Congratulations to our Artist of the Month, Carrie Waller! She was a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine‘s Annual Art Competition! Her painting Incandescent is below. Keep scrolling to read more about the artist’s current life in Japan and how she grew up in a creative household!
Fussa, Japan ~ carriewallerfineart.com
I’ve been creating art since elementary school. I have been very lucky and have had wonderful art teachers from elementary school all the way through college. I won my first blue ribbon when I was 8-years-old in the Texas State Rodeo and that pretty much sealed the deal. I’ve been creating art ever since then. My degree is actually in Interior Design. Graduating from a technical program I was very fortunate to learn technical architectural drawing, color theory and design in addition to core studio art classes.
I make money through my art and teaching. I am currently living in Japan supporting my husband’s career so I have had to take a bit of a break from teaching workshops. Living in Japan is giving me an opportunity to soak in another culture and I’m excited to see where that inspiration will take me.
There’s a romantic side to art that is what lures so many to create: the idea of expressing yourself with drawing ideas, of recreating a meaningful image or scene, or of tapping into “the zone” and peacefully drawing or painting to your heart’s content. And then there’s the academic side. It’s point A in your journey, as this is where you learn the drawing techniques that others before you have mastered.
Drawing: The Complete Course is there to help propel you from point A to your chosen destination. In this special magazine that’s laser-focused to help you learn how to draw, you’ll find articles from professional artists who want you to learn the basics, the ins, the outs, and the possibilities that lay before you. You’ll learn common drawing terms (which I’ve included below from the magazine), and more.
Drawing Basics: 6 Art Terms to Know from Drawing: The Complete Course
académie – a nude figure drawing completed as part of a process of study. Also called an academy drawing or academy figure.
contrapposto – from the Italian term “counterpose,” this is a pose in which a figure stands with most of its weight
If you’re an artist, you undoubtedly know how expensive this hobby or profession can be. A single brush or a tube of paint, if high quality, can run over a $100!
While I never advise using cheap, inferior art supplies, I do have my tricks. But before you go off bargain shopping, let me tell you what not to do.
Cut costs on supplemental items, but do NOT go cheap on the mediums. If you’re using a specific technique, try not to use student grade or bargain brands for your mediums. These lesser brands will usually will have less pigment in them. A good comparison is Crayola Crayons, and the other less expensive brands. If you compare the two, the other brands are less colorful and intense than Crayola. They contain more wax than pigment, which is why they cost less.
Paints are very similar. Student grades or bargain brands often will have less pigments in them and more fluid in their base, especially in acrylics. Some have a high degree of polymer binder and less pigment, making them somewhat transparent or dull. You’ll also see this in oils, where the cheaper paints will have more oil in them.
While it’s good to save money when you
During my years of experience I’ve noticed that many artists tend to ask what my focal point will be before I demonstrate a painting. Fortunately there’s a universal answer to this. For there to be a focal point, there needs to be a peripheral area that’s not that much in focus. If everything is in focus, then the focal area becomes weakened. What is the focal point in art, therefore? The focal area is considered the predominant place where the eye enjoys seeing:
- The most value contrast (dark against light)
- Color contrast (chroma versus grayness, red against gray)
- Hard edges (agrees with the fovea of the eye)
- Detail (complexity of shape)
- Warm colors (yellows and reds attract the eye)
- People, animals and vehicles, which become strong focal points even if they’re small
- Anything that is peripheral and is not included in the focal point will consist of low value contrasts, low color contrasts, soft edges, simplicity in shape or the lack of detail and, when applicable, the colors will be less saturated. This should be even more taken into account near the edges of the painting, which I refer to as the “peripheral area.”
The focal point isn’t just wherever the eye chooses to see. In paintings, we don’t
Being a creative entrepreneur can have bipolar effects–it takes a balancing effort worthy of the Wallendas to stay humble and yet simultaneously broadcast to the world that you’re talented and your art is worth buying. But I’m here to tell you that you must promote your work! Doing so is the best way to market yourself as an artist and ultimately sell your art. Call it boldness, call it audacity, call it what you want, but when it comes to art business, you cannot wait for someone to stumble across your work if it’s stacked up in your studio. No matter what your art is–sculpture, painting or photography–get it into the buyers’ hands.
In the 2016 Photographer’s Market, you’ll find articles on how to sell your art, keep your files organized, protect your copyright and much more. The following excerpt is on how to get your art noticed by using self-promotion mailers.
There are basically three ways to acquaint photo buyers with your work: through the mail, over the Internet or in person. No one way is better or more effective than another. They each serve an individual function and should be used in concert to increase your visibility and, with a
There’s something poetic about a rainy day. I know I’m not alone when I say that it makes me want to just curl up inside with a good book. And it’s no surprise that a rainy downtown area begs to be painted. The contrast of headlights and streetlamps, the reflections of sky on pavement and the hurried pace of those trying to avoid getting soaked–Mike Barr’s Late Rain (below) exemplifies this and more.
Mike’s work and advice is featured in Acrylic Artist magazine (Fall 2015), and the following is a sneak peek at his tips for painting a successful rainy cityscape.
From “Slick and Simple” by Mike Barr
Tackling a rainy cityscape may seem daunting, with buildings, perspective, vehicles and figures all adding up to a complex mix. Simplification and a few other key techniques help you over these obstacles.
1. Get Wet and Take Some Photos
Some artists actually do paint in the rain and I greatly admire them; however, I do think that important fleeting moments can be lost forever if we don’t take a photographic record. Walking around town in the rain usually brings up some surprise gems, and even the most mundane streets can become more interesting in the wet.
The following excerpt is from Art of Perspective: The Ultimate Guide for Artists in Every Medium. Get your copy at North Light Shop, or access it and hundreds of more titles through the ArtistsNetwork eBook club.
Let’s Build a House
Learn the basics of two-point perspective: eye level, vanishing points and perspective centers.
by Phil Metzger
Bonus Article! Perspective Drawing: Tips and Advice on Creating Realistic Art
What is two-point perspective?
Two-point perspective is a type of linear perspective in which one set of receding lines meets at one vanishing point and another set meets at a second vanishing point, both at eye level.
Getting the Angles Right
I’ll tell you a secret: You never have to bother with vanishing points if you get all the angles right in the first place. If a line recedes toward the horizon and you draw it accurately, it will automatically cross the horizon right at the vanishing point. So, although we typically discuss vanishing points as a handy way of visualizing what’s going on in linear perspective, it’s those slants, or angles, we’re really after. Art stores offer a number of gadgets to help get angles right, but you can do just as well with two simple measuring techniques that don’t