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The Public Domain Project Makes 10,000 Film Clips, 64,000 Images & 100s of Audio Files Free to Use. Sure, we love the internet for how it makes freely available so many cultural artifacts.

The Public Domain Project Makes 10,000 Film Clips, 64,000 Images & 100s of Audio Files Free to Use

And sure, we also love the internet for how it allows us to disseminate our own work. But the internet gets the most interesting, I would submit, when it makes freely available cultural artifacts with the express purpose of letting creators use them in their own work — which we then all get to experience through the internet.

The new Public Domain Project will soon become an important resource for many such creators, offering as it does “thousands of historic media files for your creative projects, completely free and made available by Pond5,” an entity that brands itself as “the world’s most vibrant marketplace for creativity.” In the Public Domain Project’s expanding archives you will also find clips of everything, from rocket launches to film of old New York to very, very early cat videos, to, of course, mushroom clouds. Via The Creators Project Related Content: Blending. Checking Values: Ctrl+Y — Thomas Scholes.

Out of the three elements of Color previously defined here: Digital Color Primer, I feel that Value is often the most important, especially with regards to visual clarity of subject.

Checking Values: Ctrl+Y — Thomas Scholes

An image with great color (Hue and Saturation) but poor Value is often unreadable, yet an image with great Value and poor color maintains legibility, indeed an image with only Value retains much of it's clarity and intent. As with all guidelines, this is of course bendable and even breakable but in the day to day business of a visual communicator it's a guideline that is useful more often than not. I've encountered and utilized a variety of methods to evaluate Value throughout the years and will now attempt to identify the best and the worst. Royalboiler — 18 tips for comics artists by Moebius "brief manual for cartoonist " The Uncanny Valley. Most people have heard of "The Uncanny Valley" by now.

The Uncanny Valley

I've heard people refer to it in two contexts in the animation industry: characters that are almost lifelike but are just enough off to be creepy, and stylized/cartoon characters who have an off-putting amount of realistic detail. I want to talk a little about the second one because I've run into it more often recently when artists have asked me for critiques. I don't think there is a hard and fast rule for this type of uncanny valley.

When I watched The Adventures of Tintin, at first I was really bothered by the cartoon characters with realistic eyes and hands. But by the end of the film I was engaged enough in the story that I didn't notice so much anymore. However, until the kids who prefer a Robert Zemeckis zombie-fest become the norm, artists who want to add realism into the animation industry are going to have to be sensitive to the issue. Does this mean you can never define the forms around the nose? How to See in Value. One of the most important concepts to know and understand as a visual artist is that pictures, scenes and still images are arrangements of value; light, dark and gray shapes.

How to See in Value

It’s these light, dark and gray shapes that the human mind assembles as a cohesive picture. Being able to see the world as shapes of value, especially colored shapes and objects, is a master skill to cultivate as a visual artist. It’s important to the artist because in order to compose and arrange shapes in our pictures, we must first see and understand their inherent grayscale value. The most basic and abstract pattern of dark and light shapes (A) is the first ‘read’ the mind makes. This happens on a visceral, almost subconscious level. How do we train our eyes to see the world in value? To see these strategies in action, watch the video below or continue reading for the in-depth breakdown. Step 1: Ignore color information One way to see color as value is to simply ignore the color. Step 2: Look for Edges and Borders. Cartoon Fundamentals: Create Emotions From Simple Changes in the Face. There are millions of eyes, mouths, noses, ears, chins in the world, each with their own characteristics.

Cartoon Fundamentals: Create Emotions From Simple Changes in the Face

However, to draw faces in a cartoon style, you just need to understand the basics of them. Once you have mastered these concepts, pay attention to the depth, make sure that the head of your characters give the impression of being three-dimensional and you have mastered the technique of drawing them from every imaginable angle. If you can do that, great! But if you really want to draw attention to your art, you have to master the technique to bring them to life with facial expressions! Practically anyone can draw a face. The various expressions of the human face, like the different tones of voice, can be changed with ease. If I ask you to describe exactly what kind of feelings do you identify in the image below, what do you say? I know what, you'll tell me that the figure gives you a sense of calm and reflection.

