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Monday in Other Tutorials – Phawnda Moore is back with an excellent tutorial (part one of two!) on using rubber stamps to add decorative touches to your calligraphy projects. Don’t miss it! Tuesday in Featured Artists – Drop by for a look at three gorgeous still life paintings by the very talented Sandra B

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I’m taking the week off here at EE to finish a few projects (one home project, plus we’re finally back on track with our big Foliotwist update—I can’t wait to share that with everyone as soon as it’s finished!) Meanwhile, in this month’s New Artist Showcase. . . Please give a warm welcome to

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With so many different ways to sell art online, many artists are in the process of transitioning from hobby or casual artists to creative entrepreneurs. If that describes you, here are 7 useful tips to help you set up your business finances the right way: 1. Start a bookkeeping system Bookkeeping is NOT the monster [...]

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Self-taught portrait artist Cris D.K. proves the hands of a classical pianist can also excel when holding charcoal and pastel. During the day, this multi-talented piano professor teaches at the Academia de Música in Viana do Castelo—outside of work, he’s a tremendous visual artist as well! Take a look at a few of h

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Over the years I’ve shared many different step-by-step tutorials, both here at EE and at my own blog. They range in subject from how to blend colored pencils, to a full-on series describing how to paint with the Flemish method. I’ve also written articles on finding and using found texture to add visual interest

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In each of my previous lessons, I’ve shown you step-by-step how to “build” a portrait of your model, using classical drawing techniques. Let’s continue where we left off, and start adding some features of the mouth and lips: 31. How to place a mouth correctly Begin by placing a horizontal line to go

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Something about Michael G. Godfrey’s paintings immediately resonated with me, from the very first time I saw them. Maybe it’s the epic views so often depicted in his work. . . or perhaps it’s the solid, almost sculpted sense of mass that his subject matter retains, even on canvas. Whatever it is, I love it

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I’ve been an oil painter for years. Oil painting is the medium on which I cut my artistic teeth. My first paintings were oils and for many years, that was all I did. Portrait work also seemed like the thing I was meant to do. The first paintings I sold were portraits and for nearly [...]

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Monday in General Art Advice – Are you on the right path? How do you know when it’s time to change course? Tomorrow, Carrie Lewis will share some insight about being an artist and choosing to do what you love (even if it’s a big change). Don’t miss it! Tuesday in Featured Artists – Drop [...]

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As so many cities are experiencing right now, my own city of Charleston, South Carolina is under immense development—and one of the negative impacts is all the trash left behind on a daily basis. So I decided to do something about it. . . and you can too! As a self-taught artist, my creative process [...]

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Kansas City artist Tina Donovan’s works with a fascinating mix of patterns, upcycled stencils, and bright, hand-painted (or spray-painted) colors. It’s a style that clearly pays tribute to both collage and graphic stencil artwork, yet Tina still manages to be completely unique, creating cohesive abstract landsca

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Some time ago, I shared a list of fast, easy backgrounds for colored pencil drawings. The list included really simple things like using pre-colored papers or mat board, lightly tinting paper with colored pencil, and using other media with better covering power than pencils (watercolor, ink, etc). Since then, I’ve talk

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Monday in Drawing Tips – Tomorrow, Carrie Lewis will be sharing 5 more techniques for fast, easy backgrounds in colored pencil. (Want to catch up on her other tips? Read her first article on fast colored pencil backgrounds right here .) Tuesday in Featured Artists – Drop by for a look at Tina Donovan’s bea

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When we think of writing using computers, we typically imagine rows of fonts, smashing keys, and endless backspacing. Those actions go perfectly with the rigid nature of the digital world. Everything is precise and uniform, without the flair of personal expression. The delicate art of calligraphy is typically ignored when c

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When I first started dabbling with colored pencils, I’d already been oil painting for many years. I didn’t want a replacement medium, I just wanted a medium that was easier to travel with AND allowed me to create the kind of detailed work I was painting with oils. Colored pencils checked both those boxes. They [

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Monday we’ll be taking the day off for President’s Day here in the US. If you’re lucky enough to also get a three-day weekend, have a safe and happy holiday! Tuesday in Art Opinion – Drop in for a few great suggestions for colored pencil artists from Carrie Lewis (which also apply to aspiring colored

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Now that you’ve decided gallery representation is for you and have found a few galleries that are a good fit for your art, the serious work begins. It’s time to present your work to the gallery manager or director. Speaking as both an artist and a former gallery director, the single most important advice I [...]

