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My name is Erika. I'm in love with making art, collecting old things & chasing after my two kiddos. This blog is a peek into my happy accidents & plots of total world domination.

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Art 101: Free Online Artist Resources

Growing up- being an artist wasn't a real career choice to my parents.  My parents are both extremely hard working people and I know they just want the best life for me but I realized a long time ago that they might never really get my choice in making art or even living a life as a creative.  My mother always told me- Erika since you like to spend money you need to get a job that makes lots of money. Ironically, I was shopping at good will, local thrifts and making my own cloths but I understand now that she was trying to instill with in me that the world is an expensive place and that I needed a safe job... a job that could provide me everything that I wanted and needed.  I'm primarily a self taught artist and have taken a class here and there, but never went to full fledged art school.  I have spent hours upon hours tucked away in my art studio working on my paintings.  I also learned the my local library shares books with the art college in my town and have borrowed a ton of art books over the years. Over the last few weeks I have started a new series with the label Art 101 and it's about sharing some art knowledge- maybe its more about my contribution in spreading the word of art on the internet because I think it's important to inspire people to be more creative and that ones imagination can be endless in not just art but in life.  Here are a few of my favorite online absolutely free artist resources.

Wet Canvas is an artist community with articles, news, lots of forums, and information on art supplies. It is one of the largest forums geared toward visual arts and they are extremely passionate about providing tools to the artist.

Empty Easel main goal is to help new and professional artists with helpful artsy information.  They have a ton of amazing art tutorials, articles, business tips and they highlight artists on their website.  EE isn't just for painting tips but they have information on photography, photoshop, and  marketing
strategies.

Artisan HQ is a place for online art tutorials absolutely for free and there is a lot of them.  They update every week with the top 100 best art videos which some are more fun than educational.

A Singular Creation is a place that you can learn about art competitions and juried competitions.  They also host a monthly free art competition to showcase artists and it's a great place to start if you are thinking about showing your art work.

14 comments

Erin said...

You said it beautifully: you really don't get a choice when it comes to being a creative. It's just who you are. Did you ever see the Ted Talk that the writer Elizabeth Gilbert gave? She said when she told people she was going to be a writer people would ask her, "Aren't you afraid?" implying the obvious struggles she'd have to endure with her work. She made a joke that no one approaches an engineer and asks, "Are you afraid of being an engineer?" so why should they with artists? I'm not summarizing it so well, you should just watch it. ;) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86x-u-tz0MA

Martina Visnjic art said...

Great post, thanks for the links.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

How cool. I need to find some online photography resources. I need to understand my lense a bit better.

Diana said...

These are so great! I was just thinking that it would be great if there were a dribbble type place for artists to post finished (or half-finished!) work and get feedback. Definitely going to check these out!

I also really like Will Kemp Art School (http://willkempartschool.com/) to give some more technical tips on painting. His tutorials on varnishing and using acrylic medium kind of blew my mind haha!

Traci said...

Great list! I look forward to checking some of these out.

Christine D. | The Plumed Nest said...

i have never heard of any of these so i am excited to check them out! i am guilty of saying the same thing, or a version of it, that your mom said to you. i so much student debt from a degree i can't really use, at least not one that would pay me enough to make ends meet. so i always tell him, just go to school and get a degree to make money, then use that money to pay for doing whatever you want to do. i guess i am projecting because i'd rather not use a degree by choice than have one i just can't use at all!

Jessica (Coco/Mingo) said...

You and I sound like the same person growing up! My mom told me the same thing :) But she always encouraged my creative side, which I'm thankful for. Such a great and informative post, Erika, I'm looking forward to more like this!!

Lauren said...

Great links and references. I will have to bookmark them for future use. How are you surviving the cold weather? It's snowing like crazy in Salem!!!

Crystal said...

Thank you for these links! I'm bookmarking this post so that I can come back and go through them later.

Eva said...

I'm like you, my parents wanted a "serious" job for me and I worked hard many years but it's now that I'm really happy because I can draw. I never go to arts school and my paintins are like the children does but I donn't care because I love it and my children love as well.
http://evaetsandra.com/ou-est-parti-torocoro/
I created a little boy and this one is my last one...do you like it?

Hildi said...

I love these tutorials. Thank you so much!

Jackie Bragale said...

My Parents were the same way! Now I can appreciate what they were trying to do for me but it really didn't help in my struggles growing up. Luckily now I'm finally starting to get involved with art again. Thank you for the resources, I can't wait to check them out!

Winny Irmarooke said...

Wow ! This is a great post for all artist

charity said...

I don't really think about putting my art out there so much, beside on the blog. I should do it and I want to do it more, so these are great links. It is scary though THanks!

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