Illustrated Monthly, Reference Material and Beyond

(Courtesy of http://needlesandsins.com/) If you're looking for inspiration for your next tattoo, check the resources available at Illustrated Monthly -- a one-stop shop for artist reference material. The materials are packaged as virtual sketchbooks, available for download in medium and high-resolution. The e-books are organized by different themes, like lettering, flowers

Nick Baxter: Photo/Digital Manipulation

By Nick Baxter  I've always been just as in love with photography as I am with painting. Because I paint in a highly realistic style, they're two disciplines that go hand in hand in supporting my overall aesthetic and conceptual goals. Photography is arguably the most convincing lie of the visual arts.

Nick Baxter: Shapeshifting

By Nick Baxter  Or, The Transmutation of Artistic Critique. While reading Becoming Animal, a beautiful treatise on the sensual interaction between humans and the perceptual world around us written by David Abram, I came across a startling bit of truth that resonated with my visual artist's mindset...  10602

Nick Baxter: Realism Techniques Part I

By Nick Baxter  This is the start of an occasional ongoing series on this blog where I'll be discussing the process and techniques of sharp-focus realism oil painting. Here's the evolution of the painting I began at my parents' house during a recent visit. The phases of development you see here represent

Nick Baxter: Live Without Dead Time!

By Nick Baxter  "Live without dead time!" One of the slogans, courtesy of the Situationists, that I try to live by. To me it means making productive, efficient, and enjoyable use of one's short time on this earth. I find it easy to embody this ethic at home in the familiar environment

Nick Baxter: Then, And Now

By Nick Baxter  The dawning of 2012 brought me to my parents’ house, an eclectic vortex of saved childhood possessions and weird emotional frequencies densely packed into a many-acred patch of wilderness falling off the eastern edge of the North American continent...  9836