As an artist, I firmly believe in the idea of having several income streams going at the same time. The unfortunate truth is that unless you are wildly popular it's tough to make a living selling your artwork. So, the best approach seems to be having several extra sources of income instead of just one. I want to talk about one of these extra income streams. Several years ago I was searching the internet for "passive income for artists" and discovered something called "Microstock" sites. If you don't know what Microstock is let me familiarize you.
That's right! I actually hit 100 followers on instagram a few short days ago. It feels pretty cool. Here is the little video I posted on instagram to thank all my followers. I had fun making it.
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I am asked on a regular basis to construct signs with removable panels. Removable panels are sometimes necessary because of changing dates or other information. As a sign maker, I have used (and created) several methods to achieve this. There are magnets and Velcro to name two. But the cheapest and simplest way to go is "tape-on-tape". Most people use tape to attach things, but when they eventually pull the item off the tape makes a mess. Usually it damages the item or whatever it's attached to... or both. The method I'm going to explain is only slightly more work but it works very well.
I'll run through how I attach removable panels using this method.
Back on May 30th I started an Instagram account and I'm so glad I did! Since then I have posted 10 images/videos, and have acquired 28 followers! I have had a great time with it. If you want to check me out on instagram use the link at the bottom of this post. If you want to follow me (and I would love it if you would) please click on the blue “follow” button on my Instagram profile page.
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I'm kind of a freak when it comes to organization. I love creating a home for everything. So creating storage bins has become an enjoyable hobby over the years. Early on I decided to build it myself rather than buy pre-made storage options. I could never find storage containers that fit where I wanted them to. But, I didn't want to pay a lot for the raw materials. My solution was cardboard. It's free and easy to manipulate.
My current organization project is the picture you see above. I decided to turn a little wooden table into a recycling center. It's a simple matter of making drawer boxes to fit the space. So here we go...
Occasionally I get a request for a chalk board sign. As long as the message on the sign is permanent, many times it makes more sense to make it out of foam core board than buy an actual chalk board. It's not always easy to locate an actual chalk board in the size that you need. Not to mention the cost. Lots of these faux signs could be made for the price of one real chalk board. This type of sign would be ideal for a business that wants to create signs with a "market" or "rustic" feel. Let's run through the steps of how to make one of these.
Over the years I have used many kinds of paper for my artwork. At first it really didn't matter to me what I used because I was focused more on the tools I was drawing with. As time went on I started to realize that the paper I was using left a lot to be desired. I started trying out a few different papers and found some favorites for pencil and ink, but I couldn't seem to find a good solution for my mixed media projects.
I'm going to show you how I shaded the pear in the previous tutorial. This will give you more hands-on instruction on how to shade an object using a graphite pencil.
Begin by roughing in the contour line drawing of the object.
Here is a more advanced lesson in shading. Using the example of the pear, you can see how the simple shading techniques have been used. The light source comes in from the left and creates a cast shadow on the right side of the object. The object is lightest where the light source hits it and darkest where the light is shaded the most.
The simple elements are there, but now there are a few more elements to deal with.
Highlight: Where the light source hits the object
Core Shadow: The largest area or shade
Mid-Tones: The transitional area between the lightest and darkest areas
Reflected Light: The subtle highlight from indirect light
Cast Shadow: The shadow the object casts
Well, grilling season is upon us! Therefore, I have been doing some sign projects recently that require flame backgrounds. I wanted to show you a quick tutorial on how I do this.
First, I have to mention that I'm using Design Master spray paint. This product is great for making signs because of its blending ability. Unlike other spray paint on the market, it's translucent which allows you to layer several colors together.
My name is Gene and this is my art blog. I'm a Fine Artist, Illustrator and Sign Maker. I use this blog to show my current projects and teach people how to do what I do. Welcome! I'm glad your're here!
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