Wednesday, July 25, 2012

IT'S LIVE!

Launching Today (Wednesday) At...

After more than a year of planning, filming, editing and polishing, ArtTutor.com will be launching today at 10am EST / 3pm GMT.

As you know, we've had some last minute bugs and they are all to do with integrating Paypal and Amex as a payment option. Unfortunately, we haven't resolved that so we'll be launching without the option to pay via those two methods.  What does this mean?

Nothing if you use Visa or Mastercard - you'll be able to join today.

We will be integrating Paypal and Amex very shortly and hopefully they will be fully functioning by the end of next week.  But please accept my apologies if you only have access to Amex and want to join right now - I know it must be frustrating having to wait.

Please check at 10am EST / 3pm GMT and REFRESH your Internet browser.  If you don't hit REFRESH you'll just keep seeing the old page.

You'll be able to browse the videos on the site and get a really good feel for it before joining.

One last thing!!

Don't forget our early bird incentives! We're giving away 18 chances for your artwork to be critiqued if you join in the next 3 days. To be entered into the draw, all you have to do is sign up and upload some of your artwork into your own personal gallery.

(If you want to sign up using Amex or Paypal we realise you won't be able to qualify for these incentives, so once we get the glitch sorted we'll send out an email and from everyone that signs up that day, we'll pick 5 people to get their work critiqued.)

I hope to see you on the other side later today!

Monday, July 23, 2012

ArtTutor Launching This Wednesday

Argh!  A few gremlins over the weekend means that we've had to delay the launch of ArtTutor.com until Wednesday.

We'll send an e-mail the moment we're live.  Don't forget the early bird incentives - 18 chances to a win a critique of your work by one of our tutors if you join in the first 3 days.

We'll send an email to everyone on our Priority Notification list tomorrow with confirmation of the launch time on Wednesday and then again when we go live.

Exciting times ahead, and this really is just the start!


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Daisy Backgrounds - Watercolour Lesson by Sian Dudley


So we're imminently approaching the launch of ArtTutor.com (this coming Monday unless last minute testing throws us a curve ball).

One of the first artists Phil approached to work with us at ArtTutor was Sian Dudley (actually, it was both Sian and her husband Rob, who are two of the country's top watercolour instructors in my opinion).

Sian and Rob have produced about 20 very comprehensive watercolour lessons for us, which we'll be releasing on ArtTutor between now and October.  I thought you might like to see a sample lesson from Sian, who is very much a 'botanical' watercolourist.

Below is part 1 of 2 from her 'Daisy Backgrounds' lesson.  I'm sure you'll agree, it's a stunning image and is actually two lessons for the price of one.

We'll add part 2 to ArtTutor.com in time for the launch on Monday, along with some other lessons from Sian and Rob.  Enjoy...









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Monday, July 16, 2012

Frequently Asked Questions

ArtTutor.com is launching Monday 23rd July.  One week from now you'll be able to sign up to one of the largest online art tuition libraries on the Internet!

Before we get into our FAQs, here's another little video to whet your appetite:


 
 
When is ArtTutor launching?
Barring any last minute glitches, we'll be launching a week today - Monday 23rd July.  We'll send an e-mail as soon as we go live.


How much does ArtTutor cost?
ArtTutor costs USD $14.95 per month, $74 for 6 months (a month free) or $129 for the year (a saving of $50).  
  • In Euros, the cost is approximately: EUR 12 per month, 60 for 6 months or 105 for the year.
  • In British Pounds, the cost is approximately: GBP £9.60 per month, £47 for 6 months or £83 for the year.
  • In Australian Dollars, the cost is approximately: AUD $15 per month, $75 for 6 months or $130 for the year.  

With the monthly option, is there a minimum amount of time I have to sign up for?
You can cancel the monthly option at any time and you'll be able to access ArtTutor until the date your billing cycle was set to renew.  In effect, the minimum time you can subscribe for is 30 days. 


How can you watch videos?
We like to make things as simple as possible so all our videos are click and play - just like YouTube. You can't download them, but you can watch them anywhere on any device (that includes iPhones and iPads as well as Android phones).

Every video is available in low, standard, or high definition to cater for differing Internet connection speeds.  If you are able to watch YouTube videos without them stuttering, our videos shouldn't be an issue for you either.


What should I expect from your videos?
All the videos will be categorised on the website according to medium, subject matter, and difficulty. All the videos either have a materials list or mention the materials in the video, and we try and provide downloadable reference material where possible.

