Art Techniques, Artist Gems, Thank You

Artist Gems for August 5

About Art of Others

I’ve been searching for other artist bloggers as a way to expand my thinking.

I write about these artists I’ve discovered in my blogging and artistic journey: Artist Gems. Take a look to view and enjoy their work.

Be inspired through the ripple effect when we appreciate and observe others at their best and as they share while they develop their work– influencing others to share their attempts at the style or to learn a tip or two from the sharing.

Often in my most recent posts I’ve shared artists on Skillshare, [remember you can start with a free trial]. Since many of us learners aren’t quite sure what type of classes to take, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite YouTube Artists– so you can try a few of those styles and learn the strategies of Procreate.

Every other week I’m pleasantly surprised by what I find– I hope you enjoy these picks.

Artist Gems for August 5, 2021

Calvin at Drifter Studio

YouTube Channel

Calvin shares wonderful watercolor tips and tricks, taking you through the sketch to adding in color, blending, shading, etc. He’s always responding quickly to questions and comments, and his brushes and texture paper are well worth the price for the quality effects they provide, which you can see in this tutorial [paper]. I especially love his St Petersburg paper texture. At the top layer with the texture, he provides a way to turn off the texture so you can create a transparent png without the texture. He explains how here. Here are some of my favorites:

What I learned and applied:

Diana McDermott

YouTube Channel

I just started subscribing to Diana’s channel where she has 48 videos in her Procreate playlist, including more whimsical illustrations, pattern repeats, and lettering tips. Be sure to check out her Etsy shop too— with papers, brushes, etc. Read all about them on her website— complete with explanations and pictures. They look just as delightful as her Instagram portfolios show. I discovered her when needing a quick kid animal and found these as favorites, and as you can see, her process and style from her video really helped me create cute animals.

What I learned and applied:

Tatiana— Tatyworks

YouTube Channel

Just as I needed a bit of pizazz for a photo style, Tatiana’s lesson on photo collage appeared in my feed. She’s also got very cute animal how-tos as well as paper cut, typography, and watercolor. For ideas take a look at her Instagram feed for examples and links to her tutorials. As with Calvin and Diana, the lessons are clear and easy to follow– so if you’re looking for great tips, she is one more to which you should subscribe.

What I learned and applied:

So Take a look!


Again I’ve found those who create art with heart– artists who share their style with visuals of their beautiful work, including excellent tutorials on YouTube that will inspire you. I love following to learn, and, of course, supporting their work by purchasing some of the products they share, such as brushes and texture papers. I have not done them justice here– each of these three artists are dynamic and professional in their products, their art, and their sharing. I’ve learned so much from each of them and am grateful for their YouTube sharing so others can learn.

I hope you enjoy their work and learn a bit more from them, as I have. I appreciate and thank them for sharing their journey– a little ripple effect that improves the world, which is something that is much needed in these times today.

Take a look– I’m sure you’ll agree, each of these artists create with the heart first! Stop by their channels and thank them!

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