Drawing portraits during lunch

How to fill spare time with art

We often complain about lack of time and hectic daily routines that don’t allow for any creative activities and art. Fitting sketching or painting in our day can sometimes be tricky, I cannot deny that. However, sometimes small breaks for a quick doodle instead of long art sessions, can be the solution. I personally use part of my lunch break every day to draw a portrait.

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Making Art Progress, not Art Products

A fundamental distinction all developing artists need to know

The title is a slight paraphrase of Tim Packer’s words, during one of his mentor-ship YouTube videos with Brooke Cormier. At first, it might not make much sense, however after letting it sink in for a while you will realise it is actually fundamental for any beginner or developing artist’s learning process. Tim talked about a clear distinction between an artist’s work phases and this is exactly what we will look in slightly deeper detail in this article. To enrich the text with some visual content, I will be sharing corresponding pieces of my own work below.

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11 Do’s & Dont’s when attending an art workshop

Ways of making the most out of your time in an art workshop

For those who are keen to improve their drawing and painting skills, there is plenty of interesting workshops and art lessons out there; what are the best ways of making the most out of it though? Although you might think you have found the perfect art workshop that covers the areas you need some help with, there is a number of factors that could prevent you from being efficient, focused and getting all the information you need from the lesson. In this article we will go through a few ideas of how to make the most of your time during the workshop. Hopefully, the following list of Do’s and Dont’s will help you prepare accordingly for attending the next art workshop!

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Interview with a life model in Bath, UK

Presenting the work and ideas of a successful professional life model

I had the chance to work with Julian in a number of occasions at Bath Artist Studios and The Curfew in Bath. His imaginative and natural poses, as well as the useful props he provides, always offer the artists a very good opportunity to draw and sculpt from life. I thought that interviewing him would provide the readers of CHROMA with an insight to his work and also give artists and life models alike with some ideas coming straight from a successful professional in the field of art and life modelling.

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Tools, hashtags and technical tips for developing your Instagram Art account

Mastering the technical aspects of improving your art presence on Instagram

No doubt, showing your Art on social media can be very challenging. Instagram has become one of the biggest and most accessible platforms for promoting art, techniques and concepts. However, many artists really struggle to get their work seen; are there any ways of improving the visibility of your art on Instagram? We discussed the basic principles of promoting your art on the platform previously, and this week we will explore a few more technical aspects of developing a successful art account on Instagram. Fear not, the following paragraphs include some useful tools, popular art hashtags and ideas of getting your fantastic drawings and paintings out there!

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How life drawing helped me change the way I see myself

What led me to become a life model

Steve, a life drawing model and artist, shares his experience with us. “As a child I was bullied at school and abused at home. Art was my escape route. I had a very negative image both physically and emotionally for myself as I grew up, until the day I forced myself to undress and look at myself nude in a full length mirror. As I calmed down I saw a head, 2 arms, 2 legs and a torso. For the first time in my life I started seeing a human being looking back.”

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The cell phone photography project

How could cell phone photography help you with your painting?

Editorial: Why would a sketching and painting blog host an article about cell phone photography? And why would a graphical designer would be invited to contribute on a platform that traditional visual arts are the main focus? The answer is simple. Art, in any form, enhances creativity, ensures personal development and helps to set goals for life. As such, a more versatile approach to art, art goals, and personal challenges was considered appropriate. Read between the lines and see the analogy with your own art projects; how sketching has helped you overcome personal problems and how painting made you feel creative in times of personal struggle.

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Art through the eyes of an architect

A world made of paint and paper

Architecture is undoubtetly connected to art. If you think about it though, art many times follows the principles of architecture too. Often, they go hand in hand in terms of form, shape, materials, functionality, imagination and design process. Looking at the world through the eyes of an architect, helps the artist see at a different angle, and explore how someone whose life spins around designing buildings, is actually inspired to make art observing the built environment.

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Why going to the gallery makes you a better artist

A small thing that makes a big difference

Sometimes we are keen to expand our skillset with new painting techniques, to develop our style as artists and deepen our understanding on different movements of art. However, we tend to forget one very important thing, which is fundamental to our development as artists. If you are guessing that the answer is “going to the gallery”, you are only half way there. What helps you become a better artist, is not the gallery itself but everything it represents and embraces.

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