We provide demonstrations across all ability levels as well as our foundation courses.

We try to make every video between 20 and 30 minutes long. For demonstrations that are longer than half an hour, we split the video into parts so you can follow along in bite-size chunks.


What about the monthly challenges?
We will be running 12 challenges per month (one per medium, and six for our most popular subject matter). The prize will be $50 (or equivalent in your currency) to spend at your favourite online art store and there will be one winner per challenge.

The difference between our monthly challenges on ArtTutor.com and the challenge we ran on the blog is that we're going to ask you to write a little self-critique on your image. We think this is a great way to help you improve.

When we judge the winners, we won't just choose the best, but we'll look at your critique and see what you learnt from the whole process, so even if you're not a budding Turner or Monet, there's no excuse!


Is ArtTutor.com just foundation courses?
No. We think it's really important that you have a good knowledge of the basics so our foundation courses are designed to do just that. They should be your first port of call before you progress to some of our more advanced demonstrations.

So together with our foundation courses, we will be launching with over 40 individual demonstrations and updating the site with another 40 demonstrations by the end of August alone.


How can I get my painting critiqued?
We will run a page on the forum asking for critiques each month. Critiques are free, but we can only select a limited number of images.  Even so, we'll choose images from different members each month so you have the best chance to be selected.


Will you be offering a money back guarantee?
For the 6 month and 12 month membership options, there is a 30-day money back guarantee.  We can't offer a guarantee on the monthly option but you can cancel at any time so that the most you risk is the cost of one month's subscription.


Early Bird Incentives
We're really excited about ArtTutor.com and we can't wait to share all our videos with you. We also know that there are some people who are as excited as we are and to show our appreciation, we're going to have some early bird incentives for people who sign up in the first three days.

On day one we'll pick 10 people out of everyone who signs up and then uploads some of their own artwork into the online gallery. Those 10 will get a personal critique of their artwork from one of our professional tutors.

One day two we'll pick 5 people, and on day three we'll pick 3 people.


What next?
ArtTutor.com will be launching Monday 23rd July.

When the site launches you'll be able to create a user account and sign up.  If you're reading this it probably means you're on our Priority Notification List because we've only emailed people on that list.  If you were sent this link by a friend you can add yourself to the list below...




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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

About ArtTutor





Membership Options
When you join ArtTutor.com you get access to every video lesson across all the mediums and the private forums.  The lessons, workshops, and courses are there for you 24/7, on demand.

Option #1 - Monthly Subscription
You'll be able to join ArtTutor.com on a month-to-month basis, the same as gym membership for example.  The cost is less than a typical evening art class - USD $14.95 per month (approx: GBP £9.50 or EUR €12.30).

You can cancel at any time - there is no minimum commitment beyond a month.  As with any subscription, your membership will automatically renew each month unless you cancel... and we make it very easy for you to cancel (just a couple of obvious mouse clicks) should you want to.   

Option #2 - Annual Subscription
For those that want to join ArtTutor.com for the year, there's a big saving (in effect you get 3 months for free).  Think of this as taking out a subscription to an art magazine for the year.  We offer a 30-day refund on annual subscriptions. 

Launch Date
We're hoping to confirm the exact date in the next few days but it will be in July.

We're going to have some great early bird incentives for people who sign up in the first few days, but we'll only be notifying people about the launch if they're on the Priority Notification List, so be sure to add yourself to that if you haven't done so already (no commitment - you're just putting your hand up to say you're interested).

Have a question?  Please ask in the comments box below and we'll put a another post together answering them all.




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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Launch Challenge Winners Announced!!

So the deadline has passed and the time has come to announce the winners of our three challenges.

But before we get round to that, we just want to say a big thank you to everyone who entered - my inbox was flooded with some fantastic pictures, and it was a real pleasure to sit down and go through everyone's artwork to choose some winners!

It was also a real encouragement to read some of your comments and hear how our videos are already helping you to improve.

We have four galleries of images, so be sure to check them out to find your image!





And now... drum roll please... It's time to announce the winners!

