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 [...]

Observation Drills to Improve Representational Drawing

Observation Exercises to Improve Drawing and Painting The drawing exercises can be found further down the page. Drawing representationally is centered on observation. Therefore, observational skills are crucial to success with realistic drawing. If we want to capture an object or subject the way that it appears, then we must look at the subject. We must understand and record the relationships of the lines, shapes, textures, etc. that we see in order to communicate them to the viewer. It wouldn't make sense to expect to take a photograph Read more [...]

How to Draw From Memory

How to Draw From Memory Drawing from observation is fairly direct. It demands a level of practice and develops over time, but the process itself is straight-forward. We observe the subject; simplify it into basic shapes or forms; draw the contours; and then develop the value. Of course, observational drawing requires you to have a reference or a live subject. You clearly cannot draw from observation without a subject to observe. So what happens when we don't have the subject in front of us and we have no reference Read more [...]

Improve Your Drawing by Developing a Habit

Improve Drawing Skills By Developing a Drawing Habit We all have habits. Some are good and some are not so good. Once a habit is formed, it usually "sticks". This is why it is so important to commit to creating good habits in our life and ridding ourselves of the habits that hinder us. It's easy to talk about starting a brand new habit, but it's another thing to develop one. Developing a habit takes dedication and will power in the beginning. Over time, the habit becomes easier to repeat, but it's tough at the start. So, why I am talking Read more [...]

9 Must Have Colored Pencil Supplies

Colored Pencil Supplies Whether you're just starting out with colored pencils, or if you've been at it for a while, there are several materials and supplies that I consider to be "must haves". Every time I sit down to work on a drawing, I make sure that each of these supplies are within my reach. I may not use them for every drawing that I create, but they are an essential part of any colored pencil artist's tool box. Let's have a look inside... 1. Colored Pencils Okay, so this one is fairly obvious. You must Read more [...]

Make Prints of Your Art

Make and Sell Prints of Your Art At some point, every artist eventually considers selling the art that they produce. Some personal works will always stay in the possession of the artist, but others may be created for commercial sale. But lets' face it, every work that you produce is personal. The artist will always put a bit of themselves in every piece that they create. So for some, the thought of selling their work and "letting it go" to someone else is unbearable. For these artists, putting a price on something that you Read more [...]

The Next Course is…

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 [...]