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  • Doodling: Should the Worst Happen

    Doodling: Should the Worst Happen

    Happy Doodle Monday! You, of course, know how I’m always encouraging you to doodle at work and giving you excuses/explanations to give your boss about it. But let’s just assume, that those excuses/explanations don’t carry any weight with The Boss. (I can’t imagine it, but . . . ) Let’s assume the worst: The Boss decides that The Company doesn’t  wish to keep you on the payroll if you’re going to spend “its time” doodling. Well, should this occur, you’re […]

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  • Interview with an Artist: James Rosenquist

    Interview with an Artist: James Rosenquist

    To be creative is to be accepting, but it’s also to be harsh on one’s self. You just don’t paint colors for the silliness of it all. – James Rosenquist James Rosenquist was one of the protagonists of the Pop Art movement, which may just go to show you how far training in billboard painting can take you. In fact, billboard painting was probably the perfect training for Rosenquist, who used sign-painting techniques to create the large-scale paintings he began […]

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  • 1. 2. 3. Get Doodling!

    1. 2. 3. Get Doodling!

    Don’t tell me you still haven’t gotten into doodling. Well, if you don’t want to  .  .   . Well, I just can’t imagine that, so .  .  . Let’s assume you’re still having trouble with the concept. (That’s hard to imagine, too, but anything’s possible.) If that’s the case, I have a doodling tutorial from Pic  Candle  that lays it out in three easy steps. Pic Candle has some great doodles out there, so you’re in good hands. And, as […]

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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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  • Drawing: More Shiny Realism

    Drawing: More Shiny Realism

    There’s so much to art, and so much to drawing. And I do like to mix it up for you. But even though I just posted a trompe l’oeil drawing, I’ve got another one for you. After you see it, you’ll realize why I had to post it. If you liked the shiny pickle jar (and you should have), you’ll love this drawing of a shiny Viking helmet. It’s worth studying. There’s a lot to learn from this drawing, and […]

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  • I’m Outta Here . . . Temporarily

        It’s the holidays, and I’ve decided I should have one.  Just a little break or —  as I like to call it — a blogcation. So, I’ll be offline (mostly) until January 2nd. I wish you and your families the happiest of holidays, and I look forward to “seeing” you all again in the new year! January 2nd. Don’t forget!  

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  • Happy Halloween!

    Who says fine art can’t be scary? Okay, no one who has ever seen much of it. And, for a Halloween treat, here’s one of the top 10 scariest paintings.*     “The flea is reincarnated as an irreducibly eerie hominid, haunting the night corridors with the bowl in which he collects human blood. Hunched and scaly, tongue whisking between his lips, he carries his knife and cup of gore with horrible purposefulness, a far more substantial creature than his […]

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  • Announcing: The Name That Doodle Contest!

    It’s time for another Best Drawing Videos contest! The esay peasy Name That Doodle Contest! So, here are information about and the “rules” for the contest so you can start getting excited.     The Contest The YouTube title for the Monday, October 28 video is “Extreme Doodling – Untitled, ” and that’s just sad. The doodler has obviously put some serious thought into this doodle, and I think it deserves a “real” title. So, if you can come up […]

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  • High-Tech Mona Lisa #2

    High-Tech Mona Lisa #2

    Back in October, I posted a video of an artist making a copy of the Mona Lisa in MS Paint. (Note: Unfortunately, that video has been removed, but if you want to see one like it, there are some on YouTube.) It was amazing and all that, and I do think there’s a ton of potential for using a computer as an artistic tool. So . . . today’s video has a live drawing of the Mona Lisa using a […]

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  • What To Do on a Gloomy Sunday? Change Your Perspective!

    What To Do on a Gloomy Sunday? Change Your Perspective!

    It’s a gloomy Sunday around here, so I thought maybe some 3D art would cheer us (and by “us,” I’m probably talking about myself) up. The amazing thing about today’s 3D art is it’s on paper. It’s “just” drawing! And a little coloring. That means you could do this! You don’t need approval from a city to use their streets or sidewalks. And then you can carry it around with you and impress everyone. (Don’t worry: After the two example […]

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