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5 Drawing based videos completed!

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5 drawing videos completes and loaded and 4 more to go for my basics in graphite. Search the web, go to my website (videos) or click the image above to get to my YouTube channel. Check them out and subscribe! To have a custom channel name I need 100 subscribers, help me out with that.

I have in the mean time to go along with the videos a materials list. I have links to amazon, but shop local if you can. Amazon is just easy….. Maybe to easy.

My Materials list you are interested, buy local if you can!:

Rapesco 64 Manual Desktop Pencil Sharpener – 6mm Pencils- https://amzn.to/2NqP2TK (sometimes you can find them prime but click around to shop for the best deal)

Susan Rubin and Susan DiMarchi turned me on to the Vanish Eraser, and the pencil sharpenercheck them out. http://www.susanrubinstudio.com http://susand-bidbg.blogspot.com

Koh-I-Noor RED 2.0 mm drafting pencil: https://amzn.to/3aakEXH

Staedtler Mars 2.0 mm drafting pencil: https://amzn.to/2FUrIJY Staedtler Mars 4H 2.0mm Graphite inserts: https://amzn.to/2ss6Q9J

Staedtler Mars 2H 2.0mm Graphite inserts: https://amzn.to/2uVRiMB Staedtler Mars HB 2.0mm Graphite inserts: https://amzn.to/2NuLjEK Staedtler Mars 2B 2.0mm Graphite inserts: https://amzn.to/2QWGUwh Staedtler Mars Pencil set: https://amzn.to/2QYcs4Z

PALOMINO BLACKWING, equal to 3B, I would see if you can find one individually local or you can buy a set of 12: https://amzn.to/363rkne

Caran d’Ache Graphite Pencil set: https://amzn.to/2RyxxCr Pentel 0.3mm holder: https://amzn.to/2u8dwKz

Pentel 4H 0.3mm Thin Leads, Tube of 12: https://amzn.to/2TrT4yZ Pentel 0.5mm holder: https://amzn.to/2R16Yqp

Pentel 2b 0.5mm Thin Leads, Tube of 12: https://amzn.to/30vBz2j

Vanish Eraser- Jerrys is the best Deal if you buy a box of 30 (split them with your art buddies). https://www.jerrysartarama.com/vanish… or Amazon:https://amzn.to/2toaFx7

Gray kneed Eraser: Super cheap anywhere- or Amazon: https://amzn.to/2TrrZMp

Tombow MONO Zero Eraser Value Pack, Rectangle 2.5 mm. Precision Tip Eraser with Refills- https://amzn.to/3agndao

Faber Castell Perfection Eraser Pencil with Brush 7058B: https://amzn.to/2Tr1g2D

Sakura EE-3000 SumoGrip Electric Eraser: https://amzn.to/2QXC8ie

Tombow Mono Dust Catch Eraser: https://amzn.to/3adRCWS

Eraser Shield: https://amzn.to/2TruRc9

Scalpel Set (great for all botanical artist and illustrators): https://amzn.to/2FVvS4o

Staedtler Mars Rotary Sharpener: https://amzn.to/2RmxLfv

Uni 2mm sharpener: https://amzn.to/370or7N

PanPastel Sofft Covers: https://amzn.to/35TBE0Z

7 video projects in 1!

Single Point Lighting Example

I am currently working on 7 video projects in one. 1. “Single Point Lighting” video, 2. My “One, Two, GO!, sketch to transfer perfection”, 3. “An Apple Time Lapse”, 4. “An Apple Drawing Walk through”, 5. “Value Application with the Land and Take Off Method (working title) 6. “Value Scale for Graphite, Black it not Black” and 7. “How to Make your own Transfer Paper”.

Single Point Lighting “What the Light is Doing!”

It has been slow going it seems. One simple project rapped into many concepts. They are important concepts to me and I want to be able to deliver them precisely. I really want to give these wonderful ideas to the universe. Most of these concepts, I wish I knew 20 years ago and some I have been refining for 20 years.

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Picking up a piece I haven't worked on in over a year video.

A fun quick little video. I am struggling a bit to finish a piece I haven’t work on in a while. I have changed up my technique with graphite since I started this piece. It will be interesting to get it done.

New Camera (to me) from Santa (aka my wife)

Canon T3i with Magic Lantern Installed

I know the T3i is not the newest Camera on the market, but it fits my need. Being able to shoot video with two cameras, not to mention the flip out screen (my other camera is a T2i with no flip out screen) will help so much and save a bunch of time. The first thing I did was install the Magic Lantern build for it. It works like a charm. Also, I was generously given a nice lightning kit. Something I should have looked into a long time ago I can wait to get started on my next project. I was thinking that I never really have given my full gusto to drawing something simple like an apple. Plus it will be great for a few tutorial videos I have been thinking of doing. Let me know what you think or if you want to see me make a specific video. In the mean time check out my YouTube Channel “Get Your Phil of Art” , I just finished uploading an Almost 12Hour Video.

12 Hour (almost) Real Time (almost) video of White Tara Graphite Drawing

I am super happy to have this video done and uploaded finally. It took about three days to export it, and gladly there were no errors in the process! Check it out and let me know what you think. 12 Hour White Tara Drawing.

