Art Tips

Histoires de l'art : Matisse doute

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A series of tips that have been garnered from other artists. They include what to do first if you think you want to be an artist, part time or full time. How to get started with your idea, what you need, what you can make yourself and where can you find more information in you choice of art.

Basics:

The most important thing about any art or anything you do is K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Stupid. I learned this a long time ago while I was in the US military and it has kept me going all through my life, but more importantly in my designs for computer programs and systems. The more complicated you make it the less that it works and the more work you have to put into it

1st: Have an idea of what you want to do and what you aim to do when you have completed your first work of art. If you don’t know in which direction you want to go, you will never finish. Choose something that has always peeked your interest. Do you want to paint; or draw; or carve from marble, wood, or other materials: Or do you want to sew, knit, or crochet? Are you good with your hands & not color blind you may think of painting, drawing in colors or sewing, knitting or crocheting. Why do I talk about color blind? There are people out there, mostly men, who can see colors except when they are similar in intensity and then they don’t see the sharp line between the colors, they blend from one to another.

2nd: Be able to draw on a piece of paper what your idea is about. This is a rough sketch, but gives you the start of where you want to go. By looking at the rough sketch, you can see if your idea is sound or are you trying to put too much in too little of a space. Is it balanced? What do your eyes want to look at when first looking at the drawing? Is this the point where you want everyone to look at first, or have you made the wrong point as the main idea.

Where to get more help in a particular area:

For beginners:

This is the place to start to learn. It is from Yahoo, so the artist should be capable to let you see how to start your own skill.

Pencil Drawing:

This site is good for everyone to learn how to begin to draw a face, womens or mans, a mannequin or many other styles. It is all in video so you should have no problem seeing what he is doing and how.

Charcoal Drawing:

Lori McNee who specializes in still life and landscape oil paintings but has learned that charcoal gives her the freedom to go big, expressive and gestural:

Color Pencils:

If you would like to try a hand at colored pencils, then this site will be the one for you. Not only does it have tips, it also gives lessons on the paper to use, how to blend, textures and patterns, etc.

Crayons:

Normally used by kids, even grownups can use these to create works of art or if you want to teach kids about how to draw or use colors, then this is for you.

Clay:

With this you will need an oven somewhere you can bake your art. This is probably the oldest art known to man as they are still digging up ancient cooking pots made in clay.

Clay Silver:

For those who would like to create their own jewelry, the people of India have been doing this for centuries. Find out how they do it and see if you would like to start:

Ceramics:

This is where you use a mold and pour the clay solution into a mold, bake it for a few hours and then paint or paint and bake again with a solution to give you a shinny glazed finish.

Digital:

Yes you can also use your computer and a good program to make or clean-up pictures that you would like to show on your web site, show in an art studio, or just make your favorite picture better. This site shows about digital horse picture, but the technique can be use with other pictures:                  http://www.ponybox.com/news_details.php?title=Digital-Horse-Art-Tips-and-Techniques&id=1451

For a professional view of the art, go to : http://www.travelstotheedge.com/series/tips_techniques.shtml

Spray painting:

I know you think this is just for professionals, but you never know how you could use these techniques in your own style of work.       http://www.buzzle.com/articles/spray-painting-tips-and-techniques.html

Here is one that is more for the young people or young at heart when it comes to changing the look of your car. You have seen on TV the shops that remake bikes and cars, but there are always someone how and why painting the outside to make it look so much better. This is where you can learn for yourself how to do it. You never know, you might be on the TV someday.  http://www.artcars.com/making/

Oil Painting

The type of painting that most people think of and is one of the favorites.

Acrylic Painting:

If you don’t have the time to wait for your oil to dry, then use acrylic. It is also soluble with water.

Crocheting:

An art form that is most generally thought of as an “older woman” art. But you would be surprised what you can do and who does this style.

Origami:

An art form originally started in Japan, it has become a favorite for many who want to be creative with their hands and a piece of paper. Some are easy but many are quite difficult but all are beautiful to behold. “Ori”=Folding; “Kami”=Paper; Seems simple, doesn’t it? Think again. The art of origami is complex, mathematical, and technically ingenious.

If you can think of another art you are interested in, let me know and I will find the place for you to go to and learn the art of your choice.

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