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Daylight for your atelier – LEDs with high CRI >90 for best lighting

The ideal light source in a traditional atelier is daylight coming from a high north facing window. But this comes with several downsides: not everyone has a north facing window high enough and working at daylight limits you to just a few hours at the easel. If you have a full-day job and can only get to the easel in winter when it is already dark, you are dependent on an artificial light source. Why daylight coming from high above? The human brain is still … Read more

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My personal #250headschallenge and how I improved portrait drawing

Do you want to know how to improve your portrait drawing skills? Read on and learn how persistent practice over several years will improve your skills. And you will learn how to be both political and social at the same time. In August 2016 I started drawing people I saw in online interviews. I had already seen these interviews with people critical of society – mostly authors –  for a few years to educate myself intellectually. But these online interviews always last quite long compared … Read more

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Plaster Casts for Cast Drawing available again

When I started my online activities in the field of classical art, I offered my own Plaster Casts for Cast Drawing at a reasonable price at www.cast-drawing.com, as the market only offered expensive goods from real sculptors. People were happy to accept my Plaster Casts, because it was exactly what they needed to learn drawing from plaster casts. Nothing special and in any case not expensive. After all, it was meant to serve as a reference once or maybe twice and not as a decorative … Read more

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All about the Academic Cast Drawing – The best resources

Cast Drawing is an excellent exercise for painting realistically. It teaches you to see form in three dimensions and transfer it to a two dimensional surface – the drawing paper. Cast Drawing is the following step in learning classical art after having practised the Bargue Drawings. Below is a collection of the most valuable resources in the internet on Cast Drawing. So make sure to read the whole article plus all linked sources. The materials you’ll need Cast Drawings are usually done in charcoal for … Read more

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What is your IKEA Atelier hack?

When it comes to equipping your own home atelier, you might ask yourself what else you need besides paints, brushes and the like. The studio must also be equipped with certain furniture. You propably need a small table that can be used to place the glass palette on it. And maybe you need a few drawers to store the tube paints. The IKEA atelier hack I have shown you my “IKEA picture frame hack” before. Instead of using a wooden hand held palette I switched to a … Read more

Free Planes of the head

Get a free Planes of the Head sculpture

There are several ‘Planes of the Head’ on the the market but this one is absolutely free! Ok, at least it will cost you only four sheets of paper, some glue, printer ink and 2-3 hours working time. Compared to the 115$ that an original Asaro head costs this is practically nothing! What is a ‘Planes of the Head’ actually good for? Such a head sculpture shows you the simplified planes of the head. Please read the following pages for further information on how useful … Read more

The best free resources on learning classical art at home!

The internet offers everything you need to learn classical painting for free – at least that’s my claim. What is taught in the classical painting schools is now passed on free of charge on the Internet by the former students. The painting schools live from the income of the tuition fees and the former students live from the advertising income through the publication of their free resources. The pressure or compulsion to attract more and more attention in order to stand out from the competition … Read more

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Munsell Color Charts PDF to print at Home

“Thank you for making this product available,it’s very useful!” Florent Farges – www.florentfarges.com Color references are often very pricey. In my blog post “Save hundreds on studio equipment!” I showed you how I made my own color charts. In the end this can literally save you hundreds of (insert your currency here). And in “Mixing Neutrals” I showed how I made a neutral value scale based on my Munsell color chips from the Munsell Student book. In the blog post “Munsell 101 for the Artist” I explain … Read more

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Instructional Video “Portraits in the Wild” by James Gurney

I find portraits the most challenging subjects since you need to capture the likeness of the person whereas a tree is always a tree. To paint a particular person you need to take extra care. On business fairs I drew many many portraits using smartphones or tablets with a pressure sensitive stylus pen. With modern technology you not only have an Undo functionality but also other effects which help you to be faster and create effects of different appearance. But the videos by James Gurney … Read more

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“Return to Florence” – a documentary on Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy

Life as a classical art student in Florence, Italy I always dreamt of having the money to go to Florence and learn classical art at an academy – if it’s the Angel Academy, Florence Academy or Cecil Studios. The documentary “Return to Florence” wasn’t really helpful in relieving this desire. I saw an ad on this documentary on the Art Renewal website and asked my girlfriend if she is still looking for a birthday present for me. So then I got the DVD for birthday. It is no … Read more

