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Rembrandt Did Not Have A PlayStation

Rembrandt apprenticed with Jacob van Swanenburg, Pieter Lastman, and Jacob Pynas. He was also influenced by Caravaggio and Peter Paul Rubens. More


The BEST Introduction To Perspective Ever--And It's FREE!

The BEST Introduction To Perspective Ever--And It's FREE! More


The Free Figure Drawing Bootcamp You MUST Check out!

The Free Figure Drawing Bootcamp You MUST Check out! More


Expand The Definition Of What You Do Creatively!

As you can see, I am trying a different approach for my blog and newsletter: writing them by hand! With illustrations. I struggled as I got bored with things I did. I have made cartoons, comics, illustrations for stories and plays, blogs and newsletters, tutorials, webcomics, books. More


Why Is It So Hard To Draw Every Day?

Why Is It So Hard To Draw Every Day?

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Artists: Measure Your Ignorance!

Drawing Two-Dimensional Shapes

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In another life, I was a team leader at a technology company. We were developing a new geographical mapping dataset, and we hired a young student who had an affinity with maps to look over them to find out if there were mistakes in them.

In the first weeks, he’d find around eight mistakes a day! And these were severe mistakes. He’d walk up to my desk, a big smile on his face because he’d found a stupid error in our data again.

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Optimal Conditions For Creating Art

Art Vlog: Clothed Figure Drawing

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Caravaggio lived before and was an inspiration to Rembrandt. He made these still-life paintings of fruit, giving each a different texture to brag about his skills.

One day, he broke part of a wall and ceiling in his apartment to get the perfect light from above on his still life, for which he naturally got in trouble with his landlord.

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Question Your Assumptions

Practice Drawing With This App!

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Composition Yin And Yang

Should Artists Be Jacks of All Trade Or Master Of One?

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Artists! Take Breaks!

Artists, Take Breaks!

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Are You Too Old To Become An Artist?

Are You Too Old To Become An Artist?

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Should You Draw Every Day?

Should You Draw Every Day?

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Often you hear people say that you should draw every day if you want to become good, but is this true?

For the longest time, I got nervous when I hadn’t drawn for a day because I thought I had to draw every day.

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Creating Art With Social Media In Mind?

Artists: Social Media, Really?

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“Practice Drawing This” is about getting you—and me!—into our sketchbooks. For that, I make YouTube videos that require me to draw. That way, I can draw and have something that I can base my videos on. I hope that you find them inspiring to watch and listen to while drawing.

The topic for today: you shouldn’t make art just for social media. Social media, if you let it, will just gobble up all of your time.

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Measuring Art Skills

How To Know You Are Good At Art?

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How Good Are You?

I find that there are five skill levels, and for any single skill, you are somewhere on that scale.

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Testing Your Art?

How Do Others See Your Art?

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The story goes that one day, Leonardo Da Vinci wanted to find out if the anatomy books were correct. So he went out in the night and stole dead bodies from the morgue, and he dissected them.

He found out the anatomy books were wrong!

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Know The Rules Before You Can Break Them?

Artists: Break The Rules?

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Breaking Art Rules?

Cézanne made a painting once where you saw a fruit bowl. The thing with fruit bowls, though, is that they tend to be symmetrical, and in his painting, the fruit bowl wasn’t symmetrical at all.

It’s not that he couldn’t paint symmetric fruit bowls; he had proper training at an art academy. He was perfectly capable of painting a perfectly symmetric fruit bowl.

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For Artists, Input Is Output

Artists, Watch Your Media Consumption!

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When I started on my art path, I wanted to learn how to draw as well as editorial cartoonists, and so, naturally, I set out to try that.

I soon figured out that it wasn’t for me. To be an editorial cartoonist, you have to make yourself angry every day, and I am just not like that.

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New Year's Resolution? Do This Instead!

A FREE New Tool For Artists

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For years, I would have cool ideas—or so I thought—and then I would enthusiastically pile things on, which I could add to that idea until I ran the idea into the ground!

Then, one year, I decided to choose a “motto for the year,” which was “Do Not Overthink It.” And it helped immensely. Each time I had a new idea, as soon as I started to pile on new parts, I saw the motto at the top of my to-do list, and I managed to stop myself from doing so.

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Why Artists Should Create Campaigns

Why You Should Treat Your Art Projects As Campaigns

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Gamify Your Art Creation Process!

Art Podcast: Gamify Art-Making!

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I recently decided to let go of producing output and just focusing on the process. Just have fun drawing, you know? Fill sketchbooks and such.

And it is great fun to fill sketchbooks. But! What you miss if you don’t create finished pieces is that rush of endorphins when you finish and publish something.

I think it is like playing computer games: you play a level, and you enjoy the process of going through the level. But when you reach the end of the level, that’s it. First, you are elated, but then you feel restless, directionless. What to do next? And oh, of course, the computer game has the next level for you: one that is slightly more difficult and more fun. And you dive into that next level.

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Listening While Making Art?

What To Listen To While Making ART?

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In her remarkable book ‘Drawing On The Right Side Of The Brain,’ Betty Edwards explains how you should shut out words from your mind while drawing.

Those words are from that know-it-all part of your brain that is constantly talking loud. If you shut that down and create perfect silence in your head, your silent, creative part of your brain starts to tell you things.

It is very subtle.

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Best Drawing Pen?

Best Pen For Drawing?

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What Pen Do You Use?

If you watch Kim Jung Gi’s YouTube channels, you can sometimes hear the exasperation in his voice when yet another person asks what pen he uses.

I still take it as a compliment when someone asks me which pen I used. I mean, it is an insult; it implies that yes, my drawing is nice, but surely that’s because of the pen!

Haha.

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Artists! Please! Do NOT Follow-For-Follow!

Artists! Don't Do This!

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Do Not Do This!

I’m noticing this surprising thing as I am starting my YouTube channel: other creators comment on my videos in a way that makes it clear that they watched my videos, liked my videos, subscribed to my channel.

And now they would like me to reciprocate and follow back their channel and to also watch and like their videos.

The so-called follow-for-follow strategy.

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Art is NOT War!

Art Is Not War!

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What is the single worst advice you have ever seen when it comes to making art?

For me, it’s from the book “The War of Art.” I literally could not finish the book, so disgusted was I with the premise.

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