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FREE 1 Hour Tutorial on Painting in Sketchbook Pro
Hey everyone! Check out this free 1 hour tutorial on how Bobby Chiu painted the cover of the new release of Sketchbook Pro 6!
Tip of the Day: Working on YOUTip of the Day: Work on how you are and not how you APPEAR. You can fool everyone for a while but it all catches up in the end.
Sending positive vibes to you all!
PS. We will be coming to San Francisco for the Schoolism LIVE workshop on April 27-28 --> http://www.schoolism.com/workshop-san-francisco/
Artist tips on style
Click on the image to view a 10 minute video about how to develop your own unique style.
If you like it, let me know in the comments or share it with your friends.
Sending positive vibes to you all!
How to Create Fictional Highlights and Scales
Click on the image above to view a 10 minute video tutorial for digital artists.
Tip of the Day: BeliefTip of the Day: Faith brings motivation and persistence. The more you dare to believe in your potential the easier the journey becomes. Especially during the tough parts.
PS. Schoolism LIVE workshop in San Francisco on April 27-28 is going to rock --> http://www.schoolism.com/workshop-san-francisco/
Tip of the DayThe best way to accomplish a goal is to have it on your mind all the time. Keep thinking about it until you obtain your goal.
Sending you all positive vibes!
Tip of the DayA pleasing personality is more important then you think.
Put in the effort to be in a good mood and people will be more likely to enjoy your company and want to work with you more often.
If I had to choose between hiring a person with a skill level of 10/10 but didn't have a pleasing personality or a person with a skill level of 7/10 but is pleasant to work with, personally I would always choose the pleasant person that is a 7/10 because I know I can train them to become a 10/10.
Sending you all positive vibes!
Tip of the Day: DreamsWe all know people that are very grounded. They have a very realistic view of what is possible... and they are generally right.
But it's the dreamers that change the world!
Keep dreaming big.
Sending positive vibes to you all!
How do I find MY STYLE?I've gotten that question a bunch of times. Here's some thoughts on it:
As far as "Style" questions go, I dodge those like crazy. Honestly, I don't feel I have much of a style. I never have. I have an "adaptable" ability to draw like Disney, Nick, etc. Whatever I need to draw like for a given job. Within reason. Some cruder styles (like, say, a Mike Judge style) would be harder for me because its hard to break drawing rules you've been taught for so many years. Yes, I'd say some of my "Bancroft girls" have my style but its also kind of a Disney style. In my opinion there are two kinds of "style" artists: the ones that have a SUPER destinct style (like "Cheeks" or Jack Kirby) that have been drawing that way since the beginning and can't draw any other way, and the rest of us- whose style will evolve through the years based on work experiences and artistic influences. The latter won't have extremely strong styles but will be more adaptable to other styles. We tend to follow up
My Art School RantI mentioned I had a rant about art schools and many of you said you wanted to hear it. Well, its long so I hope you meant it. This will make some of you angry, but I hope not. I love art schools and I love their instructors even more! Many art instructors are friends of mine. This rant is about the art school teaching SYSTEM. Money drives that, just like any other business, so there will be mistakes made because of greed. So, without further ado.....
My Art School Rant
I have a love-hate relationship with art schools. I love what they stand for- the pursuit of and love for creating great art! I still get excited walking into an art school. Seeing all the rows and rows of wonderful Macs, the energy (or lack thereof- we ARE talking about art students, after all), the artwork on the walls, the postings of upcoming events and guest speakers, the dirty floors, the whole
Disney layoffs, 2D animation, and youA very nervous animation student (he didn't say, but I assume he is studying 2D animation) asked me about my opinions on the state of animation these days. What are the companies thinking with laying off all the employees, not doing 2D animation, canceling great TV series, etc.? Are the business people just evil? AND the even bigger question: Is John Lassiter a jerk (or worse) for letting all the 2D animators at Disney go yesterday?
MY ANSWER: I have a slightly controversial (for an artist) perspective on businesses and business people. Over all, I like them. At times, I have even been grateful for them. (Steady paychecks should never be taken for granted. Wait till you don't have one one day, then you'll know!) Remember, we live in a world where businesses are expected to make money to stay alive. It's called capitalism. Others call it "business". That means, the animation world isn't any different from any other job/company
New Uploaded Video: Drawing with PrismaColor 02Hey Guys with the digital world dominating our lives( which is not a bad thing), I have found it is pretty important to continue to use traditional media that really can be transferred into our digital work (for look and feel, or otherwise),
As we're all gearing up for the beginning of the New Year, I decided to post an all new video in the realm of using different mediums and experimentation when creating gesture specific drawings for the Animation and Entertainment Industry. It's a quick over the shoulder view of a few drawings done with a PrismaColor Pencil and Ebony Pencil, as one is a wonderful waxy smooth pencil and the other has such a great range of light to dark all with one pencil making it so much fun to draw with. Any thoughts as to the importance of continuing to work traditionally outside of our digital work and if it is beneficial to any artists out there?
