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Join Me May 5 at Arts on the Ridge, Ridgeway, SC


Arts on the Ridge Literary Festival, Century House, Ridgeway, SC

I am super excited. I am a featured author on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the Arts on the Ridge, Literary Festival at the Century House, 170 S Dogwood Ave in Ridgeway, SC from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. I’ll do readings from Flip Flap Floodle and Joan’s Elder Care Guide at 10:45 am. I will be able to answer a few questions, too. I hope you’ll stop by if you’re in the area. I’ll have copies of both books for sale. I’ll be happy to autograph them for you. I’d love to see your smiling face. 

11 other authors (bios below) will be there on Saturday to greet you, too. Come join us for a great time. 

Free parking is available in the Cotton Yard.

Ridgeway merchants will be offering show specials throughout the town.

The 12th Annual Arts on the Ridge Art Show & Sale will be held on May 4th and 5th in downtown Ridgeway, SC. This year’s theme “Opening Doors to the Arts and Beauty of Small Town Life” has inspired yarnbombing of 15 downtown objects, a Literary Festival with a gallery of 12 published authors, a juried photography, juried plein air painting and open art show & sale featuring cash prizes.

“We are so wealthy,” explained event Chair, Phyllis Gutierrez. “Our community is so blessed with a treasure chest of talented painters, sculptors, photographers, and artists that it is easy to overlook the large number of published authors that live here among us. This year we are excited to be including and celebrating the literary side of art with a gallery of 12 published authors who will be available for book signings and one-on-one discussions of their craft.”

The St. Stephen’s Art and Fiber Guild will be covering trees, lampposts, benches, road signs, rocking chairs and more with colorful yarn craft in an effort to make a statement regarding how important arts and crafts are to the community.

Friday evening, May 4th from 6 to 8 p.m., visitors are invited to preview the art exhibition and sale and vote for the People’s Choice award. A juried photography show and sale and a juried plein air painting show and sale are on exhibit along with the open art categories both Friday evening and all day on Saturday at the Century House. Vendors featuring hand crafted items will be located on the Century House grounds.

Arts on the Ridge Literary Festival, Century House, Ridgeway, SC

Saturday, May 5 events will kick off at 10:00 a.m. with performances by students from Geiger Elementary School. At 10:20 visitors can enjoy a presentation by Doug and Louise Ruff, members of the Go Forth Ridgeway Chapter of the Institute for Cultural Communication.

The Literary Festival will kick off at 10 a.m. on Saturday with authors scheduled to be on hand from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Century House. The Authors Gallery includes published authors Johnny Bloodworth, Tim Conroy, Lisa Anne Cullen, Joan Y. Edwards, Mike Long III, James D. McCallister, Beaty Miller, Betty Parker, Tom Poland, Raegan Teller, Marv Ward and Millie West.

The authors will also be public speakers for our “Meet Me On The Porch” feature at these scheduled times: Ward 10:30am, Edwards 10:45am, Conroy 11:00am, Teller 11:15am, Bloodworth 11:30am, Parker 11:45am, Long 12:00 noon, Cullen 12:15pm, West 12:30pm, McCallister 12:45pm, Miller 1:00pm and Poland 1:15pm.

Here are bios of Featured Authors:

JOHNNY BLOODWORTH says, “We Southerners are more a product of our place and time than other aspects of our being. I am a storyteller, and when I tell a story, I need to connect to place and time. My roots are Georgia, but South Carolina is home. My places are Columbia where I grew up and worked, and the Cedar Creek community near Blythewood where my wife Sandra and I have lived for forty-five years. Before writing Gift, my story telling consisted of turning an incident or a joke into a tale about friends or family. Gift added discipline to the creative process.” www.deedspublishing.com/bloodworth/

TIM CONROY is a former special education teacher, school administrator, and vice president of the South Carolina Autism Society. His poetry, essays, and fiction have been published in literary journals, magazines, and compilations, including Fall Lines, University of Georgia Press, Auntie Bellum, Jasper, Blue Mountain Review, and Marked by Water. In 2017, Muddy Ford Press published his first book of poetry, Theologies of Terrain, edited by Ed Madden, poet laureate of the City of Columbia. A founding board member of the Pat Conroy Literary Center established in his brother’s honor, Conroy lives and writes in Columbia. www.southerncollectiveexperience.com/tim-conroy/

LISA ANNE CULLEN is the author or editor of eight children’s books and a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in writing for children and pairs this passion with her love of illustration, art, photography, and screenwriting. Cullen has won awards for her artistic and written works and finds pure joy in connecting with the natural world. Her author-illustrated, picture book folktales Little Orange Honey Hood and Three Wild Pigs are being released through the University of South Carolina Press/Young Palmetto Books spring and fall of 2018. www.lisaannecullen.com/

JOAN Y. EDWARDS is the author/illustrator of folktale Flip Flap Floodle, a happy little duck who never gives up on his song even in Mr. Fox’s belly. She is author of 4RV Publishing’s Joan’s Elder Care Guide. It is full of practical hints and resources to promote healing and make care-giving easier. She has a Master of Arts in Education and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and the Charlotte Writers Club. She and her husband, Carl watch humorous mysteries, like Columbo and Monk. They relax at the beach and in the mountains.  Dream! Love! Laugh! Never Give Up! www.joanyedwards.com/

MCKENDREE R. (Mike) LONG III is a retired soldier with two combat tours and the author of several Western novels: Brodie, Higher Ground, Dog Soldier Moon, and No Good Like It Is. His awards include the Parachutist Badge and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. He and his wife Mary have two married daughters, four grandchildren, and four great-grands.  He holds a BS in Business Administration and is also a retired financial consultant. He’s a member of Western Writers of America, South Carolina Writers Association, and SERTOMA. www.mckendreelong.com/

JAMES D. McCALLISTER, besides working as a media archivist, newspaper columnist, small business owner and educator, is the author of numerous academic and magazine publications. His fiction efforts are highlighted by a short story collection and four novels including his latest, Dogs of Parsons Hollow (Mind Harvest Press, 2018). Along with a number of awards for short fiction, McCallister’s upcoming novel Dixiana (2019) was a finalist for the Faulkner-Wisdom award. A lifelong South Carolinian, McCallister resides in West Columbia, SC, with his wife Jenn and their beloved brood of cats, muses all. www.jamesdmccallister.com/

