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Painting resource 2?

Hello everyone!,
 The second paint(ing) resource is in regards to what you can paint on. Do you find the painting process to be comfortable while you are either sitting down or standing up (or both?), but you cannot because you cannot quite get the right height to paint? Do you want to be able to place a freshly painted canvas onto something that will not only help the drying process, but also keep the canvas out of harm's way? Well, I would recommend MABEF's artist easel. Not only is it genuine finished wood, but it is also a long-lasting quality artist easel! You can adjust the height, (some) fold the legs inward or outward, and (some of) the easel(s) comes with clips to anchor your canvas! Depending on your budget, the size of the room you are painting in, and how often you paint will determine what type of easel you will need. Check out the website to see their wonderful selection! See you next time!:

http://www.mabefeasel.com/

-V.V.

Music Resource?

Hello everyone!,
  I decided to add a music resource for this post. If, for example, you wanted to create music on the computer, but you did not want to spend hundreds of dollars on a music program/software (or you were not familiar with music program/software in the first place), I would recommend downloading MuseScore. MuseScore allows you to create music by using various musical instruments (ranging from voice to string instruments, both familiar and unconventional (great variety!)), create sheet music (of your songs, too), and convert/save your project into various formats (which should work/open up in other music programs/software! This includes making MP3 formats of your music!). I believe that you can even share your creation through the MuseScore community, too. It is a great program (especially being free). I would give it a try. I hope this was helpful!:

http://musescore.org/


-V.V.

Painting Resource?

Hello everyone!,
  Do you want to paint, but is it your first time, and you are not too sure if you will paint correctly (there is no "correct" or "right" way to paint, by the way)? Do you want to just experiment with paint, but not make it into an "expensive" experiment? Or do you want something that is quick with great results?  I would recommend Liquitex's Acrylic Color BASICS, because not only is this acrylic paint great (and great to use for beginners and advanced artist alike!), but it also dries fast (and once it dries, it is water-resistant!). While oil painting may be the "traditional route" (more on oil paintings later in my blogs!), you can create wonderful art pieces with acrylic paint. While the paint is drying, it gives off very little odor (although, I would recommend anyone to let the paint dry in a different room, just in case you can smell the paint), making it ideal for those that have concerns with his/her pet(s) (you do …

Drawing resource?

Hello everyone!
 Did you want to draw a person in great detail, but were not sure how? Or how about adding shadow to a person's face, but were afraid to make a black puddle instead? Or better yet, are you having issues with the hands to the point that they look more like flower digits? Well, a book I recommend (and I use as a reference) is Jack Hamm's Drawing the Head and Figure. While the clothing and style may be slightly outdated (though that is based on opinion, of course), he has some wonderful tips and notes regarding parts of the human body that may be otherwise daunting to the naked eye. Go out and find it at your local bookstore, or order it online! Beginner or advanced artist alike, you will not regret having this book in your collection!:

http://www.amazon.com/Drawing-Head-Figure-Perigee-Jack/dp/0399507914

-V.V.

Self-Publishing resource?

Hello everyone!
 For those who are thinking about writing a book (or stories, etc.), Guy Kawasaki's APE book (Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur) is a great start (and to continue to use!)! The book has wonderful insights regarding the "behind the scene's" of self-publishing, compares the self-publishing route to the traditional publishing route, and multiple resources/references for those that are on a finite budget (and more!). This book has been great as a resource, and I have returned to it several times for Mr. Kawasaki's website links. Each section (thus the title "APE") has wonderful advice and straight-forward information. Go pick it up if you need information regarding the world of self-publishing!

Amazon link:
http://www.amazon.com/APE-Author-Publisher-Entrepreneur-How-Publish/dp/0988523108/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365670206&sr=8-1&keywords=APE

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Welcome!

Hello everyone!
  Welcome to my first blog post! Here, I will post suggestions on useful tools (or as I call ingredients) regarding drawing, painting, and creative writing! Please feel free to leave comments, suggestions, or even tools that you have used and have suggested to others as well! I look forward to hear from you!

-V.V.