Build an Online Portfolio Website – A Step by Step Guide

Portfolio Website with Grid If you are an artist, then you absolutely must have an online portfolio. The web is how people share, and if your art isn't out there, then you are missing out. The good news is that building one is easier than you may think. Don't worry, you don't need to know any coding (or even have a clue as to what you are doing.) I'll show you how you can be up and running in a just a matter of moments. In fact, you can have your website up and running in under 5 minutes. Customizing your site will take Read more [...]

Still Life Photo References – Harmonious Arrangements

Still Life Photo Reference Pears 3 Here's a brand new set of photo references for all of you. If you've happened to miss my previous posts that feature resources for you to practice drawing (or painting), here's a few links for you.. Photo References - Forms Photo References - Reflective Surfaces Photo References - Glass Photo References - Fruit Still Life Photo References Before I share these photos with you, I want to talk about the arrangements themselves. The truth of the matter is that if you are working from a Read more [...]

Optical Color Mixing

Optical color mixing - yellow and blue Optical color mixing is a phenomenon that happens when a viewer perceives color in an image as a result of two or more colors that are positioned next to, or near each other.  The perceived color is not actually on the surface.  Instead, the color that the viewer perceives is what color(s) would result from the mixing of the colors that are actually on the surface.  In other words, if yellow and blue are placed on a surface in close enough proximity to one another, the viewer may perceive that Read more [...]

5 Grips for Holding a Pencil for Drawing – My Favorite Grip is #2

Drumstick Pencil Grip It took quite a while for to me to understand the importance of drawing with different grips.  But once I opened myself up to holding the pencil in different positions, my drawing greatly improved. It's no secret that the way in which you hold your drawing pencil will affect the marks that you make on the drawing surface.  By holding the pencil the same way - all of the time - in all of your drawings - you are limiting what is possible as far as mark-making goes. It's also no secret Read more [...]

Fighting Artistic Limitations

notions Managing Limitations Limitations are a part of our daily lives.  It's the reality of life - right?  You can do this - you can't do that.  We are all used to this, and as a result we tend to put limitations on ourselves.  These self-imposed limitations show themselves over and over again with students learning to become artists. We believe that we can do this - but we can't do that.  Often, these beliefs form who we become as people. They craft the very essence of our existence. Unfortunately, Read more [...]

Organizing Art Supplies

binstack1 The care that goes into taking care of your art supplies is important. The last thing you want is to invest all of that money for high quality brushes, pencils, paint, etc. only to leave them lying around in a disorganized fashion.  Organization of your art materials is essential,  and storing them in a responsible manner is an absolute "must".  We all want to get the most out of the products that we purchase to make our art, so logically we have to take care of them when they are not in Read more [...]

Forms for Drawing

Forms for Drawing 4 When it comes to drawing and painting, there's no denying that value is important.  Value is the darkness or lightness of a color.  It is value that informs us on the light present in a scene and the form of a subject.  I'll even argue that value is one of the most important of the seven elements of art.   Fully understanding the elements and how they are used in the creation of art will naturally lead to stronger works.   And since value is so important to successful drawings and paintings, Read more [...]

More Drawing Exercises

exercising There's no better way to improve at drawing than to exercise!  Drawing, after all is a skill.  Skills need to be practiced in order to be improved upon. When we exercise, whether it be physical or mental, we become stronger.  You can't expect to become better at drawing without actually drawing. Over three years ago, I posted a list of drawing exercises.  And while this list is very short, it proved to be one of the most popular posts here on the blog.  People are simply hungry to improve. Read more [...]