Indispensible Art Book

When I attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago, my life-drawing instructor, the legendary Bill Parks, often spoke of Creative Illustration by Andrew Loomis. In fact, one time he even said, “All I try to teach is what’s in that ... Read More...

Painting Backgrounds

I have received a number of questions about painting “backgrounds” specifically for portraits. Too many students spend their time rendering the subject and then try to paint the background at the last moment. The result is often a disaster; ... Read More...

Paint From Life or Photos?

Especially since the advent of good, inexpensive digital cameras, the debate about whether to use photo references has become almost sectarian. Purists admonish us to paint “only from life.” Yet the instructional art magazines regularly ... Read More...

Self Improvement

As artists, we need to ask ourselves “What is my goal?” Is art just a pleasant hobby? Or, is the goal is to become the best artists we can be? If so, how? Think of the game of golf. The high handicapper plays round after round… with ... Read More...