BEATY MILLER broke the Mennonite tradition of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and continued her education past eighth grade and graduated from high school—the first to do so in her family. At nineteen years of age, she accepted the position to teach at a parochial school. Later, she resumed a full-time job as a secretary.  After a promotion to the office manager, Miller started classes at Reading Area Community College and earned an Associate Degree to become a registered nurse. She began a twenty-year geriatrics career, ending as a Personal Care Home Administrator. After Miller and her husband relocated to Rock Hill, she wrote her memoir, My Last Name is Grace. www.waterfallsofgrace.org/

BETTY PARKER is a professional speaker, author, and trainer. In 2006, she started Sharper Development Solutions, Inc., a training and development company specializing in leadership skills training and coaching.  Betty is a regular guest host on WLXC-FM’s “N Touch” community affairs program and is often sought out as a speaker for conferences and events.  She is at work on her next book, Defeating Goliath:  A Lesson in Solving People Problems.  Parker is a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) through the Association for Talent Development and a Certified Professional Coach. www.thesharpersolution.com/

TOM POLAND, a Southern writer, has works appearing in magazines throughout the South. Among his recent books are Classic Carolina Road Trips From Columbia, Georgialina, A Southland, As We Knew It, and Reflections of South Carolina, Vol. II. Swamp Gravy, Georgia’s Official Folk Life Drama, staged his play, Solid Ground. Poland writes a weekly column for newspapers and journals about the South, its people, traditions, lifestyle, and changing culture and speaks to groups across South Carolina and Georgia. He’s the editor of “Shrimp, Collards & Grits,” a Lowcountry lifestyle magazine. His new book, South Carolina Country Roads, will be released April 16, 2018. Tom lives in Columbia, South Carolina. www.tompoland.net/

RAEGAN TELLER is the award-winning author of the Enid Blackwell series. Murder in Madden (Pondhawk Press, 2016) was her debut novel, followed by The Last Sale (2018). Both mystery novels were inspired by real-life cold cases in Columbia, where she lives with her husband and two cats. Teller writes about small town intrigue, family secrets, and tales of murder, and uses fiction to bring closure where there was none in real-life. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Queens University, Charlotte, and a member of Sisters in Crime, South Carolina Writers Association, and Charlotte Writers Club. More info at www.RaeganTeller.com

MARV WARD, Reverend,” a blues and Americana singer, songwriter, and guitarist, has performed throughout the United States with some of the most well-known musical artists. Listed in An Encyclopedia of South Carolina Jazz and Blues Musicians, Ward writes poetry with the same passion with which he composes his songs. His latest collection “One Lone Minstrel,” represents some earlier work, as well as recent efforts. A native of Lorton, Virginia, Ward lives in Columbia, South Carolina, and has two sons. He previously served in the United States Naval Reserve and has worked in broadcast and educational television throughout North and South Carolina. www.marvward.com/index.html

MILLIE WEST is a South Carolina history buff who has spent countless hours exploring the rich historical vestiges of her home state. She is the author of two novels, The Cast Net and Catherine’s Cross. In 2018, a second novel in The Cast Net trilogy, Of Sun and Rain will be released. Millie has also written three screenplays, an adaptation of her novel Catherine’s Cross, and Amelia Was Here! Her third screenplay, Dr. Portia, chronicles the life of Dr. Portia Lubchenco, the first female graduate of the NC Medical College. West is an University of South Carolina graduate and resides with her family near Columbia. More info at www.milliewestauthor.com

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Reblog: “18 Top Illustrators Tell Us Their Biggest Ideas on How to be Successful” by Philip Dennis


“18 Top Illustrators Tell Us Their Biggest Ideas on How to be Successful” – Phillip Dennis, Red Lemon Club

 

Looking to those who have successfully found their way to where we are currently trying to navigate can provide an invaluable guide to avoiding the steep drops and dead ends that often come up to blindside us.

There is never one singular route or clearly-etched map to carving out a fulfilling career as a successful creative professional. With every additional artist you approach, words of wisdom become more complex, nuanced, and unexpected.

By putting together a series of thoughts and ideas from a group of top illustrators, we can see a wide range of approaches in one place, and we hope it inspires you.

We asked 18 currently active illustrators: 
Note from Joan: Please click on the link below to find the rest of this great story with illustrations, too.

http://www.redlemonclub.com/18topillustrators/

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Spivey’s Web, a Christmas Story: Interview with Author, Sandra Warren


“Spivey’s Web, a Christmas Story: Interview with Author, Sandra Warren” by Joan Y. Edwards

Spivey's Web cover 300 dpi (1)
Spivey’s Web written by Sandra Warren; illustrated by Susan Fitzgerald. Available on Amazon.

Today, it is an honor to interview Sandra Warren, author of Spivey’s Web. Thanks for coming today, Sandra. I want to hear all about SPIVEY’S WEB, a picture book that’s out now that you had in your head for 15+ years! 

I’m so glad to be here. 

Sandra Warren

1.Tell us about Spivey’s Web.

I am very excited that Spivey’s Web is out now since it has a Christian twist at the end. It’s about a spider who wants to spin a web of her own design, not the expected web for a barn spider. After being ridiculed for her efforts, she moves to a window high in the loft and when the Star of David shines through, it sprinkles stars, like a disco ball, around a manger and calms a very special baby. Although the baby is not named, you can tell by the illustration that it’s the baby Jesus. I love the last line….My web didn’t catch flies. It caught the light!

Spivey’s web is more than a Christmas story, however. It’s also about having the courage to follow your heart and do what makes you happy even when everyone around says it can’t be done or it’s never been done like that. From Spivey we learn to never give up.

Writers take heed. When agents and editors say, no, no, sorry no, we have to keep at it and never give up because if we do, we’ll never know how close we came and we’ll never know what amazing things might come from our creative, imaginative minds. We all need Spivey’s courage to spin a web of our own design.

2. Did you submit Spivey’s Web to traditional publishers? Christian markets? 

Sandra: I tried for years to get Spivey’s Web traditionally published, but it was too secular for the Christian market and too Christian for the secular market. A major agent loved it until she got to the end and realized it was a holiday/Christian theme. She said she doesn’t do holiday books. Although I was still holding out for a traditional publisher, everything changed when I met an amazing artist.  

https://www.amazon.com/Spiveys-Web-Sandra-Warren/dp/1981217673/

3. Marvelous illustrations. Who is the illustrator? 

Sandra: Susan Fitzgerald, one of our part-time neighbors at Hidden Lake is a FINE artist who approached me asking if I’d LET her illustrate a manuscript of mine. I was floored because she’s an amazing artist who exhibits full-time in a gallery in Jacksonville. Her concept of Spivey and all her illustrations are fabulous in my opinion.

