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What is the most difficult thing you had to master in becoming an artist? If you’re anything like me, it was learning to draw from life. Somehow, the whole idea of looking at something and drawing it accurately escaped me. I’ve learned a few tricks over the years, but I confess drawing from life is still a challenge. So

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Chrysanthemums are the symbol of the Fall season in Chinese Brush painting. Mums come in a variety of colors from the traditional yellow to orange, red, pink, purple, and white. For this painting we will be using the xieyi or “Freehand” style of painting which focuses on conveying the essence or spirit of a subject rath

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The high-end art sector is currently booming with surging numbers of sales and record-breaking purchases. 2018 saw global art sales top $67 billion, an increase of 6% on the previous year. This year, a sculpture by Jeff Koons sold for $91.1 million—the highest amount ever paid for a living artist. In 2017, the world’s m

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Hey everyone! This tutorial will hopefully help you to draw a realistic eye. If you want a more in-depth video tutorial for this process, just click here to be notified when it’s ready! Drawing tools: • General’s Charcoal Pencil 6B • Mechanical Pencil with HB and 4B lead • Tombow Mono Zero Eraser • Posca

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Did you get our NEW EE Newsletter? We’re switching to a new email service (MailChimp) so the email you’re reading right now is via the old method, which we’ll be discontinuing. Please check for a 2nd EE Newsletter in your inbox shortly and mark it as “important” or “not spam” so you

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You’ve probably heard the saying “you have to spend money to make money,” right? That’s not always easy to hear when you’re just starting out, having slower than normal art sales, or trying to find work, but if you are able to allocate some funds to professional development it can (and often does!) end

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Recently published on EE How to Paint a Sparrow on Bamboo in the Chinese Brush Painting Style by Kelli McNichols Coming up this week. . . We’ve been working on adding some new features to the EE Newsletter (you should have gotten an email mid-week from us. . . look for that if you haven’t seen it already!) so we

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Birds and bamboo are two very popular subjects in Chinese Brush painting. Follow along with me as I paint a sparrow perched among bamboo branches, using the “xieyi” or “Freehand” style of painting which focuses on conveying the essence or spirit of a subject rather than an exact likeness. Required Chinese brush pain

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Recently published on EE What I Learned from Binge-watching Hours of Art Videos on YouTube by Carrie Lewis Coming up this week. . . Kelli McNichols returns on Monday with another fun Chinese Brush Painting tutorial, and first-time guest poster Alicia Puig will be sharing 15 ways to invest in your art career—no matter what

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Have you ever binge-watched art tutorial videos? I have. I spent a huge part of three weeks watching video tutorials online because a bum wrist kept me from doing art of my own. But you know what? That time turned out to be well-spent on a number of levels. To begin with, I learned about mediums I’d never heard of before

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Too busy can be a good thing! My apologies for the lack of new articles on EE this past week. . .  we’ve been setting up new art websites left and right during our Summer Sale, and just haven’t had the time! But, if you’re looking for some excellent tips on creating art, check out our top five posts from

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Recently published on EE 4 Clever Painting Tricks for Oil Painters by Lyman Dally Learn to Draw with these 50 FREE YouTube tutorials! by Carrie Lewis And, if you still need a website for your art. . . We’ve recently overhauled our website builder for artists to make it super simple for non-techies—meaning zero comp

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Hello, fellow artists! If you’re like me, you probably have your own working methods that you’ve developed over the years. Today I wanted to share four little things that I do on a regular basis when working in oils. I’ll give them silly titles just for fun. Cane n’ Able I use an old cane hooked over the

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I learned so much from the binge watching painting videos on YouTube, that I decided to see what drawing videos I could find. Spoiler Alert! There are some stunning artists working in dry media, too! So today, I’m sharing over 50 of those “how to draw” videos. I’ll start with the videos that apply to all drawing med

