Handling the Material: Art Techniques, Guides and Processes

In the blink of an eye rubber hits a road, a hand hits the mat, grabs hold of brush or pen as the wrist turns into a twist. Arms do the heavy lifting, the torso pivots. If this were the theater (and it is) the director would shout, “Action!” The whole body is engaged. This is about seeing the thing through. Now is the time to move the idea out of its cerebral cave into the bright light of creation. What necessary implements are needed to complete the task?

You don’t have to recreate the stone just find a resource that offers instruction, enlightenment and guidance. This is where the end begins. In the Art of Perspective: Who Tells the Story? a key question must be answered. No matter the medium, the venue is you. Storyteller tell the tale. Whether that tale is told on paper, screen, in metal, flesh, in monumental or miniscule form, the work you produce is a story only you can tell.  Whether you are in the beginning phase of Writing the Blockbuster Novel, Making Sculpture from Scrap Metal or Electronics for Artists, the same principles apply.

Obvious or obscure, rambling or concise, an idea takes form. There is the shape and size of it, its depth or shallowness, reach or contraction. Sink your teeth into the substance at hand. Get busy with The Organic Artist: Make Your Own Paint, Paper, Pens, Pigment, Prints and More from Nature, try the Rag-Picker’s Guide to Poetry, investigate methods of Spinning and Dying Yarn.

Is there something in the Art of City Sketching that is useful to you? There are Foundations in Comic Book Art and Simply Calligraphy to consider. Keep going, keep yourself In Progress: See Inside a Lettering Artist’s Sketchbook and Process, from Pencil to Vector, check out Glaze: The Ultimate Ceramic Artist’s Guide to Glaze and Color or Metalsmithing for Jewelry Makers. Now, you’re cooking!  Begin the work until the work begins to work with you. 

Yes, you can figure out How to Draw Sci-Fi Utopias and Dystopias, find yourself exploring the Art of 3D Drawing, only to discover how Design for Motion: Motion Design Techniques & Fundamentals might take you in the direction of Mobile Digital Art. 

Get busy! An abundance of tantalizing resources are available to assist through the most difficult parts of a project, the beginning, middle and end! Don’t fret! Three resource lists,Handling the Material: Tools & Techniques, Handling the Material: Manuals & Guides, Handling the Material: How to & Process have been created to spur you on.  Check out the range of disciplines, ideas and information at your fingertips then propel yourself forward!

~posted by Chris


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