Two years ago, my friend and Oatley Academy colleague Sarah Marino appeared on what is, to date, the most frequently downloaded episode of The ArtCast: The Rising Stars Of Animation.
Like every other guest on that show, Sarah has, as I predicted, gone on to great success.
After wrapping as a visual development artist on The Book Of Life (the gorgeous new animated feature from Reel FX) she moved to Burbank to join the art department on Nickelodeon’s new preschool series Shimmer and Shine.
In this episode, Sarah shares the story of her happy, creative childhood, her positive experience at Ringling College Of Art and Design and the subsequent, disarming struggle of breaking into the animation industry.
…and in the Q&A segment, we respond to a listener question about developing your concept art portfolio.
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Here’s a new portrait study in a digital “scribble” technique with which I’ve been experimenting.
Click here to see a high resolution version.
I used a very limited number of values.
…and if my Photoshop Brush Settings had been any simpler, I could have done it in Mario Paint.
(100% Opacity. 100% Flow. No feathering. No soft edges.)
Obviously, there’s no color.
The expressiveness came only from the “scribbly” Brush Tip and the physical gesture of each brush stroke.
If you’re feeling frustrated or overwhelmed with your paintings, consider setting up some extreme limitations for yourself.
I believe you’ll find the limitations quite freeing.
Try eliminating certain aspects from the process in order to create some mental space for greater focus or creativity.
The Photoshop Brushes I created for this technique will soon be available to my newsletter subscribers.
Find more Digital Painting techniques here and here.
A few weeks ago I did my best to explain a complicated (but pressing) issue known as “Net Neutrality.”
Basically, it’s a real-life version of Who Framed Roger Rabbit and it could negatively affect artists and audiences worldwide.
Today, the FCC (the folks who decide whether to give independent creators equal treatment online) is closing itself off to public comment on this issue.
…and we probably won’t get another chance to speak out.
Email the FCC today and demand that they protect our future as independent creators.
If everyone who reads this blog post is willing to send one email, we can make an EPIC amount of noise in defense of our creative economy.
If you want to learn more about the Net Neutrality issue, check out my simple explanation.
If you want details, read this thorough and informative post by Magic Box student, Norman Haldeman.
Make Some Noise:
Let’s flood FCC’s inbox with the voice of artists worldwide!
“I can’t take ten steps without seeing something I want to paint or draw…”
- Pascal Campion
In part one of this interview, we learned about Pascal Campion’s early career and his development into a uniquely versatile professional artist.
In this episode, Pascal manages to communicate to us how his creative mind actually works – which is extremely difficult to do.
He also shares some stirringly thoughtful responses to questions from my color theory and digital painting students. We talk about portfolios, art school, composition, lighting and, of course, personal style.
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