Let others pay for your education

 Crowdfund your classical art training and give something in return As you know classical art training at an academy is expensive but what if your desire to attend an academy is so strong that you don’t want to learn it on your own at home? Aspiring artists Eliza Moser and Arthur Haywood started their own crowdfunding projects at Kickstarter.com to make their dream come true. While Eliza aimed to go to the Florence Academy of Art Arthur crowdfunded for the Grand Central Atelier. Each of … Read more

IKEA HISTORISK Sketch book

The IKEA HISTORISK sketchbook and their takeaway pencil

IKEA not only has furniture I often use the HISTORISK Sketch book from IKEA for it has a slightly tinted and smooth paper, which I like very much. IKEA has them in two sizes (20 x 15 cm and 14 x 10 cm). They come in different cover colors and have nice ink illustrations on the front and back and so do the other HISTORISK products. If you are interested in it, check if your IKEA has it. I don’t know which country has it in the program … Read more

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Anatomy of a Bodybuilder – A perfect learning tool for artists

Weight training and Bodybuilding play an important role for me as long as I can remember. I early learned about muscular anatomy through the magazines and my own experience. Bodybuilders and artists have a lot in common: both strive for an aesthetic beauty through painstaking work. As I wrote in my post about learning anatomy and anatomy apps looking for Bodybuilding sources can be beneficial for your art education. “A Google search on Bodybuilder or Bodybuilder Anatomy will bring you many, many results from which you can learn from. … Read more

Yvon’s Méthode de Dessin

Darren Rousar – author of the book ‘Cast Drawing – Using the sight Size Approach‘ which I read before I approached my cast drawing of the female bust has found a little treasure and he wants to share it with you. It’s ‘Méthode de Dessin’ by Adolphe Yvon which has been printed in the 19th century and holds no copyrights anymore. So Darren is giving his scans to the public and asking people to help translating it from french to english. This book is one … Read more

25% off Scott Waddell’s videos and win one of two artworks

If you read my blog on a regular basis you propably know Scott Waddell. I’ve written two blog posts on him to date (1, 2) and this is the third one. Not because we have some kind of contract and this is his promotional platform 🙂 but rather because he is offering much for little money – all for your benefit and I’d like to share it! This time you can save 25% on all his instructional videos by entering the code ‘25videos‘ into the … Read more

How to sculpt your own Écorché anatomy figure

Ecor… what? Écorché! The classical ateliers also offer – besides drawing and painting classes – sculpting classes where you are taught anatomy either with an écorché figure or a nude figure (see here their Facebook photos with lots of sculpures!). Écorché simply means flaying/skinning. An écorché figure is a sculpture where the bones and muscles are visible. Here I’ve already talked about some anatomy learning apps for your smart device. Drawings and paintings are two dimensional representations of a three dimensional reference. Beeing able to make this transfer … Read more

Save hundreds on studio equipment! Color charts on a budget

Save 781.50€ on studio equipment!…..What? Recently I talked about the Munsell color system which in brief is a system based on the three qualities of color – hue, value and chroma which helps you in judging color. As an artist you will need to know what colors to mix for your subject and which paints to choose to mix these specific colors. And here comes a color catalogue in handy. While there are some painters who have the Munsell Book of Color* the old masters only … Read more

Video: Cast drawing ‘Ear’

I’ve made a Cast Drawing video. It’s a drawing of the EAR plaster cast that I am offering in my shop and which is currently the best selling product of them (besides the skull). You can also see this ear in a drawing by Heather – I wrote about it here. For this drawing I used a regular fine 185g/m² drawing paper from a drawing pad and 3 pencils H, HB & 2B and it took me about 8 hours. The editing of this Cast … Read more

Instructional video by Douglas Flynt

I recently wrote about Scott Waddell’s new instructional video “Drawing & Painting” and considered it as very valuable since it is packed with lots of information. Two days later I found Douglas Flynt’s instructional video which somehow went under my radar since it is available for over 2 months now. With $39.95 (~29€) for 74 minutes it is about the same as Scott’s video. And it has the same information density – if not even more! I also wrote about the Munsell color system recently … Read more