Monday, August 31, 2015

Free Online Art Resources

Free Online Art Resources

Online art classes are fun but sometimes you only need a single solution, quick technique, or simply want something for free! Thankfully, with Google the options are endless.

Pinterest is  a great resource. The art section has smaller sections devoted drawing, painting,  fashion illustration- you name it. Or you can put what you're looking for in the search bar and see what pops up, such as "drawing tutorials" and "acrylic painting techniques"

Many popular bloggers and teachers also have youtube or Vimeo channels

Alisa Burke
Junelle Jacobsen

Christy Tomlinson
Jane Davenport

There is a site called,, that walks you through the basics of different mediums.

Virtual Instructor also offers some free lessons alongside their paid classes.

Fashion Illustrator, Brooke Hagel, has an archive series "Tuesday Tips" giving fashion illustration tips.  College Fashion inalso has a post on drawing fashion figures.

These are just the beginning. Do you have a favorite free online resource? 

Monday, August 24, 2015

More Online Classes

More Online Classes

Even with all the online classes Ive taken there's boatloads more classes out there.
These are some from artists whose blog I've frequented, haven't taken, but look awesome.

Junelle Jacobsen

more online classes- Junelle Jacobsen 

   Junelle Jacobsen is a mixed media artist and photographer teaching classes on art journaling. She is warm, bubbly, and genuine. What stands out about her art is that it always has this glossy, shimmery look, I don't know how she does it! But it's so pretty.
    Most of her classes are based around the seasons and about embracing the beauty around you.
     See Junelle's classes HERE

      Christy Tomlinson is also a mixed media, scrapbooking,  art journaler and up until last year offered her classes in conjunction with Junelle Jacobsen.   Christy offers many different kind of workshops all driven by her current creative passions.  Her newest interest is creative planning as she just launched a class on making your own planner.   Her most popular classes, I think, are a collection called SheArt where she teaches how to paint and collage to explore your inner artist.

See Christy's classes HERE

    Liz Steel is an architect and who sketches what she sees in her travels.  Her
classes are based in foundational concepts of architecture and all about getting

outside, traveling, and drawing what you encounter.

 See Liz's class HERE

     Julie at Balzer Designs is a mixed media painter, collage maker, and avid memory keeper. Her blog is full of resources, tutorials, and art challenges. She also has a podcast and online tv show.

See Julie's classes HERE

    I discovered Ivy during the first Studying Under the Masters class, she was also a student but became a teacher in the third Studying Under the Masters. Ivy creates fantastical, dreamy, and feminine paintings. She just started out on her journey teaching online classes with a class called Paint & Pixels on how to paint on your iPad.
See Ivy's classes HERE

Monday, August 17, 2015

My Favorite Online Art Classes

Online art classes have been a catalyst to growing my skills and creativity. After taking one, I was hooked and excited to look into classes  that artists and bloggers offered when I saw a "classes" button on their sidebars.
With a little bit of searching classes in any medium,  style, technique, and price point can be found. These are some websites of my favorote teachers and classes.
Favorite Online classes-Alisa Burke

 The first class I ever took was Alisa's Doodle Delight.  It was so exciting. I picked doodling because it seemed simple but as Alisa taught I learned a good doodle is a lot more time               consuming and involved than I  thought. After, Doodle Delight, I had to see what Sketchbook Delight was all about and then ofcourse Sketchbook Delight 2.       

Not only is Alisa super creative but I love her point of view. I think it whats really got me more interested in sketching. She always says  art doesn't have to be formal, stuffy, or perfect. It has to be an expression of what you love. If you draw what you love, than you not only will enjoy yourself your skills will grow.  Its very freeing.

Jane Davenport

Favorite Online Classes -Jane Davenport

  Jane Davenport is my newest
 art class obsession! She lighthearted, funny, and gives a lot of solid teaching. 

 Her super power is teaching people to draw faces and most of her classes are based

 on just that but she weaves in knowledge of (well actually has a whole class on art 

supplies) , mixed media techniques, and heaps of encouragement to embrace you skills and love your art.

For anyone serious about creating, Supplies Me, is a great investment. Each week, Jane goes over a specific medium, comparing  brands, showing the supplies strengths and weaknesses, and teaching how to use them most effectively all while teaching how to draw faces.

