An Easy Way To Learn How To Make Art: YouTube

Drawing is obviously a true passion of mine. Early on I thought I wanted to do nothing but realism.

Then I realized (sorry for that), how hard realism is. But it makes for some absolutely beautiful art. So, how do you draw realism? Like anything else you practice.

The Virtual Instructor on YouTube is really useful and easy to watch. So for a little inspiration and learning, check out the video above.


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Music For Your Art Making: Kygo and Ed Sheeran

When I’m creating, whether taking photos or drawing, I’ve always got something playing in the background.

Ed Sheeran isn’t exactly my style of music, but part of living is trying new things and opening yourself to new ideas and in this case, sound.

Get your remix on with Kygo and get creating. It’s Tuesday already!


Mandala Motivation For Monday

Mandala Motivation

Mondays are tough. We all agree. So in my effort to motivate and inspire others to find their creative side, here’s a new work-in-progress for this Memorial Day Monday.

Always remember, your creativity is boundless. Sometimes, we just need something to spark that idea. Creativity isn’t an easy thing to simply do. But the Internet is great for finding that motivation and fostering your creativity. Check out what I mean Continue reading “Mandala Motivation For Monday”

New Art: Mandala Plus Flowers

Mandala and Flowers

Spring is finally here and with it much natural inspiration for creating new art! The colors of spring flowers and fresh blooms have a unique beauty.

I’m always searching for new ways to incorporate more color into my designs. With this piece, I didn’t want to stray from the black and white mandala design. So why not add some floral work?

As the weather has warmed up, all the little weeds and various flowers have popped up all around our home. Purple and white irises, maple trees in full bloom and the grass I’ve been trying to grow has finally come up!

Lots of rain over the last few weeks has helped tremendously with making the yard lush with deep green. And just last week, the wife purchased beautiful petunias now hanging from shepherd hooks. The vibrant whites and purples catch the eye and inspired me to add vibrant color to this design.

Color, Color, A Mandala, and Some Flowers

The design, for me, is about shapes and vibrant color. The floral work is what allows for the colorful and simple shapes to stand out. Contrasted with the black and white mandala, your eye goes immediately to the flowers. Then you discover the intricacy of the mandala.

All of this¬†design, of course, while using various Sharpie markers. I’m about the frugality of creating art. Yes, the better the materials and tools, sometimes the better the product.

But art is art and you make what you can with what you got. So I Sharpie up!

The fine point Sharpie’s are great for the intricate mandala work. Very rarely does the marker bleed so you don’t need to worry about your design.

As always, I hope you enjoy the piece. I enjoyed this one and like the concept of blending mandalas and floral work. Stay tuned for more.

Enjoy your Sunday and the upcoming week!