The #1 Drawing Mistake Made by Beginners Plus 7 More

Drawing Mistakes Made by Beginners Never in the history of mankind has a perfect work of art been created. "Mistakes" or better yet - "imperfections" are part of the creation process. Every drawing that we create will have its "fair share" of them. Ironically, it's often these imperfections that attract us to drawings in the first place. There's something special about seeing "the hand of the artist", knowing that the mark is not quite right, yet it still communicates the subject gracefully. I start this post discussing imperfections Read more [...]

7 Ways to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

Get Creative Juices to Flow Sometimes as artists we get stuck. It happens to all of us. Either our motivation is lacking or our inspiration is missing. If you're experiencing this, there's nothing wrong with you - it's normal. It's simply part of being a "creative". It can be frustrating for sure. Creativity is odd creature. It seems that the more room we give to it, the more it grows. But when we try to force it to happen, the more it hides from us. Creativity simply can't be forced, we have to let it happen. In Read more [...]

Time To Vote On The Next Course

Which art course is next? "Portrait Drawing The Smart Way" is now complete making it the latest addition to the collection of comprehensive courses offered here at TheVirtualInstructor.com, all of them included with membership. The addition of this course now brings the total of courses offered up to 8 with an additional mini-course. There are now over 33 hours of course video and over 1000 pages of ebooks. Each course that is created is logically sequenced and features multiple demonstrations in a variety of media, Read more [...]

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 [...]