Posts Tagged ‘art blogs’

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,

http://www.ctrlpaint.com/videos/a-better-way-to-use-reference-images

link to the actual software below,

http://www.pureref.com/

 

PureRef 2

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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

Jason Manley – COLOR AND THE THEORY OF LIGHT

April 7, 2012

If you’re an artist looking to expand your knowledge on Color Theory and Light; this is definitely a must video to check out. If you have trouble getting your images to pop, or maybe they look to flat and saturated, or have trouble deciding what colors to use for a painting, or maybe you think you feel you have to use every color in your paint collection? Jason Manley gives a great presentation on Color Theory, gives great examples from the Old Masters approaches to handling light and color. He also gives advice and examples of how color theory and light are used in blockbuster films and video games.

COLOR AND THE THEORY OF LIGHT is one of the most elusive courses in education. We will be delving deeply into the importance of lighting theory for illustration, concept design, Fine Art, 3D, film, games, comics, and visual media of all kinds. Communicating the visual feeling of light, and depth of mood is of the utmost importance when making art, no matter the field or industry. Accurate visual, abstract, and emotional qualities of color will be focused on. We will cover basic, intermediate and advanced color theory as directly related to making visual art. Students will learn how to create focal areas, pictorial space through color movements and atmospheric perspective as well as narrative color control for precise and purposeful visual storytelling.

http://theartdepartment.org/streaming-classes/color-and-the-theory-of-art

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.

fzdschool.com

Douglas Klauba “A Favorite Artist”

March 28, 2011

This is a special “Favorite Artist” segment. Douglas Klauba is a fellow alumnus from the American Academy of Art in Chicago and art friend.

Doug’s work is very creative, inspiring and mind-blowing. When you see it you just shake your head in wonder of how he created that piece. His work is all done traditionally; in fact, his painting method is so intense and clean that it almost looks impossible for him to pull off so much detail, textures, and transparent effects, that it looked like he would have needed to retouch it in the computer to add finishing touches to his paintings. He just has an amazing eye and a great touch with the brush that works for him and his style.

I was also content to finally see him grace the pages of  Imagine Fx magazine(issue 65); as I feel people need to be aware of his exceptional contributions to the Fantasy-Sci-Fi, Illustration, Comic Book, and conceptual work along with any other elites in the field.

More on Douglas Klauba:

As a kid growing up in Chicago, Doug collected illustrated paperback covers, printed his own comic books and made movies with friends. His creative impulses lead him to a serious interest in painting, and he went on to graduate from the American Academy of Art in Chicago in 1985. After gaining valuable professional experience by working at several downtown illustration studios, Doug moved to California to study at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco.

Upon returning to Chicago, Doug established his own studio where his illustrations have been commissioned for posters, advertising, book covers, magazines, corporate communications, calendars and collector plates by various national and international agencies and design firms. His work has been recognized for its heroic-deco style that includes influences of WPA murals and Art Nouveau design.

Website & Blog:

http://www.douglasklauba.com

 

 

 

 

3d software by side fx

September 5, 2010

FASTER, EASIER AND MORE PRODUCTIVE

New FLIP fluid solver, dynamic fracturing tools and a streamlined lighting
workflow give artists more control in their day-to-day work.

TORONTO: July 27, 2010 – Side Effects Software, an industry leader in 3D animation and visual effects software, is excited to announce the immediate release of Houdini 11. With a focus on productivity, Houdini 11 meets the needs of artists and studios who are looking for ways to accomplish more and work faster. From the new FLIP fluids solver, which offers amazing speed and control, to automatic fracturing of RBD objects, to a re-architected shader building workflow, artists will be able to work much more effectively with Houdini 11.

VFX Tools

“The new FLIP fluid solver is going to make a big difference for artists in production,” says Kim Davidson, President and CEO, Side Effects Software. “Not only is it up to 70 times faster, it draws on the power of our renowned particle tools to offer an unprecedented level of directability.”

The new dynamic fracturing tools are also designed to automatically create high-quality fracturing effects using a Voronoi-based algorithm. Artists can establish nicely shaped interior cracks and use volume “maps” to control the results.

http://www.sidefx.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1670&Itemid=221

Online training for visual artists

July 23, 2010

I found a new art community online training for atists( CGMW). This website features true masters of there craft. There will be several topics relating to arts in the entertainment industry. 

Foundational Classes:

Introduction to Digital Painting

Dynamic Sketching

Intro to Character Design

Intro to Environment Design

Intro to Storyboarding

Analytical Figure drawing

Advanced Classes:

Production Painting

Production Sketching

Character Design ll

Environment Design for Games

Storyboarding for animation

Creature Design

Vehicle and Mechanical Design

ABOUT CGMW

 CG Master Workshops (CGMW) is an online community dedicated to helping artists develop and cultivate their creative talents. Filled with the best possible training around, our online demonstrations will help aspiring artists in their goals of becoming industry artists.

The workshops are taught by the best in the industry; Individuals we like to call “Master’s”. These artists have years of experience and have worked for many of the major studios (including: Disney, Blizzard, DreamWorks, Pixar, Digital Domain, etc.), and are passionate about mentoring the next generation of artists.

Our goal is to provide students with an environment that will help them retain the most from their education, in order to help them achieve their goals in becoming professional artists. Some ways in which this is accomplished, is by:

  • Providing LIVE feedback on each assignment
  • Conducting LIVE working sessions with every student
  • Keeping class sizes relatively small

http://cgmwonline.com/

Dynamic Light and Shade

July 5, 2010

In this great book by Burne Hogarth, Dynamic Light & Shade is a must for any illustrator, concept artist, animator, comic artist or anyone in the realm of creative art. One should highly consider adding this book to their collection. This book teaches you from extensive examples on how to render and invent light, for drawing and painting figures in compositions.

The book starts with very simple silhouettes of primitive objects- to dynamic figures. From there, it teaches you how to see and understand positive and negative space; learning to see your composition in minimal light, single light sources to a variety of many other types of lighting and rendering;  indoor, out-door, etc.

Bottom line, if you’re an artist and want to make your work look 3 dimensional, then understanding light and shade, and being able to incorporate it into your illustrations and compositions are a must.

Drawing Tutorials Online Review

June 16, 2010

 On my continued journey to become a master artist, I found another phenomenal online drawing  tutorials and art resources; The Drawing Tutorials Online with Matthew Archambault. Matt is not just an instructor, he’s an instructor at The School of Visual Arts in New York. He’s also worked as a professional Illustrator for nearly 18 years;He has been represented by some of the biggest agents including Hankins and Tegenborg, Bill & Maurine Klimt as well as Scott Hull. Matt is ready to share his knowledge and expertise gained by completing hundreds of illustration projects.

 Drawing Tutorials Online with Matt has been a ground breaking experience for me. In just a couple of weeks I have gained a much better understanding with portraits, lighting, painting, drawing the figure, and form. I was very impressed with the large amount of content he has on various topics covering art. He draws and talks at a nice steady pace so you don’t have confusion or questions about what he is doing. If you want to be an illustrator, concept artist, medical illustrator, etc. or just want to improve, I would highly recommend this site before a lot of the other online sites; My reasons for saying this is because of the affordable price, amount of info and demonstrations you get; it will have you well prepared to further studies in concept art and any other advanced creative fields; you will have a great  solid foundation on art , drawing, and theory.
http://www.drawing-tutorials-online.com/

Matthew Archambault