One Quick Tip to Be a Better Artist

Want to be a better artist? This one easy thing can improve your skills greatly!

Now, there are many great tips to make artists better at their craft. This article doesn't claim to have all of the answers, but this one skill can improve your skills in painting, sculpture, sketching and more.

This skill, although seemingly simple, can open up new worlds to your creativity and unlock inspiration wherever you go. And this simple tip is just this:

Carry a sketchbook and pencil or pen on you.

That's it.

Now while this doesn't seem like the great art secret you were hoping we'd share with you, it is a very simple way to boost your creativity and improve your art.

How? By carrying a sketchbook with you wherever you go, you will have access to a place where you can practice your drawing skills, sketch quick ideas for later, larger works of art and for acting as a resource for when your running a little short on inspiration.

A good sketchbook is great for rough sketches and notes. If you get burnt out with overly complex larger art projects, sometimes sketching a quick and simple drawing can relieve stress and give you perspective on what you're doing. Keeping a sketchbook on you can give you a great outlet for when you're on the go or just need to express yourself. 

Many famous artists kept sketchbooks on them from Frida Kahlo to Vincent Van Gogh to Claude Monet. Even though they were painters, these famous artists knew the importance of daily sketching and having an available outlet on their person for artistic inspiration. 

If you don't have a sketchbook yet, Jerry's Artarama has a wide selection of available sketchbooks from artists favorites such as the Artist Survival Book with three types of drawing paper to the popular Reflexions Pocket Journal, the perfect sized sketchbook to carry conveniently. Whichever sketchbook you decide on, carry it with you and you will quickly see an improvement in your art!


Happy (belated) Birthday Andy Warhol!

Pop Artist Andy Warhol would have been 86 this year

Today we (belatedly) celebrate Andy Warhol and his life. His birthday was actually yesterday, August 6th but we will have to celebrate it one day late.


Andy Warhol revolutionized what we call Pop Art stylized by challenging traditional fine art by glorifying imagery taken from everyday advertisements, 50s culture and even from comic books.

Andy Warhol himself, born Andrew Warhola (August 6, 1928-February 22, 1987), focused his art in multiple areas of media including sketches and drawings, paintings, silk screening, sculpture, film and even printmaking. Warhol grew up in Pittsburgh before graduating from the Carnegie Institute of Technology where he earned a Bachelor's degree in pictoral design. He worked in commercial design before making it as a professional artist. On top of experimenting with film, painting, sculpting, printmaking, drawing and more, he even authored numerous books. Warhol even coined the phrase "15 minutes of fame", so today, lets give him 15 more with this selection of his work:

Famous Works:

 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962)



Marilyn Diptych (1962)




Green Coca-Cola Bottles (1962) 



Eight Elvises (1963)



Camouflage Self-Portrait (1986)


To learn more about Andy Warhol, Jerry's Artarama carries Arists of the 20th Century: Andy Warhol where you can learn so much more about artists and many like him in our Artists of the 20th Century DVD series!


Happy Birthday Andy! 


Burning Man 2014 Scheduled Art

Get Ready for Some of the Craziest and Most Inventive Art in the Country

Every year, Burning Man, a weeklong event happening out in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada takes place from the last Monday in August to the the first Monday in September (Labor Day). Each festival is a major hub for some of the weirdest and most inventive art in the USA only on show one week of the year, before half of it gets burned like the eponymous Structure that Burning Man gets its name from. While this annual festival is far from the norm, it's an art lover's fever dream and can be one of the year's greatest (and often interactive) art exhibits.


This year's Burning Man

The theme for this year's Burning Man Art is "Caravansary", so expect much of the art and art themed cars to be reminiscent of ancient traders and nomads who would travel around the East. Considering that heavily decorated and modified "Art Cars" are a staple of every Burning Man, you can expect to see a lot more decorated cars, just like these:


Yes, these are all cars.


Here is some of the featured art you can expect to see this year:


Embrace by Matt Schultz


This 72-foot sculpture reminds us all to spend time with those that you love.


The Hayam Sun Temple by Josh Haywood.

This relaxing retreat provides both physical retreat from the harsh sun and a mental getaway.


Squared by Charles Gadeken

 This 50-foot tall sculpture is made entirely of LED light cubes connected to steel tubing forming a giant and eerie tree to light up the night.


Minaret by Bryan Tedrick


This giant totem is fully accessible to be climbed and enjoyed. 


The Wheels of Zoroaster by Anton Viditz-Ward

This wheel is completely human powered and was inspired by Burning Man's fire dancers. Be careful with this one. 


Burning Man is still a few weeks away. Have you experienced any art at Burning Man? Tell us all about it in the comments below!

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