If you are an artist thinking of starting your own commission based business, here at Step by Step Art, we have produced an article filled with lots of useful information for those of you needing some help and advice.
Written by artist Karen M Berisford who has always loved drawing since she was little, began taking on commissions back in the 90's after leaving school. She became a professional artist in 2011 and runs her own commission based business at: www.karenmberisford.com She is also the face behind this very website and provides all the content found within it. She is the web designer of both these sites and explains the importance of having your own website too.
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Although the article was originally written in 2018, additional information has recently been added. As with all our articles on this website, we update, re-write or add new content to some from time to time.
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2020 Art Workshops
I am currently in the process of organising this years art workshops and will be included in the winter newsletter which will be Emailed out to subscribers hopefully by the end of this month. All details will be posted on the step by step art CHESTERFIELD WORKSHOP page once available and added to social media pages for this site & my KMB social media pages too, ensuring a larger audience reach.
Every year I choose 3 or 4 subjects for the Coloured pencil & Graphite pencil workshops which include varying techniques and surfaces to previous years, ensuring each workshop is different to another. Coloured pencil workshops using textured paper are somewhat easier for a complete beginner than the workshops working on smooth paper, however every workshop available can be attended by any artist regardless of their calibre, even if they have NEVER drawn anything since their time at school!
To find out more about our workshops, click any one of the following links to visit the page of interest:
Reviews & Tutorials
Here are the latest articles and mini tutorials that can be found on the Step by step art website. Included are a selection of independent reviews on multiple mediums and art products as well as the very latest tutorials - click on any of the images below to visit the page of interest. You can also find lots more reviews on art products on our 'ARTICLES' page with new ones added every 3 - 4 months.
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For anyone wishing to attend one of Karen's Workshops, bookings are now being taken for a 1 Day Coloured pencil Workshop that will be run in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. If you wish to find out more, please click the image below to visit the webpage or get in touch via the MAIL US page. You can also fill in your details to secure your place via the booking form found on the CHESTERFIELD WORKSHOPS page.
What is important to you when buying a new Art product? This article offers some advantages & disadvantages of the pencils as well as giving lots of information on the lightfastness of the pencils and what this means. It also shows what these pencils are capable of and hopefully offers lots of helpful information and advice which will allow you to decide whether or not to take the plunge. Personally, I would say you can't go wrong with these pencils, but then I'm biased! ;)
Help and advice is at hand if so....
This article shows the 5 most important factors that I look for when selecting my professional pencil range:
The 5 'tests' shown in this article includes:
Any questions, just ask!
my 'Inktense' pencils review
Having tried out the Derwent 'Inktense' pencils a while back, I thought I would add an article to this site for any of you out there thinking about buying a set but wanted to find out a little more about them first. In my latest article about these pencils, I created my own trial piece of a peacock feather so I could test out the vibrancy and ease of use of these pencils. Please click on the image if you wish to find out more.
Anyone having visited and bookmarked this Step by Step Art Website will see it has had an overhaul in the last few days, the main reason is because I have decided to extend this site to offer artists out there, a website that offers art workshops and online advice. For those unable to attend my workshops, there will be articles and video tutorials provided to every artist worldwide.
I enjoy sharing my own artistic knowledge on a wide range of things from how to produce a pencil portrait to product recommendations that I have tried & tested myself. I hope to bring on board other artists to share their knowledge too. Offering information not only based on mediums I work with, as that can limit the market considerably, but articles from artists who work with other mediums.
So why not bookmark this website, there may be some tiny nugget of advice found within these pages that helps save the life of a drawing!
Please feel free to share this with other artistic friends and if anyone has any articles that they would like to submit to this site, please get in touch, I would love to hear from you!
Karen M Berisford
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