At EmptyEasel our goal is to publish helpful tutorials for both new and professional artists—without any of the vague or confusing "artspeak" common to the art world.
Sounds nice, right? :)
Even better, our writers are all talented artists themselves, and often include their own step-by-step images for each tutorial. If you're an artist looking to improve your craft, feel free to explore. I guarantee you'll get something great out of EE!
It isn’t by accident that I teach students brush illustration before we begin working on the ABC's. There’s a little silence when I mention the word "illustration," followed by a sense of confusion and fear.
After all, they came to my calligraphy class to learn to make beautiful letters.
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P.S. For those of you who are brand new to EmptyEasel.com, make sure to check out the menu bar at the top of this page. You'll find a lot of art tutorials, as well as quite a few posts on selling art online (under "business advice") but there's plenty more that you'll probably like, too.
We've also launched a few other websites for artists
For example, our sister site, Foliotwist, makes artist websites easy. If you need an art website, check there first!
You may also want to join our art discovery and sharing service, Artwork Reveal, which helps connect artists with art collectors and art professionals all over the world, or apply to have your work featured on NUMA, our new curated online gallery where art lovers can find and buy contemporary art by today's talented working artists.
Each of these services make it simpler for artists to display, promote, and sell art online, and we're working on doing even more in the coming year (so stay tuned!)
In one of our most popular videos, Sherrill Kahn shares a quick, easy way to make your own stamping tools out of styrofoam. All you need is a few basic tools and some acrylic paint, and you'll be ready to stamp in no time!
You can get Sherrill's full acrylic painting DVD at Creative Catalyst. Plus, your purchases there benefit the artist and help support EmptyEasel.com.Want more short video lessons? Visit our Video Tutorials page!
As you'll notice, we often partner with other art-related businesses and services. We've helped artists find everything from great deals on art supplies to internet tools where you can use free online photo effects to design photos for your website.
If you're interested in learning more about that, take a look at the rest of our partnerships by browsing the full list to the left.
And finally, since EmptyEasel IS an art blog, you'll generally find new articles published right here every week. . . so feel free to drop by as often as you'd like!
Here are four easy ways to join in, AND get something back.
1 Submit your artwork to be featured
If you're an artist yourself, why not submit your artwork for review? EmptyEasel reviews new artists every week and we're always looking for more.
And of course, if your art is featured we'll link to your art blog, portfolio website, or other web page where readers can find your art for sale.
Check out the artwork submission form for specific details.
2 Write an article of your own and send it in
EmptyEasel is always happy to publish art tutorials on watercolors, oil painting, acrylics, pen and ink, or pencil drawing, as well as articles on collage, stamping, sewing, or any other form of art or craft.
If your article is chosen to be published, we'll not only credit you as the author, but also link to your artist website or the web page where you sell your art online.
3 Sign up for the free artist's newsletter
Stay up-to-date on what’s happening at EmptyEasel.com with our free e-newsletter (no ads, no spam, no kidding). It’s a short email sent right to your inbox every Sunday with info on upcoming articles you won’t want to miss.
Just click here to sign up, then follow the directions to verify you’re a real person. You can opt out anytime and your information will never be shared or published.
4 Link to EmptyEasel from your own site
Tell others about EE by posting a simple link to EmptyEasel.com.
If you belong to an online art forum, feel free to add the link in your signature line; if you have an art blog, you can add it to your blogroll. Other websites or social networking pages like Pinterest or Facebook work great too.
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