Challenge #1: Movement

 Ana Murza
 Lydie Pieplu
Vijayendra Acharya


















Challenge #2: Watercolour Line and Wash
We had so many entries to this challenge that we found it impossible to choose just three winners, so we decided to choose four instead!
 Pam Taylor
Dhrubajyoti Sarmah Mazumder

Alan Berry












 
Pierrette Desrochers













Challenge #3: Using a Palette Knife

 Jan Husada
 Karole Moore
Pierre Privat













Thanks again to everyone who entered! At ArtTutor we believe that having a goal to work towards is really important, so if you didn't win this time, don't worry, keep trying!

We will be running monthly competitions on ArtTutor.com in each medium we feature, covering all subject matter to make sure there's something for everyone!

Keep an eye on the blog to find out more about the launch - stay tuned tomorrow when we'll be telling you exactly what the site will be like and what it's going to cost!

The winning images are on our and all the entries are on our .

You can also keep updated about .

Friday, July 6, 2012

Illustrated Step-by-Step Oils Demo


ArtTutor.com will always be about top quality video instruction, but we're keen to give you as much material as possible to help you learn and improve as an artist. This is why, as well as on-camera teaching, we've been getting artists to produce printable step-by-step guides...

These are very much like the step-by-step guides you see in art magazines only more comprehensive (and we think more instructional).  Hannah, ArtTutor's content manager, has added a sample guide on how to paint a floral still life in oils by upcoming artist Lucy Somers.

Follow the instructions below to download the guide and then follow at your leisure!

RIGHT click on the link below (CTRL and click if you're on a Mac) and choose 'Save link as' (Firefox/Chrome)  or 'Save target as' (Internet Explorer)  or 'Download linked file' (Safari):






Look out for an e-mail on Tuesday where we'll go through exactly what ArtTutor is and how you can be a part of it, if you want to.  Spaces will be limited and we'll only be notifying people on the Priority Notification List so add yourself to that if you haven't done so already (no commitment - you're just putting your hand up and saying it's something you might be interested in).

Best Regards,

Bob and The ArtTutor Team.

Monday, July 2, 2012

A Foundation Course For Every Major Medium

The very nature of a foundation is having something you can build on in the future - that goes for anything, not just buildings, and here at ArtTutor we think you can apply it to art tuition too!

That’s why we’ve created a foundation course for all of the mediums we cover - so that’s Watercolour, Acrylic, Oils, Pastel and Drawing (and later this year we'll be releasing courses in coloured pencil, figure drawing, life drawing and portrait drawing). 


One of the things that we believe holds a lot of artists back (and not just newcomers) is big gaps in their understanding of the basics.  So our courses start at the grassroots - we go from choosing materials and the techniques you need to get started, right the way through to really understanding how your medium works.

These courses have been designed to complement our other demonstrations and give you a good grounding in your painting and drawing so that you have the confidence to try something more challenging.

And the best news?

They’re all available 24/7 on ArtTutor.com for whenever you need them. Take a look at the course outlines:



(Available in ArtTutor.com in July)
By Bob Davies

(Available in ArtTutor.com in July)
By Bob Davies

(Available in ArtTutor.com in July)
By Bob Davies

(Available in ArtTutor.com in July)
By Michael Howley

(Available in ArtTutor.com in July)
By Bob Davies


COLOURED PENCIL FOUNDATION COURSE
(Coming to ArtTutor.com in November)
By Carole Massey

FIGURE DRAWING COURSE
(Coming to ArtTutor.com in August)
By Jane Lazenby

LIFE DRAWING COURSE
(Coming to ArtTutor.com in September)
By Jane Lazenby

PORTRAIT DRAWING COURSE
(Coming to ArtTutor.com in October)
By Carole Massey





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Watercolour Foundation Course Outline


Available in ArtTutor.com this July
By Bob Davies


Video 1 - What are watercolour paints?
Video 2 - Choosing and using brushes
Video 3 - Buying or making your own palette
Video 4 - A guide to watercolour paper
Video 5 - How to stretch watercolour paper
Video 5 - Other essential equipment
Video 6 - Working flat vs inclined
Video 7 - Activating watercolour paint
Video 8 - Brushstrokes and mark making
Video 9 - Mix on your palette or on the surface?
Video 10 - What is colour shift?
Video 11 - All about washes
Video 12 - The variegated wash
Video 13 - The wet in wet technique
Video 14 - Avoiding cauliflowers and watery blooms
Video 15 - Layering
Video  16 - Lifting out
Video 17 - Using negative shapes
Video 18 - The dry brush technique
Video 19 - The colour wheel
Video 20 - Hues, tints, shades and tones
Video 21 - Colour mixing
Video 22 - Avoiding mud
Video 23 - Tonal value and tonal contrast
Video 24 - Ariel perspective
Video 25 - The monochrome exercise
Video 26 - The tonal sketch
Video 27 - A sample watercolour landscape
Video 28 - Using sponges
Video 30 - Spattering technique
Video 31 - An introduction to pen and wash
Video 32 - All about glazing





