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    An Artist's Sketchbook

    An Artist's Sketchbook
    A book about the ocean If you take one of my drawing classes, you’re all too familiar with these sketchbooks I’ve become obsessed with, since I keep having my students buy them and do projects in them. I wish I had a better way to describe them, but one of their selling points is their absolute non-descriptiveness: they are small (6 ...
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    Starting a Greeting Card Line (Part 1)

    Starting a Greeting Card Line (Part 1)
    Many artists think that having their images on cards would be a great way to sell their art – and they’re right! What they don’t know are basic essentials that will make or break them in the business. So as a former road warrior and sales rep who sold numerous card and paper lines to retailers for years, I will let ...
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    Starting a Greeting Card Line (Part 2)

    Starting a Greeting Card Line (Part 2)
    Part 1 of this series gave some basics for artists who want to start a greeting card line. Part 2 continues with more information about your line, and Part 3 will concern sales and marketing. How big of a line do you need? You need to create a cohesive body of work as a “collection” to attract attention and make more ...
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    Starting a Greeting Card Line (Part 3)

    Starting a Greeting Card Line (Part 3)
    This article is part of a three part series. More insider perspective, this time on Marketing and Sales How should you price your cards? This depends on your costs, and the profit you desire. The average card on the market runs about $2.50 retail. You will be paid the wholesale price (1/2 of retail) so a pack of six cards would ...
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    Become a Color Guru

    Become a Color Guru
    Having the right color combination in your work can make or break your design. Knowing which colors schemes coordinate with others is absolutely crucial to being successful. Here is your color theory tutorial. Read these helpful articles to learn how to become a color guru. h4. "You Know Your Colors but Do You Know Their Contrasts":http://admin.artbistro.monster.com:8080/careers/articles/743-training-you-know-your-colors-but-do-you-know-their-contrasts h4. "Color and Comics":http://artbistro.monster.com/careers/articles/2399-color-and-comics h4. ...
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    Draw the Human Form: 10 Video Tutorials

    1. How To Draw a Face Next: How To Draw a Nose → [page] 2. How To Draw a Nose Next: How To Draw A Mouth → [page] 3. How To Draw A Mouth Next: How To Draw Eyes → [page] 4. How To Draw Eyes Next: How to Draw Human Faces With Wrinkles → [page] 5. How to Draw Human ...
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    The Art of Product

    The Art of Product
    Most people will never own a Van Gogh. They probably won't look at a Monet daily. They might not purchase a Brancusi sculpture for the living room, or live in a Frank Lloyd Wright home. On the other hand, they most likely will wake up to look at their alarm clock each morning, drive their car to and from work, and ...
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    Color Secrets Revealed

    Color Secrets Revealed
    An excellent understanding of color is a must for artists and designers. A strong knowledge of color relationships will take you far in your career. See if you can guess which relationships are stronger than others. Lauren Krause is an experienced design blogger for CreativeCurio.com. Read her informative analysis of successful color combinations and color theory. h2. "Find the secrets here.":http://artbistro.monster.com/news/articles/9889-color-secrets-revealed ...
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    The Gimp: Animation

    +*PROJECT: The Bouncing Ball*+ _Step 1: Storyboard_ Complete a 12-frame storyboard including sketches of what you see and notes about what you hear. _Step 2: Object Definition_ +*Setup*+ p(. 1. Open The Gimp p(. 2. Select File>New p(. 3. At Preset select: NTSC - 720x480. Under the Advanced Options select: p((. *Colorspace: RGB color* p((. *Select Contents: White* p(. 4. Click ...
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    Using Artists Materials Safely

    Using Artists Materials Safely
    Simple Safety Measures - A helpful list of methods and best practices you should employ in your studio. h4. Avoid Overuse and Misapplication of Solvents. Solvents are common ingredients in many art supplies, allowing quick, easy application of a broad category of substances, with fast evaporation that allows rapid overpainting and no residue to spoil a varnish or paint layer. The ...
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    Studio Lighting Basics

    h4. Two Bulbs Are Better Than One! Whether working at a drafting table or at an easel, all artists need good "studio lights":http://www.utrechtart.com/Studio_Furnishings/Lighting.cfm?ab=1, but many are unaware of the benefits of having multiple light sources. A single lamp vibrates, switching on and off very rapidly, forcing the muscles of the pupil to contract and relax to keep up, causing fatigue. [widget:9_steps_guide_art_benifits] ...
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    The Printmaking Process - What is an Intaglio, Anyway?

    Printmaking is any process by which multiple works of art are mechanically produced from a master template. All printing processes used by artists were at one time, or still may be currently used also for commercial mass printing. Some, like relief printing, survive in the form of rubber stamps. Etching is still practiced on a commercial scale for its intrinsic look ...
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    All You Need to Know About Brushes

    All You Need to Know About Brushes
    Of all the items that can fill an artist’s paint box, brushes will have more impact on the quality of results than any other art supply. As the brush is, quite literally, where paint meets canvas, selecting the right brush for the task at hand is critical to realizing artistic intent. What makes a brush good for one’s own particular painting ...
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    How to Make a Mold

    h4. When ready to make a mold, the most basic method is: 1. Wear a particle mask; mix plaster according to package instructions 2. Literally cover the entire model with plaster, down to the board beneath (although more complex shapes may require a multiple piece mold). A thin, milky plaster should be flicked on with the fingers until all is covered. ...
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    Proper Use of Linen and Paper Hinging Tape

    While drymounting is fine for temporary display pieces, and occasionally is necessary for permanent art objects, the best technique for attaching works on paper to a mat board is by hinging with archival tapes. Lightweight pieces can be attached with archival paper tape; heavier pieces may require the extra strength offered by linen. The reason for using hinges rather than simple ...
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    How to Drymount with Contact Adhesives

    Contact adhesives are types of glue which, when dry, will stick on contact with another surface with the same glue. In this category are rubber cement, Super 77, Photo Mount and Remount. Although not all adhesives of this type are suitable for archival mounting, drymounting with contact adhesive is a necessary technique for wrinkle-free bonding of large sheet papers to boards. ...
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    Priming Canvas with Oil or Alkyd

    An excellent ground for oil painting can be achieved using Utrecht Oil Priming White or titanium white alkyd paint. A sizing must be first applied to the stretched canvas to protect the cloth from the paint. (Linoleic acid, the component of linseed oil which causes drying, will burn cotton or linen fibers.) The most traditional glue size for canvas is Rabbit ...
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    How To Brace A Canvas

    h4. Simple: *Step 1:* Select a Utrecht Cross Brace measuring equal to or greater than the narrower dimension of your stretcher frame; cut to fit exactly inside the frame. *Step 2:* Attach brace to frame using one T-Plate at each end of cross brace, as illustrated. *Note: Do not glue brace to frame; never glue joints of stretcher frames. h4. Advanced: ...
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    How to Mix Custom Colors

    Painters who produce a large number of paintings and those who work large scale need to mix large quantities of colors. Mixing small piles repeatedly makes covering large areas with continuous color nearly impossible, and consumes valuable studio time. Preparing convenience mixtures in advance saves time and ensures a consistent, signature look will be part of every picture. As an added ...
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    Roman Colors, Which Color is More Real?

    Roman Colors, Which Color is More Real?
    The Romans were masters in the art of murals, frescos. They were able to create the illusion of shape and space on a two dimensional surface. They often depicted landscapes or human figures. These were not flatly 'colored by number' in Greek style but showed elaborate shadows and highlights. The Romans were well aware of the influence of light on a ...
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