Is It OK to Draw and Paint From Photos?

Is it ok to draw and paint from photos
The world of art has its fair share of controversies that extend beyond the realm of subject matter. Artists typically have their own opinions on process, ideas, and materials and many of them are extremely passionate over their beliefs. Some people believe that certain colors should be used in a palette and others excluded. Some artists believe that there is only one approach to drawing or painting that should work for everyone. And some artists believe that anyone that uses a photo as a reference Read more [...]

7 Drawing Techniques For Accuracy

drawing Techniques For Accuracy
Drawing is about observation. And if you want to improve your drawing skills, then you must focus on how you see the subjects that you draw. It seems simple enough - "draw what you see".  We've all heard it before and it is a fine suggestion because it does work. We do need to draw what we see. But if you don't know what to look for, or perhaps more importantly - how to look for it, then this statement can be frustrating. Fortunately, there are several techniques we can use to help us see Read more [...]

Why You Believe You Can’t Draw and What To Do About It

Why you believe that you can't draw and what to do about it.
Why is it that such a large majority of people believe that they simply cannot draw? What exactly happens to us that makes us believe this untrue statement? If you ask a room of one hundred average adults to raise their hands if they believe they can draw, only a handful will raise their hands. If you ask one hundred 5 year olds the same question, nearly all of them will raise their hands. What happens to us to make our opinions about ourselves change so drastically? Can this belief be changed Read more [...]

Drawing on a Flat Or Tilted Surface – Which is Best?

Drawing on a flat surface vs a tilted surface or easel
Some of us draw on flat surfaces, like a table, while others prefer to draw on a tilted surface, like an easel or a drafting table. But which is better? Which setup leads to more accuracy in our drawings? In this post, we'll look at the pros and cons of each arrangement and I'll let you decide which is best for you. Considering Comfort When Drawing It's important to be comfortable when you are drawing. When your body is comfortable, you're less likely to be distracted by your posture and you Read more [...]

Real Masters Are Life-Long Learners

Strategies For Learning Art
One of the most attractive qualities in the world of art-making is the possibilities of multiple "rights". We can be successful in so many different ways. The pathways to success in a work are many. There is no true "wrong way" to create - instead there are a multitude of "right" ways. It's true that there are those that proclaim to have found the "right" way to develop a work. Whether it be a drawing, painting, sculpture, or collage, these intellectuals deem their approach to be the best Read more [...]

How To Build a Photo Box

How to build a photobox
As artists, one of the most important tools we have at our disposal is our camera. Often, a quality drawing or painting starts with a quality photo. While photos are everywhere, it's always best to shoot your own. We can control the light, the subject matter, the arrangement or composition, and the image is completely our own. But for most of us, we simply don't have access to high-end studio equipment to create professional-looking photos - or do we? Here's how to build a photo box Read more [...]

Drawing With Adobe Sketch

Drawing with Adobe Sketch
The Live Event Last week, myself and three other artists were invited out to Adobe in San Francisco. Our challenge was to create a complete drawing every day within about 1 hour and 45 minutes on the iPad Pro using Adobe's mobile apps for drawing. The entire process was streamed live on Adobe's Twitch channel ( (The recorded videos from each day are found a little further down this page, so if you missed it, you can watch them now.) The Artists I was joined by three amazing Read more [...]

How To Make Time For Your Art

How to Make Time For Your Art
Our time is perhaps our most valuable commodity. How we choose to use the time we have often directly affects the quality of our lives. Many of us spend a good amount of time at work, often longing for the hours that we get away from it. We spend time with friends and family and many times, our time is spent caring for those folks. We have chores, responsibilities, and many of us use our time to volunteer. The list goes on and on. There are plenty of activities that soak up our precious time. With Read more [...]