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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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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Freshen up, rise higher

One year of operation; time for a reconstruction

I am sure you would agree with me, that a regular refresh, re-organisation and review of progress is essential in every aspect of our lives. For anyone blogging regularly, this would make perfect sense and they could easily see the connection of the following paragraphs with their own blog.

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Challenging the storm

Part of the “Headphone Boundaries” collection

Painting description

Certainty and tranquility; the undeniable foundation that most seek and desire. Robust and solid; providing support for the next move, the one leading beyond the comfort zone line. Classical music; the clarity and structure, flowing ample through a small, personalised recital room, equips one to face the storm of the unknown.

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Spotlight

Figurative painting, exhibited at 44AD, Bath

Painting description

A severe gradation of colours and emotions, all generated behind closed eyes and  fulfillingly busy ears. Within this very safety, established in the tiny world between two headphones; one can experience the complete freedom to look directly at the spotlight.

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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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