Post-Portland post

I went to visit Havi‘s Playground in Portland last week and it was awesome.  So many great things buzzing through my head during and since!  And so many previously neglected projects getting love and attention now. Some of them unexpected – like unpacking the box of mugs that’s been taking up valuable kitchen cabinet space since I moved in last year, and fixing the stuck helmet case on my scooter. And then there’s all the  ridiculously helpful things I’ve realized about my business, and my life, which… wow. Yeah.

Anyway! More arts coming soon. 🙂

digital painting links

My friend Chad just got his first graphics tablet, so I am posting him some links! And you can read them too. Very small sample of what’s out there of course, from a quick run through from my delicious account:


Free videos

Daarken’s Youtube –  concept artist for Mythic Entertainment, just discovered his stuff last night. Some great multi-part videos here.

Bobby Chiu : watch him paint and listen to him talk about art. Inspiring!

Bugmeyer’s YouTube vid – How to remove the white from a scanned drawing. (Useful in perspective class.) Handy list of keyboard shortcuts too.

YouTube – Adjustment Layer Tutorial – adjustment layers are handy for tweaking stuff quickly.

YouTube – Applying Texture Without Looking Like a Douche – tricks for adding textures in Photoshop

Tutorial-MentoringExercises 1-2 by jermilex on deviantART – Video tutorial with sound, quickly replicating a couple of still life photographs and showing his process. He talks about color & light, observation, etc.

YouTube – Lich King – Speed paint – not a tutorial, but watching the process is instructive


Written tutorials with images – Another one on removing the white from a drawing. This one comes with a prerecorded Action (for photoshop cs4) Forums – full blown tutorial of recent painting (big download) – painting of a building, starting from big blocks of color.

David Revoy – Speedpaints and tutorials in many different programs. Some videos here too.

Color Theory + App. Tutorial by gorachi on deviantART – talks about color, light, brush techniques, etc. Very detailed.

How To Make A Digital Painting by Norke on deviantART – very detailed, goes from rough sketch to completed image. Includes some shortcuts and tips for fixing mistakes along the way.


Other stuff

Parkablog Book Review: Fantasy Workshop: Mastering Digital Painting Techniques – Digital painting book review complete with video flip-through. Warning:  Parka’s art book reviews are awesome and your wallet will be in serious danger once you start reading his site. But your eyes will thank you.

The Art Department store – formerly the Massive Black tutorial section. You have to buy em, but they’re pretty cheap. I have the Jason Chan “quick sketch” one – high quality, definitely worth the price. Reminds me I meant to get more of these!

CGTalk – Digital Painting: Tips and Techniques for Beginners With David René, Matellis, LotekK  – couple of exercises to get you used to tablet drawing




Feel free to add more in the comments, I’m sure there’s tons more great stuff out there I’m missing!

Just a quickie

School’s keeping me busy as always. I’ve got lots of projects going on at the moment, one of which I’ve been working on in various forms for a month now. Looking forward to finishing it so I can post it here. (Sharing works in progress tends to kill them for me, I’ve noticed.)

Just saw the accepted submissions list for Spectrum 18! I’ll definitely have to pick up a copy when it comes out, too many awesome names in there. Like teeteringbulb, James Gurney, Jim Mahfood, David Mack, Julie Dillon, Charles Vess, Peter de Seve, and okay I could go on but you get the idea. Can’t wait to get my hands on this!