‘On Art’

How to get better at drawing

Posted on: June 30th, 2018 by Nathan E. Lilly

Just start drawing. Don’t stop drawing. Just start drawing This, in theory, is the easy part. It’s especially easy for children. Older, less naive, people find that they make excuses when they should be drawing. Whole careers have been wasted simply through the inability of someone to start something. Pure procrastination. Fear of failure. Waiting […]

The Best Art Instruction Manuals: Creative Theory

Posted on: June 29th, 2018 by Nathan E. Lilly

Over the past two years I’ve been working through a series of books on Art, from histories to theory to manuals. I’ve decided to share some of the best works that I’ve come across. I’ll be adding all of these, and future works, to my Very Artistic Library page. It will be an up-to-date list […]

Drawing on Escher on Drawing

Posted on: June 25th, 2018 by Nathan E. Lilly

If you’re ever feeling that you’re not good enough, remember that no artist thinks that they’re good enough. Here’s a quote from M.C. Escher, one of the finest draftsman you could encounter. “Good God, I wish I’d learn to draw a little better! How much effort and persistence costs to try to do it well. […]

The Best Art Instruction Manuals: Painting

Posted on: May 22nd, 2018 by Nathan E. Lilly

Over the past two years I’ve been working through a series of books on Art, from histories to theory to manuals. I’ve decided to share some of the best works that I’ve come across. I’ll be adding all of these, and future works, to my Very Artistic Library page. It will be an up-to-date list […]

The Best Art Instruction Manuals: Drawing

Posted on: May 18th, 2018 by Nathan E. Lilly

Over the past two years I’ve been working through a series of books on Art, from histories to theory to manuals. I’ve decided to share some of the best works that I’ve come across. I’ll be adding all of these, and future works, to my Very Artistic Library page. It will be an up-to-date list […]

Being Bad

Posted on: May 3rd, 2018 by Nathan E. Lilly

I don’t think I’m getting my thoughts out properly. It feels like there’s a gap between what I want to say (portray, write, etc.) and what I actually say. I’m clumsily groping for the words to express what I’m trying to say. The solution: allow yourself to do things badly. Make 1000 bad drawings Paint […]

Podcasts for an Aspiring Artist

Posted on: April 2nd, 2018 by Nathan E. Lilly

I’ve been listening to a wide variety of podcasts since I began my art reeducation. Here are the best I’ve found so far, related to Art and the creative process. Your Creative Push Your Creative Push is the podcast that pushes YOU to finally pursue your creative passion, whatever that passion may be. If I […]

This is not hand soap

Posted on: February 8th, 2018 by Nathan E. Lilly

People think in symbols but the symbols in our mind are not the actual objects themselves. That is to say: when you think of an apple, that apple is not real. This is the treachery of symbols. The symbols in our mind don’t always match the reality of an object. We think we know how […]

Neanderthal Art?

Posted on: January 17th, 2018 by Nathan E. Lilly

Neaderthals lived in Europe and parts of the Middle East approximately between 200,000 and 30,000 years ago. We’re discovering that they are more like modern humans than we previously thought they could be. How to Think Like a Neanderthal gives a good overview of what we currently know. Neanderthals were social, cooperative, family-oriented, planned ahead, […]

The Naming

Posted on: January 9th, 2018 by Nathan E. Lilly

It didn’t start with Ursula LeGuin, who says in The Wizard of Earthsea that discovering someone’s true name gives you power over them. Since ancient times people would have a secret name, known only to those closest to them. This lives on in our middle names, and every child knows they’re truly in trouble when […]