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Look at Your Art Constructively, NOT Critically

We’ve all done it. We rip into our art and say it isn’t any good. Stop the insanity! Look at your art with an objective, constructive eye instead of a critical one. How? Use a rubric!
This video demonstrates how to use a rubric to diagnose where you need to improve and where you don’t to streamline your drawing practice so it’s more effective and efficient.

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Using a Rubric: How to Measure for Success

Have you ever created a drawing and then looked at it and thought to yourself, “This stinks!”? Well, needless to say, criticizing your art in a negative way is unproductive and not very helpful. We need something to help guide our art-making decisions but in a positive, productive way that helps us grow as an artist. Next time, don’t crumple your art and throw it away. Instead, look at your art through the lens of a rubric!

What is a Rubric?
A rubric is a scoring guide used to evaluate a performance, a product, or a project. We can use a rubric is an assessment tool to evaluate how well we drew our art.

A rubric generally has three parts:
1) performance criteria;
2) rating scale; and
3) indicators.

The rubric defines what is expected and what will be assessed. It indicates what to evaluate, after you draw, according to specific criteria. You can then use that assessment to determine what you need to work on in future drawings and what you have already mastered. If you scored a one in any of the criteria, you know where to focus your efforts for improvement. If you scored a three you know you don’t need to practice that particular skill. Whether you score low or high on a rubric, you still know EXACTLY what you need to do!

Check out the video and download the following rubric for drawing hands and let me know how it worked out for you! Leave a comment or send an e-mail, so I know if you like this content and want me to produce more.

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New Coloring Page – The Green Goblin! Stay Safe and Away from Crowds (Don’t Spread, Color Instead)

Okay, so we are all stuck in this together and we need to support each other to get through it. Since I released two different Spider-Mans, I thought I would release one of the few villains I’ve ever made into a print. I sold this one a long time ago when I was just starting out showing at comic conventions. I really liked the pose of the Goblin on the Goblin Glider. AND I made him holding an exploding pumpkin! This print was a lot of fun to make. I hope you have as much fun with it as I did drawing it.

Maybe for coloring you could make a triptych with the two different Spider-Men flanking the Green Goblin? I dunno, be creative!

Green Goblin Coloring page
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New Coloring Page – Black Widow! Stay Safe Indoors (Don’t Spread, Color Instead)

With the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus we are all working to stop the spread. If you are stuck indoors like I am (although I’m not complaining) you may want something to pass the time. I’m releasing a more-than-usual schedule of coloring pages this month to help with potential boredom. I have so many different versions that I’ve drawn over the years its amazing to see the progress as I re-release these oldies but goodies.

 

I’m so happy to see Scarlett Johansson back as Black Widow. When her character died in Avengers: Endgame to get the Soul Stone I was pretty upset. I don’t see too many strong female characters in the movies.

I created this print of Black Widow way back when the Age of Ultron movie came out, about five years ago. I’m contemplating redrawing this print for the new Black Widow movie. Let me know what you think?

Black Widow Coloring page
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New Video, How to Draw Hands: Foreshortening

Foreshortening is an absolute must if you are going to draw comic book characters AND their hands! I think hands are just as important as the eyes as far as expressiveness and communication. This is the third video in my hand series and it explains the concept of foreshortening and how to use it in drawing.


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New Coloring Page – Aquaman!

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I don’t know about you but I absolutely loved Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo in The Game of Thrones t.v. show. I was thrilled to find out he was chosen to play Aquaman in any and all upcoming movies starring the watery super hero. Regrettably, many people didn’t like (although I don’t know why cause I thought it ROCKED) Justice League when it came out a few years ago. Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, Aquaman, a very funny Flash, and an awesomely-menacing-but-still-cool Cyborg all together on one screen and you’re going to bash it? Are you crazy?? It was a darn good movie!

Anyway, ignore all of those crazy, inaccurate reviews and take it from me, this is a really good movie. It’s very entertaining and Aquaman steals a scene where he accidentally sits on Wonder Woman’s Lasso of Truth – very funny!

I did this print a few years ago and never released the black and white as a coloring page. This one actually has a background on it because I started working on incorporating a story into the print. To make up for lost time, here it is! A chibi Jason Momoa as Aquaman.

Aquaman Coloring page

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New Coloring Page – Superman!

I already have a version of Superman available in my coloring pages but I thought I would add this one to the selection. Superman is such an icon that sometimes he is difficult to draw because  there is a certain expectation as to how he should look. I definitely had a lot of fun drawing his cape. Seriously? How many superheroes still have a cape? I kept his Clark Kent “All-American” male characteristics.

Enjoy drawing this other version of the Man of Steel.

Superman2 Coloring page

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