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.
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.
We recently explored the advantages of writing an art blog; it is true though that not all art blogs are equally successful. It takes some skill in writing, some good content, imaginative presentation and a few other bits and bobs to attract an audience. In this article we will see how you could possibly start an art blog and gradually build a community of people who love your content and are always keen to spend a few minutes reading your articles.
Like so many fellow artists, I used to take myself very seriously. I lacked self-confidence and considered my creations as something holy and untouchable. I even made up a rule that kept me from retouching a piece of work once I had signed it. For someone who is completely oblivious about the creative process, that might sound ridiculous, but in the artist’s mind, it totally makes sense. In mine, it did.
“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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Blogging is not easy. Making art is not easy either. Making art and blogging at the same time…well this is a challenge. And I ve been experiencing this for some time myself. There is though some strange force, pulling me to do it and I am sure if you read the list below and spend some time thinking about it; you will quickly see my point. Running an art blog is quite a task, however there are some advantages that totally make it worth your time and effort. Why would you start an art blog then?
“Hello there, my name is Marco but my alter ego who paints, is Marstiltskin. I started painting for 2 years now and I’m into art for like 4 years. My inspiration comes mostly from the different personalities of the people I meet or see. That’s why I mostly like to paint or draw faces or “characters”. My art styles are: modern-cubism, eroticism (sometimes) and pop art.”
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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”.
Being able to draw the neck muscles accurately can instantly make a portrait look much more professional and complete. It is so easy to understand how to draw the neck properly that is literally a shame trying to “guess”. All you need is two points and five lines connecting them…simple as that.