Category Creativity Inspiration

The Hardest Thing (And The First Rule) About Drawing
Creativity Inspiration

The Hardest Thing (And The First Rule) About Drawing

Bert Dodson has illustrated more than three dozen books. He taught illustration and drawing for several years at the New York Fashion Institute of Technology, and today we celebrate his work by giving you a glimpse from his classic book, Keys to Drawing. One of the first points that Dodson makes is his Rule 1: draw the large shapes first, then the smaller shapes.

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Artist Blogs

In between deadlines and meetings and all the other goings-on involved in making The Pastel Journal, I do like to take some time to read magazines and blogs other than the one I work on! Here are three artist blogs I like (look for more favorites in future posts):Making a Mark: This well-trafficked blog from UK-artist Katherine Tyrrell discusses the artist’s current work, its inspirations and development.
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2007 Ones to Watch

Instructors and competition jurors’ comment on their nominees’ work.Church Bell (watercolor on paper, 15×20) by Sally H. LambrechtSally H. Lambrecht (Summerfield, North Carolina)“Sally’s work to me is all about wonderful simple shapes, strong values and innovative color. Her involvement with light and shadow and working in a series has produced a body of work that tells of her desire to grow, invent and build on previous paintings.
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Share Your Love of Watercolor Painting with a Local Arts Society

Where’s the local scoop on watercolor painting? Locate your nearest society, a hub of art activity, juried exhibitions and social functions, here. Society officers and/or board members may notify Watercolor Artist by email ( email protected ) of contact information updates.Adirondacks National Exhibition of American WatercolorView Arts3273 State Route 28Old Forge, NY 13420Web site: http://viewarts.
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Where It’s At: Athens, Georgia

As Athens resident Parrish Myers puts it, Athens is a place you can’t really explain well—you just have to experience it. It’s a rich, artistic area.Located between the ever-growing Atlanta metropolis and the shores of neighboring South Carolina, Athens is northeast Georgia’s art-friendly city—a dynamic town that, simply put, appreciates art and artists.
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Where It’s At: Eureka Springs

Nestled snugly away in Northwest Arkansas’ Ozark Mountains, the city of Eureka Springs is an art lover’s paradise. One of the best kept secrets in Midsouth America, the city is a slice of San Francisco surrounded by scenic overlooks and rolling hills.With streets lined by galleries, eclectic shops, cozy parks and a lookout named Inspiration Point, it’s no wonder that creative types of all ages and styles have flocked to the quiet destination for decades.
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Golden Age of American Illustration

Jerry Weiss’s father, Morris Weiss, was a very successful cartoonist who also collected pictures from the Golden Age of American Illustration. Jerry Weiss, who was featured in the June 2008 issue of Magazine, credits his freewheeling approach to growing up with the works of fabulous draftsmen all around him.
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Instant Art Critique Phrase Generator

Here’s a fun site for your Friday: The Instant Art Critique Phrase Generator. Just plug in any 5-number combination, and in seconds the generator will reveal your, um, “observation.” Here are a few generated for yours truly:“I’m surprised that no one’s mentioned yet that the mechanical mark-making of the negative space seems very disturbing in light of the eloquence of these pieces.
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The Secrets of the Old Masters

People who love the paintings of Leonardo, Titian, Vermeer, Rembrandt and other great artists of the past often speak of “the secrets of the old masters.” They wonder: How did these painters create such beautiful artwork?Many painters look for the answer in materials. They diligently search out traditional pigments, rare drying oils and lost recipes for old master mediums.
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Pastel Journal Back Issue Bargains

In effort to make more room in our warehouse, we’re clearing out our back issues. This means that all printed issues of the magazine in our online store from 2007 and earlier have been marked down—to $2! Cheaper than a cup of coffee.These titles include The Pastel Journal and those from our sisters publications, Magazine, Watercolor Magic (now known as Watercolor Artist), Watercolor Sketchbook, Watercolor Basics and even Decorative Artist’s Workbook.
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Welcome to the Creativity Workshop

Since the launch of our Creativity Workshop column several years ago, Watercolor Artist magazine readers have responded with a flurry of submissions that demonstrate the benefits of bringing a little levity and imagination into the painting process. We’ve hosted an impressive series of well-known and emerging watercolor artists who have inspired readers to simplify, bring creativity into their painting practices, experiment with new processes and products, and much more.
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Painting Creatively With Watercolors

In the October 2010 issue of Watercolor Artist, Donna Zagotta shares her secrets to making creative figure paintings. Here she demonstrates her process step by step.“More often than not, I improvise the colors in my paintings by putting them down on the paper and then responding to what’s there,” says Zagotta.
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Oil Paintings by Randall Exon

Randall Exon received a bachelor of fine art degree in painting from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, and a master of fine art degree in painting from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Since 1982 he’s been a professor in studio arts at Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, a position that allows him to spend summers as a continuing fellow at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Ballycastle, Ireland, that supports artists while contributing to the local community.
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Extraordinary Watercolor Paintings from China

In the June 2011 issue of Watercolor Artist, we introduce you to the work of 11 phenomenal Chinese watercolorists who participated in the first Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolor Biennial. Here, you can get get an exclusive peek at more of the amazing watercolor work being produced in China today.
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If You Want To Be An Artist

“If you want to be an artist, you have no choice but to be driven,” proclaims colored pencil artist Megan Seiter. Just in case you missed the feature article by Naomi Ekperigin on Seiter’s work in Drawing magazine earlier this year (Winter 2013), here’s a snippet from it:They say God is in the details.
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The Banged-On Brushwork of Oils and the Fluidity of Watercolor

Today’s newsletter is an excerpt from Magazine (March 2009), which featured the work of David Curtis in an article titled “Quick-Change Artist,” inspired by the fact that Curtis is comfortable painting with both oil and watercolor. Continue reading to learn more about his unique style. ~CherieQuick-Change Artist (an excerpt) by Ken GroftonWell known in the United States for his instruction books and DVDs, David Curtis is a prolific painter of landscapes–marine subjects in particular–and also portraits.
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The Hardest Thing (And The First Rule) About Drawing

Bert Dodson has illustrated more than three dozen books. He taught illustration and drawing for several years at the New York Fashion Institute of Technology, and today we celebrate his work by giving you a glimpse from his classic book, Keys to Drawing. One of the first points that Dodson makes is his Rule 1: draw the large shapes first, then the smaller shapes.
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Art, Passion, and How to Be the Artist You Are

There are times when we compare ourselves to others, when we’re unsatisfied with our work, when we question why we’re even doing it to begin with. It’s human nature.But there’s one thing that can keep artists from giving up, from putting away their tools of the trade and succumbing to the average life of those who don’t partake in something that creates discussion, beauty, or personal satisfaction: passion.
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Creativity Workshop: Watercolor Tips for Successful Pouring

By Amy Dean McKittrickBecause I love a challenge, I decided to experiment with watercolor techniques and try pouring diluted watercolor paint directly onto paper. I prefer a lot of color contrasts in my work and thought the technique would lend itself to my style, enabling me to create luminous darks, strong contrasts between light and shadow, and seamless color transitions.
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