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Top 10 Jobs for an Artist

Job opportunities in the arts are expected to increase by 11% according to a report by the National Endowment for the Arts. Doesn’t seem like a big number? Try two million. That’s how many people are expected to work in art-related industries within the next few years. Throw that at Mom and Dad next time they try to say it’s not too late to switch into pre-medicine. With so many opportunities opening up, it can be hard to choose the best industry to go into. This list, though hardly...
Make Your Own Bumper Stickers!

Bumper stickers are simple to print at home! Purchase sticker paper at a craft shop or office supplier (retail or online) and then make up your own design using your computer. You can create them for your school, club or band, to advertise your small business or simply to show off your creativity. Not just for car bumpers, you can also place them on notebooks, your bike and walls or give them away or even sell them. Bumper stickers can be made in any shape or size, although the traditional...
5 Tips to Become a Better Artist

Being an illustrator is one of the most effective and creative ways to convey ideas to the public. While the idea of creating beautiful or exciting pieces is appealing, getting started as an artist is a daunting task. It's incredibly overwhelming and easy to get demotivated when working on a long-term project. Here are five tips to assist any beginner artist in starting their journey in illustration: 1. Start With The Basics Of Drawing Many times, young artists get inspired by a picture in...
Drawing Tools and Tips for Beginners

By Carolyn McFann Drawing is a relaxing and fun hobby for anyone willing to take the time to learn it, step by step. Just let yourself go and sketch, concentrating on what you’re drawing. It is important to think positively, and not be too hard on yourself. So many of my students have told me at first, “I can’t draw anything,” or “my drawings are horrible!” but in time, they learned that with practice, their drawings improve. Don’t discourage yourself with negative self-talk. Just do what...
Find the Right Paintbrush

“A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.” - Michelangelo Sending an artist into an art store to pick out a paintbrush is like shoving a sweets-loving kid into a candy shop. Since there are a lot of choices out there, choosing the right paintbrush can be a tricky task for a new artist. What some beginners don’t realize is that the real art begins when you go “outside the box” to select your paintbrushes. If you allow yourself to be too strictly confined to picking the “right”...
Digital Drawing: Four Reasons to Invest in a Tablet

As digital art continues to blossom as a new and exciting creative medium, there are more and more reasons to invest in a tablet for drawing. While traditional media will always be relevant, the laundry list of benefits offered by digital art devices is nothing to shrug off. They have the potential to simplify and refine your artistic process. They can be used to assist you in achieving a final product with your medium of choice or to bring your work to the next level with the many tools they...
Good Beginner Exercises for Nature Drawing

One of the best ways to preserve your experiences out in nature is to keep a journal with drawings and accompanying writings that record your adventures. Such a practice can do much to hone your overall drawing ability, as well. Some of the most vibrant scenes that may be captured exist out in the wild, but we need to develop quick eyes and hands lest they escape us. Such skills, however, can be developed with some simple exercises that each only require a few minutes per sitting. These...
12 Ideas for Teaching Your Child the Joy of Coloring

Painting, drawing, and coloring are more that just ways for a child to while away empty hours. These arts greatly enhance the growth of cognitive, emotional, and psychomotor pathways in children. Parents should introduce children to coloring as early as possible and consider this time spent as fundamental to their development. Here are 12 great ideas for teaching your child the joy of creating with color. Computer coloring: Pages abound on the internet that allow a child to click on a palette...
Learning the Art of Chinese Calligraphy

An Old World Art Form Chinese Calligraphy, known as "Shu Fa" in Chinese, is an appreciated art form throughout the world. We see it everywhere--from stone inscriptions to clothing. Character techniques in Chinese Calligraphy were refined throughout China's history and experienced changes as China went through many different social and economic changes. This ancient form of calligraphy was used as a form of self-expression, but also to show a disciplined understanding of the form and technique....
Inspiring Artistic Creativity

by Megan Sterling Creating art work is a lifelong passion. Inspiration is essential in order to sustain a flow of ideas for painting, drawing, and sketches. There are times when new ideas do not seem to come of their own accord, and repetition sets in within the themes or style of art work. The practices that follow will refresh thought processes, generate images within the imagination, and suggest new creative projects. Altering your ordinary driving route around town will bring new ideas to...
How to Draw Even if You'll Never Be Leonardo Da Vinci

Do you have the will, but not the skills to draw? Everyone has to start at the beginning, so don't be put off by the fact you're not great at drawing yet. Even if you're a stick figure artist at present, you can improve given enough time. Further, learning how to draw will also be fun if you shake off tension and allow yourself to play. Here's how to draw, despite not sharing much in common with Leonardo. Learn to see Whether you want to draw pictures that stem from real life or your...
How to Draw a Bungalow House Plan

A bungalow house is a style of home popular throughout the 20th century characterized by open floor plans, low-pitched roofs, and big front porches. This style of home is associated with the American Arts and Crafts movement of the early 20th century and examples are especially prevalent along the west coast. Bungalows typically have deep eaves with exposed rafters, decorative knee braces, built-in cabinetry, and dormers. You can draw your own bungalow house plan at home for fun. Study...