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General Art Advice: Ideas, Inspiration, and Helpful Tips for Artists

It’s September as I write this, and time to head “back to school” to learn more about art and expand your horizons. But how. . . read more

Some time ago, I described the four most important skills every artist needs in order to succeed. Those skills were: • The. . . read more

It's a rare artist who hasn't used castoff and worn-out clothing as rags to clean paintbrushes or hands. But what about using them as painting tools?

Here's a short list of clothing items that I've found have a second life as useful studio. . . read more

All my life I’ve made images. As a child, I doodled on my homework. I did oil paintings, and illustrated with watercolor,. . . read more

The proportional scale, a tool familiar to most graphic designers, is a handy way to calculate dimensions for us right-brained. . . read more

“You may say I can draw, but I can’t. It takes forever to get a drawing that looks right. I erase and draw and erase and draw. There’s no way I can just look at something and make a quick sketch. No way.”

That's the gist of a recent conversation I had with a potential student. She’d sent me a drawing and the drawing was good, but she was so down on her own abilities. . . read more

The last decade or so has brought a lot of changes to calligraphy. Some interesting things are happening. Writing tools have been. . . read more

If you’re a portrait artist by trade, you can expect to be asked to do a posthumous portrait at some point in your career.. . . read more

My Northern California studio is 22' x 12' with 4 windows that invite the outdoors in. Since 1995, I’ve created here, as a lettering artist, publication designer, and editor. About 5 years ago I added teaching calligraphy and mixed media, which has allowed me to meet many amazing students.

Over time I realized it wasn’t as functional as I needed it to be, and that put the. . . read more

Last week, I shared a few ways to make sure you’re buying high-quality colored pencils. Since that article was geared. . . read more

With websites such as Pinterest, Etsy and DeviantArt, the Internet provides boundless opportunities for artists and designers to. . . read more




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