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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 [...]

Want to Learn How to Paint? Better Learn How to Draw.

Learn how to paint by learning how to draw There is a prevalent misconception that drawing and painting are incredibly different. Some people believe that you can learn painting without understanding the core concepts of drawing. Not only is this misconception completely wrong, but believing it can hinder your development as an artist. The reality is that drawing and painting go "hand in hand". Learning how to draw is a stepping stone to learning how to paint. Concepts learned from drawing carry over into painting, and understanding Read more [...]

How to Market Your Art – A Guide

How to market and sell your art Have you tried to sell your art, but with limited results? You know your art is quality enough to sell, but the sales just aren't happening. Without any sales, you may even start to get discouraged from making art all together, thinking that you just aren't good enough. If any of this applies to you, then take heart - you are definitely not alone. The good news is that you don't have to be the world's next "Picasso" to make sells. You just need to know how to sell and selling is skill Read more [...]

The Inner Artistic Struggle We All Fight

Artistic Struggle It's easy to look at a work of art created by a master and think that it was so easy for them to create. It often seems that when when we watch a master work, it even looks easy. It's no wonder that many of us become discouraged by this thinking and doubt starts to enter our minds. You may think, "it's not easy for me, so I'll never be able to reach this level of skill." Although some accomplished artists will never discuss this or admit it, the truth is that art is a struggle - for everyone. Read more [...]