The 30 Day Sketchbook Challenge – Winner Announcement

wehaveawinner Thank you to all of you that participated in "The 30 Day Sketchbook Challenge". 60 of you posted your work on the forum, and I'm sure many more participated without sharing. 460 images were shared! Remember, the point of this contest was to encourage daily drawing which leads to visible drawing improvement. Even though the contest is over, you should continue to draw everyday! The winner is forum member, "mikayla". Mikayla will receive... Lifetime Membership at TheVirtualInstructor.com Read more [...]

5 Tips For Better Compositions

5 Tips for Better Composition I used to play in several bands.  I am a drummer and although drummers don't really receive the same respect as the other musicians, we are still very much musicians.  Ask any drummer and they will tell you that successful pieces of music have a clear structure, an ordered approach that has been rehearsed and practiced. Imagine playing in a band that just wanted to "wing it", without any structure or practice. Clearly this would be a disaster.  In this scenario, each musician in the band Read more [...]

The Best Books for Learning How to Draw

Books for Learning How to Draw We all learn in different ways. Some of us learn by watching, others by doing, and others by reading.  Many of us learn most effectively by doing a combination of these things. Instructional videos are great for learning because the artist can demonstrate techniques in real time and explain their actions and thought process throughout the video. Instructional videos meet many styles of learning and for this reason are a popular platform for learning. Videos are also more accessible than ever. Read more [...]

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 [...]