Monday, February 22, 2010

Artist + Business person

a great video by Todd McFarlane on balancing business and art.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Putting you imagination to paper.

Hey, it's not easy as a novice artist (or even a seasoned artist), to translate what is in your head down onto paper..I remember being so frustrated at myself for being able to visualize the most amazing picture, but not having the ability to put that down onto paper the way I saw it so vividly in my imagination.
Here are a few tips to help you along the way:
1) Nothing beats draw, draw, draw...copy comic books, draw from life..anything
to improve your hand/eye coordination.

2) "chunk out" the drawing - in other words instead of trying to tackle the whole image that you
have up in your head, draw out pieces of it, kind of like a puzzle. This should improve your
focus, and confidence.

3) Before jumping into a drawing at it's final stage, build it up. Do some very rough preliminary
drawings first to sort of map out where you want to place things, then build final line work
up from there. Not many professional artists I know jump right into a drawing expecting a
finished product right away...lay the ground work!

4) CONFIDENCE! If you don't believe in your own abilities as an artist, you simply will not
be able to give your best to what you are trying to create!

So go to it! ... and again, I'd love to hear your struggles and successes here on my blog..I'll reply back always with any words of wisdom I can give.

Have a great day! Jason.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Make mistakes!

You hear it often, but honestly, nobody likes to mess up and make mistakes in life.

Although this may be true it is a necessary part of helps us grow as people to find out what works and what doesn't. This rings very true when learning how to paint or need to draw that horrible looking picture of your dog before you can improve. So here is some homework. Go out and buy a really thick sketchbook...get to your local mall and sit in the food court for a few hours a week and just draw people. This can get akward if the people you are drawing catch you glaring their way, but it will payoff 10 fold. You need to learn to draw well from life first before you can move onto anything lose that addiction to competency and make some mistakes! You have my permission. Fill that sketchbook and keep me posted here on my blog on how you are doing! Later, Jason.

Poodle Clipping!

Useless fact of the day - in the late 1800's Poodle Clipping was an Olympic event!
and someone actually won a gold medal for clipping 14 poodles in an hour!....WTF!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

I can't draw!!

I hear this all the time when I'm teaching, and I hate hearing it because kids and adults alike are addicted to competency...we are raised to believe mistakes are bad and, well, not to do them. I tell my students it is the entire opposite when learning to draw (or anything in life really).
If you don't make mistakes how will you learn what works!? The key...draw...alot.
Draw from life, copy, trace..anything that will improve your hand-eye will come, you just have to train you hand to put down on paper what your eye is seeing...easier said then done I know...
If you are having trouble and want to some advice reply to this blog and I'll get right back to you! Thanks for reading!