Thursday, January 5, 2012

It's Now Live On www.folioacademy.com


I'm so excited to be able to announce the release of my new video series, “How To Design A Drawing”. It probably would have been more accurate to have called it “how to design an image” but I realized that many people wouldn't understand that title...so, it's “drawing.”

The work in this video tutorial has taken 45 years to develop – of course I haven't been working on the actual videos that long but it's taken my whole life to develop my own beliefs and values about design. I've come to realize two things about myself over the last decade: 1) I have to create art – it's not an option – I must do it to satisfy an inner need – almost like breathing. 2) I'm supposed to teach what I've learned to others. It's also not a choice – I feel driven to help others learn what has brought so much joy to my life.

I really can't believe that I'm living at a time where technology has made it possible to help people all around the world. I was looking at statistics the other day from Folio Academy and we have now sold videos in over 20 countries since we launched back in August. I get email all the time from wonderful people who do not have access, means, or the time to take classes at a university or art college. People just like I was - desperate to learn how to improve their craft. People who want to illustrate their own children's books, make apps, ebooks, or qualify themselves to make beautiful paintings for galleries or to work in animation studios, etc. Some just want to make better art for themselves.

If you're new to my site – I recommend you start with “How To Design A Drawing” and then move into some of the other courses. I get artists who design amazing characters (some professionally) who have asked me, “How do you design the your characters into the background?” I never had a good answer because there isn't ONE good answer! Now I can say, “try this....”

If you didn't win a free video you can still get it at: http://folioacademy.com/samplean.html

54 comments:

  1. Dan Lietha danl@answersingenesis.org

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  2. Janet Hinkfuss jmhinkfuss@hotmail.com

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  3. Tracy Bishop
    tracy@tracybishop.com

    Thank you for all the hard work you put into making these wonderful videos!

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  4. Dave ham davidham96@hotmail.com

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  5. Loni Edwards

    loni@loniedwards.com

    Thanks Will! Love your vids!

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  6. Cayte Baker cbv-ball@hotmail.com

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  7. Laura Zarrin
    laura@zarrindesign.com

    This looks like an awesome video! Can't wait to see it!

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  8. Sounds great, Will. Sign me up!

    Brandon Dorman
    Thedorman2@gmail.com

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  9. Uriel Rivera
    urielrivera7@gmail.com

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  10. Mariellecheq@yahoo.com -Marielle Che

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  11. Sounds good. Thanks!
    Tom Garoutte - duelingfools@gmail.com

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  12. Jared Wortley
    jaredwortley@yahoo.com

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  13. Tami Traylor
    Traylorillo@gmail.com

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  14. Jacqueline Hudon jackiehudon(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  15. Michelle Kondrich
    michelle.kondrich@gmail.com

    So glad I checked my blog reader tonight! Thanks Will!

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  16. Chris Berg chris.berg.2007@gmail.com

    Looking forward to it!

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  17. Sheralyn Barnes
    info@sheralynbarnes.com

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  18. Thank you so much for your excellent website! Sylvia Liu sylliu@yahoo.com

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  19. Shaundra Schultz
    info@shaundra.com
    Love the courses!!! Thank you!!!

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  20. karen whitaker
    karenwhitaker_illustrations@live.com

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  21. Felicia Cano
    feliciacano@gmail.com

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  22. Ok – I have to cut it off right here – anyone above this comment will be getting their usernames and passwords emailed to them shortly – if you already have an account at folio academy I'll email you when I update your account with the new video. This was a lot of fun and I hope you guys enjoy it! It does make me nervous seeing some of the high caliber illustrators up there – I hope you find something of value in it.

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  23. OOof, just missed it! Well, that's okay because I knew I'd be buying your video if I did not win it the first time you announced it! I ♥ folio academy.

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  24. Aw, too bad! I've been checking every day hoping to get in on this awesome deal! Congrats to everyone else who made the cut!

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  25. I checked 6 times today, run the girls to dance and see what happens...

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  26. Just in case you have any extra. :)
    Christina Moyer - christinamoyer@gmail.com

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  27. Ben Urban
    benjurban@gmail.com

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  28. Crumb. I missed it too.
    Still you offer some great training! (Currently, I'm going through the "How to illus. Children's books."
    Great work! Keep it up.

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  29. Shoot I missed this one as well!!....got the video already and like all the others its great so far. Love your work!

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  30. ouch! I missed it because I was in school! hahaha anyway, congrats to the winners! :D

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  31. DRATS!! Saw it in my RSS feeds at 6am this morning...too late for us on the east coast!
    Fortunately, it's very affordable like your other courses, so I purchased this one as well. Thank you kind sir ;-)

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  32. Will looking forward to purchasing your library collection, I have heard nothing but GREAT things about it!

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  33. Hey guys!!! That was fun watching them come in last night. It took me an hour to get through my inbox this morning! I was also really happy that to my knowledge none of my FB friends announced it. I really wanted everyone who comes here to at least have had a shot. I had made an agreement with my partners as to how many I would give away and I have to stick by the number 25. I'm sorry if you missed it but we will have other give-a-ways in the future.

    We have big plans for Folio Academy and one of them is getting a site that has better organization and search functionality. The future is bright and I already know what my next video series will be but again it will be a hard one to produce so it won't be out any time soon.

    Hope you guys like the video!

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  34. Going to buy this new one today. Along with your video on color. Thanks for putting these out I really enjoyed your digital painting series so looking forward to the rest of these.

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  35. fiddle sticks, I snoozed on this one. I am going to check this out and your others series too!

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  36. Doh I missed out..Still going to get the video!

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  37. This is a FABULOUS teaching! Thanks so much Will! Love it! I've learned so much already!!! It's worth the money even if you have to pay for it. There's so much great info you taught in it that never occurred to me. So thanks heaps!

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  38. just saw this Will...what a very nice thing for you to do!

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  39. GREAT VIDEO WILL! Time very well spent today. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I really got a lot out of it and look forward to seeing the benefits of applying so many of the design principles you covered to my illustration process now! It makes so much more sense to my abstract random brain! Very, very helpful! :) Did I say thanks?!!!! THANKS!!!!!!!!

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  40. Wow, the videos are great! I plan to visit this site often, and learn! Thank you for sharing, God bless!

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  41. shucks i missed this, oh well.. next time. :)

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  42. Thank you all for the wonderful comments! Again - I'm sorry if you missed out this time - we're going to be doing more give-a-ways in the not to distant future so check back. Also we have some exciting artists gearing up to make videos this year!

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  43. I missed it too, took my eye off you and look what happens!

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  44. Awwww too late. :(

    http://kimberlygarvey.blogspot.com/view/mosaic

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  45. You are awesome, Will Terry.

    That is all.

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