Drawing Reference Deep Dive No. 1
In the images, I want to analyze what the underlying volumes are, what the details are, how the cloth folds and why, the pose and what it says about what the character is thinking, what happened before and after, and what has to be drawn accurately and what benefits from a looser approach, the two-dimensional shapes it forms, what to learn and remember about the pose in general for future drawings, things I could change. More
Learning To Draw From Watching Others Draw
I have this same feeling with social media gone. What should I draw now
with all that extra free time? More
HAVING Knowledge Is Not The Same As APPLYING That Knowledge
And then he proceeded to make the same mistakes! More
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That drawing said something about his relationship with his sister as he perceived it when he was making the drawing. More
How To Take On Assignments
The trick was to read their book first, so I understood the tone of the story, and to ask questions after that. Which famous movie celebrity did their characters look like the most? What did they think things looked like? More
The Rules Are Actually Ingredients
You have probably heard of many rules of art, and I want to focus on one specific one because I think it is instructive. More
Be Like A Child Again
When my daughter was around two, I remember that she was drawing, and I decided to draw along with her. I took a color pencil, and I started to make lines on the same paper.More
The Case For Missing Deadlines
Long ago, I worked at a software company where they had aggressive, ambitious product plannings.More
DON'T Be An ARTIST!
People act surprised when I tell them that I don’t see myself as an artist.More
A Weekly Reset For Artists
What went right, what went wrong, and what do you want to change for the coming week?More
Artists Eating Dogfood?!?!?!?
Surely, “Practice Drawing This” has gone crazy? Artists, eating dog food? Stay with me, though.More
Artist, Compete With Me!
A while back, something incredible happened; The Inktober account on Instagram suddenly shared two of my posts. My account started growing like crazy after that, which was awesome! (By the way, I think that might still be one of the significant ways you become more visible, anywhere, is when a well-known name shares your work, but I digress.)More
The Games We Can Play
Recently, I was reading “Creating Comedy Narratives For Stage And Screen” by Chris Head—it’s surprising how much you can learn when reading non-fiction books about subjects adjacent to creating art—and one great insight from it, for me, is that comedy writers will create little games that help them generate comedy ideas.More
Do As Many Things As Possible!
This week, I will argue that you should consider doing many different things instead and not stick to doing one thing. More
Stick To Doing Only One Thing!
You know link trees: Instagram, and many other platforms, allow you to have one link in your bio. But you do so much! You have a YouTube channel. An Etsy shop! A website! And more!!! More
Should You Go To Art Academy?
Should You Go To Art Academy? Here are my thoughts on that. More
Make Many Drawings Instead Of Trying To Make A Few Good Ones
The other half was instructed just to make as much as they could. More
Heinrich Kley - Leut und Viecher, published 1912 - high-resolution scans
Look at what I was able to get my hands on! More
Do What Makes You Happy!
You choose which of the two is more applicable to you. More
Make For An Audience!
If you want to make money with your art, or if you are just out for admiration from an audience (and it is a good idea, to be honest about that, to know what drives you), you need to make something they need. More
Do You Do What's Popular, Or Do What Makes You Happy?
All I can do that could be of value to you is lay out the advantages and disadvantages of each. More
Learning To Draw: The Top-Down Versus The Bottom-Up Approach
Forty-two years ago—I might as well tell you that I am an old man—my father started teaching me how to program. We had an Osborne computer, and my father taught me how to program in Basic, the programming language you had on all these computers back then.More
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