|Fernando Freitas' Jesse and Friend is drawn in graphite. Freitas
teaches his students to be aware of the sheen graphite creates
on the paper surface.
I've been waiting all my life to have a red-carpet moment, but who knows when the Academy will get around to remembering my searing director's debut at the age of 14, when I put on a musical version of Hamlet to the theme song of The Beatles' "Obladi Oblada." (Maybe you had to be there.) So I've decided to take matters into my own hands—not to hog the limelight for myself, but to bestow accolades and acclaim to a few of the brightest and best resources in our Artist Daily store!
- When I first came to Artist Daily, one of the first questions I had was, "Exactly what is plein air painting?" By the time I finished reading Plein Air Painting, our comprehensive guide, I knew—and then some. It helped me understand that inspiring outdoor painting compositions are all around me if I just know how to look, and how to pack to be ready for any kind of plein air painting session. It also made me aware of all the national and state organizations and regional community groups that are out there making it easy for plein-air painters to get together and do what they love most.
- I've never met anyone quite like C.W. Mundy. I say it to everyone who will listen—he's a hoot to hang out with and has a beautiful painting style, as well as a heart of gold. In his DVD, Mastering the Dramatic Still Life, he teaches his "7 Foundational Truths," and gives a logical and straightforward approach to painting that allowed me to feel like I can not only create an eye-catching composition, but execute it with excitement and power.
Brass with Oranges by C.W. Mundy,
16 x 20, oil on linen.
When I saw The Best of Drawing, I knew I'd met my match. It gave me everything I love about drawing in one source. There was instruction on how to use Old Master techniques in my own practice; how to draw differently depending on the subject, landscape vs. figure; and detailed instruction on the tricks and characteristics of graphite, which happens to be my favorite drawing medium.
And the winner is…you! That's because all these resources are ready and waiting for you in our Artist Daily store. And right now our Store Sale is going on, so it's a good time to pick up the resources that are right for you.
Tell me, what art and artist resources—books, websites, DVDs, workshop instructors—have you used to become a better artist? Share them with me by leaving a comment here. Thanks!