Hidden Patterns: How to design pictures like Veronese


Whether you like Veronese’s pictures or not, there’s no arguing with the fact that he designed beautiful compositions. I think you can feel that compositional beauty, even if you’re not aware of how it’s been created. I think you feel beauty in your soul. You resonate with it. And in a sense, it doesn’t matter

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Why We’re Forgetting How to See – And What To Do About It


The Internet scares me. Through it, I’ve reached and connected with a larger group of people like me, of artists working to improve their skills, than I could have ever thought possible. I’ve learned a huge amount about art and approaches to practice that I would have struggled to learn otherwise. But the Internet still

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On Fresh Starts – and Learning to Ride a Bike


I’m teaching our five-year old son, Luc, to ride his new bike (a Christmas present from his grandma and granddad). Here’s how we approach it: We begin at the top of a steep hill. He climbs on, and I give him a hard push. He has to hang on and try not to fall off.

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Habit Change for Artists – Leo Babauta of Zen Habits


A few days ago I had the priviledge of firing a few questions at Leo Babauta of Zen Habits. For several years, Leo has been writing one of the most useful blogs on the Internet (for my money) about habit change. In this interview, Leo talks about habit change with specific reference to artists and

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Three Uncommonly Effective Ways to Improve Your Compositions


Composition can make the difference between a technically skilled piece of work and a beautiful one. Design and composition is what allows us to take our visual impressions and make them into art. Composition is where you create, where your personality comes through the most clearly in your work. Good Composition is Rare So you’d

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Belfast Drawing Symposium


A couple of weeks ago, I was involved in Julie Douglas’ Draw-In in Belfast, a symposium celebrating drawing. Getting together with artists is always really rewarding, but this was special. Special because Julie, drawing tutor and the organiser of the event is special; special because all the artists that gave workshops and presentations were special;

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