Friday, June 19, 2015

Friday, June 12, 2015

Another Group of Famous Movie Characters

I've decided to participate in the Salt Lake Comic Con coming up in September 2015. I had a lot of fun working on some fan art last year and caught the bug - I can't stop! As a children's book illustrator I never have ever really felt the appreciation from my audience. How many 5 year olds even understand what an illustrator is? Don't get me wrong - it's really fun to watch children enjoying my books or read letters from parents and teachers about how their class enjoyed my books. But what I'm talking about is a person to person connection. Instead of, "I'm buying this for my kid, class, grandchild, or nephew." I want to connect with the person that's buying for themselves - and I've really not experienced this in my career.

After having attended a few cons and talking with many of my friends who have sold at cons and reading articles about selling at cons - I think I know enough to get into trouble :)

I'll be recording my progress on my youtube channel and posting the videos here - stay tuned!

Here's my second print and you can see the rest of my work at http://society6.com/willterryart


Saturday, June 6, 2015

Should You Work Digitally or Traditionally or Does it Matter?



Many illustrators are struggling with the decision to continue working traditionally when they know that so many are switching to digital art. In this video I talk about the pros and cons of both in terms of working as an illustrator.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Why You Should Create Art Everyday!

In this video I give reasons why I think you should set a schedule of creating artwork each and every day...oh - and I have fun drawing this hedgehog while I'm at it.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Experimenting With Digital Pencils


I experimented in Photoshop making a "digital pencil" so that I could get a realistic traditional pencil look. If you're interested in working this way you might want to check out my Mixed Media tutorial over at https://svslearn.com

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

3 Lies I Told Myself As An Artist



Have you ever lied to yourself to make the path easier? Less difficult?...Has denial ever walked beside you bumping you away from success? I have - and I share the 3 biggest lies I used to tell myself  - the lies that I had to admit to in order to progress.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Updated the Artwork for our online Children's Book Class


With Summer coming on we decided that our little ice skating rink image felt a little chilly - you can see the class here.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Do You Think I'll Be Able To Get My Book Published?

I've just started a new series of videos on my youtube channel called, "Can A Guy Get His Children's Book Published?" As a professional children's book illustrator working on other author's stories I wanted to document my journey to getting my own book published. I'm going to share the process from story to submitting my book proposal to an agent(s) and I'll share any successes or rejection letters I get as well. I may not be able to share everything exactly as it happens because when or if negotiations happen often you can't divulge any information until contracts are signed and agreements made.

Friday, April 24, 2015

My New Digital Painting Setup - Mac vs PC



In this video I discuss what I think is the best way to get a smoking fast computer at the lowest price possible. Macs are great - no doubt about it - but can a cheaper and faster PC do the trick?

Monday, April 20, 2015


This was a demo I started in acrylic paint on Arches 140 lb hot press paper at BYU in Fumi Kosaka's class a few weeks ago. I didn't get that far because we were talking about illustration and marketing a lot. I finished it in Photoshop after I returned to my studio. I don't know who he is but he seems pretty happy about something :)

Monday, April 6, 2015

Mixed Media - Watercolor & Digital Class - FINISHED!



I just had one of the best few weeks of my life experimenting with watercolor textures and techniques to produce our newest www.svslearn.com class. I've been working on a story for a new children's book and wanted to work in a slightly new style. I felt that the story needed the organic natural feel of traditional textures to communicate some of the feelings in the book. Watercolours have such a unique look to them and are one of the few textures that's really hard to create digitally. The best thing about working digitally is that you can combine scans from any natural fibers, textures, surfaces, etc.

In the class I show how to create the following 5 images below. I also included 20 HD watercolor texture downloads so anyone going through it can avoid having to buy a bunch of watercolor brushes, paper, and paint. Of course making your own textures is really fun but not necessary to work with this tutorial.

For the first 10 people that sign up I've included a free critique night.








Thursday, March 26, 2015

Assignment I gave my UVU Illustration Class

The assignment was to illustrate a Rat Wizard in an alley BUT, they had to maintain one main focal point and include at least 25 objects not including clothing or structural items that are attached to buildings. I love working along with them each semester!


Sunday, March 22, 2015

SCBWI Webinar


We just finished a webinar sponsored by SCBWI Wisconsin chapter - thank you Deb Gross for organizing it and helping make it a success! Jake Parker, Lee White, and I all gave demos and taught principles of design, how to create convincing characters, fixing compositions in drawings, and how to keep a traditional look in your digital painting. If you'd like to organize an event through your chapter contact your RA to discuss options - svslearninfo@gmail.com

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Got A Nice Feature In Illustrator's Magazine!

I got a very nice feature/write up in "Illustrators" magazine in issue #9! Thank you Peter Richardson - this is a must have magazine for illustrators - you can pick up a copy here http://www.illustratorsquarterly.com/



Saturday, February 21, 2015


We just wrapped up our last class for "Illustrating Children's Books" at SVS! We covered a lot of ground in our 13 class sessions which started in January 2015. If you missed our LIVE class you can still get the videos of our class and see every lesson and presentation. You'll see all aspects of what it takes to illustrate artwork for all kinds of children's books. The art of visual storytelling is complex but anyone with the passion and dedication can master it with the right information. We do not have plans for our next LIVE session for this class but you can always check our site for new classes. 

We are giving free critiques to any group of ten people who buy this class and join together. Critiques for groups are held using GoToMeeting software online. We provide the forum and will draw over your work and tell you exactly what you need to do to move forward. If you have a group of 10 people interested in this class email us at svslearninfo@gmail.com to schedule your critique session. 

Here are a few emails we received after the class: 

I also wanted to let you and Jake know how much I am enjoying the course. You guys have really exceeded my expectations with the amount of information you’ve given us in the pdfs and all the critiques have been so helpful. You guys make it look so easy!   - Melissa

I love how you guys present the information on the courses. The interview with Stephen Fraser was so good. One of my favourite lessons.   -Judy

Thanks again to you and Jake for a really really great class.  I was an art major for just one year and it was awhile ago, but I cannot think of one class that was as substantive and well-organized or the instructors as prepared, interesting and fun as you & Jake.  I couldn't wait for that year to be over, but I definitely did NOT want this class to end  - Patty 

The price for this class will increase after we launch our new website in a month or two - stay on top of all our progress on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/schoolofvisualstorytelling You can also sign up for our email list from the facebook page.

- HD video recordings from each class
- 100 Page PDF download for Part 1
- 100 Page PDF download for Part 2
- 20 assignment workbook PDF
- Children's Book Art Checklist PDF
- Assignment Checklist 


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Finished With My Movie Characters


This little personal challenge was harder than I thought it would be. I thought I had enough time but then other work demands seemed like they began spawning out of control. I wish I wasn't so glad that it's over but I am. I will definitely re-visit this idea again as it really was fun coming up with these. You can get prints or even a T-Shirt of all of them right here! http://society6.com/willterryart



Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Friday, February 6, 2015

Day 4 Of My Fanart Project


Having more fun with these that should be allowed by law...what's that?...it's illegal? shhh

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Starting A Little Fan Art Series


I started doodling some of my favorite characters from movies. I'm starting off by showing you this one...each day for the next 9 days I'll upload a new one. I wanted to do something in the fan art space for a long time but I just didn't know what to do - the answer was right in front of me. Just make them cute kids.

This fits in with my style of art and can even attract a few people to perhaps venture over to my print shop at Society6 and maybe pick one up? Doodling like this is therapeutic for me - I don't have to think too much - just tinker when I'm in a meeting or waiting at the doctor's office, etc. Check it out in the print shop.