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Art and Painting Tips: Artistic Advice and In-depth Art Tutorials for Artists

For many artists, choosing what to draw next comes naturally. And most of the time your interests (hobbies, activities, etc) are. . . read more

A calligrapher’s mission is to bring words to life. When a clients ask me how a verse becomes a work of art, or what my process. . . read more

Everyone’s monogram has endless creative potential. We’ve all seen a renewed popularity of letters on jewelry, linens and clothing. It’s interesting to learn that in other countries, royal monograms (with crowns) are used on coins, flags, and police badges. Here in the US, the Post Office prints monograms on postage stamps. Take a look at the two creative examples below, or check out . . . read more

When you hear the word “contrast,” you probably think of dark versus light. But paintings can have many different. . . read more

When you put color onto paper with colored pencil, the color stays exactly where you put it. No easy washing. No easy blending.. . . read more

It’s spring in California and flowers are already blooming! So I brought gardening thoughts into my studio and created this "bouquet" of erasers to share some of my favorite kinds with other lettering designers.

If you haven’t updated your eraser collection. . . read more

If you’ve got a mixed media painting that is nearly done but not quite—you know it just needs a little something to complete. . . read more

NOTE: Before I begin, I want to mention that the process I’m about to describe is entirely intuitive. I’m not guaranteeing it. . . read more

Calligraphers can always enhance their creativity by setting goals and consistently practicing their art. Here are a few methods I teach:

1. Fill pages with a single letter of the alphabet

If you’re a beginning calligrapher, take an empty page and focus on a single letter. Write the date at the top (for reference) and then fill the paper with whichever. . . read more

There are many ways to transfer drawings from one surface to another: Light boxes. Opaque projectors. Drawing freehand, or with a. . . read more

It isn’t by accident that I teach students brush illustration before we begin working on the ABC’s. There’s a little. . . read more




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