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  • Interview with an Artist: Ellsworth Kelly

    Interview with an Artist: Ellsworth Kelly

    You’re probably familiar with Ellsworth Kelly, but — just in case — here’s what Wikipedia has to say about him: Ellsworth Kelly (born May 31, 1923) is an American painter, sculptor, and printmaker associated with hard-edge painting, Color Field painting and the minimalist school. His works demonstrate unassuming techniques emphasizing simplicity of form, similar to the work of John McLaughlin and Kenneth Noland. Kelly often employs bright colors. He lives and works in Spencertown, New York. They don’t mention it, […]

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  • The Difference in Artists or You Say Potato, I Say PoTAHto

    The Difference in Artists or You Say Potato, I Say PoTAHto

    Today, I’ve got two videos for you. No extra charge. The two drawings are modern, realistic, portrait drawings, which may make you think that they might have a lot in common. And they do. However, when you watch the artists carefully, you realize how differently they approach their work to get somewhat similar effects. We can overlook the fact that one model is white and one black, but notice that one artist works on light paper and one on dark. […]

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  • A Celebratory Drawing for 400 Posts!

    A Celebratory Drawing for 400 Posts!

    Can you believe it?  This is the 400th post for Best Drawing Videos! Unless I counted wrong, which, of course, is a possibility. But it’s close anyway, so it’s time to celebrate, and to do that, I have a drawing that was actually done to celebrate an anniversary. Perfect!     I like it. A cute, happy drawing — with cute, happy music — to celebrate the 400 posts anniversary. So — if you’ve been following along for even a […]

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  • Prefab Doodling

    Prefab Doodling

    Happy Doodle Monday! I’m really late getting to this post today because of my ever-present technical problems (How can one person. . . ?) But I’m here now, and I have something different for you today. Now, I know some of you are going to look at today’s video and say something along the lines of  “Ooooooh. That’s not art. That’s crafts.” Well, I beg to differ. Sort of anyway. First of all, the calendar page that is being created […]

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  • Interview with an Artist: Michael Flohr

    Interview with an Artist: Michael Flohr

    Michael Flohr paints brilliantly colored scenes in an urban impressionistic style. In this little interview, he tells a little of how he became involved in art . . . and in the bar scene.     I love that teachers told him some of his color combinations wouldn’t work. How many successful people can you name who became successful doing things they were told wouldn’t work? Hmmm . . . Maybe more than an art lesson in that. Have a […]

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  • Get the Lead Out! How – and Why – to Draw Faster

    Get the Lead Out! How – and Why – to Draw Faster

    No, art isn’t a speed event. Think of the Sistine Chapel for example. But there is a reason to work more quickly. Every artist needs practice, which means he/she has to draw a lot. And if you draw slowly, i.e., get caught up in the details too much, it isn’t going to happen. So today’s video will show you how to look at your subject and dive right in. It will show you how to look at things and visually […]

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  • Sign Here Please: The Things You Can Do with a Ballpoint Pen

    Sign Here Please: The Things You Can Do with a Ballpoint Pen

    I don’t know about you, but I think ballpoint pens are clunky. They may be small, but they are not always — if ever — delicate. And those globs of ink that come out of them! Unless, of course, they’re skipping. I honestly have trouble even signing my name with one. I suspect that Allan Barbeau doesn’t haven’t the same issues as I do. And after you see his ballpoint portrait of Jack Sparrow, you’ll know what I’m talking about. […]

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  • Structured Doodling

    Structured Doodling

    “Structured doodling”??? Seems a bit like an oxymoron, but . . .  Today I’ve got a type of doodling (or drawing, you pick) called tangling or, if you prefer the trademarked term, Zentangle.* It consists of filling squares (or tiles) that have been divided into parts with specific patterns (or tangles). Usually the tile divisions are irregular, curving lines, but today’s example is even more structured than that. This artist uses regular blocks within the tile. So, if you’d like […]

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  • Goodwill Art Turns Out to Be Good

    I originally posted this last Friday, but as you might be able to detect, I forgot to actually hit the Publish button. But since we can use a happy story anytime . . . I’ll give it another go today. It’s Friday and a lot of us are still snowed in, so it’s time for an uplifting, happy art story. I don’t know the date on this video, but I hadn’t heard of it, and it’s just such a one-of-those-stories-you-hear-about […]

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  • The Fine Art of . . . Coloring

    The Fine Art of . . . Coloring

    So, you say you can’t be a “real” artist because you can’t afford the supplies? Well, I hear you, but wait until you see what you can do with some humble little crayons you can “borrow” from your kids. Today’s first video is a painting by Leonid Afremov, who is (obviously) noted for his use of color. The second video is a drawing based on Afremov’s art, but done in crayons. This crayon drawing was the first one the artist […]

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