Thursday, April 5, 2012

More Stuff

Am I the only one who posts here? Oh well, hopefully someone finds my links helpful. I got a lot of them today! These are all animation based!

Enjoy~ There is a lot to be learned...oh Michael Knapp I want to know color like you do!


Free PDF downloads of Andrew Loomis' books! THEY'RE AMAZING.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


Here are two links I found to be pretty great stylistically. I also started following and there are some REALLY great things there. Anywho...

and this guy has some killer compositions/lighting

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Yet another link...  Justin Gerard

Here is a fantasy artist who uses different techniques for solving compositional problems, using the digital process in a different way that what we're used to, and also does color comps/studies and even EXPLAINS THEM! I also find him very entertaining.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


I just stumbled across this guy today and not only do I find him extremely funny and nerdy, but most of his compositions are very dynamic and interesting! Take a look!  Dan Hipp

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Art Nouveau

I just went on a binge this evening, if you guys are at all interested in this beautiful art style...check these guys and references out! <--- a /pretty/ good blog, doesn't always have good photos but had enough for me to bookmark them <--- awesome painter. <-- not exactly art nouveau but she's pretty close. You could also check out who is kind of in the same flowy/asian style Very simple reference I like to use.
Here also <-- My favorite Art Nouveau artist!! <-- My second favorite Gustav Klimt <--- My third favorite Felix Mas <--- My fourth Aubrey Beardsley

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Alright! Now that I'm finally in, here are some of my favorite links! To get to the information before I can, follow and you'll see so many good Illustrators your head just might explode! <-- She doesn't update often, but it's gorgeous. Claire Keane <--Glen Keane's blog!  <---Not sure how he gets all these images, but they're AMAZING. Prepare to be lost for a good few hours. Here is his sister site ----> <----You'll certainly be amazed, I'm happy to have stumbled upon this.   <---Another Tumblr that you'll just get lost in. Once you start you just can't stop. Arthur Rackham illustrations. Pretty amazing. I cannot wait for this film to be released in Canada so I can buy the DVD!  Here is the trailer for Un Monstre in Paris

If you don't know this guy, you're missing out. Idrawgirls is one amazing guy. He has a youtube channel too.

WHAT TIME IS IT?! ADVENTURE TIME! Fred's blog   <----I haven't gone though this one very much, but it does have some good information on it.   <---SUPER CUTE. Very Japanese inspired with lighthearted color schemes.

I have lots more, but I'll post it at another time! Enjoy!

Greenlight Summit

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Blog - William Wardrop, sculptor of Victorian Era/Steampunk Vehicle Models

Hey everyone, I found this blog by accident. There is a sculptor named William Wardrop, who specializes in Victorian Era/Steampunk/WW1 vehicles. He has some awesome, awesome stuff. I'd recommend you check it out. Here is a sample picture and the link to his blog, hope this helps.

Victorian Reference - Batman:Gotham by Gaslight Video Game

     Hey everybody, I hope everyone is having a good weekend. I'm sure everyone has already seen this, but I think that this could be good inspiration. Apparently, there was a Victorian/Steampunk Batman video game in the works called Batman: Gotham by Gaslight. This video came out to show off what the artists were able to complete before the game was cancelled. I think this could be very helpful for anyone who is doing a Victorian project. The backgrounds have be rendered just enough to show us what the key elements of a Victorian setting are (mist, fruit stands, brick buildings, creepy branches, etc.). The video also contains some cool angles that can help give you guys some ideas for layouts. There are also a couple of characters, so you can see some Victorian clothing (including Victorian Batman). The game is also based on a graphic novel of the same name, so that could be helpful, too. You can see some of the artwork on Google/Yahoo images.

Here are some screenshots from the game (nothing special, sadly), and here is the concept artist's website (she had to take her Batman work down, sadly). However, I would recommend checking out Julie Farrell's site, she's awesome.

See you guys on Monday!