4. Did you encounter any problems with the formatting of the book?

Sandra: Oh my, yes! One problem we had that took us almost a day to figure out was that we were trying to put a landscape/horizontal illustration into a square template. A landscape picture book template was not offered by the company we chose. We also had trouble balancing the required minimum 300 dpi of each illustration for printing. It’s tricky to send illustrations through email without losing dpi. Now we know how to do it. Our original vision was to have a horizontal format with illustrations that bled off the page–flowed to the very edges. But because of issues with the horizontal formatting of the original artwork, we had to compensate by reducing the size of each illustration allowing for a border or frame around each. 

Here are suggestions if you’re self-publishing a book:

  • Make sure you download the publisher’s PDF Specification Guide from CreateSpace or other publisher and read it before beginning to make sure they print books in the size and format you want.
  • Don’t be afraid to contact Support if you have any questions. The folks at CreateSpace are very helpful! 

Despite all the formatting issues, we’re thrilled with the end result that Spivey’s Web is now available online. https://www.amazon.com/Spiveys-Web-Sandra-Warren/dp/1981217673/

Thanks for being a guest on my blog, Sandra. Thank you for offering a giveaway, too.

Winners of the Giveaway:

Between December 10th and midnight yesterday, December 21, 2017, the following six people left a comment on this blog post for a chance to win a free autographed copy of “Spivey’s Web:”
1. Sarah Maury Swan
2. Gretchen Griffith
3. Dr. Bob Rich
4. Linda Andersen Gutheil
5. Lisa Anne Cullen
6. Barbara Bockman

Thank you to all those who left a comment! You make my blog sparkle with excitement.
Random.org chose number 4 and number 1 for the two winners:
Therefore, Sarah Maury Swan and Linda Andersen are the winners. I will send you Sandra Warren’s email address so you can email her your snail mail address so she can send your prize – an autographed copy of the beautiful picture book, “Spivey’s Web.” Congratulations! Yippee!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Sandra Warren’s website: http://www.sandrawarren.com

Sandra’s blog: http://sandrawarrenwrites.blogspot.com

Other books by Sandra Warren:

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Hidden-Casualties book cover

When-Duty-Called book cover

 

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BLASTY Stops Illegal Downloads: Interview with Olivier Zetlers, CEO and Cofounder


 

man who is cofounder of BLASTY software
Olivier Zetlers, CEO and Cofounder of BLASTY.

“BLASTY Stops Illegal Downloads: Interview with Olivier Zetlers, CEO and Cofounder” by Joan Y. Edwards

I am pumped up with excitement that Olivier Zetlers, CEO and Cofounder of Blasty is our guest today. 

1.How did you and the other people who combine forces to start BLASTY?  

OZ: My former company was an advertising agency where I was working with many creators. I understood how important copyright was for them and that the Internet was destroying value of this copyright. In 2014, I became an advisor for a music distribution company which was facing similar copyright issues. That’s when I decided to create Blasty.

Olivier (CEO), Cosima (Analyst), Matthieu (CDO) and Wilfried (CTO)

2. Is there a personal reason why getting rid of the illegal downloading of copyrighted books, CDs, and art images is important to you?

OZ: My very personal point of view is that the situation is totally unfair and unacceptable.

3. What do you want Blasty users and fans to know about your company? 

OZ: I would like our users and fans to understand that we really put all our energy into this battle. We encountered many technical hurdles but we overcame every one of them. We intend to remain in this focused mindset. 

Olivier (CEO), Wilfried (CTO), Cosima (analyst), Anna (analyst) Team 2 of Blasty
Olivier (CEO), Wilfried (CTO), Cosima (Analyst), Anna (Analyst)

4. Do you have suggestions besides using BLASTY that authors, artists, illustrators, musicians, and publishers might do prevent illegal downloading? (copyright page notices, other notices)

OZ: Blasty is really the most useful and consistent way to protect a copyright online.

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Logo for Blasty – Stop Illegal Downloading
www.blasty.co

5. What is the goal of BLASTY?

OZ: Our goal is to unite as many creators around our cause and mission. The more authors are convinced that it is worth protecting their copyright, the more their voice will be heard by those people and institutions with political power to curb digital law in their favor.

6. Who can benefit from joining BLASTY? (Authors, artists, illustrators, musicians, publishers)

OZ: Any author, creator, producer, publisher or distributor of books, audiobooks, courses, videos, downloadable graphic resources (such as themes & templates), music or software can benefit from using BLASTY.

7. Please explain how BLASTY works.

OZ: Blasty monitors Google for illegal copies of your content and lets you very easily submit DMCA take down notices to Google, Bing, Yahoo and the hosting websites for infringements.

Blasty now works on both Windows and Mac. As of today, Blasty requires Google Chrome to operate BUT this is going to be fixed by end of November. Starting December 1st, Blasty will also perfectly work with Safari and Firefox.

The most automated plan is Blasty Full Power. 

8. Please explain your membership deals at the present time.

OZ: Blasty offers 3 plans with both a monthly and yearly subscription.

Blasty Free which monitors Google for your content without the possibility to submit Blasts.

Blasty Basic ($9.99 per month or $77.88 per year) offers unlimited manual Blasts.

Blasty Full Power ($19.99 per month or $155.88 per year) offers unlimited automatic Blasts.

Go to Blasty: http://www.blasty.co/ 

9. Will you read and respond to readers who leave a comment?   

OZ: of course!

10. Thank you again, Olivier, for agreeing to be a guest on my blog. I am honored.

OZ: my pleasure! 

Results of Giveaway: Thank you to all who left questions and comments before midnight November 17, 2017 for this interview with Olivier Zetlers about Blasty.co/.

  1. Peggles381(Margaret Gumble),
  2. Dr. Bob Rich
  3. Sandra Warren
  4. Gretchen Griffith
  5. Violette Early
  6. Karen Cioffi-Ventrice 

Random.org chose number 3 so, congratulations to Sandra Warren. She won a 50% off coupon for BLASTY.co/ from Olivier and Blasty. You are a lucky lady.

