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Ferns, Moss and Water by robertsloan2 Reef by robertsloan2 Blue Rose by robertsloan2 Western Tanager 2 by robertsloan2 Djinn by robertsloan2 Enjoy the best colored pencil drawings I've ever done!

Edit: Snipped out most of the text of this journal as it exists to permanently be my eHow articles list. kitten42 introduced me to eHow.com on October 3d. Check titles for any tutorial or how-to article you're interested in, they're all self explanatory.

My eHow articles, oldest at top:
How to Draw a Still Life with Colored Conte Crayons
How to Draw Celtic Knotwork
How to Draw and Shade Spheres
How to Draw Crosshatching and Hatching
How to Buy and Store Colored Pencils
How to Preserve and Store Framed Portraits
How to Paint Watercolors En Plein Air
How to Draw a Satin Ribbon
How to Draw with Oil Pastels
How to Get Cat Urine Odors Out of Carpets
How to Be More Socially Active
How to Draw a Rose Easily
How to Draw a Butterfly in Soft Pastels
How to Draw a Siamese Cat Portrait in colored Conte crayons
How to Draw a Skull
How to Understand Color Theory and Pigments
How to Draw a Land Hermit Crab in Derwent Drawing Pencils
How to Draw a Pumpkin with Derwent Inktense pencils
How to Draw Original Fantasy Maps for your Fiction
How to Draw a Halo for Religious Art
How to Draw with Brush Pens
How to Draw Oak Bark (For Peachfuzz!)
How to Adapt to Mobility Limits
How to Draw Foliage with Chiaroscuro
How to Paint a Mountain Scene in Watercolor
How to Shade with Colored Pencils (requested by Mattsma)
How to Choose a Cat by Personality
How to Draw a Pansy in Colored Pencils (includes more colored pencils shading)
How to Draw Smooth Tonal Layers in Colored Pencils
How to Draw a Clear Glass in Conte Crayon
How to Draw an ACEO or ATC Easy!
How to Draw a Geranium in Colored Pencils (Hi Peachfuzz!)
How to Draw an Eye in Conte Crayon
How to Draw a Human Mouth in Conte Crayon
How to Draw Light Colored Hair
How to Draw a Nose
How to Dominate a Cat
How to Draw the Ear
How to Draw a Bird's Wing
How to Draw a Strawberry in Derwent Inktense
How to Draw a Lily in Derwent Inktense
How to Draw a Sunflower in Pen and Watercolor
How to Draw Water in Black and White
How to Draw the New Year Baby
How to Draw Martin Luther King, Jr.
How to Sell ACEO Art Online
How to Draw Medieval Things
How to Draw a Medieval Rose
How to Draw Father Time for New Year's Decorations

50 articles! I think I'll start a new listing on the next one, to keep these at a manageable length. The link will still appear in my journal header but I'll add a new one too for the next 50.

They are NOT organized in "easy to hard" so if you're reading my articles to find How To that's at your level, you'll have to look at them to see how easy or hard they are. Or guess by topic, the cartoon ones are pretty easy and if it says Easy in the title, it is.

Gimpy author, feline arrogance

100 Themes Challenger by 100ThemesChallenge

My 100 Themes (Variation 2):
(I'll link Deviations as I do them)

1. Introduction
2. Love
3. Light
4. Dark
5. Rot
6. Break
7. Heaven
8. Away
9. Cut
10. Breathe
11. Memory
12. Insanity
13. Misfortune
14. Smile
15. Silence
16. Spit
17. Blood
18. Under
19. Gray
20. Fortitude
21. War
22. Mother
23. Distastefull
24. Want
25. Lurking
26. Europe
27. Foreign
28. Sorrow
29. Urban
30. Rain
31. Flower
32. Night
33. Wrath
34. Moon
35. Walk
36. Precious
37. See
38. Abandoned
39. Dream
40. 4:29 PM
41. Citric Acid
42. Still
43. Die
44. Two Roads
45. Two Guns
46. Drop
47. Dirt
48. Young
49. Preservatives
50. Breaking the Rules
51. Sport
52. Old
53. Desecrate
54. Tower
55. Need
56. Biohazard
57. Sacrificial
58. Kick in the Head
59. No Way Out
60. Desert
61. Fairy Tale
62. Voodoo
63. Do Not Disturb
64. City
65. Horrorific
66. Snow
67. Drum
68. Hero
69. Annoyance
70. 67%
71. Obsession
72. Mislead
73. I. Can't.
74. Confrontation
75. Mirror
76. Broken
77. Testament
78. Drink
79. FUCK [if this theme offends you you may do the alternate theme "Balk"]
80. Words
81. Pen and Paper
82. +
83. Heal
84. Cold
85. Sick
86. Seeing Red
87. Hunger
88. Pain
89. Through the Fire
90. Triangle
91. Drown
92. Rape
93. Iron
94. Soft
95. Advertisement
96. Storm
97. Safety
98. Puzzle
99. Alone
100. Gone

