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Posted in Advice on September 12, 2014
Before I start: Don’t listen to the people who tell you to change the style you love. You will find work and people who love your style as long as you do what you love, period.
There are two type of people: The people who can work on their own and people who need structure. If you can work on your own follow the advice below. If you need structure, you will need to go to an art school or take online art classes. There are tons of awesome professional artists who teach online classes. Here’s some: www.schoolism.com/school.php training.cgsociety.org/ www.conceptart.org/go/learn/
To improve your art, draw what you want to improve on. You want to learn how to draw feet? Copy photos of people’s feet 30-60 minutes every day until you got it down. If you need reference photos, deviant art has tons of them. search ‘feet’ or anything you want. Draw your own feet. Take photos. As a professional, I always use reference before I start an Illustration. I gather photos from google, pinterest, deviant art, I take photos of myself or friends and use them to help me see what I can’t imagine. Try this: www.pinterest.com/characterdes…
Drawing from life will improve your illustrations 100%. When I started out, I refused to draw real people. I just wanted to draw in my style and I thought it was useless to me. I was sooo wrong. You can still draw in your style and learn from life at the same time. Its a tool. use it. Another way to improve is to gather a list of 5 artists you admire and copy their illustrations every day for a year if you need to. Copy 80% of your time and use 20% to draw from imagination. It’s a slow process and it will take years to get better. there is no secret to it. Just plain hard work and dedication. You can’t be a pro athlete in a few months. From my experience, It takes 2 years to get good at something and 3 to 4 years to start making a living. (Use it as a guide and break it with a faster time. I challenge you). But they need to be completely focused years. There’s no excuse. When I started I had 2 kids, I worked a full-time job and struggled with depression but I still made time for art everyday.
MAKE time for art. Give up a few hours of TV or games or going out every week. You NEED to make art a priority if you want to make a living from it. TV doesn’t pay your bills, Games don’t pay your bills, Your friends don’t pay your bills. This choice will make or break you. I promise. It’s definitely OK to take a day off every so often to have fun.
You will lose heart, you will want to give up, you will hate it sometimes but just keep working EVERY DAY and you will be one day closer to living your dream.
To sum up:
1. Draw what you love.
2. Copy, copy, copy.
3. Draw everyday.
I’m giving you guys:
– A full size JPEG for my new batman poster
-2 Photoshop files
-plus all of my Photoshop Brushes for FREE!
Enjoy guys and let me know what you think by leaving comments. Please share with fellow artists.
Have a great day and work hard!
Posted in Advice on September 11, 2014
There are a lot of artists out there who need help with becoming better artists but they have no idea where to begin. I’ve gathered some of the best free resources out there for becoming a better artist. This also applies to the people who want to know how to make a living as an artist.
ProkoTV – (Youtube) How to draw everything- from basics to advanced. Refine your skills.
Theartorder – Advice from one of the best art directors in the Illustration industry.
muddycolors – Advice from professionals and art directors in the industry: Art process, finance, promotion.
illustrationage -Advice on how to make a living as an Illustrator.
IceflowStudios– (Youtube) Everything you never knew you could do in Photoshop. Technical know how.
Below are invaluable resources if you have some cash to spare:
Artpact -How to price your work/downloadable contracts/reviews of companies by working artists. Low fee. $
Thegnomonworkshop – The BEST training videos from entertainment professionals. Technical know how. (Film, Video game and Illustration Industry) high fee $$.
There is a way to get videos for free. You will need to enter their monthly art competitions and place in the top 4. I got a lot of videos this way in the past.
Programs: 3ds Max/After Effects/BodyPaint/Boujou/ImageModeler/Lightwave/MatchMover/Maya/Mari/Modo/Mudbox/Nuke/Painter/Photoshop/Real Flow/Shake/Stitcher/Unreal Engine 3/XSI/ZBrush
The list above applies to most artists out there. There are also other aspects to becoming a professional artist, such as: Developing mental stamina, physical health, balancing life and work, etc. All of these things are extremely important and you will need to learn them. If you guys have questions or want to give links to other websites, post them in the comments below.
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There are a ton of artists out there who are overwhelmed when they try to learn about color. What does Analogous, complimentary, Triad, Monochromatic, Compound color scheme mean? When do I use pure white? Why am I not supposed to use pure black? Questions, questions, questions and too many answers depending on who you ask. So what’s right and what’s wrong?
You can take your time to learn color the proper way from some of these masters:
Nathan Fowkes– Color master from Dreamworks and Disney.
Or you could do it the easy way:
If you’re a busy person and you don’t have time to read books or go through tons of blogs and watch video tutorials; This is what I suggest:
Search Google for a AAA movie. Find an image that has the colors you think would match your taste. For example; you could search Terminator 2, Aliens, or Lord of the rings. These movies have multiple professionals working on them. Think about that for a moment. From Concept artist to cinematographer to Director and other people in between. Let them do the work for you.
Now save that image and drag it into Photoshop. From here use the eyedrop tool to color-pick. Over time by using this technique, you will learn about color, even if you don’t know what cadmium yellow looks like.
