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.
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.
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.
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.
“Hello! My name is Juan Martin Biondi, I’m from Bragado, a small town in Argentina. Since I was a child I liked drawing, I did it all the time, I participated in contests in my city and in the province, then over the years I decided to study Architecture at the University of Buenos Aires and I am currently working on it. But I have always liked to draw and it was a pending issue that I had delayed until I decided to dedicate myself fully again. I always draw with pens, ink, colored pencils and watercolors. Due to my profession I like to draw cities and landscapes, their movement, places I was in and when I saw them I could feel the same feeling I had when I was there and I would like people who look at them to get into them and feel what same. “
“I enjoy drawing human forms, either portraits with charcoal or full model figures with acrylic paint. I was interested in drawing since I was a little child and learned on my own. Later on I took various lessons. I definitely want to study art more thoroughly in the future!”
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“Through my artwork, I try to bring the outside in, as getting outside is good for the soul. While I make no attempt to portray actual plants or animals, I do want my creations to look like they could have lived or grown somewhere. I take inspirations from textures and love to recreate them in my own style. I work in all mediums as I am a textile designer by profession and work as freelancer, photographer, painter, sculptor and interior designer as well. In short art is my soul.”
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Since you are reading this blog you are certainly involved with art in a way or another. As such, and no matter your skill level, you can’t deny this question has crossed your mind a few times: “How do I know if my art is good?”. Although there is no definitive answer to this, there are definitely some ways to weight and judge your artwork. Stand opposite your latest painting and run through the following list. Process that in your mind and you will realise how close your work is to be called “art”.
This is not an easy question to answer. Eggs can make a big difference when you make an omellete or when you bake a cake. But art; how is it even possible a tub of eggs to make a difference to your art? Well, it does play an important role – a tab of 15 eggs can actually make you create one of the most sophisticated and beautiful artworks you have ever made. The recipe is very simple.