Traditional Art Week continues! This article will give you a brief overview of most commonly used physical media techniques and their characteristics, featuring beautiful examples found all over DeviantArt and tutorials. I sincerely hope this will get you inspired to try something new and experiment, why not pick a tutorial and see what you learn! Don’t forget, whilst techniques has their own regulations and principles, they still can be combined, you have to be no wizard (just a little creative) to find a new way to express yourself through them. Let’s take a look
"My name is Marc, my emotional life is sensitive and my purse is empty, but they say I have talent." Marc Chagall
In general, talent means the skill that someone has quite naturally to do something that is hard, a high degree of ability that a person was born with. It’s hard to argue that some people indeed have more of an inherited talent for arts than others. They are able to get to a certain level rather quickly and get a lot of praise along the way. However, relying on talent will only last for so long, there’s a point to be reached when nothing but hard work gets you through.
At some point in your career as an artist, you’ll be asked to create artwork on commission. Whilst it’s a wonderful feeling, being able to make money creating art, it’s completely different than selling a personal piece you previously completed - accepting a commission means entering a temporary relationship with your client. As simple it may sounds, there’s a lot to satisfying customer’s needs, sometimes the best you can do is to say no. Being picky regarding which commission you accept is not a bad thing, but try not to automatically turn down commission because it seems to be violating your artistic integrit
I started a personal Daily Drawing project again, not that I wouldn’t be painting every day (or nearly every day) but quick sketches help me “stabilize” my line work, that is terrible (I don’t blame my brushes but the lack of drawing practice). On the left side of the picture there’s a 30min portrait sketch, slightly enhanced with white gouache and on the right there’s a new painting, I was recording a video of the painting process with it. This is one advantage of cold autumn/almost winter days when you can’t do much outside, so you sit and draw/paint much more without being disturbed (nobody’s calling me either, everyone is either having a flu attack or sleeping).