Photoshop also has a cool feature that lets you embed Kuler so you can use preset color schemes.
That’s it! No go learn!
I’ve been away too long from my blog. Here’s some new art!
Prints are available for purchase here: store
You can see more art here: Deviantart
Posted in Finished illustrations on March 8, 2014
Hey guys, here are some things I’ve been working on. They’re all Greek inspired. I have more art posted on my DA page here. Comments are welcome.
Posted in Uncategorized on October 31, 2013
Hey everyone, I haven’t had the internet in over 1 week now and i’m back! It’s been kinda nice not to have so many distractions. I’ve been able to focus on my art and I got a ton of work done. I’ve been extremely productive! I might have to turn it off every once in a while.
- My 8/16 bit set is put on hold for the moment. I have too many projects going on at the same time. my fault
- I’ve been working on a comic/manga project for the past year now and I have mentioned it once before. It will be very different from my previous work. It combines a few of my passions: Ghibli film storytelling, baking, and watercolor paintings. It’s a simple but funny love story. I know some of you guys will not be excited for this because I’m known for dark realistic art, but I hope you guys will still support me and my project. I will most likely post it up on kickstarter to help push the book out.
- I also have a web-comic that I’m working on. This one is just off the walls crazy fun. It’s been so much fun experimenting with different art styles and I finally settled into something really vibrant and retro but modern. I’ve been trying to break the traditional storytelling formula and hopefully it works out into something really new and fun. This is in the early stages so I won’t talk about again for a while. I’m really excited to see how this turns out! The main character is hilarious
- I’ve talked about a scifi graphic novel that I’ve been working on with a really awesome writer but that project is put on hold for a while. Hopefully we can get that started up again soon. I’ts really dark, violent and has a deep storyline!
- I’m still working on a 3d animation with a friend that has been in the works for over 5 years. The script and storyboards are done. Well be moving on to animatics real soon. This will also be a Kickstarter project.
Posted in Uncategorized on October 15, 2013
I dropped out of college because of it. I went for a few months and I hated being there with all of those people who judged me every day. It was exhausting pretending to be one of them. I felt like I was different but I didn’t know why. I didn’t like to be out with people I didn’t know . I just wanted to stay home and play video games and watch TV. Some days my friends would ask me to hang out and I would make up an excuse just so I could stay in the comfort of my room. I really wanted to go out but It was easier not to do something that would take me out of my comfort zone. I liked my comfortable prison. I didn’t know what would happen if I went out there. It was too risky. I didn’t want people to discover that I was a phony- a prisoner in civilian clothing. I ignored my family most of the time. It was comfortable being by myself. No drama and no problems to speak of. I did feel very lonely most of the time living in my jail cell. Some days I didn’t want to live.
This is how I lived my life in my late teens to early 20’s. My life did improve after my mid 20’s. I eventually got a job, girlfriend and had 2 kids. Things were better on the outside but I still felt like a prisoner in my mind. I had a new life and everything started feeling overwhelming. I wasn’t used to this. I missed being in my room. It was as if I was fighting against two different people in my head; One wanted to enjoy this new life and the other wanted to go back to how everything was. I struggled within myself for many years after and it affected the people around me.
A couple of years ago, I discovered that I suffered from major depression. It all made sense. You would think it was obvious, but from the inside, it wasn’t. It finally had a name and I could do something about it. A ray of truth piercing through the heavy dark fog that suffocated me. It took me a few years to fight my way out though most of it. It was an ugly battle. Sometimes it still trips me up but now I know how to get up. This is how I did it:
I didn’t take medication for those who are wondering. Not to say that this will work for everyone but it can be a place to start.
- I exercise 5 days a week and eat healthy. No junk food. A healthy body promotes a healthy mind. It helps deal with daily anxieties and it makes you feel accomplished when you finish. (I recommend P90x,P90x2, One on one with Tony Horton, and Body beast).
- I focus on my art. This means that I turned off the TV. It’s mostly a waste of time. Unless you are learning something from it- don’t watch it. If I do watch something, it’s only while I’m eating.
- I catch myself every time I think of something negative. I label that thought as useless and I imagine throwing it away behind me like a crumpled paper.
- I focus on today. It’s a cliche but do it away. I Focus on being happy this moment. Don’t think about tomorrow or later today. Just focus on this absolute moment. Take a deep breath and listen to yourself release it…. You feel that? It’s called peace. Remember it and try to make this happen more often. We live in a society that forces us to rush at every moment possible. We tell ourselves that there’s not enough time and we freak out. STOP THIS. Once I put my worries away, I started enjoying life more.
- Be grateful everyday. Grateful for my 2 beautiful girls who love me more than anyone on this planet. Grateful to all of the people in my life and all of the things I have.
- I Cut out negative people from my life. Family doesn’t get diplomatic immunity. If they are toxic for you then cut them out. I did this years ago and guess what? less worries =)
This takes time and hard work but it’s worth it. Be consistent. This is how I broke out of my prison and the view from here is liberating.