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Make a Pop-up Gallery on a Budget

In recent years, I’m sure you’ve noticed growing numbers of pop-up stores, galleries, and restaurants in your neighborhood. If not, you will. The pop-up trend is exploding across the country, and the increased frequency of these temporary outlets are quickly becoming a normal part of the retail landscape, especially for those of us who live in urban communities. There are really two significant phenomena driving this trend: the decline of brick-and-mortar stores as they continue to die by the [...]

By | 2017-09-07T18:06:30+00:00 September 7th, 2017|Art Exhibit, Fine Art, Painting|1 Comment

Some Recent Work from My Open Studio Event

In a related post, I explained how an open studio event could serve double-duty as a low-cost trial pop-up gallery, which might be useful for gaining feedback and marketing data about your artwork. Below are a few of the works I exhibited at that event. About the Work At the heart of this work is the imagery found in contemporary life. Reference material is taken directly from the internet. Discrete elements are extracted from select online images, then combined [...]

By | 2017-09-07T18:18:30+00:00 September 7th, 2017|Art Exhibit, Drawing, Fine Art, Painting|Comments Off on Some Recent Work from My Open Studio Event

Identifying Contiguity in the Visual Arts — Disclosing the Illusion of Continuous Forms

In a previous blog, I outlined three areas of focus that might be useful for developing artists and graphic designers to improve their practice: Proportion, Contiguity, and Chiaroscuro. This article is offered to further explain the meaning of Contiguity, and in particular, to help artists identify occurrences of this “illusion” so they may be better equipped to utilize it in their work. First, let’s start with the basic definition of Contiguity so there will be no misunderstanding of the [...]

By | 2017-07-25T17:49:05+00:00 July 25th, 2017|Drawing, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Painting|Comments Off on Identifying Contiguity in the Visual Arts — Disclosing the Illusion of Continuous Forms

The Best Charcoal Pencils and Sticks—Choosing the Right Drawing Tools Over Brand Loyalty

There are as many drawing styles as there are artists in the world. If that sounds like an exaggeration, then we can at least agree that there are no less than a hundred. That being the case, how could I possibly recommend the best brands of charcoal for every artist? The short answer: I can't, but what I can do is approach this subject from an angle that may be helpful to many artists looking to get optimal performance [...]

By | 2017-05-19T15:05:56+00:00 May 19th, 2017|Drawing, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Best Charcoal Pencils and Sticks—Choosing the Right Drawing Tools Over Brand Loyalty

Should Graphic Designers Know How to Draw?

How many times have you heard that question? As an artist and designer for more than 25 years, I've heard it plenty, and I should think you have had enough of this old debate too. Then again, maybe you've chosen to read this post because, like me, you never managed to come across a satisfactory answer. My hope is that this one will do the trick. If not, I invite any and all comments and questions that might offer [...]

By | 2017-04-24T13:05:43+00:00 April 4th, 2017|Drawing, Fine Art, Graphic Design|Comments Off on Should Graphic Designers Know How to Draw?