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  1. The Pros & Cons of Posting Artwork Online

    28 Sep 2019
    The Pro’s & Con’s of Posting Artwork Online by M.D. Campbell © 2019-2020 All rights reserved Something I’ve always found interesting is how many successful artists aren’t measured on the quality of their work, but rather the controversy that surrounds them. Robert Mapplethorpe’s “shock” photos had less to do with…

  2. Biggest Mistakes Buying Art Supplies

    23 Jul 2019
    “Bad shopping habits die hard!” ~ Tori Spelling I don’t like to admit it, but the mistakes I talk about in this article are one’s I’ve made throughout my life that I wish I knew when I was young. Knowing them would have saved me a lot of time, money,…

  3. The Pros & Cons of Imitating Others

    03 Jun 2019
    The Pros and Cons of Imitating Others “The best imitation in the world is not half as good as a poor original.” - Luise Rainer, actress This month’s discussion relates to an experience I had recently.  I was looking at the work of an illustrator whom I admire tremendously, and…

  4. The Victim of Art

    01 May 2019
    “Victims of Art” by M.D. Campbell The Victim of Art Whenever we put ourselves on a public stage for other’s to see, we open ourselves up to praise, indifference, and criticism. It’s true for a music performance, a gallery exhibition, or even here on YouTube. It’s very easy for people…

  5. A Word About Brand Loyalty

    06 Apr 2019
    “Brand marketing is nothing more than mass seduction.” – M.D. Campbell I only had one area of the large photo of the Waldorf Astoria hotel to retouch and then I was done. I could hand it off, get paid, and the restored photo would hang in the classic hotel. But,…

  6. How to Judge Art: The Habits of Mind

    25 Jan 2019
    How to Judge Art: The Habits of Mind “One aspect of appellate judging is we have to give reasons for all of our decisions and when you sit down and try to write it out, sometimes you find that your first judgment wasn’t the right one!” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

  7. Are Love and Art Related?

    17 Nov 2018
    Are Love and Art Related? “Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is Art.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Have you ever wondered what makes people creative while other people are not or what that driving force is which puts us in front of a sketchbook, a dish of…

  8. 10 Ways to Improve Imagination

    08 Sep 2018
    10 Ways to Improve Imagination “Imagination is the highest kite one can fly!” - Lauren Bacall Are you a creative person, like an artist, writer, or even an all around craft or hobby enthusiast? If so – has there ever been a point in your experience, where someone - anyone…

  9. The 5 Phases of Creativity

    23 Jun 2018
    THE 5 PHASES OF CREATIVITY “The creative process is a process of surrender, not control.” - Julie Cameron As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been working as a professional creative for 30 years, in many fields from illustration and graphic design, to music, performance, and theater set design, as well as…

  10. The Seven Deadly Sins of Art

    02 May 2018
    The Seven Deadly Sins of Art “Beware monotony. It’s the mother of all the deadly sins.” - Edith Wharton, American novelist  Growing up a young artist and musician, I was fortunate to meet some amazing people and have some incredible experience in my life. I had mentors, early on, who…

  11. How to Find Your Style

    11 Apr 2018
    How to Find Your Style “Like it or not, a caterpillar must first live as a chrysalis before becoming a butterfly. Maybe I remember those days because I am going through a chrysalis stage.” ~ Isao Takahata, co-founder of Studio Ghibli Before gettling into the discussion, I want to acknowledge…

  12. The Ten Commandments of Art

    08 Jan 2018
    The 10 Commandments of Art  by M.D. Campbell “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist” – Pablo Picasso I wanted to give you a little back story as to why I am presenting this list. At the local high school, the head of…

  13. Overcoming Holiday Blues

    20 Dec 2017
    Overcoming Holiday Blues “The word ‘happy’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.” - Carl Jung ‘Tis the season of happiness and joy, of giving and of receiving. It’s that time of year when the cold weather gives way to warm fires and frosty window panes.…

  14. To Burn Out, is Not To Fade Away

    06 Nov 2017
    “Burnout is about resentment. You can beat it by knowing what you’re giving up that makes you resentful.” – Marissa Mayer, American Businesswoman Have you ever been preparing or working on a big project that consumes your time to the point where, by the time you near the end, you…

  15. Why You Are Not Talented

    05 Oct 2017
    “Ending a sentence with a period closes the door to discussion. Yet, ending with a question mark opens the door to endless possibilities.” ~ M.D. Campbell  For many artists, musicians, writers, and even inventors, chefs, and professional speakers, their skills seem to come without effort or cost. Have you ever…

  16. 10 Things an Art Director Wants

    06 Sep 2017
    “If you, my fellow copy writers or art directors, want to win the award, devote your genius to making the cash register ring.” – David Ogilvy, The Father of Advertising While I’ve spent much of my career working as a graphic designer, freelance illustrator, product photographer, and copy writer, it…

  17. The Power of Negative Thinking

    14 Aug 2017
    “At school, nobody seemed to like me, which allowed me a lot of free time to wander around in my own head. When you’re in pain, you need a release - for me it was writing and drawing.” - Tim Burton, Artist & Director  Years ago, I went to an…

  18. Time to Purge

    10 Jul 2017
    “In purging ourselves of diseases we create, we become magnificent people.”  - Judith Light “All set?” called George, as he shut the back of his dad’s pickup. “Just this!” I said, climbing into the passenger’s seat with a bag of clothes in my lap. Boxes and furniture tied down, we…

  19. You’re Not a Real Artist!

    15 Jun 2017
    “A medical student is not a doctor. An art student is not an artist.” – written on a bathroom wall at the Massachusetts College of Art When I was a kid, I self-published a magazine. They were hand-drawn on the back of used printer paper that my dad would throw…

  20. Finding Your Zone

    21 May 2017
    “The mind is pretty powerful. In skating, you learn to click into that zone and focus not necessarily on what you’re doing but if you’re doing it well.” – Dorothy Hamill  For some, getting in the zone is not easy. Whether the work or hobby you enjoy is in a…

  21. What You Were Born to Do

    01 May 2017
    “I am not afraid – I was born to do this!” - Joan of Arc  When I was very young, I found great joy in drawing on everything. I got in trouble for drawing mustaches on Richard Nixon in my dad’s Newsweek magazine or putting fish on the model’s heads…

  22. I Can’t Even Draw a Straight Line!

    20 Mar 2017
    “You can always fail at what you don’t want, so might as well take a chance on doing what you love.” - Jim Carrey, actor/comedian  Throughout my career in design and teaching, the most common thing heard from clients, friends, and students has been, “ “I can’t even draw a…

  23. Night Owl, Morning Bird

    04 Jan 2017
    “I am both a night owl and a morning bird. So, I am both wise and I have worms.” - Michael Scott, author “Night Owl” by M.D. Campbell © 2017 All rights reserved. Meet the Night Owl I am a night owl. A freak in the dark. Wide eyed and…

  24. The Colors of Christmas

    17 Dec 2016
    “Christmas is not only getting too commercial, it’s getting too dangerous!” - Linus Van Pelt Consumerism vs. Religion No matter what you celebrate at this time of year, the holidays, for many, can be a stark contrast between a season of joy and a complete nightmare; between revitalizing our spirit…

  25. The Vote on Voting

    05 Nov 2016
    “The 2016 election has been an embarrassment both to and for our country.” - citizens of the United States of America The Fire Breathing Monster and The Snake-Tongued Devil When I was a child, I remember drawing a picture of Richard Nixon naked. I had been looking at my Dad’s…