That's OK if you use this expression everyday in your drawings. Filmmaker Miyazaki on Escaping Perfectionism: Start Your Next Project. Hour of Need. -By Jesper Ejsing This is a magic card illustration for the set called Journey into Nyx.

Hour of Need

It is a setting much like the ancient Greece. I was asked to paint a card showing 2 sphinxes with tiny riders on the back charging down from the sky. When doing 2 figures on an image that is going to be as small as a magic card I always try to focus on one character and make the other less significant. It helps to create a clearer image. When I got back to the studio the day after and looked at the sketches on my table, a cold feeling of mediocre crept into my stomach and I checked the mail to see if I had already gotten an approval for any of the three. I transferred the figures to a watercolor board and inked the whole drawing with waterproof filt pen, added greytones in black acrylic washes and took a print for color rough.

After I finished the background I base colored the main figure in a dark burnt Sienna. ONESHEET-BOOTCAMP1 - ONESHEET-BOOTCAMP1.pdf. Temperature Structure. -By Dan dos Santos A few days ago, I discussed a basic Value Structure technique.

Temperature Structure

I showed how we can emphasize the spacial distance between Foreground, Middleground, and Background by restricting each area to a specific part of the value scale, either Black, White or Grey. That very same principal can be applied to Color Temperature as well. Try breaking your composition down into three distinct temperature ranges: Warm, Cool and Neutral. Just like value, restricting certain areas to a particular range of temperature will create a more legible composition and a greater sense of depth. By using tryptic schemes for both color temperature -and- value you ensure focus and legibility in even the busiest of compositions!

Once I've decided on the basic value structure, I reinforce that with the same tryptic structure of color temperature. As I paint the image, I incorporate a lot of different colors into each of these areas. Value Structure. Loomis's Scheme for Tonal Organization. Illustrator Andrew Loomis developed a practical scheme for organizing the tonal values of a picture.

Loomis's Scheme for Tonal Organization

In his book Creative Illustration he presents squares of four different tones: white, light gray, dark gray, and black.If you let one of those tones dominate, you can arrange them four different ways: 1. Grays and black on white, 2. Black, white, and dark gray on light gray, 3. Black, white, light gray on dark gray, and 4.

Nearly any sort of picture can fit one of these plans. For example, this sketch of kids and sleds on snow fits the second plan. These sketches of a mother and a baby near a window follows the third plan. Collecting. How much time and energy do you spend chasing “likes”, “retweets”, “shares”, and the host of additional measurables in the social media sphere?


Do you find yourself wondering what it is going to take to go “viral”? Maybe you are worrying about the wrong things… I used to spend a lot of time checking out my “stats” on every article I wrote, every FB post I made, every tweet I tweeted, and every other bit of social media promotion I was involved in. I used to make myself crazy dissecting the data to try and understand why certain articles were ranked better than others. I researched and read everything I could about promotion through the web. After all the time and money, I saw a slight increase in my stats, but nothing to justify all the effort. “What are you trying to do with all this effort you are spending promoting yourself?” That bit of advice was incredibly important to me. I had many conversations with artists about using social media to grow their fan base. Support ArtOrder: Cheating. Above: Me shooting the breeze at the Illustration Academy by Arnie Fenner A few weeks ago Jon Foster and I gave an on-line lecture about the history of Spectrum at The Illustration Academy followed by a series of reviews of portfolios that had been submitted for consideration in advance by members of the audience.


I generally don't like to do portfolio reviews for the simple reason that I don't view them the same way an educator does. A teacher or mentor offers critiques to help an artist improve and hopefully move on to the next level. As an art director looking at someone's book my position is less nurturing and more black and white: would I hire this person or wouldn't I? Maybe that's a little cold—I know many art directors who happily offer critiques and suggestions to developing artists in the hopes it will help them achieve their potential—but I try to be a realist. I had an immediate response: "There is no such thing as 'cheating' in art. " Above: The camera obscura But…cheated? Jean “Moebius” Giraud on drawing from the work of other artists, from life, and from photos… — via — [KIM] THOMPSON: You attended art school, right?

