Art and creativity in the everyday world.

artling ~ noun. (pl. ~s)
1: one who creates art, esp. everyday art.
2: child of art.
3: a beginning artist.
4: an experienced artist who feels like a beginning artist when starting to create, usually every time.
5: anyone who loves art

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On Choosing to work a day job

On Choosing to work a day job

I am starting a new job next week and I am so excited about it. It will mean working pretty much full time, mostly away from home and a lot less time for creating my art. So why am I excited by the prospect? There are a lot of reasons. (And yes, money is one...
The best way to start the day.

The best way to start the day.

I like to read books and blogs on creativity. There is a general consensus that creating early in the day is the most effective way of making sure you achieve your creativity goals. Well, I decided to follow that advice recently and yes, I can say it is a good day that is started that...
What Life Drawing Is - And What It Isn't

What Life Drawing Is – And What It Isn’t

I went to life drawing for the first time in ages. It’s a fairly new group with lots of new life drawers and even the models are new. All this freshness brought me to thinking about what life drawing really is – and what it isn’t. My first life drawing experience was over 20 years...
Introduction to Sketching Part 1: How to Sketch Figures, People and Faces

Introduction to Sketching Part 1: How to Sketch Figures, People and Faces

This article is the first of a series on the topic of how to sketch figures, which includes sketching people and faces. My first life drawing class was a surprise.  I was young and naive and had no intention of ever turning up for a class with a nude model posing in it.  So it...
5 Reasons to Sketch From Life V’s 5 Reasons to Sketch From Photos = Win Win!

5 Reasons to Sketch From Life V’s 5 Reasons to Sketch From Photos = Win Win!

I recently bought what I fondly refer to as my stalker camera. It is lighter than my phone and has a 24 times optical zoom (which I still can’t quite believe!). And yes, I do use it when I’m sketching. With my recent decision to pursue the creative path of sketching people in their everyday...
Figurative Narrative Sketching and a Little More about The Artling

Figurative Narrative Sketching and a Little More about The Artling

What is figurative narrative painting? Wikipedia says “Narrative art is art that tells a story, either as a moment in an ongoing story or as a sequence of events unfolding over time”. Figurative simply means the art is predominantly about a person or people. If you’ve read the Who is the Artling page you will...