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Drawing Foundation Course Outline


Available in ArtTutor.com this July
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Video 1 - A quick guide to pencils
Video 2 - Paper surfaces
Video 3 - Sharpening your pencils
Video 4 - Other common drawing media
Video 5 - Holding the pencil and varying pressure
Video 6 - Mark making 
Video 7 - Hatching and cross hatching
Video 8 - Basic shading and blending
Video 9 - Lifting out with the eraser
Video 11 - Tracing an image or a photo
Video 12 - Using the grid system
Video 13 - Scaling up and down
Video 14 - Creating a measure and dealing with proportion
Video 15 - Measuring angle lines
Video 16- Using negative space
Video 17 - What is sight size?
Video 18 - How to make your drawings look 3 dimensional
Video 19 - Drawing and shading a sphere
Vide0 20 - Tonal value and contrast
Video 21 - Counter change
Video 22 - The vanishing point
Video 23 - Adjusting the eyeline and viewpoint
Video 24 - 1,2 and 3 point perspective
Video 25 - The importance of a focal point
Video 26 - The rule of thirds
Video 27 - Odd numbers are better
Video 28 - The golden ratio
Video 29 - Quiet and busy areas
Video 30 - Creating a path for the eye





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Oil Painting Foundation Course Outline


Available in ArtTutor.com this July
By Bob Davies


Video 1 - What are oil paints?
Video 2 - Choosing and using brushes
Video 3 - Oil painting palettes
Video 4 - A guide to oil painting surfaces
Video 5 - Other essential equipment
Video 6 - Using a palette knife
Video 7 - Choosing an easel
Video 8 - How to set up your workspace
Video 8 - A guide to oil painting additives and mediums
Video 9 - Activating and layering oil paint
Video 10 - Mix on your palette or on the surface?
Video 11 - Priming and tinting your surface
Video 12 - Brushstrokes and mark making
Video 15 - The colour wheel
Video 16 - Hues, tints, shades and tones
Video 17 - Colour mixing
Video 18 - Tonal value and contrast 
Video 19 - Ariel perspective
Video 20 - The monochrome exercise
Video 21 - The tonal sketch
Video 22 - Acrylics watercolour style
Video 23 - Acrylics oils style
Video 24 - Acrylics impasto style
Vide0 26 - Glazing & scumbling
Video 27 - Scratching out
Video 28 - An introduction to water soluble oils  





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Pastels Foundation Course Oultine


Available in ArtTutor.com this July
By Michael Howley


Video 2 - Storing your pastels
Video 3 - A guide to pastel papers
Video 4 - Mark making with pastels
Video 5 - Blending and layering
Video 6 - Lifting out
Video 7 - Colour mixing (part 1)
Video 8 - Colour mixing (part 2)
Video 9 - Tonal value and contrast
Video 10 - A sample landscape study
Video 11 - Using fixative





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Acrylics Painting Foundation Course Outline


Available in ArtTutor.com this July
By Bob Davies


Video 1 - What are acrylic paints?
Video 2 - Choosing and using brushes
Video 3 - Buying or making your own palette
Video 4 - A guide to acrylic painting surfaces
Video 5 - Other essential equipment
Video 6 - Using a palette knife
Video 7 - Choosing an easel
Video 8 - A guide to acrylic mediums
Video 9 - Activating acrylic paint
Video 10 - Mix on your palette or on the surface?
Video 11 - Priming and tinting your surface
Video 12 - Brushstrokes and mark making
Video 14 - Blending techniques
Video 15 - The colour wheel
Video 16 - Hues, tints, shades and tones
Video 17 - Colour mixing
Video 18 - Tonal value and contrast 
Video 19 - Ariel perspective
Video 20 - The monochrome exercise
Video 21- The tonal sketch
Video 22 - Acrylics watercolour style
Video 23 - Acrylics oils style
Video 24 - Acrylics impasto style
Vide0 25 - Glazing & scumbling
Video 26 - Scratching out
Video 27 - Acrylics and mixed media   
Video 28 - How to varnish your work





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