47 hours to go on 12 hour video export

I have this crazy idea about posting an almost in real time of me working on my White Tara Statue drawing. So I edited a video that is about 12 hours. As you can see the export is taking quite a bit of time, currently 47 hours and some change. I also installed “Magic Lantern” on my canon camera to help out with my work flow and to be able to shoot better. I should have installed this a long long time ago. Once I get the video loaded to YouTube I will post again about it. Cross your fingers that all goes well and I don’t run into any issues. Also, please Subscribe to my Youtube Channel! More and more videos to come.

"Get Your Phil of Art" YouTube Videos!

I am going to be making a bunch of new Art videos! Check out my channel “Get Your Phil of Art”. Please subscribe and like and let me know if there are any art videos that you would like me to make.

Here is my current page link. Get Your Phil of Art

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First post in a while, introduction and whatnot.

Phillip Potter Lichen and Small Skull, 9″x12″, watercolor on 140 Hp Arches paper

 It has been two years almost to the day when I started the path as a full time artist. So…. I wanted to make a blog post about what it is like to be an artist. To make a record of my process, so I have something to reflex upon and to compile my progress and failures. Also, as many artists seem to be I am dyslectic and really could use with a daily writing exercise (and well I am not the best writer). So  may I add, sorry for and grammatical errors and so forth. I am hoping any tips, tricks, or how to information will make up for it.

 I am hoping to do daily or almost daily posts (probably not really going to happen), including my morning sketch, works in progress, materials and all sorts of what ever tidbits that happen in my day. Hopefully showing a perspective of life as someone with an obsession of making.

Lichen and Skull, work in progress watercolor on 140lbs Hp Arches

 A bit about me and mostly about my art background that is. I was born and raised in Denver, CO in the late 70’s. I had lots of per-university art exposure and maybe I will have a chance to post about that some day soon.  I attended (then) Metropolitan State of Denver (now it is “University”) from 1997-1999. With the help of my drawing professor (a student of Richard Diebenkorn while he attended UCLA) I was excepted to The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and spent the next two years there 1999-2001.  2001 was a though year for anyone trying to get a start to a career and I was no exception because of what happened that late summer.  While at the start of my university art education Metropolitan State of Denver I worked at a heavy duty vehicle parts company part time and in 2001 because of the current job market I started working there again. I pretty much stayed with that company until 2016 ( I did jump around a bit and worked for a local photographer, Pamela Mougin who has since passed away. I also worked in large format printing, repaired Mac computers and customer support for a piece of building software.)

From 2001 to 2016 I was still making art, just not full time. I started showing in Denver in 1999 and showed very rarely until 2009 when became a showing artist and member at EDGE gallery in north Denver. At about that time I started showing quite a bit and entering call for entry shows (maybe I will post about how I currently fell about call for entry shows in the future)  Also I started dealing with a few local Denver art consultants that sold some of my work and commissioned a few large projects.  In 2013 one of these large commissions was for 6 large works that needed to be complete in a short amount of time. I was working full time 40+ hours a week and completing the commission on top of that was quite a task. After I finished that commission I put my art making on almost hold. I left EDGE gallery and was no longer taking commission or activity trying to sell work. This was a very bad idea, I am still after two years of full time art-ing trying to get back to 2013 sales, commissions and exhibitions.

Abstract oil paintings in progress

 As of April 2018 I became a member of Spark gallery and have a scheduled show February 14th – March 10th 2019. I am currently engrossed  in making work for this upcoming show. I will be posting works in progress for this show.

I am also currently working towards  a certification in botanical art and illustration at The School of Botanical Art and Illustration Denver.  I have wanted to to this program for a very long time. Now I have the time to do this program. Thankfully they have a scholarship that I applied for and received that covers most of the programs costs. Continuing to learn new approaches and techniques, I feel is very important in making great work and pushing yourself into new places of work.

The stages of attachment, building canvas stretchers and stretching canvas.

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48″ x 72″ canvas stretcher. Oil painting work in progress in back.

I wish I could make the idea of building canvas stretchers sexy, but it is just some milled lumber. There is something special about building things yourself though. In this case building the skeleton of the skin that is the canvas that is almost never seen or thought of. Eight 45 degree cuts attached to make perfect 90 degree angles. A few pieces of strait lumber to keep the rectangle from flexing, so when the canvas is attached it will always be flush when hung. Simple ideas but sometimes not easy to complete.

I have been building variations of painting surfaces for 20 years or so now.  The first semester at school, A painting instructor of mine at The School of the Art Institute approached me while in a painting studio and I think he asked why I was working so small. As an art student I was pretty broke and working larger at that time was not in my budget. He suggested I go down to the wood shop at the school and start making my own canvas stretchers and stretch my own, as it would be more cost effective and I could start working larger. A semester later I was asked to apply for the advanced painting program by the head of the painting department. The rest is history as they say.

More that being cost effective, it became this integral part of how I make work. It makes the painting process deeper for me. I am not just slapping some paint on something I picked up at the art store. I was part of the birth of the surface that I will then lovingly apply paint, building composition and having a connection with the end result.