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As an artist and teacher, Fred Bell knows the power of daily painting. He started doing a painting a day last summer, mostly around 6″ x 6″ in size, and has since completed hundreds of small still lifes, landscapes, florals, and figure studies. Take a look at a few of his gorgeous oil and acrylic [...]

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Do you see your unfinished artwork as something with unlimited potential? You should! Because that’s what it is. Remember, having unfinished art is a NATURAL, REGULAR, NORMAL part of creative process. After a while, though, that pile of work can start feeling like growing evidence of everything you haven’t done. Whe

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Monday in Motivation – Need an extra dose of practical inspiration this week? Drop in tomorrow and read 50 things to do with your unfinished artwork, by Carrie Brummer. Tuesday in Featured Artists – Oil and acrylic painter Fred Bell started making a painting a day last June. See a few of his pieces right [...]

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Throughout each of the previous lessons in this series, I’ve showed the classical way of starting a portrait drawing, from building the shape of the head, to adding simple shadows, ears, eye sockets, etc. Today, let’s continue where we left off, and add eyes and a nose to our portrait: 26. Shading the area above

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In a time where “mixed-media” can mean just about anything, it’s always nice to see an artist really take that concept and push it to the next level. Lorette C. Luzajic is that artist—her work combines not only a variety of artistic media (acrylic, pastels, crayons, and spray paint just to name a few) bu

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Monday in Painting Tutorials – Carrie Lewis will share the next steps in prepping a previously painted-on panel for a new work of art. (See her article on scraping paint from a used panel here.) Tuesday in Featured Artists – Come by for a look at Lorette C. Luzajic’s standout mixed-media masterpieces this

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If you’re like me, you have at least a couple paintings lying around somewhere that will never be finished. They started out with a grand and glorious idea, but went astray somewhere. Or maybe you started them over on a different panel, and are left with the old, used panel. You hate to throw the [...]

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Looking for a delicious visual experience? If so, then Jennifer Kahn Barlow’s gorgeous oil paintings of sumptuous desserts, decadent donuts, and dazzling chocalates are the perfect treat! Let’s jump right in with a look at an incredibly stylish (and so tasty looking) selection of macaroons, in all the colors of

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How’s winter in your world, fellow artists? This is often a slower time of year and a good time to inspect supplies—think of it as a day of new discoveries. (To resolve my own studio chaos years ago, I made a goal and set aside every January to first test, and then reorder, toss or [...]

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Monday in General Art Advice – If you’re like me, all your art markers are jumbled together in a tupperware or tote. :) But there’s a better way! Drop by tomorrow for Phawnda Moore’s simple and effective marker organization system. It’s a new year—time to get organized! Tuesday in Featured Ar

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Stains on your good drawing paper? Never fear! Stains don’t have to be the end of the world, even if they’re old and dried into the paper. Some time ago I wrote about what to do if you accidentally spill something on your drawing surface. I came up with some techniques for removing fresh stains [...]

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Like every good story-teller, Michael Vincent Manalo is incredibly skilled at bringing you into his universe of dreams, nostalgia, and surreal fantasy. His ability to combine photographs, photo-editing, and digital painting (not to mention a rich palette of textures and colors) results in an ongoing visual narrative that ma

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Do you ever feel stuck for ways to blog, post, tweet, and share about your art? If so, keep reading, because today I’m going to break down 50 different ways to talk about your art and connect with potential (and current) collectors: 1. Ask your audience for feedback—Is it finished? 2. Ask your audience to [...]

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