Archive for March, 2012

Best instruction workshops to master ZBrush

March 30, 2012

I’ve checked out a lot of instruction on learning Z Brush; from tutorials in books, ebooks, magazines, forums, dvds, you tube, etc. I can honestly say after watching several free webinars from Ryan Kingsley, you will find the best resources and instruction on not only the program but, you will learn a lot of theory you can take into drawing, understanding form, the human body, workflow from a professional approach, and you will gain confidence in learning to sculpt in 3D if you’re new at it like I am.

What really tuned me into Ryan’s amazing teaching was checking out a couple of his you tube videos. The first one was anatomy 2.0, the other was Anatomy 2.0 going pro. Check out the videos for yourself, I’m sure you’ll agree and start learning Z Brush right away.

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

March 20, 2012

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.

Drawing and Painting Fantasy landscapes and Cityscapes

March 18, 2012

I had a chance to read through the book, Drawing and Painting Fantasy landscapes and Cityscapes book by Rob Alexander. The book is an easy read and has lots of nice paintings and sketches to look at for inspiration. The book didn’t have a step by step detailed approach for a beginner. Instead, Alexander gives you a list of materials that you will need for drawing and painting fantasy landscapes and cityscapes. From there he explores and introduces the essentials of color theory, light and shade, perspective, architecture, landscapes, composition, and how to observe nature. this is good because he is giving your mind some things to think about before you dive into it.

In the next sections of the book he explains and gives examples of different weather conditions in how the environments react to those changes in color, light and shadows, etc. He also explores different textures and conditions of rocks, mountains, sand, desert, snow, ice, rain, water, underwater, and other surfaces and how you can combine the elements with architecture and other design ideas. lastly, he gives you ideas and examples of how other experienced artists working in the industry approach creativity in drawing and painting environments.

With Alexander’s approach you get a real good sense of what you need to get the understanding as well as getting started in creating your own fantasy and sci-fi worlds. Also, this book would mesh well with James Gurney books on instruction in Color theory and light, and imaginative Realism; in the sense that you can read Alexander’s book as a summary on what Gurney has deeply explored in his two books, as quick reminders of things to know and look for.

Check out more of Rob Alexanders work, books, and other products at his website;

Michael Burton Pictures of North Riverside Theater Exhibit

March 3, 2012

I managed to get a few pictures of the art exhibit at North Riverside Mall Movie Theater. The staff did a really good job promoting the exhibit. I was featured on as well as a few local newspapers. The display area is very nice. Located upstairs from the malls food court on a patio. Part of the food court is actually what you see behind the images. The theater also set me up 2 nice banners on each end of the exhibit area; giving it a nice touch. Also, I apologize, as I couldn’t get the best pictures with my crappy cell phone. I will make sure I have a camera for the next events.