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December 7th 2020 Artists of the week

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Beartarian creatives! We are back this week with a set of very talented artists. Our beartarian artists show off their skills with painting, drawing, and wood sculpting! Remember to check out the artist’s social links and give them some support and don’t forget; If you are an artist yourself, send in your portfolio to be featured in next week’s gallery! Onward to Beartaria!

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Please send all Artists of the Week submissions directly to arts@beartariatimes.com. Include a short bio, piece title, piece description, and social links.

Below are December 7th, 2020 Artists of the week!

Martin Rybacki

Martin’s Instagram | Martin’s Website

Hello Bears. My name is Martin and I am a polish-born artist living in Waimar Germany (the sequel). Things are not looking pretty here right now. 

I’ve been watching BB on and off since the Crowder and Peterson days, then lost track of him and rediscovered him through the genius MadebyJimbob. His streams help me reflect, shift perspectives, and understand many things that are wrong with the world, and most importantly with myself, today and in the past. I have still a lot to learn and seeing the bears grow is inspirational. I wanted to show my appreciation for my skills as an artist, so I did a piece of the Benjamin family. It is inspired by the streams I have watched and the things in them I found meaningful. I was very happy when he graciously shared it on his Instagram, some of you might have seen it. 

I found his rural vs. urban spell breaker to also be very important for the understanding of modern and contemporary art. I have been thinking deeply about the degeneracy in the arts for some time now, digging through philosophy, art history, and even theology to disarm and discredit the attack on beauty, meaning, and truth. I did quite ok philosophically and theologically in this endeavor, which I would call „soft arguments“. But only BB’s rural vs. urban dichotomy provided the „hard tangible reality“. So the tendencies in modern and contemporary art are relativistic, nihilistic and anti-human, because that’s what city life is fundamentally like and what it is actually designed for. 

Art for culture is what a dream is for the individual, said a wizard of psychology once, in that he was not incorrect, with the exception that a healthy culture is dreaming awake and with its eyes open, while a sick one is a dormant, blind slave to its dreams. The dream of a Christian city on the hill is a vision of light and hope. The unconscious dream of the modern city is a dark nightmare – or: could it be? 
No wonder art became more and more „strange“ with the industrialization and the growth of „factory cities“. On the one hand, it reflected the pain of the modern soul, but on the other, it was hopeless and relativistic, and it tragically became propaganda for keeping the workers away from beauty (and essentially God), and keeping them (wanting to be) trapped in the cities or at least making them accept that there was no alternative (to “progress”). Hence art might not be a reflection of “our times” and “our life”, as we are always made to believe. Maybe it is a reflection of a place, most importantly a spiritual place. This sounds trivial, but with the new dichotomy in mind, this could change art history and history in general. 

The art world and art education left me stranded with self-doubt and cynicism, searching for a place of meaning and goodness. I think some artists feel the same deep inside. I struggle every day, not knowing what is right and wrong in (my) art, where to go with it or why to do it in the first – this manifests itself in all the different styles I switch between. I will keep searching though and hope to find that good place someday. 

Thank you and keep crushing everyone!

AJ Rhino Bear

ajrhino.com | AJ Rhino’s Instagram | AJ Rhino’s D-Live

Good evening Beartaria!  AJ Rhino Bear  checking in from my new place in Pennsylvania. The bears here are all fantastic, brilliant people and we are actively building a community. This is a painting I recently did for a bear from Canada. It was from a beautiful photo reference of an area near his home. I really enjoyed doing this one and am grateful for this wonderful and supportive community.  Onward to Beartaria!!!

Daniel Ramos |  KatanaBear

Katana Bear’s Instagram

Based in Chicago. God inspires me in my life everyday, Grateful for the beautiful garden we live in. Much love to all the Bears!

Doug Moreland

Doug’s Instagram | Doug’s Website

I care Bears and many other things, all with chainsaws and Power tools. I’ve been at it for over 20years, but what I thought was interesting is that my first business name was “Doagie Bears”… when I heard Owen on Crrow I felt such great relief in the things you spoke about. My wife and are on the homesteading/homeschooling/ homeopathy path too.  

I’m also a musician with a western swing band and I’ve been having anxiety over the sudden suspension of my unalienable rights, like freedom of speech (masks), freedom of religion( masks too), and freedom to assemble( no gigs) So it’s nice to hear all y’all beard in here.

Thank you to all the creatives who submitted their portfolios!

Please continue to support your local paperboy by submitting your art each week here, at The Beartaria Times

Continue to create and seek the Good, the Beautiful, and the True; and as always, Onward to Beartaria!

You can find out more about the Artists of the Week here.

Sincerely,
MC-Bear

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Drawing the Line

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A written guide by Handdrawnbear

What is a line?

Lines don’t exist in nature, it is a two-dimensional construct of the mind in an attempt to understand and represent three-dimensionality.

One might be tempted to think of edges as lines, that is how we describe a cube after all, but there are plenty of objects such as a ball, which has no edges, that also must be described by lines.

Lines are statements about where one surface ends and the next surface begins from our point of view. A line is used to define the limit of our perception, when an object or surface goes beyond our view; like the horizon line, it means we can see this much and no further.

