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

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. . . read more

The last decade or so has brought a lot of changes to calligraphy. Some interesting things are happening.

Writing tools have been vastly improved. Calligraphy has moved beyond the scriptorium—to the kitchen, the garden and the car. We have many choices for paper and other surfaces readily available. There’s less time (or it seems that way) so easier techniques are in demand. And. . . 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. . . read more

Last week, I shared a few ways to make sure you're buying high-quality colored pencils. Since that article was geared toward buying art supplies in person, it seems natural to follow up with some tips for art supply shopping online.

I consider myself to be frugal—my husband. . . 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. . . 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 minutes at a time. After all, just cleaning up oil paint, brushes, and supplies usually takes longer than that—if you only spend a short time painting. . . 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

One of the biggest reasons artists compete in art competitions to gain recognition for their art. And, while some competitions. . . read more




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