Skillshare sale!

I thought I’d let people know there’s a sale on the Skillshare website, 25% off every class! Just type in PRESIDENT at the checkout. I’d say take a look and see what classes are relevant to you. I’ve purchased some art classes as well as one for productivity and workflow. You have until 17th February (tomorrow) 11:59P EST. 


“When things ge…

“When things get tough, this is what you should do: Make good art. I’m serious. Husband runs off with a politician — make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by a mutated boa constrictor — make good art. IRS on your trail — make good art. Cat exploded — make good art. Someone on the Internet thinks what you’re doing is stupid or evil or it’s all been done before — make good art. Probably things will work out somehow, eventually time will take the sting away, and that doesn’t even matter. Do what only you can do best: Make good art. Make it on the bad days, make it on the good days, too.”

by Neil Gaiman from Brain Pickings

Skillshare art classes

Skillshare is an amazing thing. For once, Facebook came through for me when advertising this site. Skillshare is a site where people offer to create an online course on absolutely everything. You can upload your work and people can offer critiques and you can generally have a small community to discuss the work. This isn’t for art only, there are many many different types of classes available and the best part? You can do this in your own time. There’s no rush. You can follow along, or do this whenever you want. The resources won’t disappear, they’ll forever be available to you. There’s a few illustration classes I have signed up to and I will recommend. I’m going to be a little bit cheeky and recommend them so I can get some credit back and you get $10 off the class. This isn’t a money making scheme for me, I’m just a poor person working in a low paid retail job. Regardless, I would highly recommend anyone to check out Skillshare.

The Art of Storytelling by Daniel Gonzales

Daniel Gonzales has worked on many well known animated films such as Toy Story 3, Frozen, Wreck It Ralph, etc. This is an important aspect to learn because you want to translate your idea so that other people can understand. It’s all well and good to have something stunning but for others not to understand what you’re trying to tell. In this class it teaches you techniques to express the narrative to your illustration to offer more depth. This is the class that was advertised to me on Facebook and I am grateful that it was too!

Constructing a Story: Advanced Visual Storytelling by Daniel Gonzales

I would also recommend this class that follows The Art of Storytelling. I would definitely recommend this if you want to continue the course as I feel Daniel is such a great teacher that puts so much effort into his classes. If you’d like to see what this entails definitely check it out but I would possibly recommend starting with the first one to get a good understanding.

Perspective Drawing: Creating Illustrations with Dimension by Matt Laskowski

I’m not going to lie, I suck at perspective big time. I understand the different perspectives but I fin it difficult to apply this to illustrations and how to make complex environments. This one will start on Tuesday 4th February so I have yet to participate. For anyone wanting to do illustrations, perspective is important and I don’t think you will ever not need to learn this aspect. This class will help you with urban/outdoor scenes or environments that are mostly man made. However, I can imagine this being useful for anything to do with perspective.

Character Concept Art: From Initial Sketch to Final Design by Charlie Bowater

I literally just signed up to this one half an hour ago but I have had my eye on this one for a couple of weeks. This is exactly what I’d like to learn, translating a character design from the rough stage to a final render. I would urge anyone interested in character design to check this one out. Just to also let you know, there is a 20% discount until Tuesday 4th February. Just add the code CHARACTER20 and it will reduce down in checkout.

I do hope anyone interested in illustration checks these out, I’m glad I came across this and would recommend it to most artists. I already have previously recommended these. It’s a great way to continue doing your own work with a little bit of guidance and support. Remember, if you use the link you get $10 off the class, and for the Character Concept Art you also get 20% off on top of that until Tuesday 4th February.

I have seriously neglected this blog

It’s not that I don’t find amazing art, I guess I always put off uploading here. I think, I should restart posting art not just for other people, but for myself so that I can look back later on. What I can say is in the past couple of months I have found some nice Facebook art groups. The first one I was recommended by a uni friend which is called Level Up! I’m not quite sure if this link will work, but I hope it will. You can post your work and receive critiques. Every week there’s a live stream on Google hangouts where artists will answer any questions you give. The work uploaded are of a high standard and it is quite intimidating from my personal opinion. However, it is also extremely motivating and I hope one day I will be able to reach that level.

Another Facebook art group I found was Draw Fu. This one is less intimidating and I would say it is very beginner friendly. I actually found the website for this first and started receiving regular emails offering tips which are very good I may add. They recommend some reading materials, advice on approaches, etc. In the end this persuaded me to join this group. So this is just a bit of help for those that is struggling a bit with art or maybe want opinions of other artists.

Erik Ravelo

Los Intocables

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Creative Direction and Concept: Erik Ravelo
Photo: Erik Ravelo / Enrrico Bossan
Post production: Erik Ravelo
The Right to Childhood
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