The Results Are In. The Next Course Is…

The next art course is...
As many of you already know, one of the goals of this website is to bring you the highest quality art instruction that covers a widely diverse spectrum of art making media, techniques, and subject matter. Along with this, it is my desire to design courses that exceed your expectations and reflect what you want to learn. At the conclusion of each course that is created for you, I reach out and ask you what you'd like to see developed next. Students are able to vote on course options by participating Read more [...]

How To Draw Texture

How to Draw Texture
Introduction to Texture Not once did my drawing mentor talk about texture with me. Texture is one of the seven elements of art and design. So why did my drawing teacher never discuss it? The answer is this - texture is subordinate to all the other elements of art. Simply put, texture is both the least important and the most challenging. My drawing professor instead focused on the basics, value and proportion. He taught me to do the same. In some ways texture needs the other elements of Read more [...]

How To Make A Boring Subject Exciting In A Drawing or Painting

How to make boring subjects in art exciting
The subjects we choose to depict in our art often contribute to the success or failure of the piece. Sometimes we put so much emphasis on our subject that it can even hinder getting started. We want every work that we create to be exciting so it's natural to think that our subjects must be exciting too. But even subjects that some consider "boring" can be made exciting. It's all about how we approach the subject and how we use a few elements and principles of art to make them more interesting. Read more [...]

How To Varnish And Protect Paintings

How to Varnish a Painting
Varnishing your paintings protects and provides the surface of your painting with a consistent surface. It can also add a glossy finish and make the colors more intense. Unfortunately, many amateur artists skip this essential step and some don't even feel that it's necessary. So, do you really need to varnish your paintings and protect them? Well, do you have antivirus software to protect your computer? Do your children have winter coats to protect them from the cold? Our paintings need a Read more [...]

Vote for the Next Course

Vote for the next course
"Pencil Drawing - The Guide to Graphite" is now complete, making it the eleventh complete course added to our library of courses - which are all available to members. The addition of this course brings the total of course video hours up to 38 with well over 1000 pages of ebooks included. (Each course includes logically sequenced modules that include videos and downloadable ebooks.) At the conclusion of each course, I reach out to you guys for input on the next course that will be developed. Read more [...]

Drawing Political Cartoons Using Procreate – Start To Finish

DRawing Political Cartoons with Procreate
Political cartoonist, Ashley Hurst shares his process for creating political cartoons using the app, Procreate. I remember the world before Photoshop, iPads and digital cameras. It was an analog world - cassette tapes and Cable TV were kings. Pencils and paint brushes were my tools. I was first exposed to an early version of Photoshop in college and at the time, it seemed unsuited to traditional drawing and painting media. All of that has change inside of two decades. I’ll admit, I was resistant Read more [...]

Low Relief Sculpture

Low Relief Sculpture
In ages past, it was common for artists to both paint and sculpt. Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Degas, Matisse – all painters and sculptors. These days, most artists seem to specialize. Why is that? It could be that artists are responding to market demands or it could be that sculpture is no longer taught with the same regularity and emphasis as in the past centuries.  Some art teachers simply avoid teaching sculpture. Sculptural processes can be expensive to teach and teachers must work within Read more [...]

How to Prevent Artist’s Tape From Damaging Your Paper

Prevent Artist's Tape From Tearing Your Paper
If you want those nice, clean edges around your art, then you've likely used or at least considered using a form of masking tape. The masking tape, when used around the edges of the artwork, can produce a sharp border that makes the art look clean and finished. Using tape in this manner is certainly not limited to painting either. It can be used with any drawing medium that may prove difficult to keep within the borders. Masking tape, however, has a nasty little habit of tearing the paper Read more [...]