The vast majority of our resources (including the ones featured here) can also be found can be found on our forum and archive site, Smartermarx.com. Membership for the site is free, and we always look forward to new creatives joining our ever-growing community.
“What Does Realistic Look Like?” 2018, (version 1.2) 52 pgs. (edits 4-6-2018)
Due to the nature of my work, I am often asked, “How do you get your paintings to look so realistic?” It’s a great question in the sense that it usually opens the door to an enjoyable conversation about art, visual perception, and a host of related topics that I find utterly fascinating. However, much of that ensuing conversation is determined by how the inquirer responds to a question that I pose in response to theirs, “What does realistic look like?”
Intended for visual artists, this treatise offers what I hope is an engaging exploration of what “realistic” truly means in terms of visual perception and communication.
Download the full PDF here: “What does realistic look like?”
You may notice that I have added a version descriptor here in the event that I update the text. If you notice any errors or would like to provide feedback on this resource, please feel free to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
A Primer on Pictorial Composition (I-VII) 2016, 215 pgs.
“Any path to effective visual communication must begin with the one factor that determines our ability to elicit meaning from visual stimuli, allows for our experience of aesthetic quality, and facilitates successful communication–our biology. A Primer on Pictorial Composition is a seven-part walk-through of the many exciting and insightful contributions from modern vision science, empirical aesthetics, neuroaesthetics, cognitive psychology, and evolutionary psychology that can augment or replace many of the long-standing heuristics that continue to guide contemporary compositional efforts.” Download the full PDF here: a-primer-on-pictorial-composition-_anthony-waichulis
Visual Language Core (Part I-Section A & B) and (Part II) 2018, 357 pgs.
Select content from several contemporary curricula, including the Waichulis Language of Drawing, Language of Painting, and Visual Language Programs. This content may be shared freely so that any aspiring or seasoned creatives may benefit from the information herein.
In addition, we are considering the launching of a Kickstarter or GoFundMe campaign in the next month or so to have a number of these books printed for the libraries within prisons, detention centers, shelters, and other public facilities that may make good use of free such educational materials. If you know of a facility or organization that would benefit from this free resource, please let us know at either of the aforementioned email addresses.
BE SURE TO DOWNLOAD BOTH SECTIONS of Part I.
VISUAL LANGUAGE I, II, and III (Designed for Grades K-12) (Based on the Visual Language Core)
Our Visual Language program is a strategic sequencing of educational visual arts exercises designed to develop visual literacy and communication skills in the most effective and efficient manner possible. Echoing the same rational sequence of skill-building exercises from our core curriculum (in use with the International Ani Art Academies project), Visual Language I, II, and III seeks to develop visual literacy and communication skills that will prepare K-12 students to successfully interact and contribute to a global environment that is increasingly dependent on visual stimuli.
This Visual Language Program:
For K-8 teachers with limited or no color printing resources, we have achromatic (black and white) versions of many of the pages, which can be found here: Visual-Language_K-8_Achromatic-Substitutes.zip and Visual-Language_9-12_Achromatic-Substitutes.zip
Visual Language I (K-3) POSTER PREVIEWS: Click on images for a preview
Visual Language II (4-8) POSTER PREVIEWS: Click on images for a preview
Visual Language III (9-12) POSTER PREVIEWS: Click on images for a preview