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Patron Saints of Artists: St. Catherine of Bologna and St. Luke


“Patron Saints of Artists: St. Catherine of Bologna and St. Luke” by Joan Y. Edwards

Sometimes you need to call in for reinforcements to believe more in yourself and your abilities to do what you believe God wants you to do in life. Talking with God and asking him for help is a great plan. Also, looking for others in the present time or from the past to discover how they coped with life may help inspire you to keep on going. here’s a prayer I found that I thought you would enjoy.

Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/prayers/protestant/work/prayer-for-artists.aspx#8B4KP55W1ttv6OYB.99

In case you are like me and in need of a little encouragement in your artistic skills, I discovered the patron saints of artists for you to study and gain inspiration from their lives and experience.

St. Catherine of Bologna, Patron Saint of Artists

St. Catherine of Bologna – Feast Day March 9th
Abbess & Painter (1413-1463) 
Catherine was born in Bologna, Italy. She dabbled in writing, poetry, dancing, and Latin studies, but her forte was painting. She is a patron saint of painters and those who suffer from doubt.  In 1432 together with other young women of Ferrara, she founded a monastery of the Order of Poor Clares founded by St. Francis of Assisi and St. Clare of Assisi.

 

Saint Luke, the Evangelist Patron Saint of Artists

St. Luke, the Evangelist – Feast Day October 18th

The Roman Catholic Church and other major denominations venerate him as Saint Luke the Evangelist and as a patron saint of artists, physicians, surgeons, students and butchers. He wrote one of the four Gospels. Saint Luke painted a picture of Mary, the Mother of Jesus.

Catholic Culture.org says that the flying ox is a symbol of St. Luke the Evangelist, anticipated by Ezekiel. The ox, recognized as the animal of sacrifice, applies to St. Luke because his Gospel emphasizes the atonement made by Christ’s sacrifice of himself on the Cross.

References for St. Catherine of Bologna:

  1. St. Catherine of Bologna.org. “St. Catherine of Bologna:” http://www.stcatherineofbologna.org/86
  2. “St. Catherine of Bologna – Patron of Artists:” https://www.youtube.com/F3-wQVpWCr4
  3. “Saint Catherine of Bologna Patron of Artists Live Drawing & Prayer:” https://youtu.be/acnu-C2NEB4 
  4. “St. Catherine of Bologna:” https://youtu.be/-wKY-xYTrAc
  5. Wikipedia. “Catherine of Bologna:” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine_of_Bologna

References for St. Luke, the Evangelist, Writer of one of the Gospels.

  1. Catholic Saints Info. “St. Luke:” http://www.catholic-saints.info/patron-saints/saint-luke.htm
  2. SlowTrav. “St. Luke, Patron Saint of Artists:” http://www.slowtrav.com/blog/annienc/2008/05/st_luke_patron_saint_of_artist.html
  3. Walter Hayward Pitman. “Saint Luke, the Patron Saint of the Worshipful Company of Painters, otherwise Painter Stainers:” https://catholicsaints.info/saint-luke-the-patron-saint-of-the-worshipful-company-of-painters-otherwise-painter-stainers-by-walter-hayward-pitman/
  4. Wikipedia. “Guild of Saint Luke:” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guild_of_Saint_Luke
  5. Catholic Culture.org. “Winged Ox:” https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/dictionary/index.cfm?id=37196

Thank you for reading my blog. You honor me by being here. Look over the blog posts listed to the right. You might find another post to interest you. Please leave a comment to tell me an artist who inspires you.

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10 Great Websites for Illustrators


“10 Great Websites for Illustrators” by Joan Y. Edwards

1.Creative Blog, Illustration. Art. Graphic Design.. http://www.creativebloq.com/tag/illustration
2.Vectips. “Illustrator and Vector Resources:” http://vectips.com/illustrator-and-vector-resources/
3. Webpagefx. https://www.webpagefx.com/blog/web-design/10-websites-illustration-inspiration/
4. Illustration Age. “The Ultimage Resource for Illustrators:” https://illustrationage.com/
5. Design Tuts Plus. Articles. “30 Amazing Websites for free stock and design resources:” https://design.tutsplus.com/articles/30-amazing-websites-for-free-stock-and-design-resources–cms-24256
6. My personal favorite sites for free images for personal and commercial use.Many sites have ads for images you have to pay for at the top. Make sure what you download isn’t one you for which you need to pay.

a. FreePik. Free Vectors, human. http://www.freepik.com/free-vectors/human
b. Pixabay free images for personal or commercial.. http://www.pixabay.com
c. Morguefile free images for personal and commercial use. http://www.morguefile.com

7. Online Drawing Classes Free Online Drawing Classes https://www.thoughtco.com/free-online-drawing-classes-1098200

8. Make Use Of “Learning to Draw YouTube Videos:” http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/learn-draw-youtube-videos/

9. Other YouTube artists I enjoy using.

a. Aaron Rutten. YouTube.com. http://www.youtube.com/user/anatomyofrockthe
b. Mark Crilley. https://www.youtube.com/user/markcrilley
c. Art for Kids Hub. https://www.youtube.com/user/Artforkidshub
d. The Virtual Instructor: https://www.youtube.com/user/thevirtualinstructor
e. Circle Line School: “Circle Line Art School” https://www.youtube.com/user/circlelinemedia”>https://www.youtube.com/user/circlelinemedia

10. Art apps and software that are worthwhile your experimentation:

a. “Best Drawing and Sketching Apps:” http://www.talkandroid.com/guides/best-apps/best-drawing-and-sketching-apps/
b. “18 Apps Every Creative and Artist Type Should Download Right Now.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/09/art-apps_n_5762584.html
c. “Best Drawing Apps:” https://www.tomsguide.com/us/pictures-story/652-best-drawing-apps.html
d. I use Paint.net software a lot on my Windows computer. It’s free. It helps me change images from png to jpg easily. I can also change the size of images.
e. I use ArtStudio app on my ipad. I really like it because it is simple to sketch out heads and faces.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/artstudio-draw-and-paint/id354818333?mt=8.
f. I use Sketches app on my iphone:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tayasui-sketches/id641900855?mt=8

I hope you enjoy browsing and reading about these resources. I hope they inspire you and help you move forward to your illustrating goal.

