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Robert Sloan
United States
Current Residence: Lawrence, KS
Favourite genre of music: Ancient music, Celtic, Celtic rock
Favourite photographer: alilone, Riverbreeze, Graybear
Favourite style of art: Traditional art, realism or fantasy
Operating System: Windows 7
MP3 player of choice: HP laptop
Wallpaper of choice: Varies, photo references or Derwent demo drawings
Favourite cartoon character: Calvin and Hobbes (they go together)
Personal Quote: "I paint better than I used to, not as well as I will."

Change of Plans

Wed Feb 29, 2012, 9:57 PM
Ari Cat is sleeping contentedly on our heated waterbed.

Visit for a growing site with articles, product reviews, techniques and tips for a medium I'm really into. Over 97 pages of information, how-to articles, book and product reviews. Now featuring Video Art Lessons!

Robs Art on eBay - username robertsloan2art.

ETSY shop

COMMISSIONS: -- I will be doing Cat Commissions starting at $60 for an 8" x 10" pastel or oil pastel portrait of your cat or a big cat of your choice. When I accept one, I work on that till it's finished without a deadline. Due to my disabilities I can't promise how long it'll take to finish, the up side is that if it takes months or years it comes out tons better than when you first put down the deposit. If I get a few good days in a row it could be finished fast - it's sheer luck what happens. Which is why I don't maintain a queue and do them one at a time.

Dick Blick is my favorite art supply company, with unbelievably good customer service and the best online prices. I was a proud Affiliate of Blick Art Materials until May 20, 2011. However, Arkansas passed legislation that forced Blick to terminate all Arkansas affiliates, so until they change the law or I relocate, this is just a convenience link to my favorite art supply place. I think I've spent on average about half retail for the immense stockpile of supplies that I play with over the years. I still recommend it.

Plenty of changes in my plans. Due to a weekly medical treatment on Thursday evenings and the effects of weather on my stamina, I probably won't be doing the SF Street Artist Program for a while - at least a few months. I'm qualified and screened but in three months of the license I did not get one good day that wasn't taken up with going out for necessary appointments and errands like grocery shopping and medical appointments. Bummer, but I will hopefully reach a stable point where I can build the strength to go out once or twice a month and then I'll renew the license.

No sense paying for it before I know I can do it. Besides, I wanted to be able to go out to Golden Gate Park and paint outdoors - another thing I haven't done yet that I really wanted to do once I got to San Francisco. Once I can do that I can probably handle a day of Street Art.

I've continued studying with Johannes Vloothuis in his free online classes. is his website, where you can find out about his free webinar classes and register for the next one. "Rocks" begins late in March. This month's class on Waterfalls just ended, so I did three good waterfall paintings during it - and had some serious breakthroughs on rendering water again.

I love Pan Pastels. They are a fantastic medium. They mix like paint and on the PastelMat they stay where I put them and layer beautifully. I added stick accents on Running Eagle Falls but didn't need anything at all in Tall Waterfall.

Today I painted a cat for a pastel challenge that ended today - just barely squeaked in the final image in the challenge! Coming up in March, I've got two more beautiful cats to paint for commission. Crossing my fingers to have at least sketches for them done by the reveal date of March 13th but if it's possible I'll try to get both done in that short a time. I hope I've got enough good days to paint two serious projects.

Also click the link on my Etsy Shop. I've added new paintings to it and they've been going well! Welsh Road - Enchanted Forest sold and I'm adding more Etsy listings every time I do a good landscape. Enjoy!

Photography Conditions to Draw, Photomanip, Collage:
Link back to my original Deviation in your Artist Comment, credit me and send me a note so that I can come see, feature and maybe favorite your work. I like seeing how people use my photos. No other restrictions, except not claiming you took the photo.
  • Listening to: Small children and Meowing Cats
  • Reading: Lots of Terry Pratchett Novels, mostly Diskworld.
  • Watching: my cat sleep till my new laptop arrives
  • Playing: at being an expert on oil pastels and watercolor
  • Eating: Meat and whole grains and fruits and good food
  • Drinking: Coffee

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RomanJones Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch!!!
Tristan-the-Dreamer Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Hello!  You kindly critiqued one of my artworks 6 years ago, I wanted to show you my progress!

Algoroth Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Eye giffink dis Sloan fellow :llama:. U know heem?
Stray111 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
hello, I really enjoyed reading your colored pencils reviews (and they helped me decide what kind of pencils to buy.. first :P) so thank you for that :)
Also, I was wondering, do you think it's worth buying colored pencil sets in wooden boxes (do they protect the pencils better or something)?

Oh, and your art is really amazing, I think

Have a nice day!
Miss-A-sketches Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hope all is well. Happy Thanksgiving! ;)
Miss-A-sketches Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just popping in to see if you're doing okay and to say hi! ;)
Toyona Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
hi^^ do you have any lessons by any chance on how to color water (as in sea) with color pencils? o-o
milesnoah Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
what i love most about your gallery is the progression it shows. great stuff from beginning to end!
artistichobbit Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
hi there been well quite a lnog time hope all is well as usuall your art work is beyond beautiful
SeventhWave Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
Really enjoyed watching your gallery. :) Beautiful artwork and in a such diversity, that is unbeliavable. IŽll definitely watch you. ;) Keep it up!
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