This section will eventually build up into a collection of all the interesting and/or useful stuff I've found on the Internet whilst I've been attempting to teach myself to draw and paint. It's a little slim at the moment, consisting only of a few sites I like for one reason or another. I'll be expanding it as I go along.
Information Web Sites
"This web site presents an account of the dimensions of colour and light perception, written for painters using either traditional or digital mediums."
That's possibly the most unassuming description of a site I've ever read, considering that this site has more information than any site should really be allowed to have in one place.
David's site is nothing short of incredible. There's so much information there, and it bears such careful and close reading, that I can only take it in bite sized chunks. I read half a page and have to think about it for a week. This the best site about colour I know of. The relevance of all of it to painting may not be apparent to you straight away, and it may appear too scientific for 'feeling' types. But I find myself mulling over things I've read there as I work, and it always results in deeper insights into the way we perceive light and colour. Very highly recommended.
Artist's Web Sites
I make no apologies for this list, it's highly partial and consists largely of my friends and the sites of contemporary artists I admire.
Duane Keiser's 'painting a day' format, Julian has been running with the idea for over three years now.
He has a wonderfully natural way of painting that looks effortless, but I'm sure it isn't. What's always fascinated me about Julian's work is how convincingly he translates a feeling of light, from bright Provenšale sunlight to quiet, lyrical indoor light.
You can also see some of Julian's larger still life paintings here.
Jacob also teaches, at his own Water Street atelier. If he wasn't on the other side of the world from me, I'd be camping outside his door till he let me in. He also founded The Grand Central Academy of Art in 2006, and teaches at the Hudson River School for Landscape, a school which carries on the tradition of, obviously enough, the Hudson River school. He may have found a way to clone himself, either that or he never sleeps. If the current return to representational art continues, and if it becomes the cultural force for change that I hope it will, then I suspect that the name Jacob Collins will be gracing the pages of many future art history books when we're all dead and gone.
Online art forums
Over the last few years, I've found art forums to be an invaluable source of information. But they should be treated with caution. Not all the information contained therein is useful. Some of it is just plain wrong. But much of it is excellent, and the job of the autodidact artist would be considerably more difficult without them.
In addiiton, the general movement of conversations on the web from forums to blogs has left many forums struggling to keep a critical mass I think. Nonetheless there's still some good information to be picked up at some of them.
A very nice and helpful forum run by Dave Corcoran in the UK. General chat, crit sessions and resources. Art and Artistry has a friendly atmosphere. Dave is an excellent moderator and does a great job of keeping it that way. Recommended.
More of a friendly hang out for artists, ArtQuorum is nonetheless an interesting and informative forum. Amid the general banter and joking some very good threads come up. Recommended.
Whenever I've visited Concept Art I've found it fascinating, and I keep meaning to spend more time there. It's an interesting blend of traditional and digital, with some high profile contemporary artists and illustrators as active members.
To be continued...