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Sometimes you can draw in a sketchbook. When I draw in my sketchbook I use pastels , color pencils or even pen. It’s a good way to do studies on forms and figured. Sometimes I will do multiple studies on a certain part of the body such as the eyes , the lips , or the entire face. You can use a reference photo as well so that way you can get used to drawing things how they are in reality.
My sketch book is 9″x6″ so it’s not large, you can get any size, the smaller it is, the easier you can tote it around wherever you go, but for large projects you can use the big one, like my 18″x 24″.
You can find reference photos on the web in a book or you can ask a friend or family to sit for you, I used reference photos.
I usually take about 10-30 minutes or longer to study and draw the image. You can keep them in your sketchbook to refer back to them at a later time or to show your progression. The more you practice the better you will become, that is the same for beginner and advanced artists. Using different mediums give your drawings a different look and give you more variety in your sketchbook. I have used pencils, pastels, and pen. They all give you a different technique, so expanding your tools will help you create beautiful various peices.
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Many artist create hundreds of totally random works of art but others choose to create a series of work.
(Definition) Series: a number of usually similar things done, produced etc one after another.
For example an artist might create a series of Dogs, instead of dogs, cats, and elephants. That way the work can be specific and more in depth, the series can get even more focused to a specific breed of dog and dog color. This helps artists to explore different ideas on one topic, and relate to their audience. An audience is more likely to follow you if they can understand where your art is coming from, instead of just a pile of work that is all over the place.
- What is Gesso?
Gesso is a medium used to prime a canvas.
- Why do you use Gesso?
Gesso is used to create a surface that meshes well with the paint.
- How do you use Gesso?
Soft Pastels are a great artist choice for large or small pieces. I have used soft and oil padtels and the difference is that you need to use a fixative for oil pastels. Soft pastels are great because they show strong vibrant colors and are easy to use.
I have used pastels to make beautiful ACEO collectible trading cards and I protect them using acid free sleeves. Another way to ensure the color stays vibrant is to show them behind glass making sure its no acrylic or plastic or the pastel particles will attract to it and make a ghost image. Hairspray can be used also if you are careful, hairspray tends to leave drops or alter the color of it. The best fixative if needed would be the Lascaux fine art fixativ.
I have my ACEO card auction in my ebay store.
Soft Pastels are a good medium for beginner or professional artist, you hold it right in between your fingers and you can feel the picture come to life as you use them.
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I’m posting up a new painting call doesn’t dry out my eBay store it was done on 16 x 20 canvas and acrylic paints color is yellow’s golds blues Whites black and gold there is she in the desert he can sell by the San Jose dry there are two birds in the trees in the sunrays are shining and the only place for refuge is the tree where the animals will might go to you could even see how the tree is very dry and there are leaves that’s the place where you would find the most because in the desert there’s nowhere else to go.
Now for auction starting at $50> http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&alt=web&id=171466565026
First I get my X-Acto knife and cutting board and some canvas paper then I’ll measure it down to 8.5 x 11 and cut it
Pricing art is often the problem when deciding how to sell work at the right price . The right price will be above what you feel comfortable with if you feel that the price is low then it probably is and you should charge more if you don’t feel like you’re overcharging a little bit then you’re probably undercharging.
A nice system to use ,there are two , one is you use the measurements of the painting for example a 9×12 painting you would add 9+12 and then you have the multiplying factor to have it final price so if you’re multiplying factor is 2 then it will be 9+12×2 =42
The other way is to instead multiply the measurements for example 9×12 and then you will multiply it by your multiplying factor so if you’re multiplying factor is 2 will be 9×12×2=216
You see there is a big difference between the two so for very small pieces it makes sense to use one method it depends on how much you were trying to make if you’re a full-time artist you need to charge enough to make a living.
Consistency is the key buyers will not buy if they feel confused about your pricing people buy more when they can understand what they’re paying for, so be consitent. Read the rest of this entry
Told you I was going to make another post ! I made this piece when I was in the mood to paint using watercolor I used the wet on dry method and I used colors yellows blacks grays reds oranges and greens and browns and it took me all little over three hours for the final layer to dry. I like to paint natural light so it was the daytime and it was near a window so all the light that came in was natural sunlight which let me see all variances of the colors.
Prints will be available at my Etsy shop on my eBay auction and on Fine Art America.
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There is a new original art piece panda for auction in my eBay store it is a 9 x 12 acrylic painting the colors used in this painting are green black yellow white and gray. This piece comes packaged in its own box and is shipped via USPS it should arrive between 3 to 5 business days. It is really cute for a child’s room a home or office it is on wrapped canvas and it’s ready to hang I will also be posting other original paintings in my eBay store today as well as my Etsy shop and on Fine Art America
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I like to start working in the morning after I had a nice glass of orange juice, The best time for me in in the daylight and whats wierd is that unlike most artists I dont start drawing immediately, I brainstorm and get a few ideas of what I want to create, locate reference images and then go to the canvas. I dont usually sketch out what Im going to do instead I pencil in on the canvas my draft and then once Im satisfied I will then begin painting, I spend from 3 hours to days or weeks even months or years on some paintings. You got to work to be a successful artist so I paint frequently depending on my schedule.
I always pay attention to detail, as you can see below in my bouquet, i start with a underlayer after my initial drawing and then I so an overlay of brighter hues, and the final layer looks like what you see below. Working with different techniques, you might of heard of wet on wet or wet on dry methods, I like to use for oil paints, the wet on dry method. What that means is the canvas is completly dry when I start painting, however I do stain my canvas with a sepia color when I use oils. When I work with watercolor I move between the two methods depeneding on my mood and the object of the painting, for example if Im painting a body of water i will do a wet on wet to give it a more watery feel.
I can paint so long that I forget the time and I have to remember to get up and stretch , I also listen to music while I work, preferably classical, and when Im done my ritual is to clean my brushes and put away my paints, I work in my studio or living room , wherever I am feeling at the moment. If you paint how do you work? I would love to hear your comments or questions.