Topic: artist resources

8 Drawing Exercises That Every Artist Should Practice


Wire Drawing Exercise

Example from – this example has been placed on a painted acrylic background
With this exercise you are not going to be drawing at all. All you need is some wire and a pair of pliers with cutters. My favorite wire for this exercise is tie wire and you can get it almost any hardware store. The idea is to explore shapes and lines that you create by bending the wire. This exercise will force you to focus more on the line and less on the “drawing.” The nature of the wire also makes it more difficult to create tight corners. Don’t fight this and allow the properties of the wire to influence your piece.

What is in Your Toolbox?

Every artist has a “tool chest” they rely on in creating and showing their work.  So, I am working to create a list of resources and tools that people find useful in creating their art.

What I need: I need you to send me a list of items that you find useful in creating and showing your work.  What are your favorite tools?  Do you have any resources that you rely on to get your work seen?  etc.

How you can get it to me:

twitter: @todayinart


or comment on this post

Thanks for your help and I will post the info soon!  Oh, thanks to furryscaly for the awesome toolbox photo.

Inspiring desktop backgrounds


This isn’t exactly a resource, but I think it is important to keep your work environment inspiring. Smashing Magazine has a great collection of inspiring desktop backgrounds for your mac (or pc, if you haven’t seen the light yet.) Hopefully you’ll find one you like, or get inspiration to create a new one yourself.

Thumbtack Press – “so hip it hurts”

thumbtack press, so hip it hurtsThumbtack Press looks like a great marketplace for artists to sell their work. Artists submit their work and if it…

“…is deemed ‘Thumbtack’ worthy we will be requesting a print-ready file from you, click here to see acceptable specs. From here we post your work on the monthly tackboard of new art and make it available for sale. If your work sells, we print, package, and ship to the patron and send you a generous cut.”

Sounds cool and the artist receives 50% of the purchase price. Sounds like a pretty good deal with little risk and a decent reward. Anyway, I thought this might be a good resource for our artists.

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