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Ep 107 - Steve Chmilar : Personally Universal

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Ernest, meticulous and unfettered, Canadian artist Steve Chmilar is a pleasure to talk with. He paints figurative paintings that are at once delightful and mysterious, and are full of personal symbology and universal themes.

We talk about wrestling, miniature people, clothes shopping, Hollywood, and art, lots of art and painting . . .

Here are the main points of what we talk about:

  • Creative heroes,
  • Inspiration,
  • Sketching,
  • Characters,
  • Animation,
  • Drawing to painting,
  • Cognitive labor,
  • Thumbnails,
  • Thinking time,
  • Deadlines,
  • Making models,
  • Relative color,
  • Authenticity,
  • Reference material,
  • Color studies,
  • Grisailles,
  • Color palette,
  • Brushes,
  • Value scales,
  • Painting Luminescence,
  • Unique style,
  • Branding,
  • Criticism,
  • Technical narrative,
  • Creative discipline crossovers,
  • Music,
  • Art training,
  • Pricing,
  • Galeries,
  • Collectors,

To find out more about Steve and his work go to:


Referenced in the podcast . . .



Steve was kind enough to share some of his learning resources . . .



The Natural Way to Draw by Nicolaides
Drawing Dynamic Hands by Hogarth
Anatomy for Artists by Barrington Barber
Anatomy of Movement by Calais-Germain
The Human Figure by David K. Rubins
Dynamic Light and Shade by Hogarth
Rembrandt The Painter at Work by Ernst Van De Wetering
Classical Painting Atelier by Aristides
Criticizing Art, Understanding the Contemporary by Terry Barrett
Principles of Art History by Heinrich Wolfflin

 Other artists mentioned in this episode . . .

Ep 44 – Adam Miller : Facing Fear And Desire

Ep 105 – Patricia Watwood : The Spirit in Excellence

Ep 77 – Vincent Desiderio : Intellectual Equipment For Imaginative Spaces

Ep 86 – Mary Jane Ansell : Impress Yourself First

Ep 42 – Ashley Longshore : Christmas Special


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