Wednesday, February 29, 2012

GUADALUPE/MALINTZIN Painting up at Ave 50 Gallery on March 10

Hi Y'all!

Just wanted to give the heads up on an upcoming gallery exhibit at Gallery Ave 50. A group of artists were asked to give their visual interpretation of the relationships of Guadalupe and Malintzin.  Both are two extremely important female figures in the history of Mexico.

Should be interesting! Come if you can.


Thursday, February 23, 2012

CDA Workshop this Weekend

Hello Everyone... Just wanted to let you all know that CDA is having a workshop this weekend if anyone is interested. They send me emails from time to time... you should sign up for emails if you want to know more... Here is the info:

Just want to send you a quick reminder that Christian Alzmann is doing a Character Design for Digital FX workshop at CDA this Saturday.  
Christian Alzmann, the Art Director from ILM, will be demoing his design work flow for creating digital characters and creatures in life action films.
A mix of techniques such as traditional thumbnail sketching, 3D modeling with Sculptris, Lighting in Modo, and finishing off the painting in Photoshop will be demonstrated in this workshop.

Date - Feb 25th, 2012Time - 2 ~ 7PMTuition - $120 (plus 4% Paypal fee)

This is a great event for any character and creature designer who wants to get into film character design. Or for anyone that is a huge fan of ILM and how they create their digital magic.
Please check out the flyer bellow for more detail and feel free to contact us for any questions.

Sign up soon as the spaces are limited. Hope to see you there~!!


Concept Design Academy

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Hey guys,

This isn't part of our class, but I was given the suggestion to put it up on this blog (seeing it's a concept piece) to get some good constructive critique. Have fun :)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Image composed in Photoshop using Levels, blur, curves, hue saturation...

Adding to what Joel taught us last night... I just wanted to show how the use of adjustment layers such as levels, hue saturation, blur, and so on could tie your whole project together...

This image is composed of 5 different elements and adjusted to look like they were all captured at the same time and the same place...

these are the images I used...

Research and Textures

Hey guys,

There is a site called CGTextures that might be a useful resource for research. You'll have to register (free) with them to obtain larger resolutions of their images, but they have a lot of good stuff.

Plein Air Painting

Hey guys, I noticed a number of people in class talking about plein air painting, and I thought I'd post this for anyone who doesn't know about this blog. James Gurney has a daily blog, which focuses heavily on realistic painting and has a lot of tips on color theory and composition. I put a link with posts labelled plein air, but there's a whole lot more to explore on his blog.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Yuriy Norshteyn

Hey guys,

This is the Russian guy who did stop-motion cut-out experimental animation for those who want to know - Yuriy Norshteyn. Here is his profile in IMDB:

And below are some links to his work that I've enjoyed watching since I discovered him:

Hedgehog in the Fog:

The Heron and the Crane:

and my personal favorite, Tale of Tales: (Long clip)

You might want to look the last one up after watching it. If you can fully understand Tale of Tales by only viewing the film, you're probably some sort of analytical genius.

Have fun!


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Digital Art needs: Monitor Calibration, Seating Ergonomics Brush Creation and more

I think this artist is a video game concept artist and this site is really great for Photoshop fundamentals. Also includes perspective, blending techniques, and demo reels.

Struggling With Perspective?

This is a really good book and very inexpensive.  Definitely a must have when it comes to Perspective...

Vanishing Point by Jason Cheeseman-Meyer

Monday, February 13, 2012

How to make custom brushes in Photoshop

1.first you have to draw out your brush with any brush you want. (only in black)... it could be any shape you want... the more unique the better:)

2. After you have the silouhette for your brush... then you go to Edit> Define Brush Presets> Name your brush

3. Voila!!! you have your brush!!!!

****Also... you can save your Brush Presets in  the "TOOL PRESETS."
go to window> tool presets>then in the top right corner option box select > New tool presets> Name your tool Preset

You can make it as personal as you want, you can even set your tool to a certain color or anything!!!

Pretty Cool!!!

some things to keep in mind for a good composition


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