How do we use a line?

It’s more a question of where, rather than how. Lines can be used to describe any object, but first, determine your level of magnification. How lines are used will differ whether we’re drawing a forest, a single tree, one branch, or just one solitary leaf.

We are informing the viewer where the edges of our perceptions are for this particular drawing, which will be defined by the level of magnification of the subject.

Drawing a forest means defining the edges and boundaries of the forest, therefore we must not concern ourselves with defining the edges and boundaries of each leaf.

Likewise, drawing a chicken means we can’t be tempted to define each feather; drawing a bear precludes us from focusing on every hair. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Handdrawnbear’s approach to drawing.

I can only speak for myself here, but the approach I take with any drawing is to use the least amount of lines possible, and start with the most important lines. Just as brevity is to wit, economy of lines is to a drawing. No one likes a line-salad of a drawing.

Let me explain. Say we’re drawing a bear, if you could only use one line to describe that bear, what would that line look like? I usually choose the line of the spine from nose to heel, which describes the posture of the animal.

Next, if you could only describe the bear using two lines, which line would you add? I’d put in the head in this instance. And then from there we continue to build the drawing from most important to least important lines, also known as drawing from the general to the specific.

This approach not only helps organize the drawing process, but also ensures that if we’re drawing from life and the subject moves or wanders away, we have put down as much essential information on paper as possible.

These methods have served me well over the years, and I hope you find them helpful, too.

-Handdrawnbear

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How to Draw Faces – A Quick Introduction

A written guide and video by Handdrawnbear

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A written guide and video by Handdrawnbear

There was a fat little Asian kid who sat alone at every lunch break, furiously scribbling on stacks of scrap paper salvaged from the classroom recycling bins.

This is how I spent my public school days, not a minute was wasted on “learning.” Now, I confidently say that I can draw anyone I lay eyes on. It’s not a boast, quite the contrary, drawing is the only way I can truly understand what anything actually looks like. My husband is often exasperated by how mechanically illiterate I am, I answer him honestly, “Dear, I’ve never drawn a car engine.”

Now you might say, but Handdrawnbear, I’m not as weirdly wired as you, how can I learn to drawn everyone?

Let me first clarify, we are speaking here only of observational drawing, which differs from technical or architectural drawing in function and form.

Drawing is a language, but not a hieroglyphic one. Hieroglyphs are preconceived symbols, clichés if you will. How would you like to read a novel written only in clichés and figures of speech? You wouldn’t like it at all. Even though symbols may be a shortcut to meaning, they are also extremely limiting; if you don’t have a glyph for something, then you can’t describe it.

Instead, when you draw from observation, look at it with the eyes of a blind man who’s just been given his sight. Throw out your preconceived notions of what anything should look like and really see what you’re trying to describe with your drawing.

When drawing someone’s face, really look at them and see what makes it unique from other faces. These three legends below could all be described as “a bearded man”, but they are actually so very different from each other.



Woodshopbear has a very striking countenance, his eyes are farther apart than the average man which gives him a very intense look.

Westsidebear’s soulful eyes are like gems if you can find them in his sheer amount of hair.

BigBear’s cheeks are like tall shields over which his sharp eyes pierce through and sees your browser history.

Everyone has an ideal average face in their mind, but it’s the departure from the average that individualizes each face. There is a danger in exaggerating features however, as you veer further away from reality you may venture into the monstrous. The way to avoid this is love and charity, it may sound funny but it will show through your drawing. I am unable to make someone I despise look good, and I’m probably not alone.

Of course, practice makes perfect, or as close to perfection as we can get this side of the eschaton. So draw everything, draw all the time. Draw from life whenever possible. Don’t be precious about your drawings. Craft comes before art, it’s hard before it’s easy. But whatever you do, never trace a photograph. Tracing is a useless exercise that gives instant gratification but no lasting benefit.

Drawing is observation and adoration combined. Because this realm is full of beauty, drawing is a reply in kind, a dialogue with creation.

Don’t seek accolades, you’ll only find emptiness; instead, give with your craft relentlessly to those you love, and you’ll find tribe and so much kindness and gladness in return. This is the beautiful truth I’ve encountered with the community of Bears.

And that little fat Asian girl? Well, she’s still drawing and learning to see. 

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Beartaria Times Weekly Arts & Crafts Gallery 1/25/21

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Greetings Beartarian Artists and crafters, We are starting this year of the blackjack with a powerful new gallery of creatives. The Beartaria Times App is crushing and the artists and crafters are displaying a unique set of creativity and skills. Take a look below at just a fraction of the amazing talent that is submitted through the Beartaria Times App.

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Handdrawn Bear

Instagram | Twitter

Harmony Bear

Instagram

Holy Quail Bear

Instagram

Bearing_Art

Instagram

Tina MountainGoat

Instagram | Etsy Store

UvegFujoBear

Instagram | Facebook

PungPihPohBear

I’m continually amazed by the talent and skill that is community has to offer. I hope you continue to crush and seek the good the beautiful and the true. Onward to Beartaria!

Sincerly,
Nero

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