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Title: Superman Lives On
Medium: Colored Pencils/Toned Tan Strathmore 9"x 11"

I have always been a fan of Superman and everything he stands for. Not only the first Hero born in 1938, but still going strong as the best. I think the world is a better place because of the character alone.



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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Traditional Arts: Stepping Away From Technology.

We live in a digital age. A fast paced age. A make more money kind of age. Somewhere along the lines we lost our patience and appreciation for what it can bring us.

 
Friday, March 21, 2014 

It's Imagination that Brings Me Back to Reality

Over the last few years I have been retraining my art style to meet the needs of the art community. I wanted so hard to show that I belonged in the professional world.

Thursday, March 13, 2014 

How to Draw a Rose with Colored Pencils

In this lesson I will be teaching you how to create a lovely red rose using some different techniques.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - Twisted Fate: Show Off

Our Fate decides to create an elaborate pulley system with the threads of life. This can’t be good…Awesome maybeVisit the Twisted Fate comic strip series on Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/derrickr333/twisted-fate-by-derrick-rathgeber-comic-strips/ 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Break the Chains That Bind Your Artwork

Breaking boundaries and becoming more creative than you ever thought you could be. That is what today’s blog is all about. I’ll be the first to admit that I changed my entire drawing style to build myself as a professional artist. I honestly felt no one would take me seriously if I kept drawing characters, and creations out of my mind. I tried, I really did. I would post my work online and got nothing back in return. Was this because I wasn’t good enough, or people didn’t like what I had drawn? Now that I look back on it I don’t think so. I think it was because I didn’t believe in myself enough. I held back in a lot of my work and it suffered dramatically. I would spend hours creating a lot of detail in the beginning, and then just tire of the drawing because it wasn’t me. It just didn’t represent me as an artist.

I have felt really chained down as an artist these past few months and as I was looking up a reference shot for my next piece I asked myself why? This picture I am about to draw has already been captured on photograph it’s done. What about all the great pictures in my mind that are trapped in there. I literally had thousands of images screaming to be released onto paper, and I was scared that I would mess them up. There is pressure to create; I always wanted to be original and draw different than everyone else. Even when I would draw from reference I wanted to find a way to change the image, but I really felt bound to make the image look like what I was drawing just because. I know it’s not a good reason but the pressure to be great, and build a portfolio got me thinking I had to make everything believable and real. And then it hit me just the other day why can’t I have the best of both, and make the imagination real and believable.

I found myself with a dilemma. Do I continue to build my portfolio with realistic colored pencil drawings or do I draw for fun. In the end I answered with my gut feeling to do it for me. So my next piece is called Beyond Imagination. At first I started to collect pictures of things I would add to my work I thought to myself that I am doing it again. I was already judging myself, and holding back by using images as a crutch. If I really wanted to release my talent I had to just draw. So in this image I am drawing it from left to right adding all the detail as I go. I started with a dragon, and a witch, and a phoenix. I have no idea what is next, and I don’t care if it makes sense. It’s imagination and fun. I hope you can do the same.

I propose a challenge to everyone. On your next piece, if you want to find out how much you have evolved as an artist, I want you to use everything you have learned to this point and just draw. Lay it all out on the paper. Don’t think about judgment from peers, or from yourself just go. Whatever comes into your mind go for it. The only other rule I ask for is to not use reference shots, photos, or any previous artwork. Make it yours, make it new, and take your time. Sometimes when you hit the professional level you get a following who love your “style.” If so fantastic don’t change. For me although I have gained a lot of praise for my work, it’s time for me to take a step back for a while and brake the chains that bound my imagination. I plan on growing, and releasing all I have to give, I hope you do too. Take the limiters off, and be creative again.

I hope to see some great new creations. Find me on my Facebook page athttp://Facebook.com/DerrickRathgeber and share them with me.

Thank you for reading,

Remember to Share, Comment, and Subscribe.

Derrick Rathgeber


Friday, July 12, 2013

Featured Writer/Artist Site - Sugar & Spice Ain't Always Nice

Sugar & Spice Ain't Always Nice
Patricia Rathgeber


About Sugar & Spice Ain't Always Nice
My name is Patricia, friends call me Tricia. I am 28 years old from southern California. I'm married to Derrick and we have four children. I blog about my life, my thoughts and feelings. At times I can be crude and I don't have a filter, I tend to be blatantly honest. I might be a baker, but I don't sugar coat anything.

I am a writer, reader, runner, baker wife, mother, and Christian. I have Bipolar Type One, suffer from BPD, GAD, Severe Major Depression Disorder, OCD and ADD. I'm a recovering cutter. I am made of sugar and spice, but I ain't always nice. So expect the rantings of a Bipolar Superwoman.

You can also follow Patricia at these great sites:




Thursday, July 11, 2013

Twisted Fate: Why Do Bad Things Happen?

Twisted Fate: Why Do Bad Things Happen?
by Derrick Rathgeber

Relive the first comic strip that started it all. This episode asks the age old question..Why Do Bad Things Happen? 

