Archive for June, 2008

Shape Welding

Posted in Composition on Saturday, June 21, 2008 by Todd Shaffer

James Gurney has a very informative post on shape welding, which is abstracting a composition so that it has a simple shape defining the division of space.


Ron Hicks Portrait Sketch Demo

Posted in Demonstrations, Ron Hicks on Sunday, June 15, 2008 by Todd Shaffer

American Artist magazine has a demo of Ron Hicks painting a portrait sketch.

Photoshop Speed Painting

Posted in Photoshop, Speed Painting, Video on Saturday, June 7, 2008 by Todd Shaffer

Photoshop has become the tool of choice for many artists who only need to create a non-gallery work of art, usually for publication or for the entertainment industry. ‘Speed painting’ has become an artform on it’s own, benefiting from no physical paint medium that requires drying.  It’s direct and immediate.  Here are a few videos of speed painting in Photoshop.


Jeremy Lipking Portrait Painting DVD

Posted in Jeremy Lipking, Portrait, Video on Saturday, June 7, 2008 by Todd Shaffer

Lipking is a rare breed of artist who had a command of the painting medium at a very young age.  This is a trailer for his demonstration on DVD.

Qiang Huang still life demo

Posted in Demonstrations, Qiang Huang, Video on Saturday, June 7, 2008 by Todd Shaffer

Qiang Huang has a very strong alla prima method of painting.  A joy to watch.  Just turn the sound off.

Dominic Vignola workshop demo

Posted in Demonstrations, Dominic Vignola on Saturday, June 7, 2008 by Todd Shaffer

I’m always fascintated to see how different artists apply the time tested principles to painting in different ways with their own particular nuances. 

36 Proverbial Tips for Artistic Survival

Posted in Artist Proverbs, Life as an Artist on Thursday, June 5, 2008 by Todd Shaffer

Stephen Silver posted this list of artistic proverbs on his site, but sadly didn’t say where he found it. So here it is, and I wish I knew who wrote this to give due credit.

So you want to be more creative, in art, in business, whatever. Here are some tips.

1. Ignore everybody.

2. The idea doesn’t have to be big. It just has to be yours.

3. Put the hours in.

4. If your biz plan depends on you suddenly being “discovered” by some big shot, your plan will probably fail.

5. You are responsible for your own experience.

6. Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten.

7. Keep your day job.

8. Companies that squelch creativity can no longer compete with companies that champion creativity.

9. Everybody has their own private Mount Everest they were put on this earth to climb.

10. The more talented somebody is, the less they need the props.

11. Don’t try to stand out from the crowd; avoid crowds altogether.

12. If you accept the pain, it cannot hurt you.

13. Never compare your inside with somebody else’s outside.

14. Dying young is overrated.

15. The most important thing a creative person can learn professionally is where to draw the red line that separates what you are willing to do, and what you are not.

16. The world is changing.

17. Merit can be bought. Passion can’t.

18. Avoid the Watercooler Gang.

19. Sing in your own voice.

20. The choice of media is irrelevant.

21. Selling out is harder than it looks.

22. Nobody cares. Do it for yourself.

23. Worrying about “Commercial vs. Artistic” is a complete waste of time.

24. Don�t worry about finding inspiration. It comes eventually.

25. You have to find your own schtick.

26. Write from the heart.

27. The best way to get approval is not to need it.

28. Power is never given. Power is taken.

29. Whatever choice you make, The Devil gets his due eventually.

30. The hardest part of being creative is getting used to it.

31. Remain frugal.

32. Allow your work to age with you.

33. Being Poor Sucks.

34. Beware of turning hobbies into jobs.

35. Savor obscurity while it lasts.

36. Start blogging.