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Interview with Dan Klennert – Amazing Iron Sculptor


 

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Dan Klennert and Barb, the love of his life

“Interview with Dan Klennert – Amazing Iron Sculptor” by Joan Y. Edwards

In July 2017, I had the pleasure of visiting Dan Klennert’s Recycled Spirits of Iron Sculpture Park with my daughter, Lorrie; my sister, Janet; and my nephew, Mike. Oh my goodness! What a treasure we found!

Mike, Lorrie, Dan Klennert, Janet, and Joan

With Dan Klennert’s hands, old horse shoes are fashioned into gigantic fish and horses. Backhoe teeth become the jaws of a dinosaur and the drive lines of a Ford van become its legs. Articles of scrap metal that once toiled in fields or churned in engines are rescued from the trash and reborn as remarkable sculptures. What society once used and then discarded as junk, Dan instills with dignity and new meaning.

I am happy that Dan Klennert agreed to be a guest on my blog today! Welcome, Dan!

Dan: Thank you, Joan. I am glad you enjoyed visiting my park. It’s fun talking with visitors. 

You call your park “Ex-Nihilo (pronounced X-Ne-High-Low) Latin words for “Something Made Out of Nothing.” You’ve certainly done that. Here are three of my favorite sculptures at the park: 

“EEK, a spider,” says Janet. Spider by Dan Klennert
Rooster by Dan Klennert
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Janet with Giraffe by Dan Klennert

1. When did you first get involved with art and old wore out items?

Dan: I fell in love with art in Seattle when I was about 7 or 8 years old. I’d sit on the front porch and draw. I’d take my red wagon and search through neighborhood junk piles. I found great stuff that way.  I went to school mostly for art. It was great! I just loved it. I find love and respect from my art.

Horse by Dan Klennert

 

2. Tell us more about how you became the sculptor you are today?

Dan: This is the journey in my life that made me the artist I am today. As a young child I fell in love with art by tracing pictures out of my coloring book. That lead to drawing free hand which I loved to do all through high school. 

After high school I went to work as a mechanic and fell in love with the wore out broken gears and sprockets. My foreman showed me how to glue metal together with an arc welder. At that time I put my love for art and my love for wore out metal together and started creating sculpture and at the same time practicing welding. From there I entered in art and craft shows and the rest is history.

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Skeleton and motorcycle by Dan Klennert

3. Why do you create art sculptures?

Dan: I create for the love of art. I get inspiration from the shapes and spirits contained in old metal and driftwood. I see a vision in my mind’s eye as to what certain shapes want to be.  Then I use music to put me deep into my imagination to create the vision. I like to think that I’m recycling the spirit of the piece and giving it new life. My love is preserving these older pieces of metal that contain some history and were made by the hands of man. I feel I’m giving new life to the tools and machines that made America what it is today.

4. What kind of music helps get you in the creative mood?

Dan: I use loud rock and roll music to get deep into my imagination and to kick butt in creating a piece. I also like using mellow music for people who view my sculptures because it helps them get on the right side of the brain.

5. Are there books that helped you improve your skills in creating your sculptures?

Dan: I am self taught but I had some help by working with older people and tapping them for their knowledge. I believe I suffer from A.D.D. and never have used books for learning my skill, I do use books for pictures to study shapes and forms of what I am creating.

6. Do you create sculptures for clients?

Dan: I have done commission pieces, but I don’t like doing them because my process is I turn up the music, crawl into my imagination and find a piece of metal that inspires me on what to create. Doing a commission piece I miss out on the foundation of falling in love with the image that a certain shape of metal or driftwood inspired me to create.

7. Are sculptures in your park for sale? What are the range of prices?

Dan: My pieces out in my park are for sale, range is 4500 to 80k.

8. Where do you get your material for your sculptures?

Dan: I get my “rusty gold” material for my sculptures from recycle bins, abandoned farms, junkyards and sometimes from fans.  I visualize my sculptures from the shapes of the rusty junk and go into a kind of creative, emotional trance when in my studio. I have been known to work two days straight and it felt as if only eight hours had gone by.

Dan Klennert with his rusty gold iron
Dan Klennert choosing a piece of driftwood for his next project
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Pile of driftwood and other wood for future projects

Dan, thank you very much for sharing your story and your sculpture with us here on my blog.  

Dan: You’re welcome. I hope your blog readers will visit my park soon. I’d love to meet them.

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Resources for more information about Dan Klennert:

  1. To visit Dan Klennert’s Recycled Spirits of Iron Sculpture Park, go to State Route 706 towards Mt. Rainier National Park – 3 miles East of Elbe, Washington.  (Admission Price: Donation. Dan’s Gallery (inside) is only open from May through October. The Sculpture Park (outdoors) is open year round.
  2. Website: www.DanielKlennert.com
  3. Contact information: Mailing Address: Dan Klennert, P.O. Box 401 Elbe, WA 98330; Phone 360-569-2280
  4. Walt Disney featured Dan Klennert  in the Disney Movie “America’s Heart and Soul.” DVD Available: http://movies.disney.com/americas-heart-and-soul
  5. The Mt. Rainier Visitor Association sponsored Dan Klennert in a YouTube presentation: “Recycled Spirits of Iron:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAlZ7xjr2wI

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How to Draw in Two-Point Perspective


“How to Draw in Two-Point Perspective” by Joan Y. Edwards

Two-point perspective has two vanishing point lines heading out from one particular corner spot in an image. Usually at the top and bottom of a vertical line that juts out.

I found several pictures on Pixabay that might help you understand a little better about it. If a building juts out towards you, with lines going out from it in two other directions, it probably is in two-point perspective.

Also, if you’re looking at a room, where you can only see one corner of a room in the distance and two walls jutting at an angle from it, it probably is a two-point perspective.

Here are five images to help you understand.

Image Examples of Two-Point Perspective:

 

Image 1 – Two Point Perspective – Point is towards you (Pixabay)
Image 2 – Two Point Perspective – Point is away from you (Pixabay)

 

Image 3 – Two-point Perspective – Point is towards you (Pixabay)
Image 4 – Two-Point Perspective – Point is away from you (Pixabay)

 

Image 5 – Two-Point Perspective – Point is towards you (Pixabay)

 

Steps to Drawing a Building in Two-Point Perspective

  1. Draw your horizon line straight across the page.
  2. Draw two points about a half-inch from the edge of the paper: one on the left side of the horizon line and another on the right side of the horizon line. These are your two vanishing points. All diagonal lines will go through one of these points. I discovered that if I make each dot an X then, it was easier to find and easier to line up with it.
  3. Draw the middle line that juts out towards you.
  4. Draw a line from top of the jut line to the left vanishing point.
  5. Draw a line from the bottom of the jut line to the left vanishing point.
  6. Draw a line from the bottom of the jut line to the right vanishing point.
  7. Draw a line from the bottom of the jut line to the left vanishing point.

