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Open Exhibitions and Competitions for Artists

So, you want to get your work out there but not sure how or where to even start? Maybe you don’t have quite enough work to create your own solo exhibition, but you still want to start getting yourself known. Well I have created this list which identifies Juried Open Art Exhibitions and Competitions which you can apply to and if you are selected you get the opportunity to show your art to the world. It is the perfect way for emerging artists to start advertising what they can do.

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FREE Reference Photo Websites for Artists

Drawing from just the imagination isn’t always the easiest and most reliable way of creating a realistic piece of art. It is more helpful to have a photo to work from. If you are unable to take your own reference photos from real life then I have put together a helpful list of free image websites which any artist can use to create their wonderful works of art. By using a free image, it allows you to sell your artwork without breaking any copyright laws. There are many paid image websites to choose from but if you wanted to find a good variety of images to use for your art without breaking the bank then this is the list for you!

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5 Artist Studio Must Haves

When it comes to the right studio space for any artist, some of us can be limited or find it hard to know what we need before we can sit down and draw. I have taken around 3 years to learn and build up the must have items I use every day for my commission work. In this blog I have laid out the 5 Artist Studio Must Haves I cannot live without including scanners and drawing board. There is a direct amazon link for a UK or US customer for each item I talk about. I hope this is useful to you. Let me know in the comments below.

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Testing Arteza Expert Watercolor Pencils & Premium Watercolor Pad

I have had the great opportunity to test out Arteza’s Expert Watercolor Pencils, and Arteza’s Premium Watercolor Pad.

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Testing Arteza Art Supplies

This blog is about my test of an art brand called Arteza You may have heard of them. They had kindly enough sent me two of their products to try out and evaluate. Their 100 sheet premium sketch A4 sketch book and their tin of 48 expert colored pencils. There will be links to buy them below if you would also like to test them out.

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Must Have Paper & Pencils for Colour Pencil Portraits

If you have read my last blog post you would know the 5 Essential Tools I cannot live without when it comes to creating my colour pencil portraits. But, I’m sure you’d like to know about the colour pencils and paper I actually use for my professional portraits. Therefore, I have written this blog post on specifically the colour pencil and paper brands that I use, with links,  for my professional pet portraits. I hope this is helpful for those of you wondering and starting out in colour pencil.

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5 Essential Tools for Pencil Portraits

Apart from paper and colour pencils there are a few essential tools I use to create my pet portraits over the last few years. Here is a list of the ones I can’t do without with a link to where you can buy them. I hope this helps with anyone starting out in colour pencil drawing. Let me know if there are any you use and think should be on list too!

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Engineering or Art?

As a child I had always loved drawing and colouring for hours on end. I went through hundreds of colouring books and tried every medium of art imaginable. I was forever creating and imagining beautiful animals and plants to draw until I was told I had to pick a ‘real career’. I don’t understand why we are told, so young, that art and music are just hobbies, not career paths. Becoming a doctor or an Engineer is the ideal path and so that is what I chose.

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Three ways to draw White Hairs and Whiskers.

Since becoming a pet portrait artist I have often been asked this question when people view my work so I thought I would write this blog post on the different techniques I have picked up and learnt for my portraits.

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Drawing Process 1: How to Draw a Cat

When I started drawing for commissioned work I had no idea how much my customers loved to see the drawing progress of my work as well as receiving the final portrait. I developed a technique for taking pictures of my drawing process which has greatly influenced the way in I draw and the order I draw in.

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Becoming a Pet Portrait Artist in the UK

Drawing has been my passion since early childhood but I hadn't considered the possibility of art being a wonderful and successful career path for me. Instead of studying art as a degree I decided to become an engineer.

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