About curves ans lines
New article for Muddy Colors"How to Digitally Paint Hair", new article for Muddy Colors : http://muddycolors.blogspot.fr/2012/12/how-to-digitally-paint-hair.html
New article for Muddy ColorsSpongeBob SquarePants in 15 steps ! : http://muddycolors.blogspot.fr/2013/03/spongebob-squarepants-in-15-steps.html
New article for Muddy ColorsNew article about the process of the artbook cover
Here's the link : http://muddycolors.blogspot.fr/2012/11/art-book-cover.html#comment-form
New article for Muddy ColorsAbout opacity : http://muddycolors.blogspot.fr/2013/02/how-to-work-with-opacity.html
New article for Muddy ColorsThe making of "Grattis" : http://muddycolors.blogspot.fr/2013/01/making-of-grattis.html
New article for Muddy ColorsSketches ! Sketches ! Sketches !
New article for Muddy ColorsAbout how to emulate classical oil painting : http://muddycolors.blogspot.fr/2013/07/how-to-emulate-oil-painting-with-your.html
Artbook available today o/My first artbook, "Corpus delicti" is available right now !
Thanks to my wife, Dean Yeagle, MaŽster, Jean Mulatier, Hajime Sorayama, Shane Glines, Fuchsia Gibson, all my models, all my "gang" and all the CFSL Ink's team
In french AND in english
If you want to see some photos : http://sergebirault.blogspot.fr/2012/11/corpus-delicti-is-availbale-today.html
Or here : https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152240113395405.924875.300993560404&type=1
Link : http://www.cfsl-ink.com/en/catalog/Serge-Birault---Corpus-Delicti
U.K : http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corpus-delicti-Serge-Birault/dp/2359470477/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1352805100&sr=8-1
Canada : http://www.amazon.ca/CORPUS-DELICTI-Serge-Birault/dp/2359470477/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1352805153&sr=8-1
Germany : http://www.amazon.de/Corpus-delicti-Serge-Birault/dp/2359470477/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1352805199&sr=8-1
France : http://www.amazon.fr/Corpus-delicti-Serge-Birault/dp/2359470477/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=
Art Instruction Books that I've Found HelpfulHey folks,
So last week I wrote about irrational confidence and how it helps artistsand you all seemed to enjoy it. One of the things that really stood out to me was how many of you went out and bought "Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators" by Mike Mattesi.
As a person that spends a lot of time trying to get better at drawing, I have read a billion and a half art instruction books. Not all of them are good, and some of them I feel even steer you in the wrong direction. So I'd like to try and distill the information that I've accumulated over the years for you hereówhich books actually worked for me. I'll provide links as well. What a swell guy, huh?
SEOUL SESSIONS 5th (And Last) Episode is here!!!From Creative Control TV: "The final installment of Creative Control TV's video diary series " SEOUL SESSIONS," following Animation Producer/ Director/ Illustrator LeSean Thomas (Black Dynamite: The Animated Series/ The Boondocks) through the streets of Seoul, South Korea as well as it's top animation studios. LeSean invites you on a tour through top animation studio, MOI ANIMATION (Young Justice, The Boondocks, Avatar The Last Airbender, WB DTVS and more) as he gives a collective run down of the stages of his personal project along with some sneak peaks of the final process. Thanks for following us on this journey and hope it was fun watching it as it sure was fun for us making it!"
Thanks so much for peeking into my creative expat musings thus far. It's been real and best of luck to you all on your own projects! See you soon!
Art BooksAlvaroArte asked me if I could suggest some books on realistic drawing and concept art which was timely as I've been thinking about writing a post about it. So, in no particular order here are some books I recommend.
Keys to Drawing (Dodson) - A lot of my early drawing lessons a knowledge was based in this book. Great exercises.
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain (Edwards) - A cornerstone art book, it (re)teaches you how to really observe your subject with various exercises.
Imagination Station (Kistler) - While likely not applicable to you guys, it's a wonderful art book for little kids who find it fun and teaches good art principles.
Understanding Light and Color:
Alla Prima (Schmid) - This is not a how-to painting book but delves into how to think and understand light, color, edges, etc. My painting bible.
Imaginative Realism (Gurney) - This author of Dinotopia does a good job addressing how to approach realistically painting subjects that do
6 Harsh truths that will make you a better personProbably the best thing written in a very long time.
Give it a chance and be open.
This can help you if you want to improve your art : http://esbenlash.blogspot.dk/p/list-of-enlightenment.html
What's with 'Studying from Life'!?This is the revisiting of a news article I wrote a few years back.
Allow me to begin this article by mentioning that this was written with aspiring professionals in mind. For those of you who wish to pursue art as a hobby with no intention to make it a career choice, I have no doubts in your abilities as an artist, but art for you is a pleasure seeking thing. I would never wish to turn it into something even remotely reminiscent of 'stressful work'--as a hobby should never come to that. So for you hobbyists, feel free to take this article in, but by no means feel obliged to apply the information if you do not find enjoyment in doing so.
As for you aspiring pros, this is an inevitable and unavoidable step you must take in pursuit of your career. This is your job--and if you don't like it, you're probably pursuing the wrong career!
But I digress.