catARTurday Stamp by sidneyeileen

Unrestricted-stock stamp by Roxcessories

I support by 100ThemesChallenge

I Support Traditional Art by maria-jaujou

Photography and Art: Conditions to Draw:</i>

I have copyright to all my art and photos, of course. If you feel like copying one of my drawings or using one of my photos as a photo reference for art, please do -- and all I ask is that you a) link back to my original and credit me when you post the results on DeviantART, and b) note me or post a comment with a link to your work (which you then have copyright on) to let me see what you did with it.

If you do sketches from my artworks, please always credit me whenever it's displayed and when/if you sell it, add something like "after an original by Robert Sloan" to the image and you can even sell prints of it. But link to me if you're doing it on DeviantART. If it's from one of my photos, you don't need to keep crediting me forever for it, but if it's one of my drawings those may go into print as themselves someday and I want no question as to who did it first. This includes my creating cartoon characters -- I want credit. That's all.

Conditions may change at any time but will be posted here in this journal footer, and could change for a specific piece if someone made an offer for its publication rights and got fussy. But they will not change retroactively, even then. If I reserve any of these rights on a specific image, I will post that in the Artist Comment on that piece.

TRADES QUEUE: In Progress:

Portrait with Lorikeet and Frangipani for alilone underpainted
Hermit Crab for alilone in progress
Grandmama at Tathra for alilone underpainted
Forbidden Beauty fritillaria bouquet for Peachfuzz
British Songbird with Knotwork 4" x 6" trade with Wolfdog for Celtic piece same size.

While I will consider new art trades, please understand that I can't do deadlines due to health and logistic reasons and will queue them doing the ones that waited longest first. Watch this list and my gallery for what's done.

Unfinished cool stuff:
Three Black Eyed Susans in oils
Placoderms and Sponges watercolor oil pastel on watercolor paper, gahh I so want to finish that!

I will be taking commissions as time and health permit. One at a time -- if I'm doing one, I won't commit to the next one until that one's finished unless it's an oil painting. Prices will be discussed if you note me with what you want and I'm free. As with art trades, I must insist there be no deadlines as both my health and my processes don't allow that.

Mediums available: pastel drawings or paintings, oils, acrylics, pen and ink, and watercolor in small, medium and large sizes. Hyperdetail realism in graphite or colored pencil is limited to ACEO (2 1/2" x 3 1/2") and OSWOA (4" x 6") sizes for the moment. Scratchboard will soon be available, watch my Gallery.

I will also be posting some eBay auctions soon, now that my PayPal account works again and is on speaking terms with my bank, and getting a Prints account. Watch this journal for news!

Also, if you are interested in purchasing any of my existing Deviations, note me. I haven't worked out pricing or which ones will be for sale that aren't going to auction, but will do that on the spot if I still own the Deviation and it's not one I decided not to sell. There are very few of those right now as I'm running short on wall space!

Books In Progress
Street Sketching I: Portraits (Pastel on colored art paper)
Street Sketching II: Landmarks (Ink drawing and watercolor on watercolor paper)
Editing The Hunt, The Shelter Stories and various stories for submission.
Art instruction articles
Article profiling HOULY1970

Books in Print: Raven Dance which you can read online at this link if you click "More Information." A good big fat doorstopper of a science fiction epic.

Ari purrs at you, smug about his inherent feline ability to create furry havoc!

Check out HOULY1970 artist of On Silent Feet - Canadian Lynx by HOULY1970 "On Silent Feet" -- he's got many other incredible nature pieces available and prints of all his good things. If you love eagles and raptors you will NEED one of this guy's paintings or prints. :)

And check out alilone for incredible photography of the Land Down Under. Birds, flowers, hermit crabs, sights of Wollongong the beautiful and tropic!

