free art lessons online instruction - learn how to draw, sketch paint Introduction to Art/Drawing Exercises Drawing from life "Drawing from life" is the act of drawing what you see. Life drawing is considered fundamental to most other types of art because it teaches the student to observe all aspects of their subject. Life drawing is also easier to evaluate than more abstract art: If the student intends to draw a subject from life, then their artwork can be evaluated as how well it directly resembles the subject. The mental process The brain's visual system is large and complex, designed to reduce an image directly to a concept so that the person can then act on that concept. The eye sees the subject's nose.The visual system reduces the image to the concept "nose".The mind thinks, "What do I know about a nose? In learning to draw from life, artists learn to ignore the conceptual aspects of their subjects so that they can concentrate on the visual details. Exercises Copying an image using a grid Copying an upside-down image Blind contour drawings
Learn Basic Drawing Welcome to Basic Drawing! Here are six simple, easy and fun lessons that will teach you how to use line, tone, texture, and shading with pencil and pen and ink. Skill and technique exercises will help you to develop drawing techniques of line and shading to produce volume and dimension and line expression. Through lessons dealing with a variety of subject matter including still life, landscape, and self-portrait, your skills will be further developed and you will find that you are actually drawing and having fun as well! About Using The Right Drawing Materials Using the right drawing paper, pencils and pens is important. Small drawing tablet Purchase a small 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" spiral bound sketch book of at least 100 sheets of quality, medium weight, fine grain paper for your sketch journal. Larger drawing tablet Purchase a good quality 8 1/2" x 11" spiral bound sketch book of at least 50 pages of medium weight fine grain (textured--not smooth and not real rough) paper.
30+ Tools For The Amateur Writer NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is almost upon us. On November 1st, brave souls everywhere will embark on a month long endeavor to write a story of at least 50,000 words. We've gathered 30+ tools to help those folks who want to try their hand at it. Collaborative Writing Coventi.com - A site offering several different packages, with the cheapest being free for the personal user. Google Docs - Part of the Google suite of products, which enables you to invite others to work with you on a document. Glypho.com - Put down the basic idea of your story, get a plot and character suggestions. Novlet.com - Collaborative writing where you write just a couple of paragraphs at a time. Portrayl.com - A site that lets you write one chapter at a time, and when done, release it as a PDF. SynchroEdit.com - A browser-based editor that allows multiple users to edit the same document at the same. WideWORD.net - Create a secure document online and then pick who can look at it and participate. See also:
Writing Software We know some very experienced scriptwriters who bash out their scripts using Microsoft Word. But we highly recommend using scriptwriting software for your Frenzy script. (Trust us! It will save you time! And it's easy to learn!) Here are some we've tried and liked, listed by price. Cost: FreeFormat: PC or Mac Celtx is a powerful, free piece of downloadable scriptwriting software that functions a lot like a stripped-down version of Final Draft. Some of our favorite Celtx features are: Cost: Its free! Trelby is a free, multiplatform, feature-rich screenwriting program, with a focus on being simple to use, and running fast on any computer. Multiple layouts: simple mode, fullscreen, WYSIWYG and dual-page.Import and export Final Draft files.A large names database organized by country.Built in PDF formatting and PDF generator, with the ability to embed text.Free and open source software.Currently available for Windows and Linux platforms. A few Scrivener features we like:
Free Software for Writers Dozens of software applications are available and marketed to writers, yet many of these programs can be both expensive and difficult to use. While standard word processors serve the needs of many writers, some writers require more adaptable and agile solutions. For writers unwilling or unable to spend hundreds of dollars to invest in the multitude of purchasable programs, there is a plethora of free, user-friendly programs available for download. Q10 is a free, highly customizable, full screen word processor. yWriter yWriter is a word processor alternative that allows users to organize their projects in a completely new way. Celtx According to Celtx’s website, “Celtx is the world's first all-in-one media pre-production system.” OpenOffice OpenOffice is an open source alternative to Microsoft Office. Textblock Writer Textblock writer is a free virtual index card writer that runs on Windows and the .NET framework. Sonar FreeMind FreeMind is a free, downloadable mind mapping software. Bubbl.us
10 apps for distraction-free, productive writing Using technology for more productive writing sessions If you are a writer or even just responsible for blogging on your company website, chances are that you use your computer. The downside to using a computer? Constant distractions. From blinking icons, to Facebook notifications, and everything in between, it can be hard to focus on the task at hand. Luckily, there are several distraction-free writing programs that can prove to be useful tools for the writing process. Some of the most useful tools the programs provide are the ability to keep track of how much you are writing. If you set a goal to get a certain amount of pages done in a week, the tools in these programs will help you get there by alerting you to how many pages you have done and how many you have left to go. 1. WriteApp boasts both a mobile app and a web app. 2. FocusWriter is a free tool for Windows, Mac, and Linux, that offers a writer a full-screen, distraction-free writing environment. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
yWriter5 - Free writing software designed by an author, not a salesman yWriter is a powerful writing program which is free to download and use. yWriter is a word processor which breaks your novel into chapters and scenes, helping you keep track of your work while leaving your mind free to create. It will not write your novel for you, suggest plot ideas or perform creative tasks of any kind. yWriter was designed by an author, not a salesman! yWriter5 is free to download and use, but you're encouraged to register your copy if you find it useful. If you're just embarking on your first novel a program like yWriter may seem like overkill. (Although yWriter was designed for novels, enterprising users have created their own translation files to customise the program to work with plays, non-fiction and even sermons.) I'm Simon Haynes, the designer and programmer. "Hands down the easiest and most versatile writing software I've tried and used"M. As a programmer I'm used to dealing with projects broken into source files and modules, and I never lose track of my code.