Keep the laughs coming and spread the fun by visiting the Twisted Fates at their new home:

Thanks for stopping by.
Derrick Rathgeber


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Break the Chains That Bind Your Artwork

Breaking boundaries and becoming more creative than you ever thought you could be. That is what today’s blog is all about. I’ll be the first to admit that I changed my entire drawing style to build myself as a professional artist. I honestly felt no one would take me seriously if I kept drawing characters, and creations out of my mind. I tried, I really did. I would post my work online and got nothing back in return. Was this because I wasn’t good enough, or people didn’t like what I had drawn? Now that I look back on it I don’t think so. I think it was because I didn’t believe in myself enough. I held back in a lot of my work and it suffered dramatically. I would spend hours creating a lot of detail in the beginning, and then just tire of the drawing because it wasn’t me. It just didn’t represent me as an artist.

I have felt really chained down as an artist these past few months and as I was looking up a reference shot for my next piece I asked myself why? This picture I am about to draw has already been captured on photograph it’s done. What about all the great pictures in my mind that are trapped in there. I literally had thousands of images screaming to be released onto paper, and I was scared that I would mess them up. There is pressure to create; I always wanted to be original and draw different than everyone else. Even when I would draw from reference I wanted to find a way to change the image, but I really felt bound to make the image look like what I was drawing just because. I know it’s not a good reason but the pressure to be great, and build a portfolio got me thinking I had to make everything believable and real. And then it hit me just the other day why can’t I have the best of both, and make the imagination real and believable.

I found myself with a dilemma. Do I continue to build my portfolio with realistic colored pencil drawings or do I draw for fun. In the end I answered with my gut feeling to do it for me. So my next piece is called Beyond Imagination. At first I started to collect pictures of things I would add to my work I thought to myself that I am doing it again. I was already judging myself, and holding back by using images as a crutch. If I really wanted to release my talent I had to just draw. So in this image I am drawing it from left to right adding all the detail as I go. I started with a dragon, and a witch, and a phoenix. I have no idea what is next, and I don’t care if it makes sense. It’s imagination and fun. I hope you can do the same.

I propose a challenge to everyone. On your next piece, if you want to find out how much you have evolved as an artist, I want you to use everything you have learned to this point and just draw. Lay it all out on the paper. Don’t think about judgment from peers, or from yourself just go. Whatever comes into your mind go for it. The only other rule I ask for is to not use reference shots, photos, or any previous artwork. Make it yours, make it new, and take your time. Sometimes when you hit the professional level you get a following who love your “style.” If so fantastic don’t change. For me although I have gained a lot of praise for my work, it’s time for me to take a step back for a while and brake the chains that bound my imagination. I plan on growing, and releasing all I have to give, I hope you do too. Take the limiters off, and be creative again.

I hope to see some great new creations. Find me on my Facebook page athttp://Facebook.com/DerrickRathgeber and share them with me.

Thank you for reading,

Remember to Share, Comment, and Subscribe.

Derrick Rathgeber


Friday, July 12, 2013

Featured Writer/Artist Site - Sugar & Spice Ain't Always Nice

Sugar & Spice Ain't Always Nice
Patricia Rathgeber


About Sugar & Spice Ain't Always Nice
My name is Patricia, friends call me Tricia. I am 28 years old from southern California. I'm married to Derrick and we have four children. I blog about my life, my thoughts and feelings. At times I can be crude and I don't have a filter, I tend to be blatantly honest. I might be a baker, but I don't sugar coat anything.

I am a writer, reader, runner, baker wife, mother, and Christian. I have Bipolar Type One, suffer from BPD, GAD, Severe Major Depression Disorder, OCD and ADD. I'm a recovering cutter. I am made of sugar and spice, but I ain't always nice. So expect the rantings of a Bipolar Superwoman.

You can also follow Patricia at these great sites:




Thursday, July 11, 2013

Twisted Fate: Why Do Bad Things Happen?

Twisted Fate: Why Do Bad Things Happen?
by Derrick Rathgeber

Relive the first comic strip that started it all. This episode asks the age old question..Why Do Bad Things Happen? 

Keep the laughs coming and spread the fun by visiting the Twisted Fates at their new home:

Thanks for stopping by.
Derrick Rathgeber


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Thank you for joining me on my website. Each month I will be compiling a step-by-step art lesson right here on my website. These lessons are here for you to use and share with others. I choose to write these to help artists of all levels, ages, and medium backgrounds. If you are new to colored pencils, or developing your techniques you will find these lessons useful, and fun to do. I hope you do enjoy these lessons as much as I did creating them.
 
If you have any questions or comments regarding any lessons don't hesitate to ask questions.
 
You can email me at derricktheartist@live.com. And again just have fun with it. 
 

Twisted Fate Comics

 

Twisted Fate is an original comic strip I created based on the Fates of Greek mythology. In my comic I gave the fates a new look, and new personality. They are not the three old hags of old, but they have been replaced by the new group of misfits that tend to get out of hand. You can find them right here on my website on the Art Gallery Page. Also be sure to Follow, Like and Re-Pin on Pinterest.com. Click the links below.

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