Snow, and new Photoshop CC Features

Yesterday the weather man got it wrong. I thought we were looking forward to a long day of wind and rain. Instead I woke up to the this lovely site. It didn’t stick around too long as the rain did come later in the day. By the end of the day the hills which were covered in snow were covered …

3 portfolio improvements

Recently I’ve been doing student portfolio assessments. It can be one of the most enjoyable experiences of the semester, it can also be one of the most soul-destroying. You spend a semester teaching students, investing your time, energy and emotions in the hope that they will submit a good portfolio at the end of the semester. Some do, others don’t. …

Podcasts!

I’ve been listening to some visual art podcasts recently, and I thought their sources might be of interest. The first is by SideBar Nation Sidebar have an excellent archive of interviews with some very well know illustrators such as Drew Struzan, James Jean, Sterling Hundley, Greg Manchess, James Gurney and many more. There’s a good bunch that are free but …

Proko – Basic Elements

Stan Prokopenko has just done a new video on shape, value, colour and edge. As always it’s well done, helpful and the sort of thing you wish you’d seen when you first started painting.

Yesterday’s Work – Gamut Masks

I saw this photo (warning – nudity) on Marcus Ranum’s DeviantArt stock site. It just stood out to me and I thought it might make a good painting. The rest of the pose reminds me very much of a Frank Franzetta character, just less busty and “hippy”.  I’ve  changed some of the features from the original to pick out what I liked about …

Amazon Recommends…

The great and powerful Amazon sees fit to send me recommendations according to what I have bought, searched for or added to my wishlist. Many times these so called recommendations have been less than accurate. But this morning they may have got a winner.

Listening to audio while you work

When he was just starting out as an animator at Disney, Richard Williams once asked the legendary Milt Kahl (chief animator on the Jungle Book) this question… The response was… (Cartoons by Richard Williams’ in “The Animators Survival Kit”) And so it became Richard Williams’ first lesson in his book The Animators Survival Kit – “UNPLUG! Take off your head …

Live media – Rub-out method

This post gives me the chance to talk about two artists and a few things I’ve been experimenting with. The rub-out method works on the principle of live media a term coined by sterling Hundley who I will talk about later.  Paint such as acrylic and oil are dead when dry; immovable and unresponsive. Gouache and watercolour are different, when dry the …