I, like many of you--strive to be a professional in the field of art. In particular, I am an illustrator. I've been fortunate enough to
Traditional Art recording - Afro SamuraiI recorded myself whilst drawing a traditional picture.
Held the phone with my left hand as I drew with my right.
It wasn't fun recording, haha but it was just a test to see if it could get done.
'I can't draw!' and Other Lame Excuses FThe excuses are used over and over and over. They're the "Dog Ate My Homework" of tracers.
At a glance, some of them might seem like valid arguments, but in the end, there is no excuse for art theft.
So, here are the top ten excuses for tracing- and the reasons that they don't work.
1. "I don't know how to draw."
Obviously not, or you probably wouldn't be tracing- but have you thought of learning? There are tons and tons of resources on the internet. Schools and colleges and other places offer drawing classes. You can find books in the library or bookstore or art shop about drawing. There's a wealth of information out there- this really isn't an excuse.
"But I can't learn to draw! It's too hard!" Yes, you can. How many thousands and thousands of artists are there in the world? So many people manage it. It is not easy, but it's not impossible.
2. "I changed parts of it, so it's mine."
Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as a "change 30%" la
Summonable and Legendary pokemon on GpxplusSpoiler alert for people that play gpxplus and do not have a summon pokemon or legendary pokemon.
Soul Dew A small blue orb. The white pattern on the inside swirls around elegantly. Latios / Latias
Latias - A white egg with a bizarre pink marking on it. It radiates a mysterious power. It's supposed to be part of a pair.
Latios - A grey egg with a bizarre blue marking on it. It radiates a mysterious power. It's supposed to be part of a pair.
Lunar Wing A feather that glows like the moon. It has the power to dispel nightmares. Cressila
Cresselia - A purple egg with a bizarre yellow band on it that resembles a crescent moon. It radiates a mysterious power.
Griseous Orb A strange yellow and tan object. It radiates a dark power. Giratina
Giratina - A grey and yellow egg. It has bizarre markings and two red spots like eyes. It gives off a very eerie and uncomfortable vibe....
Lustrous Orb A bright blue and pink orb that glows
How to be a good art student1) Show up on time.
Seems obvious? Well it's not for many people as I see every semester. One of the best TAs I've ever had in my teaching career was late to her first critique as a RISD freshman. After the crit she came up to me and said "I will never be late again," and it's been true since that day four years ago.
2) Don't whine and complain constantly.
Resist the temptation, it's really not fun to listen to and does not reflect well on you. There's something enormously impressive about students who make a monstrous task look effortless. I've always hated pop singers who act like singing is this incredibly arduous task that they suffer so much for, when really the most amazing singers of our time are the ones who make it look easy. (think Aretha Franklin)
3) Be ambitious and have no fear.
Fear is paralyzing, and it frequently is the main hurdle that prevents students from taking the risks that they need to take to make progress. If I could be a student again,
Wacom Interactive Pen Displays??????Ok, so I was talking with :iconfooray: about Cintiqs and stuff. And he came across these. It's funny that we've never saw this before. If you know about this already, never mind.
They're not Cintiqs, but they're basically lower-level, and lower-priced Wacom display tablets. The smallest one which is a 15.6 inch one, starts at like $1250 on Wacom's site. The second size is a 17 inch 4:3 one starting at $1600, and the biggest one, which is a widescreen HD 21.5 inch one starts at $1900.
A lot of people ask me about Cintiqs and the prices, but I was never aware that Wacom had these available. The only downside is that these only have 512 levels of pressure sensitivity, but I figure if you're thinking of/using an iPad, you'll appreciate at least that and that that 512 shouldn't matter much.
Even that smallest model KILLS the base Cintiq 12WX's specs imho, for only an additional $250. And these are on eBay as well, meaning you can most likely get them cheaper. I guess the fact that Cintiqs a
Painting Process Video: Queen of HeartsI get a lot of questions about my traditional-media painting process. My main secret: a super-detailed pencil underdrawing, a ton of layers, and a crazy mix of media. I recently filmed the complete painting process for the Queen of Hearts - the sixth painting in my Wicked Kingdom series of playing cards. Check it out below!
The pencil underdrawing:
The underpainting in ink, watercolor, and white charcoal:
The final oil painting:
I also post written tutorials covering all the details on my materials, techniques, and ideation process! You can get access to each and every tutorial from my Wicked Kingdom series through Patreon:
(Prints of my Wicked Kingdom card art are available at
Portrait Video TutorialHere's an old video tutorial I did for my students way back when!
Like it and share it as you will! Try the assignment if you like!
If this does well I will consider making some new ones!
Experiment Part 1: Training Your EyeSo my buddy karuvan is trying to learn how to draw properly. He's been on a roll as far as progressing. But he's stuck at a standstill. This is an experiment that I've done with him and that he's working on in order to train his eye. I decided to share the conversation and experiment with you guys for you all to apply to your study habits and advancement in drawing and art.
Karuvan: I randomly drew over my old pic. Ain't gonna do it over, was just curious on how much I could have done better.
Robaato: Quick question... like... who's work at this point do you really want yours to be close to? I'm tryna gauge what level you're trying to achieve.
K: lol... Joel is becoming a huge influence.
R: Ok. I have a test for you.
R: I want you to replicate this picture exactly as it is to the best of your ability: