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Dan Nelson

Dan Nelson

Like most gifted artists, Dan Nelson's artistic journey began early. His father was a gifted oil painter, so it seemed natural for Dan to fill reams of notebook paper with sketches, scribbles and assorted visual experimentation. He failed the first assignment of his academic career by coloring the balloons instead of counting them. Undaunted by such inauspicious beginnings, he went on to win a string of prestigious awards: in the third grade he won 2nd place in a national safety poster contest... At age ten he won 5th place in a small town pumpkin carving contest... at age 15 he won a local window painting competition (against a bunch of kids half his age, as it turned out.) Needless to say, such breathless accolades kept the art-itch going, so he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at a small midwestern college. But Dan's art journey was to be far from conventional. He left college to pursue the endeavors of any respectable renaissance man — philosophy, theology, music, literature, theater, science, and even athletics. It took decades for these endeavors to coalesce into the path Dan is traveling today: an artist of unusually wide scope traveling the country dazzling festival-goers as "The World's Largest Plein Aire Painter," captivating marriage celebrants as "The Wedding Painter," producing top-notch illustrations for ad agencies, publishers, and big businesses, churning out monthly airbrush covers for the fastest growing children's publication in the country ("Kidsville News!"— now over a million a month in 28 states!), rendering everything from portraiture to architecture and cartoons to calligraphy; teaching, performing, motivating, designing, inventing, building... and, yes, painting, painting, and more painting!

About A Troubleshooting Guide To Airbrushing

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About An Introduction To Airbrushing: The Basics

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About Basic Drawing Skills - Human Figure

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About Cartooning For Kids: Part 1

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About Cartooning For Kids: Part 2

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About Cartooning For Kids: Part 3

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About Color Graduation in Painting

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About Color In Context in Painting

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About Connecting the Dots in Painting

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About Creating A Blacklight Mural Part 1: Sketching

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About Creating A Blacklight Mural Part 2: Filling In the Colors

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About Creating A Blacklight Mural Part 3: Black Outline

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About Creating The Look of Glass on a Monocle With An Airbrush

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About Critiquing Mistakes

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About Differences In Transparent and Opaque Paint In Airbrushing

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About Don't Paint the Barn in Painting

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About Draw The Letter B Chancery

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About Draw The Letter B Gothic

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About Draw The Letter B Half Unical

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About Draw The Letter B Unical

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About Draw The Letter B Vivaldi Type

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About Easy Practice Exercises Using An Airbrush

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About Enjoy Painting

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About Examining Your Finished Airbrushed Piece

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About Fingerpainting a Caterpillar

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About Greeting Card Borders

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About Hierarchy Of Guidelines

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About How To Add Shadow to a White Shirt Using an Airbrush

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About How To Adjust Tones Using An Airbrush

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About How To Apply Frisket To Your Drawing

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About How To Begin Airbrushing Your Drawing Using Frisket

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About How To Color A Glove Using An Airbrush

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About How To Correct Color and Add Darks Using an Airbrush

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About How To Create A Dinner Jacket Using an Airbrush

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About How To Create Midtones Using An Airbrush

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About How to Draw

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About How to Draw Arms in Drawing

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About How to Draw Eyes in Drawing

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About How to Draw Feet in Drawing

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About How to Draw Hands in Drawing

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About How to Draw Human Ratios in Drawing

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About How to Draw Legs in Drawing

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About How to Draw the Head: Part 1

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About How to Draw the Head: Part 2

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About How to Draw the Head: Part 3

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About How to Draw the Hips in Drawing

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About How to Draw the Human Figure in Drawing

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About How to Draw the Mouth in Drawing

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About How to Draw the Nose in Drawing

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About How To Easily Repair an Airbrush Needle

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About How To Fix Mistakes Using an Airbrush

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About How to Hold a Pencil in Drawing

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About How To Mix Colors In An Airbrush

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About How To Paint a Monocle Using an Airbrush

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About How To Paint A White Shirt Using an Airbrush

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About How To Put The Finishing Touches On A Monocle

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About How To Remove Frisket After Airbrushing

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About How To Touch Up Your Airbrushed Painting

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About How To Use an Airbrush To Highlight Teeth On A Painting

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About How To Use an Airbrush To Paint Eyes and a Mouth

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About How To Use Frisket In Airbrushing

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About How To Use Frisket In Airbrushing: Part 2

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About How To Use Watercolor Pencils with Phenomenon Shell Paper

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About Local Color in Painting

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About Make Your Own Grids

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About Meaning vs. History in Painting

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About Negative Painting

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About Nib Feeding

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About Nibs

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About Painterly Lines in Painting

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About Painting a Man's Arm Using an Airbrush

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About Painting Edges in Painting

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About Painting From Photos in Painting

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About Painting With SoHo Acrylics

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About Paper Types

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About Planned Spontaneity in Painting

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About Putting the Finishing Touches on an Airbrush Painting

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About Ratios in Painting

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About Spacing

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About The Underpainting in Painting

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About Uses and Benefits of a Light Table

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About Using a Big Brush in Painting

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About Using a Flat Brush in Painting

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About Using Shell Paper

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About Watercolor Pencil Techniques in Painting

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About Working With Mistakes

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