Bryan Engram of Brazen Entertainment on Tempest

Posted on Aug 19, 2017

Greatly enjoyed listening to Bryan Engram discuss his company Brazen Animation (brazenanimation.com) and their full-length animated feature film, Tempest, this morning. If you haven’t seen the teaser trailer or their other work, go do so — great stuff! www.brazenanimation.com/tempest/teaser/

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KFC’s Animatronic Harland Sanders Robot

Posted on Jul 7, 2017

I would like this as my alarm clock or as my mailbox.

Content from Adweek, seen via Twitter.com/WiedenKennedy:
KFC Made a Weird Animatronic Harland Sanders Robot to Take Your Drive-Thru Order : Wieden + Kennedy pioneers H.A.R.L.A.N.D.

Post to Instagram from Computer

Posted on Jun 23, 2017

A question came up in the SVSLearn Forum (Forum.SVSLearn.com) about uploading to Instagram via a computer. I always thought it was only possible via a mobile device, but after a quick search to confirm (“post to instagram from pc”), it appears that this can actually be done via a computer (at least for now). I haven’t tried to post from a computer, but clicking the camera does open a window for me to choose something to upload, so I’m supposing it works. Just not sure if you can add descriptions, tags, etc…

Here’s a screenshot:

I found this trick from:
https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-post-to-instagram-from-a-computer/

How to upload photos to Instagram from a desktop browser

Most browsers have a way of letting you change the “User Agent” — the thing that tells a website what kind of device you’re on. So, even when you’re on a laptop or desktop, you can trick a website like Instagram into showing you the mobile site. That’s what we’re going to do.

Safari
On Safari, it’s easy. Go to Safari > Preferences > Advanced. Check the box at the very bottom that says, “Show Develop menu in menu bar.”

Now open a private browsing window. Head to Develop > User Agent > Safari — iOS 10 — iPhone. Go to Instagram.com, sign in and click the camera button at the bottom of the screen to upload a photo from your desktop.

Chrome
In Chrome, go to Instagram.com and sign in. Now right-click the page > Inspect > click the Tablet icon (top-left). The page should switch to mobile view, where you’ll find a camera button at the bottom of the screen, which lets you upload a photo from your desktop.

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on May 8 and has since been updated. Initial instructions for Chrome were not working for everyone, so we’ve updated the process.

25,000 Pins!

Posted on Jun 5, 2017

A New Milestone Reached! Over 25,000 Illustration, Design, and Other Art Pins into my Pinterest account. Pins Are Curated Into Boards Spanning: Different *Genre Types, Character Types, Environment Types, and Vehicle & Object Types, as well as Textures, Patterns, Branding & Packaging Design, Advertising, Character Bento, Wagashi, and Much More! (*Genre = Children’s Illustration, Earthy-Rustic-Folk, Manga/Anime, Fantasy/SciFi, Pop Culture, Etc.)

I have found Pinterest to be a great resource to learn & be inspired from. I’m so glad to have all these pins organized to share! Look forward to seeing what pins you share. Be sure to follow at Pinterest.com/ScottMonaco and of course, on my other social media accounts too:

Etchr Art Satchel

Posted on Jun 2, 2017

 

What a great looking and highly useful mobile studio! I already love all kinds of bags, but I’m looking forward to seeing this particular one launch!

 

How the Etchr Art Satchel Makes Urban Sketching a Breeze!

…As a professional Concept Artist, I loved taking a break and getting out and about with my drawing but often found the logistical process a pain. Fumbling around in my re-purposed bag for my art gear, setting up my work station and the arm fatigue and lack of mobility were all pain points that I sought to address with the Etchr Art Satchel…

…We think we’ve come up with the answer!…

…Join our community of artists on the Early Bird List to be first to know when it launches so you can have first dibs on our awesome early bird giveaways!…

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Learn more about Etchr :

Founded by Darren Yeow :

Learned about the Etchr Art Satchel from a post on Forum.SVSLearn.com by Linhb16.artstation.com

UPDATE:

Listen to a great podcast interview with Darren Yeow about Etchr & more by Drawn + Drafted at https://www.crowdcast.io/e/projectcast-darrenyeow

Where to Start on SVSLearn

Posted on May 25, 2017

In the SVSLearn.com Forum (Forum.SVSLearn.com), the question is often asked of where to start and how to progress through all of the courses. Jake Parker responded recently to this question and gave the following list (his #1 is exactly where I’ve told everyone to go first) and said: “Future versions of SVS will have course paths for artists to take depending on if they want to get into illustration, children’s books, concept art, storyboarding, comics, etc. But for now this list below should get you going in the right direction:

PHASE 1: Fundamentals

  1. HOW TO DRAW EVERYTHING
  2. DRAWING FUNDAMENTALS
  3. VISUALIZING DRAWING IN PERSPECTIVE
  4. LIGHT AND SHADOW
  5. MASTERING PERSPECTIVE
  6. CREATIVE COMPOSITION

