Posts Tagged ‘the urban rockwell’

Artist Michael Burton(Urban Rockwell) Featured at Raw Artist Event July 11

June 20, 2013

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It’s Michael Burton(Urban Rockwell), I’m back on the art scene. I Will be one of the featured artists to showcase at The Raw Artist Event. There will be a wealth of talent to see from visual artists, musicians, fashion designers, photography, dance, etc. I will be displaying my new talked about work “Mother Earth-Conservation Project” as well as my books, classic images and t shirts collection.
Come out and support if you can, I need to sell 20 tickets to be a lifetime member and have access to the organizations inter/national resources. MAKE SURE YOU BUY THE TICKETS FROM MY RAW ART PAGE,UNDER THE NAME URBAN ROCKWELL TO GET CREDIT FOR IT THANKS! (need to purchase before event date July 11)
Price: $10.00
When: July 11th
Where: Double Door
1572 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
Time: 8pm-12am
My Raw Artist Page Link below:
All Featured Artists Page Link below:
Thanks in advance,
Michael Burton/Urban Rockwell
A July RAWkstar!


Vase Still Life painting in Photoshop cs4

May 21, 2013

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I’ve expanded my digital painting methods by taking the time to learn Photoshop efficiently along with Corel Painter. I love working in both of the programs; each has  its advantages.

For this painting I set up the still life( props, lighting and photography). The light source was a single desk lamp, used  to create dramatic light and shadows of the vase’s form. The sheet underneath was set up with wrinkles to lead the eye to the vase; to give the still life a good composition and to help guide the viewers eyes around the vase.

I set it up around 300 dpi, for the brushes I used Photoshop’s round hard brush, round soft brush, large flat brush for the background and manipulated the blender brush to soften the shadows. I used the brushes at 1oo% opacity and the brush flow between 20-50%.

Take a look at the start to beginning process.

I started out drawing an outline of the base to the best of my ability; without using any of Photoshop’s tools(ellipse tool, pen tool etc.).  The next steps I painted were the large shapes. From their I found the middle tone, shadow shapes and details along with shadow shapes last. Once I worked out the painting enough I went back to make the last adjustments. I used Photoshop’s tools to make the last few adjustment; starting with the elliptical tool to get the top of the vase’s shape correct, followed by proportions, etc.

Introduction to Animal Anatomy Marshall Vandruff

July 17, 2012

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I recommend this tutorial on animal anatomy to anyone that has never studied the anatomical structure and functions of animals, anyone interested in creature design for games and films, or maybe thinking about illustrating them in any field on a professional level. It will also help give you an even clearer understanding on the  how to draw animal books you may or may not have yet.

This comprehensive introduction to animal anatomy is for artists who want to draw authentic-looking animals from their imagination. Marshall demonstrates that the core of this skill is in knowing animal bones and muscles, constructing them as three-dimensional forms, and practicing these disciplines until they become easy enough to let your impulses take over. He uses hundreds of drawings to show the major components of various animals, how their anatomy works, and how to draw them so that they look anatomically authentic, solid and alive. 3D artists looking to enhance their understanding of basic animal form and motion will also benefit from Marshall’s presentation. Instructor for this title: Marshall Vandruff

Purchase the dvd at The Gnomon Workshop link below:

Marshall Vandruff

Freelance Illustrator

Marshall Vandruff has worked as a writer, illustrator, voice-over artist and consultant for nearly thirty years. His clients include MAD Magazine, Warner Brothers, Hanna-Barbera, Dark Horse Comics, Nickelodeon, Insomniac Games, Disneyland, LeapFrog, Rockstar, Blizzard Entertainment, AutoDesk, The Gnomon Workshop, Imagine FX, and over forty advertising agencies. He has taught over 200 Drawing, Anatomy, and Storytelling courses at colleges, universities, and corporations.

Michael Burton new preview video for his book “Let Me Paint a Picture”

June 23, 2012

This is a book I self published and revised about 2  years ago. The idea to create and publish a book came from my mother after reading two of my written works. The first was “let me paint a picture” which turned out to be the title and epilogue for the book, and Struggle through seasons” a very personal but creative piece about my life.

It took a little over a year to complete the book, and was hard to categorize it since it was put together a little differently than the average book. I settled for calling it a creative memoir. I wrote, illustrated and published, Let Me Paint A Picture: My Life, Growth, and Testimony. The book has given me an even bigger picture about my career and life. Realizing another side of me that loves writing poetry and heavily conscious lyrics. Also, I knew I had a testimony to share with others; especially knowing God had granted me a second chance in life at such an early age; and why I’m so passionate about using my gifts and creating with purpose.

I peeled away at the layers of my life; touching on topics such as: Love, relationships, family, survival, dreams, goals, growing, life and death; journeying from child, to teen and adulthood,

for more details on the book check out my online store at

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.

ZBrush Sculpture #3 Exploring Cartoon Chracters Head Shapes

February 24, 2012

Ok, I’m back in Zbrush sculpting cartoon characters. I started out by exploring various head shapes; from their I selected a couple out of the bunch and roughed out a few cartoon faces from the shapes. I kept the sculpture process simple and a little rough, in an attempt to build up my understanding and skill in the 3D program. As I make more time in my schedule, i will eventually get to do more detailed and polished work.

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Drawing the leg bones and muscles revisited III

January 30, 2012

This is part III of layering the muscles over the bones of the legs. The leg, like the arm is very complex. It best to find the larger shapes that make up the overall form and structure of the leg.

Drawing the leg bones and muscles revisited II

January 28, 2012

This is the second stage of the leg bones and muscles. I studied Riven Phoenix and Rubins Anatomy book. Note, this is a small study, only 8.5″x11″ cropped.

Marshall Vandruff – Human Anatomy at The Art Department

January 3, 2012

The course’s focus is an introduction to observe & invent the human figure; it includes over 200 slides of great art with commentary and comparisons between anatomy plates and finished works. The course showcases the work and teaching of George Bridgman, and his influence on illustrators such as Frank Frazetta.

Also, what makes this anatomy workshop unique is, the way Vandruff teaches you to really observe anatomy by showing the contrast of two completely different approaches to studying anatomy. One approach is the form and simple shapes; second more completed and finely detailed renderings from another artist. Lastly, he shows a way to quickly remember the names of the bones and muscles as well as where they’re located.

Drawing The Arm Re-Visited

January 1, 2012

Here is the third anatomy installment of the re-visited series. the arm is complex and has so many layers of overlapping muscles. I decided to do a 8.5×11 inch page filled with various angles of the arm, including the muscles. Again, I plan to do larger more detailed studies of the anatomical parts of the body after this series. Take a look at where the bones curve at the halfway mark(if you divide the arm in half).