Can a sketchpad get in an art exhibition?

Portrait drawings in the annual 44AD Artspace Associate Artists exhibition

The beginning of a new year for most of us indicates a new start, with new goals, ambitions and efforts to move our life a step forward. Certainly, you have thought about your next moves during 2020 and even if you haven’t got a “New Year’s Resolution” in place, you probably have a rough idea of the most important things you would like to achieve. For me, 2020 is starting with an exciting art event.

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Interview with BBC Radio Bristol: My portrait drawing

An opportunity to present my lunch time portrait series

Not a long ago, I received a phone call; it was from BBC Radio Bristol. The call had to do with my portrait sketching; I admit I was quite surprised. They loved my work and they found quite fascinating that I usually draw quickly, on the go, during my lunch breaks from work. After a short conversation, I agreed to be filmed, introducing my portrait sketching while walking in Bath. The video if finally released!

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The Art of finding the perfect present

Why gifting original art is a brilliant idea

Some people absolutely love shopping for presents; I personally struggle a bit. And don’t get me wrong, I do love receiving and offering presents. However, choosing the right ones is a different story. I always try to buy something that is practical and useful, personal and at an affordable price. I also try to avoid ordinary or useless items that clutter my friends’ selves and cupboards. Although there is no magical solution for finding the perfect present, here is a brilliant idea: Buy original art.

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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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Portrait painting workshops in Bath, UK

A brilliant painting workshop with Rob Lunn

No matter what your artistic endeavours are, having some sort of guidance is very important and can actually help you improve your skills quickly. I was lucky to come across Quick Start Art painting workshops by Rob Lunn. I had the chance to attend one of Rob’s portrait painting workshops recently at Bath Art Studios; it was a great experience indeed. A very well structured lesson, spreading over a whole weekend, covered the fundamental steps of developing a portrait, using oil paints.

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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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