how to be creative: re-create what's broken | Inner Canvas | InnerCanvas The creative process is chock-full of hope. Because it is an ever revolving door, even in the direst of moments when we feel backed into that dank and dead end alley, it invites us to re-create our brokenness. In the broadest sense of things, the creative process allows us to believe in that old adage that is said to come from Nietzsche: “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” Because, really, what choice do we have but to make something out of our tragedy? In essence, there are no new projects. Don’t get me wrong–I’m not talking about repetition where there is the factory line of rubber stamping going on over and over again–endlessly. What is your inner canvas inviting you to re-create? Here’s a story about Mandy. When we met, she thought she was a dead end. In our work, I kept asking the question, what is it that your inner canvas is inviting you to create? At first, she only recycled the old stories. “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
Synonyms for words commonly used in student's writing Amazing- incredible, unbelievable, improbable, fabulous, wonderful, fantastic, astonishing, astounding, extraordinary Anger- enrage, infuriate, arouse, nettle, exasperate, inflame, madden Angry- mad, furious, enraged, excited, wrathful, indignant, exasperated, aroused, inflamed Answer- reply, respond, retort, acknowledge Ask- question, inquire of, seek information from, put a question to, demand, request, expect, inquire, query, interrogate, examine, quiz Awful- dreadful, terrible, abominable, bad, poor, unpleasant Beautiful - pretty, lovely, handsome, attractive, gorgeous, dazzling, splendid, magnificent, comely, fair, ravishing, graceful, elegant, fine, exquisite, aesthetic, pleasing, shapely, delicate, stunning, glorious, heavenly, resplendent, radiant, glowing, blooming, sparkling Begin - start, open, launch, initiate, commence, inaugurate, originate Brave - courageous, fearless, dauntless, intrepid, plucky, daring, heroic, valorous, audacious, bold, gallant, valiant, doughty, mettlesome
PaperHaus Magazine: 30 Ways to add texture to your art journal pages by Lynn. Hi everyone, Lynn here with some mixed media tips. If there is one thing I love, it's adding texture to my art journal pages (and mixed media canvases, and scrapbook pages...) For this technique, I wanted to show you as many ways to add texture as I could think of! For items that needed to be glued down, I put the type of glue I used in parentheses. I start by laying down mostly non-bulky texture. Here's how it looks so far: Now, I start to add some thicker pieces. Another peek: It's time for some finishing pieces. I also wait until near the end to add stamped images and rub-ons (otherwise they will just end up obscured). Let's see what the background looked like before I added the heart. And here's the final product: Almost all of the products I used are generic and relatively cheap. (Credit also goes to Anna Dambroska aka Finnabair, as I lifted the general composition and color palette from one of her lovely mixed media creations) That's it from me this week, thanks for stopping by!
Salvaging a Book + GIVEAWAY- Guest Post from Mou Saha Hi everyone, Mou Saha here from Creating Keepsakes magazine. In spirit of green crafting, I had been salvaging an old book into my current art journal. Here’s a spread from that book. Here are my steps in visuals and captions. Hope you enjoyed my little process tutorial and would give it a try. If you like upcycling the stuff of life, you might enjoy the 4-week workshop I’m teaching at Big Picture Classes called Lift Me Up! Please leave a comment to this post about your favorite thing to upcycle and ONE person can win a spot in the workshop. Good luck J
How to Write Better: 7 Instant Fixes Does your writing stand out? Do you worry whether your writing is good enough? I can see you nodding your head. You are not alone. The good thing is that writing is a journey. On this journey, you can either travel the long road – or use shortcuts. Using shortcuts means learning to spot and fix mistakes in order to write better. Here are seven instant fixes that will improve your writing. But … what is good writing? Inexperienced writers think that ‘good’ writing is elaborate. No, good writing is simple. 1: The art of natural Check out an example of elaborate writing below (I’ve sourced examples of writing from free Kindle books chosen at random). This is from a story about a young girl who is at home with her young brother when a thunderstorm strikes. An ebony abyss claimed the den. I take this to mean, “The room went dark.” Maybe the author consulted a Thesaurus to create a sentence with special words. Your words should sound natural. I reckon you’d get a strange look … 2: Is it obvious? Careful!