The Importance of Critique in Art

The Importance of Critique in Art There's a reason why writers have editors. No matter how well you write, there will be mistakes. Many times, these mistakes are overlooked by the author simply because they are "too close" to their work. What the author writes may make total sense to them as they write it because they understand their own vision. As a result, they may omit details that are crucial for readers. Then there's the grammatical errors that occur. A good writer simply needs a good editor. The editor sees the work with Read more [...]

Oil-Based VS. Wax-Based Colored Pencils

Oil-based vs Wax-based Colored Pencils A few months ago I published a post that took a look at the world of “colored pencils”. In this post, I covered the different “colored” pencils that artists frequently use. Many of these pencils aren’t true colored pencils, well not in the traditional sense anyway. Watercolor pencils, Inktense pencils, colored graphite, and pastel pencils are all pencils that feature a colored medium enclosed in a wooden shaft, but technically none of them are true colored pencils. So what are Read more [...]

Improve Your Drawing Skills in 6 Days

Improve Your Drawing Skills In 6 Days Drawing is foundational to any form of art-making. It doesn't matter if you consider yourself to be a painter, printmaker, or sculptor, drawing is part of the process. Therefore, we can all benefit from improving our drawing skills. I think that if we are honest with ourselves, we all want to improve - even if we are already possess a high level of skill. The thing about drawing is that some of us still ascribe to the notion that it is an innate ability that a lucky few are born with. We believe Read more [...]

7 Must Have Pen and Ink Supplies

Must Have Pen and Ink Supplies The appeal of pen and ink drawing is found in the strong contrast, the emphasis placed on the mark, and the challenge of permanence since ink cannot be erased or altered much after it has been applied. Pen and ink artists are often drawn to the precision of the medium as well. The enjoyment found in creating a well-executed and clean drawing with pen and ink is quite satisfying. Perhaps, you've been creating pen and ink drawings of your own for a while, or perhaps you're just starting out. Read more [...]

Colored Pencils vs. Watercolor Pencils vs. The Others

Colored Pencils vs. Watercolor Pencils vs. The Others It's great that there are so many different forms of colored media out there for artists to use. Many are produced in pencil form, attracting the multitudes already conditioned to the feel and familiarity of using a pencil. Pencils filled with a colored medium can be found almost everywhere. I've even seen colored pencils sold at a gas station. Because manufacturers are constantly engineering new products and packaging them in pencil form, the options for the artist continues to grow. It is Read more [...]

Is It OK to Trace in Art?

Is it ok to trace in art Creative people are usually passionate people. Passionate people are usually opinionated people. So, it's no wonder that creative people are opinionated. And when it comes to tracing or transferring images, every artist has an opinion on whether or not it's appropriate to do so. Some are very passionate and vocal about their feelings. Some feel that it's actually "cheating" to transfer or trace contour lines onto a canvas or a drawing surface. But is it? Tracing or transferring images Read more [...]

Dealing With Artistic Frustration – When Things Don’t Go Your Way

Dealing with artistic frustration Ever feel frustrated when you are in the middle of creating? Ever sit down with an enormous amount of inspiration only to become discouraged when your materials don't want to cooperate with your vision? Perhaps you've started a painting and all has gone well. You've found yourself to be "in the zone" and every mark is cooperating. You're working almost intuitively, and each decision that you've made has been "spot on". The colors are working, the composition is strong, and the materials are Read more [...]

11 Must Have Watercolor Supplies

11 Must Have Watercolor Supplies Perhaps you are an experienced watercolor artist, or maybe you're just starting out. Either way, there are several supplies that I feel are essential for the watercolor artist. You may not use them all in every painting that you create, but if you're looking to stock up on what you'll need to be prepared, here's what I suggest having in your tool box... 1. Watercolor Paints Well, there's no doubt that you'll need watercolor paint. But what brand and what type you should use really becomes Read more [...]