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09 September 2010 @ 01:44 pm
So I was thinking about starting up a weekly challenge to help get this community alive and flowing again.

How it would work:
Every week, I would post a new challenge for the artists of ontd_artists  to do. Everyone will have 1 week to submit their art to the challenge post. All comments/ entries are hidden and then on the last day (or day after) I post them all for everyone to view and comment on.
There are no prizes since it's not a competition. Just some fun, small exercises to get our creative juices and discussions flowing.
What are the challenges?
I'm going to be completely unoriginal and thought about loosely basing the challenges off of what was done for Work of Art. I know the first challenge I want to do a self portrait so we can  all learn about each other and get to be friends. Any other suggestions 

Other challenges include:
  • Self portrait 
  • A sculpture made out of found objects
  • Re-design your favorite children's book cover
  • Go for a walk/ ride/ drive and create a work of art inspired by your experience
  • Shock art
  • Create something using only children's arts and crafts materials
  • Create something using a limited amount of materials
If you have any suggestions for challenges, please leave a comment here so I can add them to the list.

So how does that sound? Anybody up for it? Does anybody have suggestions or ideas? 
26 July 2010 @ 11:24 pm

Hey everyone! I'm curating a show called Somnambulist, and we're looking for artwork of all media (this includes video installation, performance art, etc.) from artists across the country to showcase. This is a wonderful opportunity to exhibit your work in a gallery setting (resume booster, anyone?), and it's your chance to think big, literally; the exhibition space is 14,000 square feet in size, with 12 feet high ceilings. It's a blank canvas waiting to be filled.

For more information, please click on the image above, or visit http://www.4artinc.com/ARTISTS_SUBMISSION/Annual/4ArtAnnual.html.

The deadline for submission applications is Friday, June 30. The show won't be until September 17, so if you'd like to work on a new piece for the show and don't think you'll be finished by the submission deadline, just send the required materials and photographs, drawings, or/and a prospectus of what you have so far, with a brief note that it's a work in progress. Feel free to let me know in the comments if you have any questions.
18 July 2010 @ 03:02 pm
Illustration Friday

Illustration Friday is a weekly creative outlet/participatory art exhibit for illustrators and artists of all skill levels. It was designed to challenge participants creatively. We believe that every person has a little creative bone in their body. Illustration Friday just gives a no-pressure, fun excuse to use it. No clients looking for a particular thing. No one judging the outcome of the work. It's a chance to experiment and explore and play with visual art. So welcome, novices and pros alike.

-penelope dullaghan and brianna privett

The Sketchbook Project: 2011

A sketchbook is a place to put your heart and soul.

Let it out into the wild; we’ll keep you connected.

We know how precious a sketchbook is. You carry it with you everywhere, spending months working on it. It becomes a part of you. When you're finished, share your hard work with the world. We'll make sure you stay connected with your sketchbook as it tours the country and after we catalog it in The Brooklyn Art Library.

*There are about 30 themes to choose and sketchbooks cost about $25
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05 July 2010 @ 04:29 pm
I thought this might be useful so I'm reposting it here:

Dale pointed out this post Corey Lewis made about cutting a brush pen and using it to draw. It reminded me that not many people seem to know that you can reverse the tip on a Faber-Castell Pitt brush pen. I totally agree that you can’t really get good lines out of one of those pens for long, but at least I can get a bit more of them by doing this trick.

PItt Pens

Do you guys have any tricks like this to share?
01 July 2010 @ 11:25 am
What are your favorite art supplies to use? Do you have any recommendations? How about products to stay away from.

Below are my favorite supplies to use. I have linked these products to their pages at dickblick.com. Other great shops that I frequent at include Utrecht and Jerry's Artarama. Prices may vary between retailers so shop around. Also check to see if any of these retailers are in your area!

Moleskine Sketchbooks:
I love the Moleskine sketchbooks because they have a nice sleek apperance and are highly portable. They are great for pen and ink work, colored pencil and pencil. You can get these at most book stores as well as art stores.

I also use a variety of other sketchpads and watercolor paper packets. My favorite brands are Strathmore for watercolor paper, and Canson for sketch/ drawing paper.

Pens & Brushes:
Pentel Pocket Brush Pen:
This is a Japanese pen. It, unlike most brush pens, features real nylon bristles that don't dull or fray. It has a nice ink flow and for the most part is waterproof. One of the things I like most about this, is that the ink is refillable. Recently Pentel has made these avail able in the US. I found a small stock of them at the RISD art store. If you do prefer to ink with a brush, then this pen is well worth the $12.

Faber-Castell PITT artist pens:
The Faber-Castell PITT pens come in a variety of sizes and colors. I like to use the black superfine one. It has a nice line thickness and feel, and lays down a nice dark line of India ink. These come in a variety of sets, as well as open stock at most art stores.

Colored Pencils & Markers:
Prismacolor Colored Pencils:
Hands down, the best colored pencils around. Nice thick lead that is blendable and can be used with a wide variety of other products. These come in sets of various amounts, as well as an open stock.

Copic Sketch Markers:
Copics are a little more expensive than Prismacolor markers or other art/ design markers, but they seem to last longer, don't dry out as fast . I like these because they have a nice brush tip that is made from a polymer so it holds it's shape and flexibility for a long time. Copic markers are refillable and  have replaceable nibs.

Windsor & Newton Cottman Watercolor Pans:
I bought a set of 24 full pans of these paints a while ago and love them. The colors are nice and vibrant, and are nicely transparent.

Erasers & Etc:
Magic Rub Peel-Off Eraser Pencil.
This is a great eraser for erasing in small areas, adding detail to pencil renderings, and as a general eraser. It looks like a white China marker.

12 June 2010 @ 04:22 pm
I'm really getting into photography and am thinking about turning it into a career. Trouble is, I didn't grow up doing photography, this is still new to me, etc. Also, my parents are totally aganist the idea, saying that I can take photography classes as a hobby, but they're not helping me out with any type of photography school. Photography is not a career anymore, you can't support yourself doing that, ANYONE with photoshop can be a photographer, etc.

They're kind of a downer. Anyway, I was kind of hoping to go to an art school that will help me with this goal. Has anyone here gone to the NY Film Academy? Does anyone know of anywhere I could get experence? Any photographers out there?