We Can All Be Masters

How to Become a Master Artist It's easy to watch a master draw and think that their actions are almost magical.  The lines are made with such accuracy and the marks, gracefully executed. The medium that is used is almost an extension of their body.   It's mesmerizing to watch masters work, layering mark after mark with such speed, grace, and accuracy. Unfortunately, for someone with less experience drawing, watching a master work can also be discouraging. We watch the master work and think to ourselves, "I'll never Read more [...]

Why Art Teachers are The Most Important Teachers in the School

Art Teachers are Important I know that I'll be sparking quite a bit of controversy in this post, but I feel that in light of recent budget cuts and a general misunderstanding about what art teachers actually do, some light needs to be shined on this subject. Let me first be clear - ALL teachers are important. I think, however, that there is a tragic misconception when it comes to art teachers, and other teachers in the Fine Arts for that matter.  Some schools refer to these teachers as "Specialists", which is a Read more [...]

Linear Perspective That Is Truly Moving

Reverse Perspective - Making Paintings Move Linear perspective, as most of us understand it, is a method using lines to create the illusion of space on a 2 Dimensional surface.  Linear perspective uses a vanishing point(s), typically placed on a horizon line, in which lines are drawn according to the location of that vanishing point(s).  The result, if properly executed, is the illusion of 3 Dimensional objects, and/or space on a flat surface. The most common forms of linear perspective include: 1 Point Perspective, which uses Read more [...]

Perfectionism – The Enemy of the Artist

The Artist and Perfectionism Do you ever feel like you are stuck in a work? Do you find yourself not finishing a drawing or painting because it's "not right"? Do you frequently start over? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are facing a mighty enemy - an enemy of the artist. This enemy robs your productivity. It steals your creativity. It can make you question yourself as an artist. It can leave you feeling discouraged. It can ruin your artistic journey - if you let it. Most artists have Read more [...]

30 Day Sketchbook Challenge

30 Day Sketchbook Challenge It's time again for the annual contest here at TheVirtualInstructor.com.  Each year, about this time, I host a contest.  Past contests include a book give away and an artist's postcard event.  This year's contest is..."The 30 Day Sketchbook Challenge". The Challenge The challenge is simple.  For the next 30 days commit to draw at least one sketch in your sketchbook from observation every day.  Each sketch should represent 20-30 minutes of attention (it can be more).  It can be any subject Read more [...]

Losing Edges in Drawings

Understanding Edges in Drawing Most of us have learned to draw by focusing on line first.  In fact from a very early age, drawing mostly centers around making lines. Most likely, we are taught to create contour drawings of objects from observation as part of our learning.  As we develop, we continue to focus on drawing with line, using it to create the edges of things in our art. When it comes to representational drawing however, there comes a point when we need to push our concept and understanding of line and its purpose Read more [...]

Break the Rules With Your Art

Breaking the Rules in Art I’m a rule follower.  In fact, I’m a rule follower to a fault. I never wanted to risk “getting in trouble”, and as a result, I probably missed out on some opportunities in life. If truth be told, I bet most of us are rule followers.  We are content to stay within the “boundaries”, protected by the walls of the rules.  After all, the nail that sticks out gets the hammer, right? The Rules Are Safe Following the rules is safe.  It won’t make you stand out, and it won’t get Read more [...]

How to Sign Artwork

How to Sign Artwork You’ve spent countless hours creating that drawing or painting and now it’s time to take credit for all of your hard work and sign the piece. But all of sudden - you’re stuck. “How do I sign this thing”, you think to yourself. You don’t want all of your hard work to be ruined by an obtrusive signature, but you also want to claim your work with “your mark”. How do you sign your artwork? After all, this isn’t really covered in art school. Believe it or not, this is a common Read more [...]