Last Saturday I finished moving into my new house. One of the bedrooms I had converted into a studio and will soon be painting again. Its been a long five months without a studio and I am looking forward to getting back at it. The creative void in my life has been hard to fill although I have managed to fill it with digital art and teaching. I also have lots of wall space to hang all those wonderful paintings I have done over the years and really make my new house an artistic space. When it is all done it will finally be MY space and reflect my personality. All I need now is to pick up my easel and paintings from the ex boyfriend.
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Well I survived the holiday season but in all the craziness I have lost my studio. I know many artists face this disruption periodically to their work and hopefully it is just a temporary set back. I am now in a small apartment with no room for art supplies. I was finally making some great progress on working through my critical blocks and I am trying to see this as just a detour for now. The choice to not return to the studio was mine after a break up with my boyfriend who had unselfishly shared it with me, but for now it just seems we cant work this into a friendship. So for now I am studio-less at the same time I have a strong desire to pa
Gradient mesh demo
One of the trickiest tools to master in Illustrator is the gradient mesh tool but when used correctly it can produce stunning results. There are some tricks to using the gradient mesh with reference photos that will allow you to use the existing color in the photo directly onto the mesh. The technique is simple to use once you understand it. The real issue here is that it soon becomes monotonous so I usually work on a gradient mesh illustration while Im watching a good movie to relieve the boredom!
This tutorial is assuming that you know how to handle the pen tool in illustrator to draw simple shapes. We will be using the