A Fantastic Portrait Drawing Demonstration (Video)

I ran across a time-lapse portrait drawing demonstration on YouTube recently and I wanted to share it. The artist is David Jamieson, and I thought the pencil portrait was fantastic. Besides the finished drawing, I found it refreshing the way the artist was measuring with pencil and hand when first laying out the proportions of the head and face. Measuring is good.

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Make Smarter Paintings By Reading These 15 Quotes About Composition

This article about composition was inspired by this one quote from the late, great Howard Pyle: “After the first hour of work, your lay-in should kill at a hundred yards.”  Whoa! With that sentence in mind, I did a little digging to come up with more excellent quotes and thoughts on composition to help remind us both of it’s importance…

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Robert Henri and The Art Spirit

Robert Henri

“The Laundres” Robert Henri, oil, 1916

The Art Spirit by Robert Henri has got to be one of the best art books ever, without even a single painting or photograph between the covers. First published in 1923, the copy that I have had for many years is almost 300 pages of deep and insightful commentary on art, theory, and life. Every time I read The Art SpiritRobert Henri,  I feel so many different emotions, not the least of which has to do with my shortcomings as an artist. If you have this book, you know what I am talking about. If you don’t have this Robert Henri classic, I offer up this appetizer in hopes you will thirst for more…

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Oil Painting – 20 Great Art Quotes

Great Art Quotes can be more than  just a bunch of words on paper. They in and of themselves can teach.  They can give your artitude a boost when you may need it, and great art quotes can be, but are not necessarily from, the pens or the mouths of artists with a household name… [Read more…]

Drawing – 16 Great Art Quotes that Will Inspire You

Read any good art quotes lately? If you think about it, how many people in the world can draw really, really well? Not that many, all things considered. Sometimes we let the basics slip by the way side as we roll merrily on our  way. What is more basic than drawing for most artists?  Check out the following  art quotes and see if they don’t make you want to pick up a pencil or some charcoal… [Read more…]

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