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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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Beartaria Times App Arts & Crafts Gallery

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Good Day Beartarians! The Beartaria Times App is amazing and the Arts & Crafts is thriving. I’m amazed by the shear amount of talent, quality, and moral surrounding your work!

To celebrate the launch of the new Beartaria Times app and the wonderful art you all have shared, here is a gallery of just a fraction of the art shared within the past few days. I was planning on sharing every single post but due to the amazing volume of work, I could only share the first 100 posts!

Traditional & Digital Art

Craft and trade skills

Thank you all!

You’re the reason why the new Beartaria Times app is so great! I hope you continue to share your arts and crafts, processes and insights!

Sincerely,

Nero

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A Guide to Portraiture

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Good day, Beartarians! Today I’ll lead you through a step by step guide of portraiture. In this example, I am using a hybrid of painting and drawing. I found the model on the vast ether but I encourage you to seek out your own model reference and follow along with me. I suggest referencing from an image, in profile position at first.

I’ve uploaded the full process video to youtube for your reference. Note that I am using an iPad and the app Procreate as my tools, but this guide can apply to traditional mediums as well.

If you would like to contribute any how-tos, guides, or simple overviews of your artistic process, please send your content directly to Arts@beartariatimes.com.

Step One: Roughing out the Shapes

Using a light pencil, I outlined the rough profile in the middle of my canvas. I constructed the basic proportions of the head using very simple shapes. This allowed me to get a feel for the general composition as well as the proportions of the head. Keep it loose and allow your pencil to flow as you rough out your composition.

Step Two: Defining the Features

Once the general proportions were set, I started defining the facial features. Pay attention to the eyes, nose, lips, and ears. How do they exist in proximity to one another? Don’t add unnecessary details or value at this point. Strictly use this stage to improve upon your shapes and align the facial features. I suggest drawing guidelines to help with placement and proportion.

Step Three: Improving Shapes

After the features were well defined, I started adding value and color to help improve the facial features. You will want to use this stage to double-check the accuracy of your proportions as well as make any large corrections to your composition. As you mass in the darks and mid-tones, you will start to recognize the individual you are referencing. Continually take a step back and make sure you are capturing the mood the individual is expressing.

Step Four: Massing in Color

Since my canvas was dark, I massed in the lighter skin tones. This helped me to further define the facial features and provide an under base. You can use this stage to start layering in all the light to mid-tones and further contrast the darker shapes. I can’t stress enough how important an under base is when it comes to painting. As you start adding flesh tones, the under base serves as a primer and adds to the vibrancy and contrast of colors on top.

Step Five: Adding Flesh Colors

Adding flesh colors is my favorite part of the process. I added in light reds and yellows as well as a darker brown umber. As you are adding in color, continue to modify and iterate the proportions of the figure. Your own personal style can be used here so don’t be afraid to experiment. I used a thinner pencil and a technique known as contour hatching.

Step Five: Developing Richer Colors

After setting up the proportions, values, and general style, I focused on developing richer colors. I was constantly improving upon the drawing by checking the proportion and alignment but it was now time to start adding in colors to elevate the final piece. Colors that you would not normally think existed in skin tones such as purples, greens, and oranges, are necessary to help bring your portrait to life. Take some time to focus on your reference, and see how these secondary colors can be applied.

Step Seven: Details

The final step in the process is deciding how much detail you would like to add for your final piece. As you move further towards the final piece, use smaller tool strokes for emphasis. In this example I chose to keep some of the areas undeveloped. This is a technique to add a focal point to your composition. I wanted the viewer to focus in on the Nose, lips, eyes, and jaw so I left the rest of the portrait less detailed.

Don’t get too hung up on mistakes at this point. Practice makes perfect and no piece of art is truly finished. You have to learn when to move on to your next piece.

If you have any questions or would like to share some art with us, please reach out to us at Arts@beartariatimes.com.

Thank you,

MC-Bear (Nero)

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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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