|Sarah Simblet (her pen drawing, Isis 38, above) taught me
a lot about how intertwined the semblance of motion and
mark-making are in really good drawings.
Maybe it is part of having an arts career or maybe it is
just me, but I love books and magazines and videos about art and artists about as much as
actually painting or drawing. It's just how I am. I can never resist flipping
through a good manual on drawing or a painter's catalog. It would be too much
to ask of me!
Here are a few of the resources we feature in our Artist
Daily Store that I have been utilizing a lot lately. I figured if they are
working for me and teaching me things I haven't learned before, so maybe they
can do the same for you.
If I could only sketch for the rest of my life, I'd be okay
with that, especially after reading Sarah Simblet's Sketchbook for the Artist. I now have a broader, deeper
understanding of how drawing can make me see the world in a new way, and how I
can draw to capture the world I see with interesting compositions and
arrangements. It's a win-win situation.
||Scott Burdick really understands how to create a sense of personality
in his portraits (Tiffany's Hat, oil painting, 16 x 24).
One of my favorite DVDs that we've created at Artist Daily
is the Portrait Painting Duo DVD
Scott Burdick and Daniel Gerhartz. Watching two confident painters each make a
portrait side by side was illuminating, and the environment created a perfect
situation where the artists shared tips and methods in a way that was new to
me. I learned a lot and took notes, too!
I make no effort to hide how much I love still-life
painting, and Still Life Painting Atelier
is truly the best: a study on the genre of still life and on the tradition of
oil painting. I find the sections on mixing colors for
surfaces, including metallics, helpful because painting glass and other
surfaces has always been a challenge for me. But the chapters are also built to
delve into all aspects of oil painting, from underpaintings and color mixing to
glazing and painting in grisaille.
If any of these products have piqued your interest and you
want to see more, now is the time to get them because our Artist Daily Store Sale
starts today and the prices are really good—but only available for a limited
And do you have a resource—print, web, video, or
otherwise—that I should know about? Leave a comment and tell me.