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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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Create Your Own Book Video

Create Your Own Book Video

It’s here! I’ve created a step-by-step guide for authors who want to make high-quality videos about their books. The class is live on Skillshare now, and this link will give you two months’ free access to all the classes Skillshare has to offer.   Also, because of the shutdown, I have made this class free and easily accessible on YouTube.  Please go here to watch the entire playlist. As the author of over a dozen books,...

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Ink Your Drink! A new class on painting cocktails

NEW on Skillshare! I’m teaching the ink transfer technique I’ve been posting about lately on Instagram. To find out more about the class, and to get 2 months free on Skillshare, use this link. (And there are tons of great classes on Skillshare! I’m particularly fond of Jim Richard’s urban sketching class.) To see all the classes I’m teaching on Skillshare, here’s a link that shows you all the classes and also...

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I Went on a Sketching Trip to Mexico and I Took You With Me

I Went on a Sketching Trip to Mexico and I Took You With Me

  We just went to Mexico together! Well, almost. I took my iPad to Guanajuato, Mexico last week and filmed an online class on travel sketching–so you can watch it and it’s almost like being there! I decided to focus on the two subjects that are easiest for beginners–building facades (meaning, looking straight on, no perspective skills required) and landscapes. This class walks you through the process I use when I’m...

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Story Structure is a Thing We All Wrestle With

  My next Skillshare class is live and it’s on the beast we all struggle with, both fiction and nonfiction writers: story structure. There are lots of people out there peddling complex, intricate techniques for writing a hit novel or screenplay. Honestly, I get a little overwhelmed by all that stuff. So I made a class about the methods I actually use when I write my own books, and I encourage you to try these out, see if they work,...

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I’m Teaching Writing Classes on Skillshare

Big news for the new year! I’m teaching a series of writing classes on Skillshare, which is an online teaching platform that works on a subscription model, like Netflix. The first two courses are live now, and you can get two months free through this link. The people at Skillshare approached me about teaching a couple years ago, but I couldn’t get my head around the idea at the time. Then I took a class on the platform–Jim...

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