Poser Webinar: Poser 11 New Features Overview Webinar

February 10, 2016

Poser Pro 11

I had a chance to check out the new Poser 11 overview.Their are new great features and updates that make this the best version of poser yet. Not sure? Check out the video overview for yourself.

Cick the link below to watch the poser 11 video

 Poser Webinar: Poser 11 New Features Overview Webina

Poser Pro 11 is the complete solution for creating art and animation with 3D characters. Includes over 5 GB of human and animal figures and 3D elements. Render scenes into photorealistic images and video for web, print, and film projects. As a standalone character animation system, or as a component in your production pipeline, Poser Pro 11 is the most efficient way for content creation professionals and production teams to add pre-rigged, fully-textured, posable and animation ready 3D characters in any project.

  • NEW! Physically Based Rendering
  • NEW! Improvements to Cartoon OpenGL Render
  • NEW! Area lights, caustics and volumetric materials
  • Fitting Room to convert your existing clothing and props to fit any figure Weight Map Creation Tools
  • Max, Maya, C4D, Lightwave and GoZ Integration
  • Network Rendering
  • 64 Bit Native Application
  • Game Development Features
  • 3D Content Creation Tools

A Better Way to Use Reference Images

August 22, 2015

If you’ve been following my blog posts, you’ll remember my post about http://www.ctrlpaint.com as the best resource for digital painting in Photoshop. Matt Kohr(owner of control paint) posted of video demonstration of a new simple software for organizing and arranging your photo references. You are able to pan, zoom enlarge, re-arrange your images on a single layer, on a single document that can be very good for time saving and less hassle. The program is called PureRef ,and they only ask for a donation to download the software.

Click the links below:

video demonstration for using PureRef at ctrl paint,


link to the actual software below,



PureRef 2

CtrlPaint.com best instruction for digital painting in Photoshop

August 10, 2015

Are you new to learning digital painting? OR do you have some experience painting but want to expand your knowledge on digital painting and apply it to other avenues of art and design; especially for art and entertainment. Such as concept art, character design, vehicle design, Illustration, and other fundamentals of art and design? If so I recommend http://www.cntrlpaint.com

Ctrlpaint was created by Matt Kohr who has worked as a professional industry concept artist for many popular movies and games. He decided to share his experience and help direct enthusiastic artists’ with solid fundamentals for painting as well as solid skills in using the Photoshop platform.

The ctrlpaint site has a ton of free videos under the video library section. They are usually about 5 minute videos with clear organized instruction from Matt Kohr. Besides the free videos you can purchase the premium videos ranging roughly an hour long for an average price of about $10. I would recommend ctrlpaint for painting in Photoshop first before you invest elsewhere. If you get a chance to check out the site feel free to leave comments here about your experience.


ctrl paint digital painting

ctrl paint digital painting

Ctrl Paint Library

Visit at the link below


Do you want to be an Illustrator or Concept Artist? Feng Zhu breaks it down

July 30, 2015

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Many creative people in visual arts or other design fields have so many options and directions they can go into career wise. It can also get a little confusing as there are similarities and interchangeable roles an artist and or designer can use his knowledge and skills. If you are uncertain about your major, or maybe you want to change your major from an illustrator to a concept artist, industrial design; maybe it’s vice versa or both; then you should definitely check out this video by master concept artist and teacher Feng Zhu.


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Every Visual Artist should listen to this about possible copyright changes

July 30, 2015

I was listening to this post hosted by children’s book artist Will Terry. He let artist Brad Holland lead the discussion on visual artist’s and copyrights and how some are trying to change our copyright rights. It’s a pretty deep and intriguing as well as scary conversation about fellow artists futures with their creations. Tune in when you get a chance.
Everything You Know About Copyright Is About To Change – Brad Holland

Illustration Age Blog

July 26, 2015

I’ve been following Illustration Age blog for a few years now. I recommend it to artists, illustrators, and other creatives related to writing, drawing, designing, publishing, etc. Their are tons of resources to help aid in artists careers; as well as continuing creative education. Check out some of the brief details below on what Illustration Age is about.

We regularly feature new, inspiring, and sometimes groundbreaking artwork from professional Illustrators all over the world. Whether you’re an Artist, Art Director, Artist Representative, or a lover of Illustration, Illustration Age is for you.

We also produce our own illustration-related content, such as:

Back to blogging

January 28, 2015

I know it seems like I’ve vanished from word press. I can assure you I’ll be posting more resources, news, info, reviews for art, illustration, concept art, 3D, animation, figure drawing, still life, art history, and more very soon. I will make an effort to post more often; at least twice a month. Stay tuned and continue to follow my blog.

Than You for following me

Urban Rockwell

The Skillful Huntsman(Concept Art Book)

July 21, 2014

skillful huntsman

My latest book review is on The Skillful Huntsman; which is a concept art book that was inspired by old Grimm fairy tales. Concept artist and educator Scott Robertson selected 3 of his students from Art Center College of Design to work on the visual development over a 3-4 month time period.

What really made this book stand out was first, being able to read the grimm tale. Second, seeing how three concept artists approach design ideas from start to finished work; along with writing short notes on their thinking and reasons for creating the visuals. Also, having Scott Robertson giving a short synopsis’s after each artist’s input and designs made this book more enriching .

The contributing artists are: Felix Yoon, Mike Yamada, and Khang Lee. They provide a generous amount of concept art. From great vehicles, characters, creatures, environments, interiors and weapons designs packed into one book.
Also, the book is in color and approximately 160 pages.
Purchase it on link below:

I give this book 5 stars

more on this book and other published material at design studio press.

Website: http://www.designstudiopress.com

Color is Everything Book Review(Master the Use of Color in Oils, Acrylics or Watercolors)

March 20, 2014

Color is EverythingColor is Everything is a great choice for getting started with painting in any medium. It’s also a good introduction to color theory and harmonizing colors in your paintings. You will learn about the different tools, equipment and paints for acrylics, water colors and oils. Other great features are, learning how to effectively use the color wheel, learning the 6 color schemes and exploring  examples of how great masters use color effectively in paintings. The book is only 96 pages, easy to read and follow at a good pace.

also check out other books and resources I’ve reviewed on color theory for further study.

Dan Bartges


Vote for my Art to be Raw Visual Artist of The Year

October 2, 2013

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Vote for me, artist Michael Burton, to be artist of the year with Raw Artists Organization. I need all my followers, friends and family support this week! vote everyday from October 1st thru October 9th.

Thank You!

Click on the link to my artist profile page