Smoothing Textured Art Photos in PhotoPea
A Process Retrospective: "If it had to perish twice..."
You could photograph your textured piece right in the first place. But in times of desperation and tight budgets, here's a free workaround using PhotoPea.
Don't Knock a Medium Until You've Tried It—For Months
This piece is otherwise known as "Ava can't do anything in half-measures," and I thought about making notes on the process I used to come about it. I'm still developing my process and I've not yet really had a year of learning art (though we're getting closer to my anniversary).
Fundamentals from the Mustard Seed Garden: An Introduction
On the destructiveness of the "cult of the new" mentality on the education of a young artist. Example subject: myself.
Don't Look For Praise: Stay Curious Instead
The Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting is the seminal work on traditional Chinese painting—that is, the practice of the art of painting, rather than just being a spectator. An introduction to an exploration of its introduction.
Why Experienced Artists are Experienced, or, Practice Blindly at Your Own Risk
It's not that I think cruel comments should be the norm. I'm bang alongside the idea that praise is a necessary part for a new artist's good development.
Just... I think being hungry for praise is the exact wrong driver for an artist's career if they want to get to professional levels. Maybe even the opposite driver—after all, if what you crave is praise, you're going to be so afraid of your next piece not getting praise.
Progress Evaluation at the End of October 2016
Scoffing at the idea of doing still lifes or sketches is the best way to guarantee you stay inexperienced.
Thirsting for Color in the Sketchbook
Well, October 2016 was very rough. 2016 is rough all over, but the US presidential elections amazingly seem to get worse every passing day. If it can stress out into non-productiveness a bunch of SFWA writers, it sure did with me.
So much of art is patience, or, 1000 drawings doesn’t always get you to mastery
So I bought a Conte a Paris crayon set from Amazon, and it wasn’t even terribly expensive as art supplies go.
This all came about… well, I’ll let my (expanded) tweets tell the story.
You Don’t Have To Make Your Own Wacom Nibs To Save Money
I have seen what a gallery of 1000 drawings over ten years looks like when you don’t actually apply yourself. Trust me, it doesn’t look like mastery. So how do you apply yourself?
If you own an Intuos 4 (pen and touch) or an Intuos Draw, the surface of the tablet is so rough that it acts as extra-fine sandpaper. In other words, it eats nibs in a manner unlike any Intuos model before (such as Intuos 3).