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

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

Colored pencils are expensive. . . there's no getting around it. And the higher quality pencils you buy, the more you'll spend on them.

So it makes sense that if you're dropping three dollars or more on each pencil, you want to get the most for your money!

I've already written about . . . read more

After publishing my 20-minute daily painting challenge a few weeks back, I was asked how I was able to paint for just 5 or 10. . . read more

Let’s face it. Most artists can’t afford to be full-time artists. They love to create and they even sell their work, but. . . read more




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