I recently took a short writing class: three sessions in a little over a week. No pressure, right? The class was designed to help. . . read more
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 ability to see • The ability to draw what you see • The ability to promote yourself and your work • The ability to say no
At the end of. . . 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. . . 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 folks.
It's similar to the scaling features of Word or InDesign, but unlike software programs, a proportional scale gives you a chance to plan the size of your master art in the early stages, on paper, rather than. . . 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. . . 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. Given that inevitability, you may want to make the decision now: will you accept such a commission?
There's no right or wrong answer. But it's worth thinking about ahead of time, before you have a potential client waiting for an answer.
My experience has. . . read more
My Northern California studio is 22′ x 12′ with 4 windows that invite the outdoors in. Since 1995, I’ve created. . . 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