5 Costly Mistakes That Will Stop You From Selling Your Art

You and I – and pretty much every professional artist in the history of the universe – understand how hard it is to make a living from original work… The pain comes in different ways: The disappointment of boxing up your books after a slow convention. The extended embarrassment of a failed crowdfunding campaign. The […]

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Top 10 Essential Concept Art Books: Part 2

This is part two in a series about my top 10 favorite concept art books (in no particular order). In part one, I explained that, to make the top 10, these books had to meet two criteria. I won’t repeat myself here except to say that they all possess both inspirational and educational qualities. I know […]

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Top 10 Essential Concept Art Books: Part 1

My favorite concept art books have two things in common: 1.) The work inside is so inspiring that every time I open one of them, I’m overtaken by a wave of pure, tingling fandom. 2.) They each contain a unique revelation of the actual filmmaking (or game-making) process. By popular demand (and in no particular […]

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Creating A Professional Storyboard Portfolio :: Paper Wings Show #27

Paper Wings is back! Marvel Animation storyboard artist Justin Copeland joins the team as the newest co-host of the Paper Wings Show. In this podcast episode, Justin explains the necessary steps to creating a professional storyboard portfolio and responds to some great listener questions. Lora‘s “Lofty Thought” segment offers a healthier way to compare your work to others […]

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Breaking In At Riot Games & How To Get A Concept Artist Internship: Interview With Chris Campbell :: ArtCast #69

“If there’s truth behind the art, it will resonate.” -Chris Campbell Most professional artists have been drawing since they first picked up a crayon. As a kid, Chris Campbell drew the occasional doodle but he never took his art seriously. …not until his late twenties, anyway. Abandoning his career as a journalist, Chris enrolled in […]

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Ongoing Crowdfunding For Artists: Interview With The Team From Patreon.com :: ArtCast #68

Making a living as an artist has never been easy but Patreon will be, for many of you, a total financial game-changer. Jack Conte and Tyler Palmer join me for an empowering conversation about their innovative new approach to crowdfunding for artists…

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Easier Edge Control For Digital Painters (Part 2): Rotate Brushes In Photoshop With Custom Wacom Settings

In part one of this tutorial, I explained how to combine custom Brush Presets, Keyboard Shortcuts and Actions to quickly and easily rotate your Photoshop Brushes as you paint. That trick alone can make your brush technique smoother, more intuitive and more like traditional painting. However, there are two points of friction that can be relieved if […]

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The Showcase: Will Your Personal Project Make Money? (Part 4)

This is part 4 of a 6-part series designed to help you decide which type of personal project you want to pursue and how you might make money from it when you do. Click here if you missed part 1, part 2 or part 3. “Projects are the new résumés.” -Seth Godin While the Geek-Out and Skill-Builder projects we’ve discussed […]

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Easier Edge Control For Digital Painters (Part 1): Rotate Brushes In Photoshop With Hotkeys

Interpretive edges are one of the most appealing and beautiful aspects of oil painting and watercolor techniques. Edge control isn’t easy in traditional painting but when it comes to digital painting in Photoshop, edge control has been almost mechanically impossible. The angle of a brush stroke is essential for sophisticated edges. Before I designed the […]

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Animation Jobs Go Fast (And Why You Must Go Faster)

There are many new ways to break into the animation and games industry. While personal projects, conventions and gathering a fan base are, in my opinion, essential, we need to remember that artists still break in the old fashioned way. …by responding to a “Help Wanted” ad. Animation and games studios announce job openings all the time. […]

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The Skill-Builder: Will Your Personal Project Make Money? (Part 3)

This is part 3 of a 6-part series designed to help you decide which type of personal project you want to pursue and how you might make money from it when you do. In part one of this series we learned how money, though often a reasonable and appropriate goal for a personal project, can also […]

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Good Character Design Goes Deep

Think about your best friend. How long did it take for you to really get to know each other? Hopes and fears, experiences and expectations, strengths and weaknesses, victories, failures, pet peeves and passions… Whether he or she is your spouse, partner, close family member, colleague or high school BFF, the friendship has taught you […]

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The Geek-Out: Will Your Personal Project Make Money? (Part 2)

This is part 2 of a 6-part series designed to help you decide which type of personal project you want to pursue and how you might make money from it when you do. Click here if you missed part 1. Today’s post is about “Geek-Out” projects that are driven almost entirely by passion. We’ll get into more […]

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Will Your Personal Project Make Money?

Maybe you want your illustrations to attract the attention of a big, sexy studio like Pixar or Riot Games… Maybe you dream of making indie comics or self-published children’s books full-time. Maybe you’re one of the thousands of full-time freelancers who long for the freedom to fire your bad clients… Whatever your plight, let’s assume […]

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Interview With Wouter Tulp – Illustrator, Character Designer & Caricature Artist: ArtCast #67

“I have to be really honest with myself and I have to be open to my own critique. One rule that I live by is that when I see that my work can be better, I have to make it better.” -Wouter Tulp Wouter Tulp is one of the most truly versatile artists I’ve ever […]

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Are You Good Enough? Tough Truths For True Artists: With Will Terry :: ArtCast #66

I’m going to ask you a question and I need you to be honest with me… Don’t hold back. Whatever the answer is, I can take it… Am I good enough? Do I have what it takes to succeed as a professional artist? Artists ask me this all the time. …and not just young, aspiring […]

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