A Terrible Brush is a Watercolor Artist's Best Friend
New Watercolor Palette for March 2017
I have a terrible brush to mix my watercolors with, and dear gods I wish more watercolor artists would do this because I hate seeing Kolinsky-sable brushes suffer.
One-Year Art Anniversary: Free Bats & Dawn Wallpaper for All!
My March 2017 palette is here. I don't know if I'll be changing my palette up every month or what, but I do know it'll take a while for me to settle into a personal palette, just like any other artist. In the coming months I'll share what works.
Review: Akashiya Sai Watercolor Brush Pens
My one-year art anniversary is upon us! Free digital wallpapers for all!
Art Tip: Big Calendars Help Visualize Progress
It's a cheap investment. It's too cheap. However, with some ingenuity and good watercolor brushes and paper, you can get very decent art out of these.
Smoothing Textured Art Photos in PhotoPea
A visual calendar is a great idea for artists and other creatives to wrest some control back into their lives given these tumultuous times.
peaches • feb 20, 2017 — process pictures
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.
A Process Retrospective: "If it had to perish twice..."
The process from research to digital futzing.
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).
Extracting Lines from Scanned/Photographed Drawings
On the destructiveness of the "cult of the new" mentality on the education of a young artist. Example subject: myself.
Fundamentals from the Mustard Seed Garden: An Introduction
Extracting line work from scanned or even photographed art can be done relatively easily and for free—thanks to MediBang Paint.
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.
Patron Saint Bluebell (November 2016)
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.
Zong Shi Still Life (October 2016)
Inspired by Ursula Vernon's blog post, Patron Saint Bluebell. Process pictures below:
Pineapple Sunrise (September 2016)
Why Experienced Artists are Experienced, or, Practice Blindly at Your Own Risk
Additional process photos.
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 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.