Discover Your Personal Art Style

2019-01-06T10:54:07+00:00

Discover Your Personal Art Style Why Are You An Artist Anyway? photo by Jason Frinchaboy I am an artist because I have an inherit need to express something creatively.  I have an extremely strong impulse to create, and it's not rewarding to me unless what I create excites me. I guess that all artists [...]

Discover Your Personal Art Style2019-01-06T10:54:07+00:00

How To Paint Dynamic Hands With The Structural Method

2019-01-06T11:00:51+00:00

How To Paint Dynamic Hands With The Structural Method Painting a realistic hand is made easy by understanding the basic structure of the hand's anatomy and rhythms of hand operation. Don't worry - this is not going to be a lesson in Metacarpophalangeal Joints and Lumbrical Muscles.  I don't really know what those are and [...]

How To Paint Dynamic Hands With The Structural Method2019-01-06T11:00:51+00:00

Self Portrait of an Artist – How To Paint A Portrait by Matt Abraxas

2019-01-07T09:42:31+00:00

Self Portrait of an Artist - How To Paint A Portrait by Matt Abraxas In the final video for creating my yearly self portrait, I bring you along on a time-lapse demo to show you how to paint a portrait. I paint my self portraits each year around my birthday which is on March 25th. [...]

Self Portrait of an Artist – How To Paint A Portrait by Matt Abraxas2019-01-07T09:42:31+00:00

Solve Problems Early With Study Sketches Before Your Final Painting!

2019-01-07T10:12:01+00:00

Solve Problems Early With Study Sketches Before Your Final Painting! Painting should be fun, but when it starts looking bad, the joy rapidly dwindles.  What if with a little preliminary work, you can ensure a more enjoyable process and a better piece of art? This post is a continuation on the process of creating a [...]

Solve Problems Early With Study Sketches Before Your Final Painting!2019-01-07T10:12:01+00:00

Starting A Self Portrait With The Composition Study

2014-03-28T22:16:15+00:00

Starting A Self Portrait With The Composition Study Continuing from my post earlier this week about creating my yearly self portrait and in time for Jerry's Artarama Self Portrait Contest, I am beginning the process with a composition study sketch. To read the previous post explaining the process of creating the general concept of the [...]

Starting A Self Portrait With The Composition Study2014-03-28T22:16:15+00:00

My Recent Video Tweeted By Jerry’s Artarama

2014-03-18T20:12:58+00:00

My Recent Video Tweeted By Jerry's Artarama I forgot to embed this in my last blog post concerning starting a self portrait.  The next stage of the video will be up tomorrow where I actually create the Composition Study. And then over the weekend, I'll have the Color Sketches of the Self Portrait posted. Keep [...]

My Recent Video Tweeted By Jerry’s Artarama2014-03-18T20:12:58+00:00

Painting A Self Portrait and Jerry’s Artarama Contest

2014-03-17T16:03:22+00:00

Painting A Self Portrait and Jerry's Artarama Contest Follow Along With Me In Creating A Self Portrait Over The Next Few Weeks Self Portrait Study 2012 Every year at around my birthday in March, I paint a self portrait.  I've been doing for a long time as an exercise to see the progress [...]

Painting A Self Portrait and Jerry’s Artarama Contest2014-03-17T16:03:22+00:00

How To Be An Artist

2014-03-09T11:46:51+00:00

How To Be An Artist I walk the dog most mornings and as I do, I listen to an audiobook.  It’s my time to take in the day and prepare myself for whatever the day may bring.  If the audiobook is a good one, the thoughts presented stay with me throughout my day.  If the [...]

How To Be An Artist2014-03-09T11:46:51+00:00

How To Draw Hair Easily – from The Studio by Matt Abraxas

2014-03-06T09:58:09+00:00

How To Draw Hair Easily - from The Studio by Matt Abraxas Lesson in How to Draw or Paint Realistically You can go straight to the video HERE Working on an illustration that involved a portrait of a woman, I had the challenge of creating a different hair style than I had on the model.  Typically, [...]

How To Draw Hair Easily – from The Studio by Matt Abraxas2014-03-06T09:58:09+00:00

30 Minutes to Become a Better Artist

2014-03-09T11:45:08+00:00

30 Minute Painted Quick Sketch   Improving How You See in 30 Minutes The Video for the Painted Quick Sketch is Below A common problem in painting is in understanding color.  There are countless colors in paints, but no matter how many we use, we often still create a flat, convoluted mess.  Paintings often lack [...]

30 Minutes to Become a Better Artist2014-03-09T11:45:08+00:00

How to Draw and Paint

2014-02-14T16:11:34+00:00

How to Draw and Paint - Seeing as an Artist Learning to draw and paint begins with copying simple easy-to-follow art lessons, but when you find yourself wondering how to draw realistic people or paint a landscape as beautifully as you envision it, then you have to go beyond the basic step by step drawing [...]

How to Draw and Paint2014-02-14T16:11:34+00:00

My Demo Painting at SmithKlein Gallery – Painting From A Snapshot Picture

2014-01-28T23:23:34+00:00

Painting from a Snapshot Photograph At SmithKlein Gallery in Boulder, CO., last month, I painted a demonstration of how I sometimes work directly from a single photo. Before anything else, I do want to stress the importance of working from life as much as possible.  In order to understand tonal value (the graduating differences from [...]

My Demo Painting at SmithKlein Gallery – Painting From A Snapshot Picture2014-01-28T23:23:34+00:00

Painting Several Characters Using One Model

2014-01-29T11:19:10+00:00

Painting Several Characters Using One Model In the 2 part video below, I show you how I used myself as a model for an illustration involving 4 adults. This can be very useful for illustrators on a tight budget and deadline, or for anyone who is having difficulty arranging other people to pose. An important [...]

Painting Several Characters Using One Model2014-01-29T11:19:10+00:00

12 Days of Christmas Art Sale

2014-01-29T11:19:45+00:00

12 Days of Christmas Art Sale For the 12 days preceding Christmas and for the 12 days following, I will be selling 12 paintings up to 75% off. From now until January 6th, these paintings are on sale. Go to the Sale Here: Holiday Art Sale Sales like this is a great way to begin [...]

12 Days of Christmas Art Sale2014-01-29T11:19:45+00:00