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The Artistic Biker is me, Jonathan "Blade" Manning.
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Watercolor Wednesday S7E32

January 19th, 2017

I go through my facebook friends profiles and select a photo to paint. I usually spend 10 to 15 minutes on this.

This time, it was my buddy Adam.

You can watch this speed painting at the Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SxeWdYOC5w

Free $2 Tutorial – Value Scales

January 18th, 2017

This week, we did a quick down and dirty on monochrome value scales.

You can watch this week’s lesson on the YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPbizb8mB2A

The Lesson:

A value scale shows how the paint will react with a tint and shade, as well as show the amount of tint and shade needed to attain specific values. For instance, in our video we find that Pink is not half red and half white because the red is too bold for that. It takes a lot of white to lighten a red, but not so much the other way around. Also, on the shade side I discovered that as I thinned the shaded red, it changed to a “purpley” color. Is that because there is blue in my red or because there is blue in my black or both?

Draw a grid. Fill the middle of the top row with your Hue (color). In our case, we chose red. To the Tint (white) side try mixing them 4:1, 3:2, 2:3 and 1:4. Do the same on the Shade (black) side. When you have your results, try thinning them with water or acrylic medium, again 4:1, 3:2, 2:3, and 1:4. If you have three or four different brands of paint around, try it within the different brands, and then again by shuffling them. Be sure and label each chart with the brand and hue of the paint so you can get that color again.

Video Tech 16JAN2017

January 17th, 2017
Image of my video editing station

Video editing

This week’s Video Quiche (it’s pronounced “quickie”) is online at the YouTube. That’s the 3 minute version of a 90 minutes webcast. You can see it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM8r9Ib9eoQ

The full info and steps about this process, and even the show in real time can be found on Sunday’s blog post here: The Artistic Biker Does Strawberries

Since the post on Sunday night already gave all the information about this video, I thought I would use Tuesday’s posts to talk about the tech I use to create, edit, and produce The Artistic Biker Live!

Let’s start with the software I use to create the raw footage. Continue reading »

What’s on Your Easel? S7E32

January 16th, 2017

Since I haven’t done a show in so long, and since it was on a Monday instead of a Thursday, I didn’t have anyone else’s easels to show and inspire you. So this week, it’s just me and the kids.

You can watch the video at the YouTubes here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBaJJIDReNc

 What’s On Your Easel? What have you been doing with yourself? I sincerely want to know what you are currently drawing, painting, sculpting, dancing, writing, singing, choreographing, photogging, or otherwise artistically making love to!  Send an email to blade@artisticbiker.com and we’ll use your works to inspire other because that’s what this is really all about!


The Artistic Biker Does Strawberries

January 15th, 2017

This week we did a little tutorial about value charts and it inspired me to do a monochrome painting of strawberries. Materials used were: An art journal, acrylic gesso, flat white spray paint, Sargent Arts Acrylic Paint liquid Spectral Red, Real Art Supplies Acrylic liquid Carbon Black, Master’s Touch Fine Art Studio Acrylic Titanium White, Faber-Castell Art Grip Aquarelle watercolor pencil Red, Uniball Vision Elite gel pen Black, Brush Pen with Bombay Black India Ink.

Georgia O’Keeffe was known for here majestic desert scene paintings and her paintings of limited pallet or monochrome, naked botanical lady parts. You can learn about her life as an artist from the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum video: Georgia O’Keeffe: A Life in Art https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UonkqMuOZgM

Watch the extend play, without the paint drying over @YouTube: