Category: Learning

  • The Life-changing Magic of Cross-polarization

    The Life-changing Magic of Cross-polarization

    Excuse the clickbait headline, but I make no apologies because I’m not even exaggerating. My recent introduction to the technique of cross-polarization for photographing artwork has turned a challenging and frustrating task into something I now look forward to, because the process really IS like magic. Read on if you’re interested in learning how to…

  • Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: Adam Clague

    Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: Adam Clague

    This is the tenth in a series of portraits called Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist. Check out the intro post The Self-Taught Myth to read more about it. This post is about one of my most recent teachers, as Adam’s course was only released in October 2019 (in fact the second part of the course is not yet available).…

  • Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: Richard Robinson

    Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: Richard Robinson

    This is the ninth in a series of portraits called Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist. Check out the intro post The Self-Taught Myth to read more about it. (Note that the banners and some of the links to Richard’s website below are affiliate links, which means that I will receive a commission if you purchase via those links). I…

  • Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: Chris Legaspi

    Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: Chris Legaspi

    This is the eighth in a series of portraits called Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist. Check out the intro post The Self-Taught Myth to read more about it. Around the same time I started studying figure drawing with Proko, I also came across Chris Legaspi. I don’t remember where I first found him, but I loved the style of…

  • Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: Jason Seiler

    Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: Jason Seiler

    This is the seventh in a series of portraits called Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist. Check out the intro post The Self-Taught Myth to read more about it. For this post, we’re going all the way back to 2007, when I took my first ever online art course. I had been interested in caricature since I was a teenager,…

  • Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: Sean Cheetham

    Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: Sean Cheetham

    This is the sixth in a series of portraits called Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist. Check out the intro post The Self-Taught Myth to read more about it. Sean Cheetham has the dubious honour of being the only teacher in this series (so far) who I’ve actually met and studied from in real life. I think I might have…

  • Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: Stan Prokopenko

    Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: Stan Prokopenko

    This is the fifth in a series of portraits called Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist. Check out the intro post The Self-Taught Myth to read more about it. In early 2017 I decided I needed to get better at drawing. I was always ok at it, but I never practiced that much, and when I did go to the…

  • Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: David Jamieson

    Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: David Jamieson

    This is the fourth in a series of portraits called Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist. Check out the intro post The Self-Taught Myth to read more about it. At the end of 2015, I had been painting mainly landscapes for a couple of years, and I wanted to get back into portraiture, but I felt really out of practice…

  • Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: Carol Marine

    Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: Carol Marine

    This is the third in a series of portraits called Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist. Check out the intro post The Self-Taught Myth to read more about it. In early 2015, I was struggling with procrastination, often going weeks or months between paintings because I felt some sense of pressure around starting something new, and worried that every attempt…

  • Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: Richard Schmid

    Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: Richard Schmid

    This is the second in a series of portraits called Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist. Check out the intro post The Self-Taught Myth to read more about it. I recently started talking to a fellow painter about Richard Schmid, and was surprised to find they had never heard of him. I had started to think he was somehow known…

  • Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: Jonathan Hardesty

    Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: Jonathan Hardesty

    This is the first in a series of portraits called Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist. Check out the intro post The Self-Taught Myth to read more about it. At the end of 2011, I was feeling pretty stuck with painting. I’d been doing it on and off for maybe 5 years, mostly using acrylics, and…

  • Sean Cheetham Workshop at Menorca Pulsar

    Sean Cheetham Workshop at Menorca Pulsar

    I recently had the great pleasure of attending Sean Cheetham’s 5-day portrait painting workshop on the Spanish island of Menorca.

  • How to Get Good at Drawing

    How to Get Good at Drawing

    tl;dr – Stop writing blog posts and start drawing… a lot.

  • A few more graphite drawings

    A few more graphite drawings

    Since taking the portrait drawing class last month, I’ve done a few more graphite drawings (click/tap to enlarge): I’ve had some fun with these, and enjoyed putting some new techniques to use, such as blending shadow areas with a paintbrush, and most importantly, keeping my pencils razor sharp! View this post on Instagram A post shared…

  • Learning to Draw (again)

    Learning to Draw (again)

    I’ve been working on portraits again recently, after focusing mainly on landscapes for a year or two (I find landscapes to be much less challenging when you’re still getting to grips with how to paint in oils), and what I’ve found is that by far the most important and most difficult aspect of a portrait is…