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  1. Try writing. I don't mean that as a joke or...

    Try writing.

    I don't mean that as a joke or slight. Creating in a different fashion or building a story that has meaning to you might spark your to visually bring it to life.

    A lot of artist...
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    I would say you're not pushing yourself anywhere...

    I would say you're not pushing yourself anywhere near the level you need to. Those frustrating times when it's not working, when you'd rather be doing something else, when you just don't feel it are...
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    Try all kinds of stuff and do what works for you....

    Try all kinds of stuff and do what works for you.

    Sometimes I draw shadow or light shapes. Sometimes I'm really gestural. Sometimes it's more tight construction. Sometimes I lay in all my...
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    I use a little trick I picked up for when I don't...

    I use a little trick I picked up for when I don't have a deadline pushing me. I tell myself I only have to work on my current project for at least 10 minutes per day. That's all. Ten minutes. It...
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    Make sure you're using the brush with the same...

    Make sure you're using the brush with the same settings. He's using the standard round brush but a lot of the time he has his opacity turned down some to like 92% and he turns the flow way, way...
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    http://htmlimg1.scribdassets.com/52h78d09q856aor/i...

    http://htmlimg1.scribdassets.com/52h78d09q856aor/images/40-1e46d06780.jpg

    Thrust of action. The emotion of the pose. This is what gesture is all about to me.
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    I prefer to teach him instead of learning him but...

    I prefer to teach him instead of learning him but to each his own. With very young kids the most important thing is to make it fun and keep their interest high. I'm always preaching to my son that...
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    You don't "have" to have a value layer. Value is...

    You don't "have" to have a value layer. Value is one of the things that can make or break your painting. It's also one of the more difficult things to get right and "see." Therefore it's much...
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    Just wanted to add to what everyone else is...

    Just wanted to add to what everyone else is saying.

    IMHO, I think it's better to learn to draw and paint traditionally for a few reasons. The interface between you and your drawing program of...
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    Sensitive lines had a much harder childhood than...

    Sensitive lines had a much harder childhood than other lines. Consequently they don't do well when shouted at or when they are dealt with too firmly. You need to have some understanding and...
  11. Read this post from Hope Railey's blog. ...

    Read this post from Hope Railey's blog.

    http://drawthefigure.blogspot.com/2009/06/constructing-head.html

    This pdf from Fred Fixler is a big help too.
    ...
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    Back to the original post of how to come up with...

    Back to the original post of how to come up with a good color scheme.

    Usually, I steal it.

    Sometimes from Nature, sometimes from movies, sometimes from photos and sometimes from other...
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    A few things I would add is that you have the...

    A few things I would add is that you have the wrong mindset when drawing from reference and probably from life do. You're not trying to COPY what you see, you're INTERPRETING it. You're translating...
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    Study it til you understand how it works. Draw...

    Study it til you understand how it works.

    Draw it from life.
    Then draw it from memory.
    Compare.
    Fix mistakes.
    Repeat.
    Repeat.
    Repeat.
    Repeat.
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    In my opinion you want to go with an SLR cameras...

    In my opinion you want to go with an SLR cameras for a few reasons. The image sensors are usually much better in these cameras, the ability to have different lenses. Many of your smaller cameras...
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    I think generally what most are saying is that no...

    I think generally what most are saying is that no amount of good painting can save a bad drawing.

    Being good at drawing is a prerequisite to good painting.

    I've seen guys who where great at...
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    I like how Harold Speed put it in his book, "The...

    I like how Harold Speed put it in his book, "The Science of Drawing". One of the best books ever written on drawing by the way.

    "Lines of shading drawn across the form suggest softness, lines...
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    I find most of the tension comes from not being...

    I find most of the tension comes from not being confident in what you're doing. It's seeing the image in your head and then realizing your hand isn't copying that picture.

    Find out what way...
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    Something I've done often in the past is to draw...

    Something I've done often in the past is to draw something form reference, say a face. Really study it as you draw it. Then put the reference away and draw it from memory. You'll find yourself...
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    Art: Click. I just got it. By using rules of...

    Click. I just got it.

    By using rules of proportion and rhythm lines your get the placement and size of features and parts pretty exact. Then you look to see the puzzle piece abstract shapes...
  21. There are a few basic things you can do to keep...

    There are a few basic things you can do to keep colors clean in oil painting. You want to do as much as you can so you don't contaminate colors with other colors. With oils it sometimes takes very,...
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    You've done a fantastic job is measuring out the...

    You've done a fantastic job is measuring out the face. The proportions are spot on. As you said you went to great lengths to get this right by overlaying the reference to aid you as you went. But...
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    Don't I wish. I think maybe this is what he's...

    Don't I wish. I think maybe this is what he's referring too.

    http://onlineartclass.blogspot.com/2007/11/digital-painting-techniques-with-bobby.html

    If not and Bobby is in NC, let the word out....
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