Online Resources for New Artists

New artists need resources to boost their artistic skills and techniques in the industry. Continuous growth is seen when there is consistency in skill development. Most of these resources are available on the internet for free. Utilizing them helps artists remain relevant as they learn new things. Highlighted below is a list of online resources to use.

Pinterest

Pinterest is a free online platform where one learns a wide range of artistry on different levels. The platform has a search bar where you can input what you’re searching for. It gives a variety of options to choose from, making it easier to get information. The platform is known for offering a creative experience as things are visual. It has helped many artists find ideas for new projects.

YouTube

YouTube is a diverse platform offering tutorials that help people grow their skills. Resources are abundant on this platform and can be of use when artists take advantage of them. YouTube is free; therefore, you can enjoy thousands of videos. Look for a keyword that suits the type of skill you’re looking to improve. 

Fast Company Design

Fast company design is a free platform that allows people to get information on everything. The platform provides accurate, up-to-date, and newsworthy ideas and knowledge to help upcoming artists get the industry’s flow.

Skillshare

Artists enroll in online classes offered by Skillshare to boost their business and creativity skills. You can pay for the program either annually or monthly. Skillshare can be a great platform when looking to improve a specific skill. Upon registration, you get access to more than 17,000 classes and videos are broken down to ensure everyone studies at their own pace.

Lynda.com

Lynda.com is for those passionate about design and drawing. The platform has more than 700 courses taught by experts in the industry. The company has more than 25 years of existence and has proven to be a trusted brand. More than 10,000 organizations partner with the program to improve the skills of their employees and students. When people sign up for the program, they get a 30-day free trial to test the platform’s compatibility. Considering the highlighted resources improves artistic skills to become a better person. Other online resources include Deviant Art, Envato Tuts+, and Brit+Co.

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Artist Spotlight: Pablo Picasso

Ask someone to name a famous artist, and they’ll likely say “Picasso.”

Pablo Picasso transformed art with bold subject matter, composition and technique. Fifty years after his death, he remains an enduring artistic force.

Early Career

Spanish-born Pablo Ruiz Picasso began studying art under his father around age nine. He developed an unmistakable talent for painting as a teen. He admired old masters like El Greco, but was excited by new artists like Munch and Lautrec.

Picasso’s most famous early works are his “Blue Period” paintings. They are named “blue” not only for their use of color, but their depressing subjects. He found a uncommon beauty in the beggars and street-dwellers of Paris and Barcelona.

His more commercial “Rose Period” followed. These lighter-hearted paintings featured French circus performers and clowns.

Around this time, he befriended influential Paris personalities like Henri Matisse and Gertrude Stein. Soon, Pablo showed his work in prominent galleries. He also attracted plenty of attention for his womanizing.

African-Inspired Art

Picasso neared his “signature style” around 1907 with the painting “Les Desmoiselles d’Avignon.”

The painting depicts the women of a brothel, but several of their faces are grotesque masks. The bodies are loosely constructed from geometric shapes. There are only hints of background and foreground objects. His use of masks and of simple shapes came from his interest in traditional African art.

This painting shocked even Picasso’s artist friends; he did not display it until 1916.

Cubism and Beyond

Picasso is most associated with the “Cubist” movement, which he started alongside Georges Braque.

What is Cubism?

Humans only see things from one perspective (their own eyes). Cubism asks, “What would it be like to see something from every angle simultaneously, to explore every dimension?”

Not only was the idea revolutionary, Cubism incorporated new materials such as newspaper scraps and wallpaper. Art movements like Surrealism and Pop Art would be unthinkable without Picasso’s developments.

In 1937, Picasso displayed “Guernica,” his most famous work. The massive painting depicts the utter chaos following a bombing raid during the Spanish Civil War.

Picasso experimented with many media: stage design, sculpture, printmaking, and even ceramics. Until his 1973 death, Picasso kept the art world guessing.

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The Best Paint Brushes for Artists

For an artist, a paintbrush can be all they need to come to life. However, with so many different sizes and kinds of brushes, it can be difficult for an aspiring artist to know what to use. There is a range of paintbrushes in the art world from shapes and sizes to the materials that are used to make paintbrushes. However, once a bit of research is done, it can be relatively easy to pick out a brush or brush set. Here are a few brushes that are used to help decide what’s best to paint with.

Brush Shape

One of the most important factors of picking a paintbrush is the shape. The shape determines how much pressure can be put on the canvas and what lines and textures can be made.

-Round: Good for fine detailing with a group of bristles in a rounded tip.

-Flat: These are good for almost everything from painting large spaces to painting lines.

-Bright: Short-bristled with edges that curve towards the center. These work best with heavy body paints to add more pigment.

-Fan: These have fanned-out bristles that are good for nature-like effects.

-Angle: These brushes have an angled edge and are good for making curved lines and filling in corners.

-Mop: These brushes come in larger sizes and rounded edges. These brushes are mainly for watercolorists since they create washes of color.

