#155 - Test-Based Learning For Artists

Insights on how we learn best, and how to apply that to becoming better at drawing.

Scientists have found ways to learn effectively. It boils down to testing yourself first, encoding the information that is not in your brain yet, and repetition.

#154 - Why I Sometimes Skip Posting Art on Social Media For A While

The joys of social media for artists.

In 2018, I decided I wanted to understand how Social Media works. I get it, and I learned a lot, and It doesn’t serve me as much anymore.

#153 - In Stead Of Copying Artists, Try To Use Them As Inspiration And To Draw In Your Style

On starting from reference and making it your own.

I have a problem. I admire the works of so many different artists, all with unique styles! I look at their work, and immediately, I am inspired to draw like them, to draw in their style.

#152 - Draw On Small Cards For Practice, Easy To Carry Along And Sell Or Give Away, Fun To Do, Switch Up Your Drawing Routine!

A versatile drawing practice you can do instead of filling sketchbooks.

I got this lovely gift from an artist friend recently: a matchbox filled with little cards the size of the matchbox. He had made a small, beautiful composition on each of these cards. It’s a stunningly generous gift.

#151 - The Artist As A Collector Of Beautiful Things

One way to look at what we do!

A friend artist collects these beautiful, endearing little objects he finds all over the world. It’s quite the collection.

#150 - What Artists Can Learn From Reading Comprehension

We can learn to learn by observing how children learn.

They have what they call the four Vs. I added a fifth V, and it is telling that the schools leave that out.

#149 - Why It Is Good That Your Drawings Do Not Come Out Well

Learn from the things that don’t look good in your drawings.

You get to see which parts you need to get accurate for it to look good and which parts you can wing a bit.

#148 - Stick Figures Are Actually Good If You Want To Draw Dynamic Poses

And so I am going to make you draw stick figures. Find out why.

I used to draw manikins to note the gesture of a pose, but I recently learned to use stick figures instead. I discovered that was all that was needed to note a pose. Stick figures are easier because you don’t have to get cylinders to suggest the limbs.

#147 - How To Develop An Instinct For Proportions

Develop an instinct for proportions while having fun drawing.

I’m not a fan of measuring while drawing. I find it boring. I like to eyeball it, do it by sight, and feel where something needs to go on the page.

#146 - This Is Why Pinterest Is Great For Artists (Right Now)

And this is how social media should work for artists.

Pinterest works very simply. You have the users; they want to do something and are looking for inspiration. Pinterest is great at finding suggestions for them, and they “pin” images to “boards” for later review.

#145 - An Interesting Way Our Survival Instincts Influence Our Art (Part 2)

How our survival instincts make it harder to create art.

Our human brains have developed quite a bit over the past millions of years, but at the center of it is still our “reptile brain,” which acts on instinct for our survival and procreation.

#144 - An Interesting Way Our Survival Instincts Influence Our Art (Part 1)

How our survival instincts benefit our art.

Use this freedom in your art! It is okay to deviate from realism in search of beauty in idealization and simplification.

#143 - Things To Be On The Lookout For If You Want To Stay Motivated To Draw

It is sometimes a miracle that we draw at all.

Let’s look at a few things that might jeopardize your creative habit.

#142 - Art Is Not Just Pretty Objects, But Also A Conversation The Artist Has With Their Audience

And that is good news, even for us introverts.

I noticed long ago that if I listened to a podcast interview with an artist and the artist said interesting things, I would look them up online.

#141 - Artists, Remove Yourself From Fast-Paced Scrolling On Social Media, Slow Down And Notice What That Does For Your Creative Routine

The anti-dote to social media induced short attention spans.

In this age of incessantly and rapidly scrolling past posts on social media, I find it useful to slow down and stay with one reference image for a longer time, maybe even more than one day.

#140 - Does Theoretical Knowledge Hamper The Creativity Of The Artist And Prevent Them From Coming Up With Original Ideas?

And is ignorance bliss?

A long time ago, I studied physics at university. I once had discussions with fellow students about whether knowledge hampered creativity. We were learning all these theories, and would that prevent us from coming up with original new theories?

#139 - While Drawing Should I Measure And Construct Accurately, Or Should I Freehand-Draw?

Which method is “better”? The Answer is yes.

Someone asked an interesting question on my Instagram recently: is it better to freehand-draw than to use the grid method to learn? If you have questions you would like me to answer, don’t hesitate to contact me!

#138 - Drawings You Want To Make Versus Drawings Others Will Like

Can what you want to make and what others like be the same?

You will run into this sometime. For example, you’ve drawn in a “realist” style, and now you feel it isn’t as challenging, but people compliment you on it, so you keep drawing in that style, even though secretly, you’d rather draw something else.

#137 - Insane Advantages Of Copying Other Artists

Rembrandt did it!

When you copy masters, you learn what things look like and how the masters went about composition, simplification, and idealization. You discover their thought processes. You learn how they thought while they drew. And THAT you take with you when you start making original work for an audience.

#136 - The Difference Between Evolutions And Revolutions And What They Mean For Your Art Process

When is something revolutionary, and when is it evolutionary?

Deciding you want to develop a drawing habit is a revolution for you, even if others have gone that path before you. Improvements to that habit are evolutions.

#135 - Do Not Make Topical Sketchbooks, Because That Is Too Ambitious, And Sketchbooks Should Be For Fun And Play

Do This Instead!

Do this instead: dedicate each page spread to a specific type of practice. The page spread will look good, as will the sequence of page spreads.

#134 - THIS Is Part Of Your Creative Routine Too

When you do not feel like drawing, do this instead.

On the desk, you see a sketchbook, my favorite pens within reach, reference images, an iPad for putting on reference images, YouTube, Netflix, or Spotify, a headset, an art book that inspires me to draw if I need it, reading glasses, and there is a comfy chair.

#133 - As You Create Art, Consciously Notice How Various Aspects Of It Make You Feel

And what makes you feel better!

You’re an adult, and you want to learn a new skill. You go in search of information. Say you like to learn to draw. The advice you see everywhere is to draw every day and practice fundamentals.

#132 - Seek Not To Create Beauty, But To See Beauty In What You Create

Curate what you pay attention to.

You can choose the stories about your art you want to listen to. Listen to the ones that you control, the ones that make you happy and keep you motivated.

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