BreezeStock for equally gorgeous Canadian photo references.

greybear for stunning San Francisco nature and city scenes!

Clubs:

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ProsePlease

FantasyWritersUnited

NaNoWriters

Prismacolorists

TheKnotters stamp for TheKnotters by uildrim

TraditionalArt

100ThemesChallenge

mythicalfanclub

DarkArtists-Inc :icondarkartists-inc: Stamp II by DarkArtists-Inc

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Minstrel-Ayreon Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007
Hey...I've got a request, if possible. I think you wrote it out in a journal once, but I can't seem to find it.

I'm trying to find out what to do to prevent wax bloom with Prismacolors, because I've recently started my biggest colored pencil work ever and I intend to frame it and hang it on the wall when it's done. I also have two older drawings that I would like to preserve, one of which is over a year old and already showing signs of wax bloom...I seem to recall you said that such things ARE salvageable, but I want to make sure I'm doing it right. Thanks!! :)
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, it's in a comment or note but I repeat it often.

Taking off wax bloom is as simple as rubbing the art gently with a soft cloth. That's it. No great secret. Then spray the art with workable matte fixative to prevent it coming back, or it'll happen again and again and again.

I would say gently rub within color areas, where it's already there. Cotton swabs might leave fibers if you're not careful and so might facial tissues. I've done it just with my thumb, but you know me and finger smearing. So now I always use fixative on Prismacolor drawings and paintings.
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Minstrel-Ayreon Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007
Is there any special technique I should use with the cloth? I'm kinda worried about messing up the original drawing by causing things to blend or other such problems. So is there any particular direction I should go or something?

And THANKS!!! :) I'll definitely be making a trip to the craft store for some spray this weekend.
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Dry soft white cloth, cheesecloth would be fine, or a soft old white pillowcase or sheet. Rub gently in the direction of the strokes, keeping it to similar color areas and not blending over hard boundaries (blend at will over gradual or soft lines). Buff lightly till the wax bloom is gone and it looks good again, move on to the next patch, it's not that hard but it is harder to describe it. I often rub it off with my fingers and that doesn't seem to hurt the art.

Workable matte fixative has made life a lot easier for me since I found out that stopped the wax bloom! I had to clean and spray a couple of my good colored pencil pieces, including Perfect Rose when they got wax bloom, and it worked fine to prevent it ever coming back.
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Minstrel-Ayreon Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2008
Thanks a lot for this...I FINALLY got around to spraying all of my colored pencil works. :-) You know, "Preserving Artwork" might make a good tutorial for you to write. I can't be the only one in need of that info! ;-)
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Hmm yeah, it might. I'll have to look at my ehow list and make sure I didn't already write something on that...
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
That is so cool! I had no idea something like eHow existed. :D I'm glad it's working out well for you.
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I think it is. I haven't gotten a second contract yet from DemandStudios. It's odd that they'd delay that, but I'm still posting articles up there in case they just take their time about it. But even if they don't, I get $100 from this one and I do get the writer compensation money, a trickle income that would probably pay off every month.
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sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
That's really neat. I may have to look into it myself, when I have time. ;)
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I think you'd have fun. It does pay a trickle income. I've got 35 articles and $13.85 coming in, probably more by the end of the month, and I'll have to see how fast it adds up again once it pays out.
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Mattsma Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I will be bookmarking EVERYTHING!!!!! :hug:
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Purrr thank you! I just posted a couple more of them today.
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Mattsma Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
WOO HOO! :boogie:
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D

I am so stoked about it now. Even the regular trickle income is starting to mount up seriously. Much higher than it was the last time I went to a post for pay site. My earnings are up to $6.90 and they pay out at $10 -- I will have $10 in it by the end of October, the way this is going.
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Mattsma Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
THAT is because YOU are the bomb sweetie!!! :hug:
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :hug: purrr!

