#127 - Why Amateur Artists Have An Unfair Advantage Over The Professionals

The things you can do when you don’t have a boss!

Going unscripted and improvising is way more fun and usually yields far more expressive, lively, original, and surprising results. You can not do that with customers because they want specific things. But your personal work can be.

#126 - How Going For Wrong Proportions On Purpose Can IMPROVE Your Art

You CAN have fun with proportions.

I’m having fun creating these YouTube videos! This one considers whether you should care about “correct” proportions. Spoiler alert: there is no such thing as a “correct” proportion.

#125 - The EASY Drawing Exercise 99% Of You CRAVE But Should Not

This exercise seems to be popular among art students and I kind of wish it wasn’t.

A while back, I had decided to remove some pages from the “Practice Drawing This” because I wanted to take it in another direction. Among them were the 3D reference models I had on “Practice Drawing This” designed to draw from, as I wanted to take another path.

#124 - Can You Draw Boxes WITHOUT Using Perspective Grids?

This article continues my series of YouTube videos about drawing exercises where I take a new slant to the drawing exercise. In this one, I discuss whether you must create a perspective grid with vanishing points to draw believable boxes in three dimensions.

#123 - WHY Should Artists Do Circle And Ellipse Warm-Ups?

A great warm-up routine.


#122 - Another Way To Practice Drawing Boxes That Can Be Very Helpful In Constructing Boxes Quickly Later

I want to make YouTube videos about drawing exercises in the coming period. I wanted to do them with a particular angle in mind: I wanted to highlight an aspect of the drawing exercise that you might not have considered before.

#121 - Practicing Drawing Organic Forms For Fun And Skill Improvement, And Beautiful Sketchbook Pages

I am having some fun creating quick, short YouTube videos about drawing exercises. This one is about two exercises: the first exercise is about ghosting lines to improve the precision with which you place lines, and the second exercise is about turning these lines into organic forms. If you do this exercise, it should result in a cool-looking sketchbook page, which is motivating and will make you want to draw tomorrow.

#120 - Practicing Drawing Circles And Ellipses Is A Great Drawing Warm-Up Exercise

You can do it at any time and don’t even need reference for it.

This drawing exercise is a great one because you can always do it, even without reference or inspiration, and improve your hand coordination.

#119 - Start By Drawing Large Shapes, First, And Then Imagine the Form and Fill In The Details

What should you start with, shape or form?

So why freehand draw? Why eyeball it? Several reasons:

#118 - More Heinrich Kley Illustrations From Vergil Eaneis For Artists To Study

You can learn a lot from studying these illustrations.

This book is called Vergil Eaneis and they got hold of number 106 of 990 that were printed. it was published in 1910 so it is in the public domain, and it contains some wonderful illustrations by Heinrich Kley!

#117 - How Artists Can Resist Temptations That Are Unhealthy For Their Art Practice

It does require some effort. For a start, turn off youf phone!

Large corporations create products and services for us that are unhealthy and addictive to maximize their profit.

#116 - Everything In Your Creative Pursuit Can Be Designed, From Your Work To The Way You Work

A fantastic way to look at every aspect of your life.

Design everything about your life and optimize for the things you want to do.

#115 - Certain Parts About Making Art Burn You Out - How To Avoid Burning Out As An Artist

Do things you find fun and relaxing, and try to ignore what you don’t like about your work and how it is received by others.

When you are burned out, it may be just one of the many things you do that is burning you out. You could practice fundamentals too much, for example. Just stop doing that thing that burns you out. Find another creative activity that brings you joy and pleasure and, just as important, leaves you satisfied with the result.

#114 - Make Your Drawing Habits Small Enough To Fit Into Your Life

So that you can always draw.

Making your creative habits small enough to fit into your life is vital. If you stop creating, it is tough to come back and build a creative habit again. But if you make it small, you can keep going. You can carry a small notebook and pen or pencil to write or draw. Or you can even do these on your mobile phone. But keep going.

#113 - Often, You Can Learn Any Craft As Well As Most Others If You Just Seriously Try

You can learn anything.

If you think you can’t draw hands, cars, or feet, that is just a story you tell yourself. You can learn to draw them. It just requires you focusing on it, practicing, trying, figuring out what is going wrong, really paying attention, trying to fix it, and doing that repeatedly in small iterations. That is how you improve skills, how you train your brain to become better at things.

#112 - What You Feel While Drawing - Stoicism, And A Way To Not Feel Bad About Your Art

Don’t feel bad about mistakes.

Because I already know how you feel. You see all the mistakes, and you feel your drawing sucks.

#111 - What You Feel While Drawing - Notice How Background Sounds Influence Your Concentration

What background sounds are best while drawing?

This article will discuss background sounds and how they can be beneficial or detrimental.

#110 - What You Feel While Drawing - Notice How You Respond To Surrounding Silence

The importance of focusing on what happens inside your mind as you draw.

For your next drawing, work hard to shut down the voice in your head. No words.

#109 - The Five Stages Of Skill That Every Artist Goes Through

And what it means for artists.

You enthusiastically lunge off in the wrong direction.

#108 - Make a Photo Of Your Art To See Your Art In A Different Way and Notice New Things About It That You Want To Fix

Improve a piece of art by critically examining if it is ready for public view.

I’d go back into the drawing and fix things, take a new photo and post it.

#107 - STARING At Your Favorite Artist As A Way To Become A Better Artist

Become better by observing other artists in action.

Eventually, I realized that made them much better at drawing! They could see the art on the others’ boards and be challenged to do as good or better.

#106 - Book Review - The Talent Code And What Artists Can Learn From Top Performers In Other Fields

What artists can learn from people who became good at sports and playing music.

Reading the book was a life-changing experience for me.

#105 - The Effect A Deadlines Have On How You Experience The Creative Process While Making Art

Wouldn’t life without deadlines be bliss?

Creating without deadlines, just tinkering is fun! But you often don’t end up with finished pieces. You might drop something to work on something else, for example. But it’s more fun.

#104 - Draw With A Thick Pencil First To Get The Big Shapes Down Before You Go Into Detail

Don’t fret the details.

This helps me solve and fix problems early: get proportions and expressiveness right.

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