Here are two images I drew for you in two-point perspective.

The first is a sketch of a laundry room. This time the jut line is away from you. I hope you can tell what the items are. If you can’t, just write me a little note and ask.

Illustration of two-point perspective – Laundry Room Copyright 2017 Joan Y. Edwards

The second illustration is also one of two-point perspective. This time the jut line is facing you. I drew a part of a city, I only drew two buildings so that I wouldn’t cover up the original two vanishing points. I made the image in the blog especially big, so that you might be able to see the red X’s for the vanishing points.

Illustration of two point perspective – City buildings and park Copyright 2017 Joan Y. Edwards

I hope that you enjoyed reading my blog. I hope you’ll try doing two-point perspective or draw for the adventure of doing it. Just to think that I started out with a horizon line and 2 vanishing points on each end. Simply amazing to me. One of the reasons, I’ve been working on perspective is so I’ll be able to make the illustrations better for my chapter book, Larry, the Terrifying Turkey.

I guess you noticed that sometimes one or both of the vanishing points can act like the single vanishing point. Things tend to get smaller in the distance. On city streets, you might need more than two points of perspective.

I hope you will leave me a note. I love hearing from the people who read my blog. I’d be honored if you would share it with others on Facebook, Twitter, or email.

Lots of Resources – Lots and Lots of Resources

Websites:

  1. ContrastBlack Studio DesignTutsPlus.com. Technical Drawing for Beginners: Two Point Perspective:” https://design.tutsplus.com/articles/technical-drawing-for-beginners-two-point-perspective–vector-21862
  2. Hello Artsy.com. “2 Pt Perspective Drawing: Step by Step:” http://helloartsy.com/2pt-perspective/
  3. Instructables.com. “How to Make a Two Point Perspective Drawing:” http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Two-Point-Perspective-Drawing/

 

YouTube Videos

  1. Circle Line Art School. “How to Draw in 2-Point Perspective: A Modern House:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZ0IgP25sV8
  2. iDraw. “How To Draw In Two Point Perspective | Easy:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29-bPAhvzFI
  3. Frank Korb. “Two Point Perspective Stairs:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFwevKdC-r8&t=24s
  4. Circle Line Art School. Tom. “How to Draw an Airplane and Airport in 2-Point Perspective:” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgfeehj48a4
  5. Circle Line Art School. Tom. “How to Draw a City in Two Point Perspective:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNq78n02fMQ&t=167s
  6. Diane Wood. “How to Draw a Room in 2 Point Perspective:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCanYY7eLeA
  7. Joshua Hendry. Drawing Tutorial – 2 Point Perspective (Buildings):” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwYUHx4Yong
  8. Milan Claudio. “2-Point Perspective City Drawing Tutorial:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qUIVGKGzB8
  9. Online Drawing Lessons. “Two Point Perspective Drawing Tutorial (A Room):” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvTPywbY2yM
  10. Paul Priestley. “How to Use Two Point Perspective:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfvTGb1igZ4
  11. Suzette Morrow. “2 Point Perspective Drawing:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpLJT_SHqpU
  12. Virtual Instructor. “Two Point Perspective:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZ0IgP25sV8
  13. idraw. “How to Draw Two Point Perspective| Easy:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29-bPAhvzFI

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Plant Success Seeds for Your Next Conference Now


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Pixabay.com Choose a few seeds to plant for success for your next conference now.

“Plant Success Seeds for Your Next Conference Now” by Joan Y. Edwards

You have the magical seeds needed for your success. Your inner mojo or magical power is there for you to use 24 hours a day.  Look for it. Plant it. Nourish it. To help you grow in confidence, you need to grow in skills and abilities. Plant these seeds for your success at your next conference.

pixabay.com/Choose a few seeds to plant before the conference.

 

Before the Conference

  1. Believe in you. Activate this belief. BELIEVE IN YOU AND YOUR ABILITIES. That’s the first seed for success. Believe in you. You can do all things necessary for your success.
  2. Set your goals. What skill do you most want to improve? Attend the workshops that will help you improve that skill. I hope that by attending a conference, you’ll learn a new skill or marketing technique that inspires you to reach your goals. You have what it takes for success. You may have to look through different eyes, through a different window to see it.
  3. Visit the web pages of three presenters that interest you. If they have a website, read the about me section. Check out their books at your local library or on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
  4. If you have specific questions for presenters, write them down on 3×5 cards and ask them at the conference during the workshops. If you don’t get a chance to ask them in person, most handouts or websites give contact information so you can write and ask them later.
  5. Get business cards with your name, address, phone number, email address, website, and blog. Many people put an image and link to their publishedbooks on the back. Use www.VistaPrint.comwww.Gotprint.com, or local print shop. You can also create business cards on your computer.
  6. Writers: Prepare a postcard, business card, bookmark. Use your book titles and pitch blurbs. Get these giveaways printed at www.VistaPrint.com, www.Gotprint.com, or other print shop. You can also create them by hand or with your computer.Illustrators: Prepare a portfolio of 10-20 of your illustrations. Make sure these are the kind of illustrations that you enjoy creating. Prepare a postcard with a sample illustration on it. If you have illustrated a published book, put it on one side and put a different story’s illustration on the back of the postcard. Share with people you meet at the conference. Also send one of your postcards to the art directors for publishing companies represented at the conference.r illustrators. Get bookmarks and or postcards printed at VistaPrintGot Print, or other print shop. You can also create them by hand or on your computer.
  7. Buy a new spiral notebook with a bright colorful design, a composition book with a black and white cover, or a sketch book.This way all of your notes are in one place. You can put it in front of your computer when you get home, and transfer your handwritten notes to your computer. You can add information from handouts by scanning them into your computer, or by typing what you want to remember from the handouts.
  8. Writers: Buy two pens that are dependable and write just the way you like a pen to write. Put them in your pocketbook to take with you. Illustrators: Take a pencil, a ruler, and a white eraser.
  9. Write a pitch for three of your manuscripts. Print out your pitches on 3×5 cards, 4×6 inch cards, or plain 8.5 x 11 printing paper. Carry two copies of each pitch with you to the conference. Put one copy in a folder and the other in your pocketbook. Practice giving your pitch in front of a mirror. Use eye contact. Memorize it. If your pitch is longer than on 3×5 index card, it is too long.
  10. Take comfortable clothing to wear in your favorite colors to keep your spirits high. Take a sweater or blazer, in case the air conditioning is too cool for your inner thermostat.If you’re hot, you can take off the blazer. A good work attire for writers/illustrators is a pair of jeans, a shirt, and a blazer. Linda Rohrbough says that you want the editors to think you just left your computer to meet with them. Be comfortable. If you feel better being all dressed up, dress up. It’s important for you to be comfortable and feel distinguished. Wear comfortable shoes.
  11. Check your laptop, iPad, or iPhone. Charge its battery. Bring your charger to the conference.
  12. Copy the  full manuscripts of your Works in Progress and other pertinent information you may need for the conference to a portable drive or flash drive for your laptop or use a cloud data holder. If you use Dropbox, you can put your manuscripts in it and access it from your iPad or iPhone or other electronic devices. It allows you to see your manuscript from all devices. Check it out before you leave home to make sure it works.
  13. Check out the directions to the conference. Find the restaurants that are located close to the conference that serve the kind of food you can eat.
pixabay.com At the Conference: Nourish the Seeds at the Conference