[JEAN] GIRAUD: Yes. I began as a self-taught artist, copying other artists; then, luckily, I entered an art school, which freed up my hand and opened my eyes to a degree. It’s very dangerous to work only second-hand — referring only to other artists, that is. My teachers were of the old school: they insisted that in order to transcribe reality with any degree of freshness or personality, the eye had to be confronted with the three-dimensional image. SOURCE: Jean Giraud, “The Other Side of Moebius,” interview by Kim Thompson, The Comics Journal #118 (December 1987), pp. 85-105.

Brandon Graham > That elephant rumble — a loose, baggy monster of a blog post that includes two pages from National Geographic displayed alongside two pages by Moebius (see also below). kiCswiLA? Quenched consciousness > Comics artist Leland Purvis sent me this photo… — a side-by-side comparison of a famous photograph by Horst P. The Art Connection Academy - Saturday Lectures. The ART CONNECTION ACADEMY is now offering free Saturday lectures on a variety of topics.

From Animation and Foundations, to Portfolio Reviews, these lectures are designed for beginners and professionals alike. Our schedule is always changing as more lectures are added. Check in with us often to see what our acclaimed artist will offer in upcoming lectures! Free Lecture: Breaking into the Illustration Industry April 12, 2014, 1:00pm, Central Time About the Lecture This installment of our Free Saturday Online Lecture series delves into the process of breaking into the illustration industry as well as establishing a career in the arts.

Featured artists: Sterling Hundley, Edward Kinsella III and Jeffrey Alan Love Register below to join us this Saturday! Let's Get Organized — Part 1 of 2. This is a cross-post with Muddy Colors — An Illustration Collective I have in my possession an artifact of great historical importance to myself and no one else: my digital calendar. Beginning on Monday, February 28, 2005, it records nearly every event of my life, both personal and professional (including the hours required to write this blog post). If accurate, during the course of that initial week I spent 6 hours at the gym, cleaned the bathroom for 1.5 hours (filthy, I'm sure), went to Costco, a friend's book signing, and Drew's party (I can't recall who Drew is at the moment). The vast majority of the week, however, was spent making comics.

I finished painting 2 covers, varnished and photographed 2 others, and began painting the 4th page of an X-Men book — all in all, 68.5 hours of work. I know this because I used iCal, Apple's default calendar app, not like an appointment book, but as a time log and to-do list. I've said this before, but it bears repeating. Digital Skin. -By Serge Birault I think I have to speak about skin because I had a lot of questions about this. Here's a list of tricks to do paint more "realistic" skin with your computer ... I. Skin Tones Avoid simple gradients. Of course, all skins are different but you can try this : - A little bit of olive green on the shadow. - A little bit of blue under the eyes (lower lids). - A little bit of red on the cheek bones. Just work with low opacity (0 - 5%), on a separeted layer and with the soft round brush. By the way, if the contrast is not good, it will not work.

About black skin, I never find a good and single way. II. Don't forget the ambient and the direct lights could changed your basic skin tones. The color of the light is important too. You can easily adjust the contrast/the tones/the luminosity of some parts of your picture with your favourite software. III. I use the "dry brush" to do skin textures.

For the beauty spots and the freckles, I use the soft round brush ... Do What You Can & Be Happy Regardless. For somebody who drew a rather popular comic extolling the virtues of “Quitting Your Day Job and Doing What You Love,” I’ve come to understand that this idea is fairly problematic. I’m not even necessarily referring to the classist implications like those that are presented in this well written piece on Slate, but the issues that “Doing What You Love” causes for the people who’ve followed that advice, or have at least attempted to convince ourselves we did. I don’t want to speak for others so I’ll try not to generalize (much) and instead focus on my own experiences. I grew up in a firmly middle class household. We got by just fine. We always had plenty of food to eat and a roof over our heads, but we weren’t exactly taking trips to Disney World or buying new cars.

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