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Coming this week! For the past month Carrie Lewis has been busy researching hundreds of free drawing videos on YouTube, and she’s ready to share her favorites! Drop by on Tuesday to see her picks and improve your drawing skills! Then on Thursday, Lyman Dally returns with 4 unique painting “tricks” he uses

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If you want an easy way to display your art in style. . . Our one-click website builder will create a stunning website for your art that has all the features of an expensive managed site but is dead simple to use. And for a few more days, you can still lock in our super-low pricing of just $10/month. Click here to see every

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Have you ever lost track of time watching painting tutorials on YouTube? I know I have! And I’ve found some really AMAZING painting videos I’d like to share. Today I’m going to list over 50 of the best “how to paint” videos that I’ve watched in the last few weeks. I’ll start with the vi

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Show of hands. . . who’s frustrated by their art website? We’ve put together a simple, easy way to display and sell art on your own website. If your current site is a pain in the neck, or you just need a better website for your art, click here to see how easy your website could be! Recently published on EE How t

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Maybe you’ve always though you needed gallery representation to sell your artwork and be successful as an artist. . . but in today’s digital world, that’s no longer true. In this article, I am going to give you actionable tips on how you can sell your art from home so you can pay your bills and enjoy creat

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Save over 75% on our drawing guide this summer! We’ve reduced the price for How to Draw EXACTLY What You See from $29.95 to $6.95! Dive into drawing this summer with our step-by-step guide to drawing, featuring over 100 images and 55+ pages of instruction. You’ll learn everything from choosing your drawing tools

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A lot of art-related articles encourage us to finish what we start. I’ve even written some of them! It’s a valid topic and one we need to be reminded of regularly. But before we can finish something, we have to begin. . . and sometimes choosing your next art project can be as difficult as finishing one. So how do you de

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Coming up this week: Do you ever get stuck deciding which art project to pursue next? I know for me, sometimes it feels like there are just too MANY ideas to finish all of them! This week, Carrie Lewis will share her methods for choosing her upcoming projects—maybe it’ll help you, too! Is your art website a pain in

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Recently published on EE Is Creating Commissioned Artwork a Good Choice for You? by Carrie Lewis 6 Steps to Selling Art Without Ever Selling Out by Jessica Serran Plus, we’re giving away 50 custom-built portfolio websites this month! If you’ve never had a website for your art (or just need a better one) click he

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One of the most stable ways to generate art income is by creating commissioned art. A successful commission artist has a base of satisfied (and hopefully repeat clients) so happy with his or her work that they’re promoting it to all their friends. That’s what makes the commission art business model so easy once it’s e

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What’s your favorite drawing tip or technique? After publishing EmptyEasel’s new drawing guide last month, I’ve received a ton of feedback from artists asking for additional tips and methods of drawing—and so I’d love to open up the floor to all of you. What’s the best drawing technique you&#

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I remember when I first started trying to learn how to draw. . . it was actually incredibly frustrating. :) As much as I tried to get the shapes I was seeing down on paper correctly, every drawing still looked off. Until I finally had a breakthrough. Drawing Tip #1 – Draw the negative shapes My drawings only started t

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When people talk about marketing and promoting artwork, the common platforms that come to mind are Instagram or Pinterest. But let me ask you a question. . . Are you truly maximizing your online exposure as an artist? Or perhaps you’re missing out on a platform that can change how you do your marketing and even attrac

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A frequent question that comes up for artists who want more exposure for their work is, “How do I become a known artist?” Or, to put it another way, how do you make the move from being a living room-studio hero to an acclaimed, world-renowned (or at least nationally-renowned) bonafide artist? There are certainly

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Recently published on EE Painting Tutorial – How to Paint a Starry Night Sky by Monique Cudbertson How Much Money do Artists Make in a Year? by Carrie Lewis Coming up this week: We’re sharing two unique posts on promoting your art! One post will emphasize using traditional means (press releases, etc) and the oth

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When most people consider a career, one of the first things they want to know is how much they can expect to earn. If you’re considering an art career, you’re probably wondering the same thing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has income statistics for every profession, including artists, so that’s where I w

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