Australia is home to the largest population of humpback whales in the world, with an estimated 40,000 individuals migrating along its coast each year.
While some whale species in Australia are considered endangered, others are not. The most threatened whale species in Australian waters is the southern right whale. They were heavily hunted during the whaling era, leading to a significant decline in their population. Today, they face threats such as entanglement in fishing gear, ship strikes, and habitat degradation. Another endangered species is the blue whale, which was also heavily targeted by whalers. Despite being protected since the 1960s, their population is slow to recover due to their slow reproductive rate and continued threats from ship strikes and ocean noise pollution. Other whale species, such as humpback whales, have shown signs of recovery since the cessation of commercial whaling, but they still face threats from entanglement, pollution, and habitat degradation.
Learn more facts about our Australian animals and see some beautiful artworks to go with them. Visit the below pages of your favourite Australian animals.
As a digital artist, I have always been fascinated by the endless possibilities that art offers. Whether it’s exploring new techniques, understanding color theory, or refining composition skills, there is always room for growth and improvement. One invaluable resource that has greatly contributed to my artistic journey is art tutorials. Surprisingly, these tutorials aren’t just for beginners; even professionals can benefit from them. In this blog post, I want to share my personal experience of using art tutorials for education and inspiration, highlighting how I recently transformed a traditional art tutorial into a digital painting.
Learning Beyond Boundaries:
Art tutorials have become a cornerstone of modern education, allowing artists to learn and grow at their own pace. While some may argue that professionals should rely solely on their experience, I firmly believe that continuous learning is essential for artistic development. Tutorials provide a structured approach to learning, breaking down complex techniques into manageable steps. They offer a wealth of knowledge, tips, and tricks that can be applied to any artistic medium, including digital art.
Exploring New Techniques:
One of the most exciting aspects of art tutorials is the opportunity to explore new techniques. As a digital artist, I am constantly seeking innovative ways to enhance my work. Tutorials provide a platform to experiment with different styles, tools, and effects. By adapting traditional art tutorials to digital mediums, I have discovered unique ways to blend the best of both worlds. This cross-pollination of techniques has expanded my artistic repertoire and allowed me to create truly unique pieces.
Color Theory and Composition:
Color theory and composition are fundamental elements of any artwork. Even professionals can benefit from revisiting these concepts to refine their skills. Art tutorials often delve into these topics, offering insights and practical exercises to improve color harmony, balance, and visual impact. By incorporating these tutorials into my practice, I have gained a deeper understanding of color psychology and how to effectively communicate emotions through my digital art.
Unwinding and Inspiring:
Artistic blocks and anxiety are common challenges that artists face. During such times, art tutorials can serve as a therapeutic tool to unwind and reignite creativity. Following step-by-step instructions and focusing on the process rather than the outcome can help alleviate stress and anxiety. Additionally, tutorials can be a source of inspiration, providing fresh ideas and perspectives that can break through creative barriers.
Transforming Traditional to Digital:
Recently, I came across a tutorial by The Art Sherpa, a traditional artist renowned for her teaching skills. Intrigued by her techniques, I decided to adapt her tutorial into a digital painting. This exercise allowed me to explore the nuances of traditional art while incorporating the advantages of digital tools. The result was a unique piece that blended the beauty of traditional art with the versatility of digital mediums.
Art tutorials are not just for beginners; they are a valuable resource for professionals seeking growth, inspiration, and a fresh perspective. By embracing tutorials, we can expand our artistic horizons, refine our skills, and overcome creative blocks. Whether it’s learning new techniques, exploring color theory, or simply unwinding, tutorials offer a wealth of benefits. So, let’s embrace the power of art tutorials and unlock our full creative potential.
Day 6: Be patient and give yourself time: Finding your art style is a journey that takes time and experimentation. It’s important to be patient with yourself and not rush the process. Allow yourself the freedom to explore, make mistakes, and evolve. Your style will naturally develop and evolve as you continue to create and explore different artistic avenues.
Day 5: Practice regularly – Dedicate time to practice and create art consistently. The more you practice, the more you will refine your skills and develop your own unique style. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes or experiment with new ideas. Embrace the learning process and keep pushing yourself to grow as an artist.
Day 4: Embrace your natural instincts: Allow yourself to create intuitively without overthinking. Follow your instincts and let your hand guide you. This process can help you tap into your natural artistic inclinations and develop a style that feels authentic to you.
Trusting in the divine guidance of my higher power, I surrender my worries and fears, knowing that within this sacred connection lies the infinite wisdom and love that will guide me towards my true purpose and ultimate fulfillment.
This piece today, my final drawing of the limited palette challenge I set myself is inspired by my session yesterday with Erena. I’m still deciding if it sits within the “rules” I set myself for the challenge. Only using the 5 colours in the palette. But I am going to give myself a bit of freedom and the space of starting on a black canvas being allowed.
I haven’t really used negative space with my art before. The thought kind of scares me. Because I’m never really sure what details to use, and which to disregard. I think I’ve done it justice.
Negative space in art refers to the empty or unoccupied areas surrounding the main subject or objects, and it plays a crucial role in creating balance, depth, and visual interest within a composition.
Have you liked the limited palette artwork I’ve been creating? I’ve enjoyed creating it immensely. Prints will be available shortly but the digital files are already up on Etsy if you’re a digital file kinda person.
The swirling chaotic storm danced with reckless abandon, its thunderous roars and electrifying flashes painting the sky in a mesmerizing symphony of chaos and beauty.
On the second from last day, and maybe my favourite palette yet, I thought I’d create something abstract. It is exceptionally difficult to find something that has texture to use on a digital piece of art.
Amidst the perilous depths of a city painted red, a path illuminated by defiant green lamps, offered a glimmer of hope and resilience. The darkness, beckoned the brave to navigate through the treacherous urban maze.
I loved creating this one. It may not be the most sophisticated, or the most skilled but I just enjoyed dreaming this one up. It took much longer than I intended to spend on a piece for this challenge. Enjoying the creative process is why I’m doing this mini challenge.