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Urban Sketching in New York City!

Urban Sketching in New York City!

  My new art class is live on Skillshare now. Use this link to check out the class and get 2 months free to explore everything they have to offer. Do you love New York? So do I! It’s my favorite spot for urban sketching, travel sketching, and kind of exploring and art-making. In this class, we’re going to focus on the one skill you really need to paint a city like New York: Perspective. We’ll use Manhattan for our laboratory to...

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Anybody dreaming of Italy?

Anybody dreaming of Italy?

  Ah, Italy! I was there exactly one year ago, and I wish I was there right now! At least we can dream. My new Skillshare class is all about simplifying a classic Italian village scene. Go here to preview the class and get 2 months free on Skillshare, which is more than enough time to travel the world (virtually, anyway) and improve your sketchbook skills! First, we’ll focus on getting the major shapes in place by measuring how they fit...

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Come sketch with me in a French village!

Come sketch with me in a French village!

  OK, we’re not actually GOING to France. But you can practice being in France with your sketchbook! Take this class on Skillshare now, and get 2 months free with this link: https://skl.sh/3hXKhyN Join me on a travel sketching adventure in the beautiful village of Cambos-Les-Bains, France! We’re going to paint a scene that addresses one of the biggest challenges of travel sketching: how to give a scene depth, so that you feel that...

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Rewrite, Revise, Revisit: A Guide to Editing Your Book

  Have you finished a first draft? Congratulations! Now the fun begins. Every writer knows that editing is the most important part of the writing process. This is where all the really important, meaningful work happens. It’s where you have the most control, and the ability to really carry out your intentions and make this into the kind of book you set out to write in the first place. In this class I’m going to give you a toolbox for...

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Are you ready to write your first draft?

Are you ready to write your first draft?

  Are you ready to start writing your book? My new class is live on Skillshare. Get 2 months free with this link: https://skl.sh/3h13nDx The act of sitting down in front of a blank page takes a certain amount of courage. It’s a long road with plenty of uncertainty ahead. But you can make a plan to get it done. This class is for anyone beginning a new book project, whether it’s your first book or your fourteenth, and whether you’re...

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How do you mix colors?

How do you mix colors?

  HERE IT IS! I’ve been promising to do this class on color mixing and the color wheel for a while now, and now it’s done. Here’s what it’s about: As an artist, you’re probably familiar with the color wheel, with the three primary colors of red, yellow, and blue, and the secondary colors of orange, purple, and green. But—have you ever looked at a color printer cartridge and noticed that printers don’t use ink...

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At Last–My Research Class is Here

At Last–My Research Class is Here

  The question I get asked most often is how I do my research. It’s a tricky question to answer–every book is different, every research question is different, every source is different. But I did my best to boil it down into one half-hour class. Watch this class on Skillshare, and get 2 months free with this link: https://skl.sh/3cYTfsK. Whether you’re writing fiction, nonfiction, reported journalism, essays, or memoir,...

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Learn All My Evernote Tricks!

Learn All My Evernote Tricks!

  I just posted a class on Skillshare about how I use Evernote to keep track of my research and to brainstorm ideas. Check the class out here, and use this link to get 2 months free on Evernote. I get asked a lot about how I do my research. This is the first of a two-part answer. The first step is to come up with a tracking system, because without it, all that research gets lost. (I learned this the hard way!) I am devoted to Evernote and...

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Laid-Back Lettering

Laid-Back Lettering

If you want to add more artistic, colorful, dramatic lettering to your sketchbooks, journals, and artwork, but you don’t want to put in the hours it takes to really perfect a hand-lettering style, I made this class just for you! I love all the beautiful brush pen and modern calligraphy styles I see all over Instagram, but filling out practice sheets and trying to learn upstrokes and downstrokes felt too much like work for me. So I...

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Painting Doors and Windows with Ink and Watercolor

My new class is live on Skillshare! Go here to preview the class, and this link also gives you 2 months free on Skillshare, which is plenty of time to check out everything they have to offer. One of my favorite subjects to paint is old painted doors. They have so much character and they really tell the story of the place. There are a few challenges that are particular to drawing and painting doors, including: Getting the proportions...

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