 Skillshare is a website where professionals can sign up to create classes in their area of expertise. The subjects run the gammut from art to cooking to business.

The classes are quick, concise, and usually teach one technique.

My favorite classes on Skillshare are by two fashion illustrators.  

Favorite Online Classes- Paper fashion Skillshare

Katie Rodgers runs Paperfashion a super pretty blog and teaches a couple of classes 

on skillshare. Basic Watercolors touches on watercolor basics and she teaches them

through painting shoes!
Illustrate Your Favorite Runway Looks touches on her technique to turn a runway dress into a fabulous illistration.

Telling a Story Through Fashion Illustration is about telling a story in a painting and is a little more advanced.

Style blogger & fashion illustrator Dallas Shaw teaches fashion illistration basics in her class. It is a crash course in drawing, dressing, and painting a stylized figure.

  Craftsy is similar to skillshare in that they offer classes in a wide range of topics. However, craftsy classes are longer and more indepth. The teachers usuaully have a fine art background and teach traditional techniques.

Jeanne Oliver

Favorite Online Classes-Jeanbe Oliver

 Jeanne Oliver runs an online creative network offering classes by her and guest teachers on topics she is passionate about.

 I've posted about my love of all three Studying Under the Masters, a class where 
each week a current artist chooses a master artist to studying under and see  what we can learn from them and apply to our styles. Studying under the masters isn't for beginners, it wont teach you to draw, Ive felt intimidated by a lot of the techniques and projects.Learning about artists I had only heard of made art history come alive. Paintings and artists that seemed weird before have a story behind them and I have begun to see some beauty in that weirdness.

The other class I took from Jeanne Oliver was Sketchworks taught by Angie Redhead.
  Angie teaches
 skills of master draftman to build confidence in drawing perspective and portraits. This class takes a lot of practice, patience, and pencil work. Im thankful Jeanne offers lifetime access because I don't feel like Ive fully utilized everything in Sketchworks, its a class that grows as my skills grow.

Jeanne Oliver has launched a fall/winter catalog on her blog and is hosting a HUGE giveaway!  Check it out HERE

Have you taken an online art class? What was your favorite? What are things you loved about it?   Anything you didn't like? 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Jean-Michael Basquit

Studying  Under the Masters-Jean-Michael Basquiat- Alisa Burke

Our very last Studying Under the Masters week is about Jean-Michael Basquit and taught by my very first online art teacher, Alisa Burke.

Jean-Michel Basquiat was a Haitian-American artist who began his career with graffiti around New York City and then moved on to painting on canvas. He was self taught and heavily into neo-expressionism, which is sort of messy and raw.

As his graffiti grew he began paintng on cardboard and selling his paintings on the street. Andy Warhol and an art dealer came across him and this was his big break.

He became fast friends with Warhol enabling him to rise to fame in the art world quickly. He became very involved the 80s art/music scene until the time of his death,
Studying Under the Masters-Jean Michael Basquiat quote

- inspired by street designs and symbols
- his paintings included concepts of class struggle, poverty, and race
- he used vibrant contrasting colors

What I learned:
  A lot of Basquait's painting look scattered and weird to me but he really had a knack for letting go and expressing his feelings in the scattered mess. Letting go and just painting without thoughts of what will the end product look like is something I can always work on. 
For my inspired by Basquait I tried to layer his bold colors and doodles randomly like he did.

Studying Under the Masters-Jean Michael Basquiat -inspiration

Monday, August 3, 2015

Gustav Klimt

Studying Under the Masters- Gustav Klimt-Melody Ross

Melody Ross is teaching about Gustav Klimt for week five.

Gustav Klimt was an Austrian symbolist painter. He was most known for his use of gold leaf in his paintings. Using gold stems from growing up with a father who was a goldsmith and using materials he brought home.             

Studying Under the Masters-Gustav Klimt-quote

- His paintings usually surrounded themes of   gold , love, and doodles                   
- Most inspired by Japanese art and Egyptian symbols                     
- worked mostly oil on canvas but also used watercolor and charcoal.

What I learned
Everything he painted is so distinct  it's very hard to imitate.

For my inspired by Klimt I took to his tree landscapes and added lots of swirls and doodles.

Studying Under the Masters-Gustav Klimt- inspiration