Types of Bristles

There are three different bristle lengths. Long and medium, which are used for fluid paints and fine detailing. Then there’s short, which can be used when there’s a need for control over strokes. Bristles are also either natural or synthetic. Natural bristles are either soft hair or hog bristles. Hog bristles are sturdier and can hold more paint, whereas soft hair bristles are softer and made from sable. Synthetic brushes are made of nylon or polyester. These are not as effective, but they are easier to clean.

Best Paintbrush Sets

Most paintbrushes available are sold in sets. Here is a list of various sets on the market.

-Student grade paintbrushes

-Acrylic paintbrushes

-Hog bristle paintbrush set

-Oil paintbrush set

-Value packs of craft brushes

-Travel paintbrush sets

-Watercolor brush set

-Sable brush set

-Handcrafted natural brushes

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Holiday Hazards for Cats

The feline mind is inquisitive and cats cannot resist the lure of holiday decorations and changes about the home. There are several holiday hazards for cats’ health. Fortunately, these can be avoided. Follow these tips to enjoy the holidays and keep the kitty safe and healthy.

Christmas Trees

Christmas trees are irresistible to some cats. These trees, regardless of how sturdy the stand is, are not as solid as real trees with roots sunk deep into the earth. Cats often bring down Christmas trees. In the best of cases, this produces a mess. In the worst, broken legs, strains, and sprains may occur. The solution is simple: deny your cat access to the tree when unsupervised.

Holiday Decorations

Decorations and ornaments that adorn Christmas trees also present a risk. Tinsel is alluring to many cats, with its dangling flash and shine. Unfortunately, felines do not stop at batting at the tinsel but consume it. This may simply result in sparkly feces, but it may also cause a problem known as a linear foreign body obstruction. Tinsel is not the only decoration that may be swallowed and pose this risk. Jingle bells have been removed from feline intestines. Holly and mistletoe are also toxic. Decorate with care.

Wrapping Presents

Generally, the presents under the tree do not pose a hazard. The wrapping, however, may be dangerous. Bows and ribbons have the same risk that tinsel and decorations offer. Obstructions of foreign bodies in the digestive system are quite dangerous. Avoid dangly packaging.

Christmas Tree Water

A final note about Christmas trees is the water in which they sit. Cats are contrary when it comes to their sources of drinking water. If the source distresses humans, they seem drawn to it. Chemically treated trees may not have safe water for cats to consume. A fake tree is a solution to this problem, as it eliminates water.

Fireplace Ashes

The yule log finally burns out, leaving behind piles of nice, fluffy ashes. While cats do not come to harm playing in cold ashes in the fireplace, they can get burned if they interact with the substance too soon. Even cold ashes produce a horrible mess if a cat decides to play in them.

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Gifts for the Art Lover in Your Life

As the holiday season approaches, now is a wonderful time to pick out the perfect gift for your favorite art lover. Fortunately, it’s a buyer’s market at the moment, and it has never been easier to purchase a truly stunning present online. Here are just a few gifts that artistically-inclined loved ones will cherish for a lifetime.

1. Edward Gorey Prints
As an author and illustrator, Edward Gorey remains one of the 20th Century’s most unique and visionary artists. His pen-and-ink drawings are legendary for their style and wit, and the Gorey estate now offers prints of some of the artist’s most famous works for purchase.

2. Drawing: For the Artistically Undiscovered by Quentin Blake and John Cassidy
As an artist, Quentin Blake will be familiar to many people for his illustrations of beloved Roald Dahl books like “James and the Giant Peach” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” In this book, Blake walks aspiring artists through the steps needed to become a first-rate illustrator. In addition to its fantastic illustrations, the volume includes a good set of pens and pencils and drawing and coloring exercises. This is a truly great and fun-to-read introduction to the world of artistic creation.

3. Original Pablo Picasso Drawings
Over the course of his artistic career, Pablo Picasso made thousands of drawings and sketches. Fortunately for art collectors, the sheer volume of original drawings created by the artist now makes owning a Picasso a very real possibility for art lovers on a budget. When searching out quality Picasso sketches on sites like eBay, buyers should be sure to check out the credibility of sellers in order to avoid the purchase of a forgery, but with a bit of research, a great original Picasso drawing can be had at a fantastic price.

4. The Deftness of Da Vinci (Taschen Books)
Leonardo da Vinci was arguably the greatest artist in history, and this wonderful collection of 600 drawings by the genius polymath will make a great addition to any art lover’s library. The Taschen publishing house is known for the high quality of its books, and “The Deftness of Da Vinci” is one of its best and most popular volumes. It is a definite must-read for anyone who wants to see what made Da Vinci humanity’s greatest thinker

If you think that the gifts mentioned above are too specific, think about replenishing your art lover’s supplies, with new paints, canvases, brushes, oil pastels, or whatever their favorite medium is.

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