Mar
27
2014

Last Chance to Enter Jerry's Artarama Winter Contests with Lukas and Charvin

Contests end March 31st

Calling all painters! It's your last chance to enter our exciting Winter 2014 Contests. If you like to paint, hurry and enter our LUKAS Winter Painting Contest or Charvin Winter Painting Contest before Sunday March 31st, 2014 for a chance to win some fabulous prizes. Amazing prizes go out to the winners- Up to $1,000 to spend at Jerry's Artarama!


 

How To Enter

 Enter up to 2 paintings may be entered per contestant, and each painting may be represented by two separate images. The required first image must show the painting in its entirety from the front. The optional second image should show a detail view of the work, such as a close up of the paint texture of the focal point of the painting.

  • Please name each image with the painting title and artist name.
  • Works must be submitted as a digital image in JPG format only.
  • PowerPoint format is not accepted. 
  • The image resolution should be no lower than 150 dpi and no higher than 300 dpi.
  • The file size should not exceed 10MB (megabytes).
  • You will receive e-mail confirmation once your work has been received.
  • In the "Statement of Recommendation" box located on the contest entry form, please explain why you enjoyed using LUKAS products and why you would recommend them to others.

 

Enter before its too late at on our Jerry's Artarama 2014 LUKAS Painting Contest Page

 

 

 Last Years' Winners

 


 

 

How To Enter

 Enter up to 2 paintings may be entered per contestant, and each painting may be represented by two separate images. The required first image must show the painting in its entirety from the front. The optional second image should show a detail view of the work, such as a close up of the paint texture of the focal point of the painting.

  • Please name each image with the painting title and artist name.
  • Works must be submitted as a digital image in JPG format only.
  • PowerPoint format is not accepted. 
  • The image resolution should be no lower than 150 dpi and no higher than 300 dpi.
  • The file size should not exceed 10MB (megabytes).
  • You will receive e-mail confirmation once your work has been received.
  • In the "Statement of Recommendation" box located on the contest entry form, please explain why you enjoyed using Charvin products and why you would recommend them to others.

 

Enter before its too late at on our Jerry's Artarama 2014 Charvin Painting Contest Page

 

 

 

 Last Years' Winners

Mar
25
2014

10 Places Every Artist Needs to Plein Air Paint

For when you need to get outside and paint!

Spring is upon us and it's time to take those easels, canvases, pads, paints and brushes outside! The days are quickly warming up, so leave those dark studios behind and step into the sunlight for en plein air painting . 

What is plein air painting you ask? "En Plein air" is simply a French term for "in the open air", meaning to paint outside in nature. Famous plein air painters include Claude Monet, Georgia O'Keefe, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Winslow Homer. The best thing about plein air painting is that anyone can do it. With tools like the easily portable Jullian Escort French Easel, some Charvin Extra-Fine Artists' Acrylic paints, or maybe even just a notebook you can paint on, like the new Artist Survival Book to pack away in your carrying SoHo Boat Bag, you can go straight outdoors and start painting.

However, if you want to find the best places on the planet for plein air painting, you might need some transportation. Here are some of the best places for en plein air painting around the world!


10. Mt. Ranier, Washington, USA

Mt Ranier from Gand Park, plein air by Robin Weiss, oil colors

 

9. Tuscany, Italy

 

Across the Isthmus #2, plein air by Julie Houck

 

8. Paris, France

 

Pont Alexander III in the Rain, plein air by Marc Dalessio, oil on panel

 

7. The Southwest, USA

 

Bell Rock, plein air by Steve Simon, oil on canvas (Bell Rock, Arizona)

 

6. Napa Valley, California, USA

 

Hurried Shadows at Eventide, plein air by Ellen Boulanger

 

5. Oia, Santorini, Greece

 

 

Santorini, Oia, Greece, plein air by Patrick Faulwetter

 

4.  Yosemite, California, USA

 

Fishing on the Merced River, plein air by Thomas Hill

 

3. Maui, Hawaii, USA

 

Maui Mosaic, plein air by Ken Auster

 

2. Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA

 

Grand Canyon, plein air by Kein McCain

 

1. Bali, Indonesia

 

Tanah Lot, plein air by Saiman Dullah, oil on canvas

 

Want to know what to take with you when you tackle the outdoors? Check out our handy guide from The Splatter: Plein Air Art- Create Art Anywhere 

Where was the most beautiful place you've ever painted en plein air? Do you have any other locations to add to our list? Tell us in the comments below!

 

Mar
21
2014

A Jerry's Online Street Team Art Project with Mark A. Nelson

Fantasy Drawing Walk-Through

 

Materials used:

"Toned Paper Drawing" by Mark A. Nelson

Step 1:

For me, I start to develop the forms of the figures with just line/contour. I try to get a feel for the lights and darks by the line weight. In other words, I apply more pressure to the pencils and create a heavier, darker line and then lighten that pressure to give it less weight. I try not to to create a constant line around the figures, but one that with thick and thin can start to develop the light direction also. 

Step 2:

I am going to use the three steps of creating space. The Foreground which is closest to the viewer, the Middle ground is the mid-level of the stage and finally the Background which is the last layer. So if you think of the picture plane in these three levels, it does not matter how deep your space is, it can easily be broken down into these elements. The second step in this process is light. I am going to have a dark object in the foreground, my major lights and focal point will be in the middle ground and the back ground will be the second darkest area. So now I'm rendering this as a darker form.

Step 3: 

 

The background is started, and here I try to keep the values closer. To create a softer background I will restrict the values and keep them close in range. 

Step 4:

 

I'm starting to bring in detail to the middle ground. This is the area I will want the viewer to look at first. It will be the focal point of the whole panel. So it will have the strongest lights, darks and the most visible detail in the drawing (also having the biggest value range). 

Step 5:

Working still from the background forward, I try to keep the first two figures softer and darker, and then, adding more detail and surface decoration tot he second and third figure. The figure closest is still the darkest.

Step 6: 

 

Balanced out all the value and line work and next the whites, highlights, and touch ups to make the Foreground, Middleground and Background work together.

Step 7:

 

The whites are now added and adjustments made to make the space work. I've tried to make you look at the two mid-ground figures. They have the brightest lights, darkest darks and most visible details. Foreground and background have closer value and some small highlights, but not as bold as the middle ground.


Mark A. Nelson is known world-wide for his body of work done in a style which has been described as "carefully articulated". Mr. Nelson's artworks have graced the pages of many Dungeons & Dragons books as well as Dragon Magazine. He has provided illustrations for Magic: The Gathering. He has worked extensively in the comics' industry as well. Mark A. Nelson's work on the very first ALIENS series from Dark Horse is still an iconic fan favorite. Mr. Nelson will be teaching one 90 min. Master Class per day on "Creature Creation" at the Jerry's Artrama Art Classroom (Location WSCC Level 2, Rm 211) at the Emerald City Comic Con (See Jerry's Artarama at the Emerald City Comiccon in Seattle for more details). Mark is honored to be this year's "Emerald City Gaming Guest Artist". He will be appearing daily in the Sheraton's Metropolitan Ballroom at Booth B7 in the Gamer's Area at the Sheraton during the Convention.

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