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

Drawn & Drafted Live Podcasts

Posted on May 5, 2017

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DrawnAndDrafted.com (Also DearArtDirector.tumblr.com) has live podcasts lined up and they are sure to be great. The podcasts are held on Crowdcast.io. D&D’s profile is Crowdcast.io/drawnanddrafted

Their Podcast Vision:

We miss the days of live studio audiences, so we’re bringing it back.

While we’re talking you can be on a group chat, with a separate area to ask questions. Vote up your favorite questions and we’ll answer them. 

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 upcoming podcasts:

Fri, May 5, 2017 12:00 PM CST
ProjectCast with Thomas James (Escape from Illustration Island)

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Mon, May 15, 2017 4:00 PM CST
ProjectCast with Kyle Webster (Kyle’s Brushes)

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Fri, May 19, 2017 3:00 PM CST
Project Cast with Jon Schindehette (The Art Order)

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Mon, May 22, 2017 12:00 PM CST
ProjectCast with Dan Dos Santos(Muddy Colors)

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CDQ Mag Issue 1 Contributors

Posted on May 5, 2017

Today’s project update of Character Design Quarterly by 3DTotal Publishing (3DTotal Kickstarter Profile) lists “the amazing artists and character designers involved” on the first issue with links to their sites & social profiles. Here they are:

Lois van Baarle | Website | Instagram | Facebook

Brett Bean | Website | Instagram | Facebook

Randy Bishop | Website | Instagram | Facebook

Blue Zoo Animation Studio | Website | Instagram | Facebook

Shaun Bryant | Website | Instagram | Facebook

James Castillo | Website | Instagram | Facebook

CreatureBox | Website | Instagram | Facebook

Avner Geller | Website | Instagram

Max Grecke | DeviantArt | Instagram

Simone Grünewald | Website | Instagram

Tyson Murphy | Website | Instagram

Tristan Poulain | Website | Instagram

Tim Probert | Website | Instagram

Jakub Rebelka | Website

James Woods | Website | Instagram

The Crayola Experience is Coming to DFW!

Posted on May 2, 2017

A place I needed as a kid coming to DFW!

The Crayola Experience, a 60,000 square-foot attraction is slated to open at Spring 2018 at The Shops at Willow Bend in Plano. At Crayola Experience Plano guests will enjoy classic experiences such as naming and wrapping their own Crayola crayon (Wrap It Up!), starring in their own coloring page (Be a Star), using their touch to bring art to 4-D life (Color Magic), creating melted wax spin-art (Drip Art) and learning how crayons are made in a live Factory Show, as well as some new experiences that will debut in Texas…

Read more at:

https://planoprofile.com/2017/05/02/crayola-experience-the-shops-at-willow-bend-plano/

CrayolaExperience.com

The Florida location video on YouTube

The Escape From Illustration Island podcast is back

Posted on Apr 25, 2017

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The Escape From Illustration Island podcast is back after a 5 year break!

https://illustrationage.com/podcast/

“Conversations with Illustrators, Art Directors, Art Reps, and other creative professionals about the Illustration industry and a lot more!”

Hosted by Thomas James, thomasjamesillustration.com & goodjobtommy.com, the first interview (Episode 83) is with Martin Gee, ohmgee.com, Senior Art Director at TIME and freelance illustrator based in New York :

The first “real” episode of the newly returned Escape from Illustration Island Podcast features an in-depth conversation with Martin Gee, Illustrator and Senior Art Director of TIME Magazine! We talk about some pretty interesting stuff like growing up Star Wars, that time he accidentally won an emmy, and then that other time he gave his pet snake to his best friend, kind of.

Oh, and plenty of illustration talk, of course! Martin proved to be an amazingly open and generous guest, and this hour-long episode is packed with music, insight and fun!

Direct Link to Ep. 83

Pretty good one. Now I’m going back through and listening from the start.

Also, Thomas James was to be interviewed by Drawn & Drafted, drawnanddrafted.com, yesterday but due to technical issues, it will be rescheduled. Sign up for D&D’s enews to get an update of when this is rescheduled.

Character Design Quarterly Magazine Kickstarter by 3DTotal

Posted on Apr 21, 2017

I found out about 3DTotal’s Kickstarter just a couple of hours before it ended (04/19/17). How could I have missed that?! Especially when it is for a new magazine, Character Design Quarterly: “A new magazine bringing expert insights and leading techniques to illustrators, artists and character enthusiasts worldwide”!

Character Design Quarterly (CDQ) is an exciting new print magazine for illustrators, artists, animators and character art enthusiasts. Releasing four times a year, the magazine will offer inspirational and educational articles, tutorials and interviews from top industry professionals specifically geared to helping artists hone their character design skills. This unique, engaging magazine will provide a regular stream of insider knowledge and illuminating advice from experienced professionals and freelancers to help artists of all skill levels improve their workflow and designs.

The first issue is already in production so we can proudly announce that it will feature instructive tutorials by Max Grecke, Shaun Bryant, Simone Grünewald, and Brett Bean. We also have interviews with the creative people behind the multi-award-winning animation studio Blue Zoo, and up-and-coming character designer Amanda Jolly who talks about her exciting career working for companies including Warner Animation Group and Disney TVA. Get top tips from the likes of Loish, Randy Bishop and many more besides, plus learn about the creation of the first issue’s amazing cover image by CreatureBox!

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Here are the links:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1906838062/character-design-quarterly

shop.3DTotal.com
3DTotal.com
Instagram.com/3DTotal/
Twitter.com/3DTotal/

Character Design Quarterly to feature:

Randy Bishop
Randybishopart.com
Instagram.com/randybishopart/

Brett Bean
Drawntoitstudios.com
Instagram.com/brett2dbean/

Loish (Lois Van Baarle)
Loish.net
Instagram.com/loisvb/

CreatureBox
Creaturebox.com
Instagram.com/creaturebox/

Max Grecke
Maxgrecke.artstation.com
Instagram.com/maxgrecke/

Shaun Bryant
Art-bomb.com
Instagram.com/shaun_bryant/

Simone Grünewald
Schmoesi.tumblr.com/
Instagram.com/schmoedraws/

And more…

Body Kun & Body Chan

Posted on Mar 25, 2017

Finally purchased & received a Body Kun & Body Chan! I’ve been wanting these for quite some time now!

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