At the Conference

1.Take notes.

Take notes using your new spiral notebook or composition book or take notes on your laptop or other device.

2.Hand out business cards.

Hand out business cards to everyone with whom you talk. Ask for their businesscards, too. This will give you resources to check after the conference. The more you do this, the more comfortable and natural it will be for you. Make a goal of handing out at least 10-30 cards and getting an equal number in exchange.

3.Talk to people sitting beside you in a workshop.

Do you feel lonely and out of touch with people? Talk to the people who sit beside you in the workshops. Exchange names, email addresses, and business cards with them. Here are possible questions to start your conversation:

“What are you writing?”

“Are you in writing group? Is it online or face-to-face?”

“How do you find time to write (illustrate)?”

“Do you (draw) write best in the morning or at night?”

4.  If you meet a publisher or agent, ask them questions about themselves and their projects.

If you happen to meet an agent or editor in the elevator or at lunch, remember he/she is human, like you. Ask one of these questions or one of your own:

“What is your favorite project right now?”
“How do you know when a book is right for you?”
“What’s your advice for writers(illustrators)?”

5. Writers: Be ready to answer questions about your writing with a pitch.

After your question for an editor or agent, there is a great possibility he/she will ask you, “What kind of writing do you do?” This is a perfect lead in for your pitch. Hold your head high. Look the editor/agent in the eye. Pretend he’s your best friend and tell him your pitch.

Illustrators: Be ready to answer questions about your illustrating. Tell people three things you like to draw and if your like to portray humor, the dark side, nature, etc.

6. Take a short walk for exercise in between sessions.

7. Get plenty of sleep.

8. Eat healthy fruits, vegetables, and proteins. Drink plenty of water. This will keep you alert and focused.

9. Enjoy yourself and learn as much as you can.

10. List twenty things for which you are thankful each morning before you get out of bed.

11. Thank the presenters and the organizers.

12. If you are inspired by a book you hear about or see in the bookstore at the conference, buy it or borrow it from your public library.

 

After the Conference

 

1. Sleep, if you’re tired.

Accept yourself and others as you are. Focus on what you want. Be thankful for what you have. Be grateful for where you are. Put the fun back into your writing.

2. After you’ve rested, read and organize your notes from each workshop.

Edit your notes and add information from your handouts. You can scan pertinent information from the handouts into your computer.  Write at least three major things you learned from each workshop. You can write down more details if you want.

3. Make a top ten list of things that you learned at the overall conference.

 

4. Write/Revise Your Writing/Illustrating Goals

After this information soaks into your mind, body, and spirit, write/revise three writing/illustrating goals using the skills and information you learned. (Be patient with yourself.)

5. Writing Skill/Genre Goals

a) Read ten books in your chosen genre and three books on the craft of writing and/or illustrating.

b) Revise your favorite manuscript and submit it to an editor or agent.

c)  Revise 3 of your favorite illustrations. Choose one to create a new postcard and send to a prospective publishing company.

6. Marketing Goals

a) Learn a new technology.

b) Submit manuscripts/sample illustrations to different agents and/or editors often.

c) Join or create a critique group.

c) Join my Pub Subbers Yahoo Group, a group to encourage you to submit your manuscript/portfolio often (monthly if possible). To join, write me and tell me why you would like to join at joanyedwards1@gmail.com. Members postsuccesses, ask other members for help. etc. Members receive automated reminders for the weekly steps to get your work ready for submission.

Pub Subbers
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d) Prepare a book presentation for schools/organization.

e) Prepare a proposal to present a workshop for a writing conference.

f) Prepare a pitch for a manuscript. Go from a page summary and then focus on the words to hook readers. Keep shortening your pitch: 200-100-50-25 words. The ultimate goal is a pitch that is 140 characters long (approximately 25 words) that fits in Twitter. If you have all these different lengths, you will have a pitch to use in your cover letter, proposal, and for the rave blurbs for the back cover of yourbook. Your pitch is the magnetic tool that will entice people to buy your book.

7. Networking Goals

a) Create a website and/or blog.

b) Join a critique group.that focuses on genres you write or illustrate.

c) Give book presentations/workshops for schools and organizations

d) Create an author/illustrator page on Facebook and post news of your publishing journey.

e) Create a Twitter Account.Tweet your blog posts and your publishing news.

f) Visit the websites of three people who shared a business card with you.  Email them. Here are possible points to include in your email. Remind them of how you enjoyed talking with them. Thank them for sharing a resource. Congratulate them on their manuscript, portfolio, or book. Compliment them for being brave if they read their story at open mike. Thank them for giving you a new way to look at a problem.

g) Make a list of your followers on Facebook and Twitter. When you get your book published, they will be helpful in spreading the word about your book.  Interact with at least 25 of them on a regular basis.

