Make and Sell Prints of Your Art At some point, every artist eventually considers selling the art that they produce. Some personal works will always stay in the possession of the artist, but others may be created for commercial sale. But lets' face it, every work that you produce is personal. The artist will always put a bit of themselves in every piece that they create. So for some, the thought of selling their work and "letting it go" to someone else is unbearable. For these artists, putting a price on something that you Read more [...]

The Next Course is…

The next course is... Members of TheVirtualInstructor.com are able to vote on what courses are developed as part of the membership program. Voting takes place as the development and production of current courses conclude, the last being "The Watercolor Workshop". At the date of this writing, the membership program currently offers 5 complete courses and one mini-course. As new courses are developed, they are added to the library of courses, recorded Live Lessons, lesson plans, and Member's Minute episodes that Read more [...]

7 Characteristics of Successful Artists

Characteristics of successful artists Artists are different from non-artists in so many ways - right? Well that's the perception anyway. The truth is that anyone can become an artist, no matter their experience or "talent".  With knowledge, practice, and a dedication to the craft, anyone can learn how to draw or paint at an "expert" level. However, in order to reach this level, the individual must possess all, or at least several, characteristics that are frequently observed in successful artists. This means that the individual may Read more [...]

Embrace Your Artistic Style

Embrace your artistic style You may make a judgment about me here, but when I was younger I would experiment with changing my handwriting. In fact, for a period of time, I changed my handwriting so frequently that my teachers started to question if I was "outsourcing" my assignments. I guess I enjoyed the change up. It made the mundane reports I was writing a bit more exciting. (Yes, people "hand wrote" reports in those days.) Looking back, I think that it was about more than changing my handwriting. As strange Read more [...]

Making a Game of Color Theory

Making a Game of Color Theory Color theory can be confusing if you're "new to the game".  All of those colors and how they relate to each other can be quite overwhelming. But just the other day, I came across a site that makes color theory a bit fun and has actually turned it into a game. More on that in a moment. Why is Color Theory Confusing? I think the majority of the confusion stems from all of the names of pigments and all of the "made-up" names that some manufacturers assign to colors that they produce. What really Read more [...]

Observational Drawing and Painting – 6 Things to Look For

How to draw and paint what you see. We hear it all the time - "Draw or paint what you see." Seems simple enough, right? Just look at whatever your subject may be and put it on the surface. Artists and art instructors are notorious for telling their students to "just draw what they see", often leaving the student with a confused look on their face. For those of us that already know what to look for, this infamous statement makes perfect sense. It seems simple, because it is simple. Many students however, simply do not Read more [...]