Perfection is an illusion. And yet countless people let it hold them back from their goals and dreams. It’s impossible to say why this drive for something that doesn’t exist took over our way of thinking. But from what I’ve learned in child development classes in college, it happens to almost all of us at right about the same age.

(Photo Credit: Yousuf Karsh. Library and Archives Canada, e010751643)

Case in point…ALL children draw once they’re able to hold a pen, pencil, crayon, etc. In fact, they draw or paint with gleeful abandon. It doesn’t matter that no one else can tell what the subject matter is, they’ll happily…

We can all agree that critics suck, but what do you do when your worst critic is you? You are the only person you can never get away from. Because as the saying goes, wherever you go there you are. And there’s another saying that states that we are all our own worst critic (unless you’re a narcissist). Therein lies the dynamics for a wicked downward spiral for many artists.

First of all, how do you determine if you are your own worst critic?

You can always get away from outside critics, but what do you do when the worst critic is you? (Photo Credit: Image ID : 75664374 Copyright: Alexander Cherepanov)

There are a couple of questions you could ask yourself. Are you holding back from posting your work on social media or in other avenues? If so, your inner critic…

You Can’t Always Rely on Your Muse

For any artist, developing a creativity mindset is crucial if you want to be successful. Because let’s face it, your muse is far from 100% reliable. The way I see it, she’s off on a sunny beach somewhere sipping a Mai Tai waiting for you to take some responsibility. After all, why should she have to carry the full load? It’s not that she’s a slacker, but you know how it is when you have a co-worker who lets you do most of the work. That’s when her tactic takes the turn from regularly feeding you brilliant inspirations to making…

Drawing with color pencil was a greater challenge than I anticipated. Having been a graphite artist for most of my life, I didn’t think the transition would be a big deal. I knew I’d have to switch gears and start thinking in color, but I thought the technique would basically be the same. Boy, was I incredibly mistaken.

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The primary thing to note about drawing with color pencil was the number of layers that needs to be built up in order to gain that depth and realism. In addition to layering, one has to be aware of the inevitable wax…

October is a key month for the art challenge known as Inktober. Daily prompts for the month of October created by artist, Jake Parker. I’ve participated a few times and had immense fun each time. This particular challenge grows worldwide every year…it’s a challenge and it’s fun! It’s also a great way to improve your skills.

But if you’re not the inking type, what’s an artist to do?

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Well, initially I wasn’t the inking type either. But I saw the great stuff other artists of all levels were posting and I couldn’t resist. And even though I have my fair…

Breaking the Rules

As an art student, drawing anatomy is part of the curriculum. A previous post, Draw What You See, covered one of the first things that was taught in art school. The primary reason was that most students rarely study the object in front of them and try to draw it based on memory or on what they think they know about the object. The results were less than ideal. In that post, I hinted at being able to break that rule…once you’ve mastered it, of course.

Vetruvian Man — Based on original by Leonardo da Vinci — (Photo Credit: ID: 27226524 Copyright: omnimages)

The thing that makes drawing anatomy special is that there is a formula to…

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Why are wine and art classes so popular? I know, I know. A lot of you out there might be thinking, “Um, hello? Wine!”

Seems pretty straight forward, but most people completely shy away from art of any kind because, as we all know, they can’t even draw a stick figure. Why would they go to a wine and art class when they can just open up a bottle at home and not have to do any work? And yet, so many people flock to these classes and drag a friend with them.

The introvert personality is often overlooked by the rest of the world. By nature, they are the ones who mostly listen rather than speak. They can be criticized for not being more gregarious or outgoing like their extrovert counterparts. But the truth of the matter is, there is room for both. And that’s fantastic. Introverts make up one third to half of the planet’s population. Some of the biggest contributions to arts, science, engineering, and society in general, have come from introverts.

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An article from 2015, listed 23 of the most successful introverts in history. Among them are names…

It Can Be a Challenge

Drawing on the go can be harder than it sounds for a number of reasons. But for those bound and determined to do it, they’ll find a way.

Drawing on the go means you don’t ever have to go without drawing. (Photo Credit: Copyright: rasstock)

The preferred method is by using a sketchbook and pen or pencil. MY preferred method has always been pencils, but that posed the problem of smearing and smudging. On my daily commute, if I wasn’t drawing, my sketchbook would be in my backpack where it would be jostling about with other items in there. That movement would be enough that the pencil would rub off on the adjacent page and my drawings…

The rules of drawing composition sound boring from the get-go, doesn’t it? Rules generally do make one groan and roll their eyes. But bear with me. These rules are the fundamentals of better art.

Do you need to follow all of them all of the time? Maybe in the beginning. At least until you understand them inside and out. After all, you can only break the rules once you know them like the back of your hand.

I’ll be illustrating the rules with photos, but you would compose your drawings in the same manner. …

Myra Naito

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