Character Mentor Promo video- overviewI'm starting to do some publicity and marketing things for my publisher, Focal Press, for my new book "Character Mentor". I shot a few things yesterday (that sounds more professional than it was since its just me in front of a webcam in my studio) and they will start posting them soon. Here's the first one, a video of me introduction CHARACTER MENTOR and why I wanted to create it. I hope you like it! http://youtu.be/EXtUqtQJsV0
It comes out in March, 2012 and is available to pre-order now at Amazon.com.
Happy New Year- New goals?I'm kind of weird in that I get kind of excited about the new year. Not like Christmas excited, but it really gets me thinking. I'm the type of person that likes to dream but also likes to make goals to try and accomplish those dreams. Not all of them stick (because I think it through and it makes less and less sense as time goes on) but I try and accomplish SOME of them. That week between Christmas and New Years I always get very introspective of what happened over this last year and what I'd like to accomplish this coming year. I'm an optimist, so to me, it all looks rosy and exciting. I'm enough of a realist to realize they all won't work out they way I dream them, but being an optimist means you can also flow with change fairly well too.
Some things that I want to accomplish this year are an on-going "bucket list" of things I want to do, while others are a little closer to the surface and more doabl
Happy Anniversary!I know I'm late in saying this...but Today marks the 20th Anniversary of 'Beauty and the Beast'. It premiered on November 13th, 1991
I was first introduced to BatB when my father came home from picking up my brother from a boy scouts meeting. He walked over to me, told me to close my eyes and open both of my hands. When I opened them back up, in my left was Lumiere and in my right was cogsworth. I had no idea what they were but I knew that I loved them immediately. I was six at the time and the very next day after that, I went to see Beauty and the Beast in the theater, which also happened to be my first visit to a movie theater.
Feel free to share your memories of this Disney Classic in the comments below
Taiji Japan and Whale the movieA few things here, first we'll start with a huge pressing issue and something that is very dear to me:
It is just so depressing knowing that I'm here in Florida going about my life with barely any complications in a nice home with a nice job, while in Taiji Japan thousands of dolphins and cetaceans are being slaughtered for no good reason. The beginning of September marked the start of the dolphin killing season in the small cove located in Taiji (a town which says to love and cherish dolphins, many statues, posters, aquariums, and gift shops adorn this small town). I've been following many twitter accounts and feeds sending out updates on the slaughter including the killing of several mothers and babies. These killers claim that it is their culture, which is bullshit because most of Japan doesn't even know this is going on. You can't eat dolphin meat because of the insanely high levels of mercury so they often label the meat as something else, typically other kinds of marine li
A Pixar Movie Plan for Those Who WANT to Be PIXARNeed Supervisors, managers and Directors for Future-Pixarian Project http://future-pixarians.deviantart.com/journal/Need-Supervisors-Managers-and-Directors-for-Film-267599837
I thought of a cute little idea, Maybe, just maybe. we, as a club, could pretend to be PIXAR itself. work together like PIXAR on a project, a pretend movie.
we can be writers, storyborders, proof readers, charater designers, etc.
If anyone wanted to make small animations that could be a small option, though I'm not sure how possible that could be.
Theres definitely more than enough people. and the clubs called "Future-pixarians". This could be pefect pratice, and could most likely go on the resumes for job interviews there. it would be a lovely try.
I'm hoping its a good idea.
If anyone REALLY REALLY wants a job there this will prove that they want it as much as i do.
Leaving Southampton She was in the kitchen when he stumbled in noisily, tripping as he went past the shelves and catching the edge of the table to keep himself from falling.
Pretending not to hear the stream of curses that followed, she kept her eyes fixed on the dishes, letting her hand trail in the soapy water. There was a loud scraping of wood against grimy concrete as he drew a chair and collapsed into it. At this she looked up, and after a moment's hesitation, she said, unnecessarily, "You've been drinking."
He clutched his head and said nothing. He hadn't shaved in weeks and stank of sweat and alcohol; he looked much older than his eighteen years.
They sat in silence for a while. Then he announced, loudly, "Fuck."
She didn't bother to tell him off. She just waited. And jumped when he suddenly brought his fist down, hard, onto the table.
"Our lives here are s
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