Monday, May 26, 2014

6 Business Tips For Freelance Illustrators

Over the years I have made quite a few business mistakes, some of which have cost me clients and others I was able to fix before I lost clients. In this video I share a few pointers that I've learned along the way to help you manage and care for the people who give you money. It's a competitive market out there and without good business skills you may likely undo all the good you did to attract your clients in the first place. I hope my tips hasten your learning curve!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Have You Plateaued With Your Artwork? Digital Paint Over

One of my UVU illustration students - Stewart Craig allowed me to do a "paint over" on one of his digital paintings. It's not easy letting someone monkey around with your art - I know - I've had teachers do it for me and it can be a little weird. Getting feedback is critical to improvement. Often we are too close to be objective in with our own work and it takes letting someone give you suggestions. Technology has allowed us to work on artwork digitally without leaving permanent marks. If you're struggling you might want to check out our online LIVE classes - we do this all the time for our students.  Thank you Stew!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Some Frogs Don't Like Rain

No words of wisdom this week as I prepare to travel to speak at the SCBWI in Colorado Springs this coming weekend. They still have room if you're interested. I really love being able to get out from time to time and meet fellow artists. I'll be speaking about the technical aspects of working digitally on a cintiq monitor, developing story apps, and the current situation of children's book markets.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Scanning, Re-Sizing, Resolution, and Pixels in Photoshop

I made this video to answer a question emailed to my by DeWayne about re-sizing your image in photoshop to prepare it to paint digitally. This is a beginner video so nothing earth shattering but if you're new to digital painting it might just be the information you've been looking for!