Avian Anatomy for Artists: Eyes

Avian Anatomy for Artists: Eyes

Posted by on Sep 8, 2020 in Birds, Journal | No Comments

Once I do my initial sketch of any bird, the first part I bring to completion is the eye. I love seeing the bird come to life as I color in the eye and bring out the highlight. Bird’s eyes are incredibly complex organs that are highly specialized to allow them to see in all […]

SEO for Artists 2020 Link Roundup

SEO for Artists 2020 Link Roundup

Posted by on Sep 4, 2020 in Journal, Marketing | No Comments

As a right-brained creative, SEO makes my skin crawl. As soon as I start trying to think about what I do in terms of keyword research or website optimization, I want to run away. But if you want to be found by your ideal collectors, would-be students, or art directors, SEO is something you just […]

Have You Ever Cried in Front of a Work of Art?

Have You Ever Cried in Front of a Work of Art?

Posted by on Sep 2, 2020 in Journal | No Comments

Have you ever cried in front of a work of art? Write down six things about it that made you cry. Tack the list to your studio wall. Those are magical abracadabras for you.—Jerry Saltz The first time I remember crying in front of a work of art was when I saw Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks […]

Avian Anatomy for Artists: Passerine Feet

Avian Anatomy for Artists: Passerine Feet

Posted by on Aug 31, 2020 in Birds, Journal | No Comments

Understanding bird feet is extremely helpful not only in assisting you to depict feet accurately but also to compensate for photo reference when the feet are obscured, in odd positions or contortions, or are out of focus. In this post, I’ll show you some of the features of passerine feet that are most important for […]

Productivity: How My Weekly Review Helps Me to Be a Better Artist

Productivity: How My Weekly Review Helps Me to Be a Better Artist

Posted by on Aug 28, 2020 in Journal | No Comments

This year marks my fourth anniversary as a full-time artist! To celebrate, I’m starting a series of posts about what I’ve learned in the past four years and how I’ve sustained my art practice. In today’s post, I’ll share how my weekly review process has helped me to learn and grow as an artist. One […]