Resources

  1. Amy Bishop. http://www.projecteve. “Do I Still Need Business Cards for Networking?” http://www.projecteve.com/do-i-still-need-business-cards-for-networking/
  2. Deborah Shane. “What to Do Before Attending a Conference?” https://smallbiztrends.com/2014/04/what-to-do-before-attending-a-conference.html
  3. Kristen Lamb, “Getting the Most Out of Writing Conferences:” http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2010/04/07/getting-the-most-out-of-writing-conferences/.
  4. Margo L. Dill, “Writers Conferences: Five Reasons Why You Should Go NOW, and How to Get the Most for Your Money:” http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/13-FE-MargoDill.html/.
  5. Marita Littauer, “Four Keys for Writers ConferenceSuccess:” http://www.right-writing.com/conference-keys.html/.
  6. Travelle. “How to Prepare for a Conference:”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/travelle/how-to-prepare-for-a-conf_b_8413424.html
  7. Yvonne Russell, “Getting the Most out of a Writers’ Conference:” http://www.growyourwritingbusiness.com/?p=47/.

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One Point Perspective – Art


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“One Point Perspective – Art” by Joan Y. Edwards

When I was in college at Western Carolina University, I took a few art courses. In one of them the instructor taught us one point perspective. We went outside and painted different buildings from across the street in one point perspective. My sister, Janet, says she still has those drawings. It’s amazing that watching You-Tube videos can refresh your memory and also give you new techniques to help you improve your drawing of things in perspective. I listed resources I personally liked that teach you one point perspective.

Definition: What is perspective?

Helen South states that “Perspective drawing gives a three-dimensional feeling to a picture. In art, it is a system of representing the way that objects appear to get smaller and closer together the further away they are in the scene.”

Things seem to get farther and farther away until they vanish at a point. Many times that point is near the middle of the page, but doesn’t have to. If you’re looking down the street, objects closer to you look larger than the objects farther away from you.

Here are a few other images that show you one point perspective:

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Notice how everything seems to lead to one particular point in the images near the back of the picture. Everything close to you looks bigger and items farther away get smaller.  With the trees you can see more of he front tree than you can of the others. You can see more of the buildings that are closer to you, than the ones that are farther away.

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Here are hints for drawing in one point perspective:

  • Make all diagonal (slanted) lines so that they come from the single dot vanishing point. The Vanishing Point marks where you stop seeing separate diagonal lines going away from you. It looks like they come together there. It makes things look smaller as they get farther away from your eyes. It makes things look larger as they get closer to your eyes. In other words, these diagonal lines that look like an upside down V help you see things on the page in perspective.
  • All straight lines across will be parallel with the horizon line.
  • All straight up and down (vertical) lines will be parallel with the right and left side edges of the paper.

Activities

Materials You’ll Need:  8.5 x 11 inch piece of paper, a ruler, a pencil, and a white eraser. 

If you are drawing a room in one point perspective, here is one way to begin:

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  1. Draw a line from the top left hand corner to the lower right hand corner of your paper.
  2. Draw a line from the top right hand corner to the lower left hand corner of your paper.
  3. Draw a straight line across the middle of the page. This will be your horizon line.
  4. Mark a dark dot in the middle of the horizon line. You can use a red colored pencil to help it stand out. This dot is called your vanishing point. 
  5. If you want, you can draw a rectangle to represent the wall at the far end of the room or hall.
  6. Now draw the hallway or room in detail with pictures on walls, desks, chairs, and doorways or windows.  Good luck😊!

If you are drawing a street scene, road, or railroad track scene, you might want to start with these directions:

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  1. Draw a straight line across the page close to the middle of the paper. This will be your horizon line.
  2. Draw a dot near the middle of the page. This will be your vanishing point.
  3. Decide how far apart you want your up-side-down V-shaped diagonal lines. Draw two diagonal lines that go from the vanishing point to the bottom of the page so that they are wider at the bottom.
  4. Draw the other items. Any slanted line will go through the vanishing point. The straight lines will be horizontal or vertical.

Exercises

  1. Print out one of the three pictures above or another one point perspective image from your own personal photo collection. Trace it or draw it using pencil and ruler. Be sure to note your horizon line and vanishing point, as well as the slanted, diagonal lines that all lead to the vanishing point.
  2. Sit in your front yard and sketch what you see in one point perspective.
  3. Sketch a hall scene from your house. Take a picture of it and draw it or sit at one end of the hall and draw it.
  4. Sketch a garden scene in one point perspective.

 

Resources

Graph Paper – Grid Paper

  1. Graph Paper Perspective. You can choose the size paper and how many inches you want the lines to be apart, etc. https://incompetech.com/graphpaper/perspective/
  2. Printable Paper.net. Free to print. One Point Perspective guide lines on paper
    Perspectivehttps://www.printablepaper.net/category/perspective

Written Step-by-Step with Images and Text

  1. http://www.studentartguide.com/articles/one-point-perspective-drawing
  2. C. Ibarra. “How to Create a Hallway With One Point Perspective:” https://snapguide.com/guides/create-a-hallway-with-one-point-perspective/
  3. Drawing Coach.com. “1 Point Perspective Drawing – Lesson 2 How to Draw a Circle:” http://www.drawingcoach.com/1-point-perspective.html
  4. Helen South.  “How to Draw One Point Perspective:” https://www.thoughtco.com/one-point-perspective-drawing-tutorial-1123412

Videos on You-Tube

  1. Fletcher Ceramics. “Easy 1 Point Perspective.” (brick building on a street)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFmek_sesfo
  2. Matt – Virtual Instructor. “One Point Perspective.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJYBMr5MKoo
  3. Melinda Nguyen “One Point Perspective – Streetscape:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phiEaRGBv-4
  4. Milton Kaynes You-tube Channel. “How To Draw A Room with One Point Perspective:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30tzJG6EOTo
  5. Otis Art Docents. “Lesson 5B – One Point Perspective.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twcFW0RyOO8
  6. Tom at Circle Line Art School. “How to Draw 1-Point Perspective for Beginners: A Hallway:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ICyLN6I2cY
  7. Tom at Circle Line Art School. “How to Draw a House in One-Point Perspective.”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i776k0zEzEc
  8. Tom at Circle Line Art School. “How to Draw a Room in One-Point Perspective.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEymIyLbiAI
  9. Tom at Circle Line Art School. “How to Draw Using One Point Perspective: (Railroad Track)” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRrKohWdpeQ

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