Actually I am a lot happier with this one than previous write online for money things. It's paying a LOT better and the template's good for staying on topic and on focus. Even if occasionally the title changes and what the tutorial's about changes due to what the watercolor did on its own! lol
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Mattsma Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:hug:
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Purr thank you! :hug:
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skullmage550 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2007
I am always looking for good drawing tutorials, but I never find many....so I am going to use some of them. I hope they will help me.
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Tell your friends too, if any of them are into drawing. I do get paid on hits on these. I'm also curious to see how you do with them, look forward to seeing your projects!
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skullmage550 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007
Question:
How much do you get paid/how much have u made so far?
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
The last time I checked, I'd gotten $1.98 in trickle income so far. This would go up with more traffic, so please help spread the word! I'm hoping to build it so that the trickle from Writers Compensation Program comes in over $10 every month and pays out monthly. With enough good articles, I'll do that.

Also, I qualified for a one-time bonus program and get $50 extra if I complete 23 articles before October 19th. So far I have 21. Only two more to go. I got a suggestion today, a request for a tutorial on how to draw oak bark. I love bark on trees, and I could see doing that one specifically because it's beautiful and some people love realism. Like me. hehehe.

I might try it in colored pencils just because I can. And because samples of oak bark don't need to be that large to post.
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skullmage550 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2007
Well I think you can complete two more articles in 6 days! I would love to see you do the bark one because I want to do some tree drawings but I don't know how to do bark! I am glad you are making some money off this and if you do get the extra $50 it will be great for you! :D
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Done it! And did How to Draw Oak Bark in pencil, in black Pigma Micron and with colored pen crosshatching all in the same article, to introduce colored pen crosshatching. Things you can do with dimestore art supplies -- or those big ballpoints with ten points in different colors.
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skullmage550 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2007
I looked at it. Now just finding the time to try it out...
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
oooh great! Looking forward to seeing your results!
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HOULY1970 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2007
That's really cool that you're getting paid to do those articles Robert.

Good for you !!!
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I've also applied for a work-for-hire content provider company that assigns articles and pays for them, to sites like this, and I still get the trickle income from posting it. I don't get to do reprints of them, the assignments need to be done with original articles, but it would be a steady writing income enough to cover my basic monthly expenses -- my share of the house note, bills and food. ~kitten42 is a wonderful cook and a tightwad par excellence, so my share of the household does not come to much for what a great big house it is and what good food I eat and what excellent climate control we have. We're careful about leaving lights on and so forth, but still, I live in a good situation.

That could be the basis for my leaving Social Security since it means my commissions, print sales, article trickle income and book income is all gravy. It's not as much as I get on Social Security and I'd need to earn a bit more to pay taxes on it since it'd rapidly go over $450 a quarter -- but I'd probably get all the taxes back at the end of the year anyway if I was living entirely on it. It's given me hope of just leaving the system.

I got in a big commission too, an old friend emailed me with it and wants a "Presidential" style portrait "at least 10" x 12" of her hubby, who is an even closer old friend (but is not to know about this since it's a holiday surprise), and I quoted a reasonable price and tracked down a big piece of sand colored Hahnemuhle velour board for it to get all the layers in the skin tone and rich depth that kind of good portrait demands. I'm looking forward to doing it, and when she sends her deposit by PayPal, I'll do it. I may not be able to post the art till after the holidays since the recipient and model isn't supposed to know about his present, but it's very cool -- and won't take me all month to do either even with my best work. I quoted her the $10 an hour fee that =sidneyeileen suggested and gave an estimate on how long it'll probably take to do it in logged hours of work.

So I'm on my way now, and it's shocked me how much that has lifted my spirits. I was riding on easy street with spending money every month on Social Security but I missed that pride of "I'm not unemployed, I'm self employed." I'm writing full time and doing art on the side, selling prints, writing about art and having a grand time.
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HOULY1970 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2007
Sounds like life's getting better all the time Robert.

Congrats on the portrait commission.
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes it is! I haven't heard back from my portrait commission though, and need the deposit and photo references to start. I'll be annoyed if she procrastinates so long that I turn down another one because she hadn't replied in time, since her project would not take me forever and would be a lot of fun to do, but I need to start bringing in more money so that I can get off Social Security.
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HOULY1970 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007
Maybe you better give her a reminder that these things don't get done overnight. Some people seem to think that we can make things magically appear when they wish it.
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the tip! I wrote to her and she wrote back immediately, telling me what she could do for references. So maybe now it'll move along faster.
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HOULY1970 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2007
Excellent
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the suggestion. I think it's all going to work out, whether or not DemandStudios offers another contract.
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