PHASE 2: Learning Digital 

  1. BEGINNING PHOTOSHOP
  2. 10 STEP DIGITAL PAINTING

PHASE 3: Color 

  1. WORKING WITH COLOR
  2. PAINTING COLOR AND LIGHT
  3. PAINTING IN PHOTOSHOP

PHASE 4: Characters 

  1. DRAWING HEROES AND SIDEKICKS
  2. DRAWING ANIMALS
  3. DRAWING VILLAINS AND MONSTERS
  4. POSING CHARACTERS – CHILDREN’S BOOK EDITION
  5. STYLIZING HUMAN CHARACTERS
  6. BREATHING LIFE INTO YOUR CHARACTER DESIGNS

PHASE 5: Illustration 

  1. CREATIVE ENVIRONMENT DESIGN
  2. VISUAL STORYTELLING TECHNIQUES
  3. MIXED MEDIA-WATERCOLOR AND DIGITAL
  4. LUMINOUS LIGHTING IN MIXED MEDIA
  5. ILLUSTRATING CHILDREN’S BOOKS PART1

Also, in a previous post, I posted a list of where you can find SVSLearn, Jake Parker, Will Terry, and Lee White online at their sites & social media accounts where they share additional tips & advice (be sure to go to their YouTube accounts): http://quietyell.com/2016/12/28/svslearn-team/

Marks And Splashes Guest Group Critique with Chris Schechner

Posted on May 23, 2017

My dear friend, Chris Schechner (CSchechner.com | Instagram @chrisschechner), will be the guest instructor in the upcoming live webinar for the Guest Group Critique of HowToBeAChildrensBookIllustrator.com – YAY! Go sign up!

From https://guestgroupcritiques.com/may-with-chris-schechner/

Being May, this may be the month for your online presence as a children’s book illustrator to blossom. In the next Guest Group Critique we’ll look again at your online portfolios, illustrators websites and blog sites.

Our guest instructor for this month’s interactive live session, graphic designer Chris Schechner plans to help us answers questions like, how does your garden – I mean illustrator’s website – grow? What should we plant there and/or mercilessly weed away to attract art directors, editors and agents, and other potential art clients. How can we as, illustrators and author-illustrators make every day we’re online feel like spring?

We’re set for 7 p.m. (U.S. Central Time) Wednesday, May 31.

Chris’s design firm Schechner and Associates has completed work for publishers, ad agencies, banks, law firms, a seminary, churches and groups (such as the North Texas Chapter of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.)

For 25 years he served as art director of Pockets, the widely circulated children’s devotional magazine published by the Upper Room. Chris has worked with and helped hundreds of children’s illustrators over his career.

He’s fun, wicked sharp and he’ll make you laugh. Also, he understands artists, being one, a talented cartoon illustrator, himself. (See pen and ink image, right.)

He’s set a deadline of Tuesday evening, May 30 to get your website or portfolio URL to the list. He’ll look at all of the submitted sites, but pick only ten to speak to in our live session when we look at how to keep our site fresh, appealing and competitive in the children’s publishing market.

You can opt for just this month’s single Group Critique session with Chris (replay included.) Or subscribe monthly for just $10 per month, which gets you access to everything going back two years, including last month’s group critique with agents Jill Corcoran and Jodell Sadler of Jill Corcoran Literary. (They also focused on online portfolios.)

More Drawn & Drafted Live Podcasts

Posted on May 23, 2017

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DrawnAndDrafted.com (Also DearArtDirector.tumblr.com) has been having live podcasts that have been wonderful. The podcasts are held on Crowdcast.io. D&D’s profile is Crowdcast.io/drawnanddrafted where upcoming podcasts can be registered for and previous ones can be replayed. I also posted about the first four here

DrawnAndDrafted.com is led by Lauren Panepinto (Creative Director of Orbit Books and Yen Press: Twitter | Instagram | Orbit Books Profile) and Marc Scheff (Artist/Art Director : TwitterInstagram | MarcScheff.com)

Here are the next upcoming podcasts:

Tue, May 30, 2017 12:00 PM CST
ProjectCast with Stephanie Law (and her six figure Kickstarter strategy)

 

Mon, Jun 12, 2017 08:30 AM CST
ProjectCast with Darren Yeow (The Etchr Art Satchel)

 

Flight School Studio Live Twitch with Jake Wyatt

Posted on May 5, 2017

tumblr_inline_opee44rCUZ1uhzw3i_500At Noon (CST) on Friday, 05/05/17, Creative Director at flightschool.studio, Jake Wyatt is doing a live Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/flightschoolstudio

Join us this Friday, 5/5, on our Twitch channel for another livestream from the Flight School HQ.

This week, Creative Director @jakewyattriot will draw, talk about art, and answer your burning questions. If you’ve ever wanted to know Jake’s favorite snack or what kind of Photoshop brushes he uses: now’s your chance! Drop a question in the stream’s chat on Friday or reach out on Twitter to Jake or our official Flight School account.

More info at: http://blog.flightschool.studio/post/160278946977/friday-livestream-with-jake-wyatt