“I’m interested in how people live, whether it’s people in my own culture or others,” says Keiko Tanabe in the December 2010 issue of Watercolor Artist. An overview of her work confirms it’s true: cityscapes and streetscapes depicting everyday life in cities all over the world are among the artist’s favorite subjects, but even her more bucolic landscapes tell a human story.
A career as an artist can be one of the most creative, personally fulfilling professions available, but sometimes making art is less about self-expression and more about paying the bills. For Donna Dewberry—an acrylic decorative painter from Clermont, Florida, who has sold more than 500,000 books since 1998, is seen regularly on the Home Shopping Network, and is contracted with PBS until 2007 for her program One Stroke Painting With Donna Dewberry—art has become an art business, emphasis on business.
Learn How to Paint and Draw with Pen and WashesPen and ink painting feel a bit like a paradox, exercising both the precise nature of creating fine lines that comes from drawing with a more relaxed approach to watercolor painting. In truth, the watercolor painting techniques employed in pen and watercolor washes requires some precision as well, but after doing the detailed work of creating an image, the feeling of spreading water and paint on a page feels like freedom.
Being a creative entrepreneur can have bipolar effects–it takes a balancing effort worthy of the Wallendas to stay humble and yet simultaneously broadcast to the world that you’re talented and your art is worth buying. But I’m here to tell you that you must promote your work! Doing so is the best way to market yourself as an artist and ultimately sell your art.
About 25 of the human bodys bones are in the foot, a vitally important structure for a biped. Heres a drawing tutorial about what draftsmen need to know to draw the foot and depict its function convincingly.by David Jon KassanBone Outstepby David Jon Kassan, 2008,graphite drawing on Bristol board, 11 x 17.
When it comes to visual arts, it’s a good idea to compare your understandings and practices with similar interests, especially when it comes to art business. You can model your own practices on the successes of those before and around you. That’s why, although we know you come to ArtistsNetwork mainly for drawing and painting techniques and inspiration, I want to share with you some art business advice from our Photographer’s Market friends.