The cell phone photography project

How could cell phone photography help you with your painting?

Editorial: Why would a sketching and painting blog host an article about cell phone photography? And why would a graphical designer would be invited to contribute on a platform that traditional visual arts are the main focus? The answer is simple. Art, in any form, enhances creativity, ensures personal development and helps to set goals for life. As such, a more versatile approach to art, art goals, and personal challenges was considered appropriate. Read between the lines and see the analogy with your own art projects; how sketching has helped you overcome personal problems and how painting made you feel creative in times of personal struggle.

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Art through the eyes of an architect

A world made of paint and paper

Architecture is undoubtetly connected to art. If you think about it though, art many times follows the principles of architecture too. Often, they go hand in hand in terms of form, shape, materials, functionality, imagination and design process. Looking at the world through the eyes of an architect, helps the artist see at a different angle, and explore how someone whose life spins around designing buildings, is actually inspired to make art observing the built environment.

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Why going to the gallery makes you a better artist

A small thing that makes a big difference

Sometimes we are keen to expand our skillset with new painting techniques, to develop our style as artists and deepen our understanding on different movements of art. However, we tend to forget one very important thing, which is fundamental to our development as artists. If you are guessing that the answer is “going to the gallery”, you are only half way there. What helps you become a better artist, is not the gallery itself but everything it represents and embraces.

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Tips for writing an Art Blog that people love

Build a community around your art work

We recently explored the advantages of writing an art blog; it is true though that not all art blogs are equally successful. It takes some skill in writing, some good content, imaginative presentation and a few other bits and bobs to attract an audience. In this article we will see how you could possibly start an art blog and gradually build a community of people who love your content and are always keen to spend a few minutes reading your articles.

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Feeling pressure for making art? Just get f*cking over it!

Don’t let the pressure ruin it for you.

Like so many fellow artists, I used to take myself very seriously. I lacked self-confidence and considered my creations as something holy and untouchable. I even made up a rule that kept me from retouching a piece of work once I had signed it. For someone who is completely oblivious about the creative process, that might sound ridiculous, but in the artist’s mind, it totally makes sense. In mine, it did.

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Useful advice and checklist for improving your art in 2019

Stay on track with your sketching and painting in the New Year

A nice sunny Saturday morning in December, our friend Erik is sitting relaxed in his kitchen, enjoying a hot cup of tea, thinking his artistic ambitions. He has big plans and dreams for his art in the near future. Before he realises, the New Year is here, and six months down the line all the big dreams…are still dreams. Avoid being like Erik! In this article we will see how to plan ahead and remain artistically efficient in 2019.

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Key reasons to start an art blog

Open new ways for your art

Blogging is not easy. Making art is not easy either. Making art and blogging at the same time…well this is a challenge. And I ve been experiencing this for some time myself. There is though some strange force, pulling me to do it and I am sure if you read the list below and spend some time thinking about it; you will quickly see my point. Running an art blog is quite a task, however there are some advantages that totally make it worth your time and effort. Why would you start an art blog then?

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5+1 Ways to tell if your art is rubbish

The ugly truth

Since you are reading this blog you are certainly involved with art in a way or another. As such, and no matter your skill level, you can’t deny this question has crossed your mind a few times: “How do I know if my art is good?”. Although there is no definitive answer to this, there are definitely some ways to weight and judge your artwork. Stand opposite your latest painting and run through the following list. Process that in your mind and  you will realise how close your work is to be called “art”.

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The secret behind Inktober’s success

A phenomenon that started for fun

Inktober started in 2009 by Jake Parker. It has since grown into a worldwide thing with thousands of artists taking up the challenge every year. The amount of beautiful ink drawings filling our social media feed is incredible; making this month very interesting artistically. What is the secret though behind Inktober’s big success?

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PROFESSIONAL SKETCHES IN 3 STEPS

PROFESSIONAL SKETCHES IN 3 STEPS

Technique and Attitude

It is very common for beginner artists to start a new drawing and despite putting a lot of effort and time into, the result still shows lack of technique and experience. If this has happened to you, don’t panic; you are not the only one. There are different ways of improving the quality of your drawing quite easily and fast. Some would call it technique; I would say it is more of an attitude towards the way you make art. Following these 3 easy steps, it is more than certain that your next drawing will look much better!

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