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Hello everyone! :ahoy:

After quite a long silence (8 years lol), finally a journal update.. I don't know if people still read these journals, but 100k views seems like a nice occasion. :)
First of all, thank you all so very much for all your kind messages, favs & watches! Even though i don't reply to all, they are very much appreciated!
Wow, its been 13 years already since i joined dA and quite a journey since then- by now i finished art school with my masters and now lecture a small course on digital painting introduction.
This is also the reason for this entry: i see many of my new watchers are starting out and i remember back in the day when i first tried this 'new medium' i was happy for every pointer i could get.
So this shall be a pinned and occasionally updated list of links to resources that were and still are very helpful to my development as an artist. This is basically the stuff i learn(ed) with. I try to provide links, but some things you might have to look up manually.
Maybe you find something new and pick something up along he way :)

One of the most information-rich accumulation i've come across. All the basics condensed into one page. If you have only time for one thing, this is it. There are many great pointers in there and i still go back there sometimes.

Sam Nielsons Learning Curve Example…

great Books:

(i just saw that the price of shadowline went pretty much space-shuttle-status by now, but if you can grab a second hand version somewhere, its totally worth it. This tome also contains several small booklets with lessons how to draw, make sure they are all there before you buy!
Bammes is quite expensive too, but it is _the_ ultimate on anatomy.)

Other really good resources for anatomy:
  • Glenn Vilppu
  • Andrew Loomis

Gnomon Workshop Videos:
  • Practical Color by Jeremy Vickery
  • Feng Zhu Techniques, 'Fundamentals of Shot Design'
  • Scott Robertson - Creating Unique Environments
  • Visual Storytelling by Iain Mccaig

Feng Zhu's Fundamentals of Shot Design in particular has greatly improved my understanding of values, perspective and composition.
I think they aren't avialable on the gnomon site anymore, but i still put them in here, because you might be able to grab them on amazon or somewhere else.

If not, there are a ton of resources on youtube:

Feng Zhu Design School
Scott Robertson
Sinix' Video Tutorials
Marco Bucci Video Tutorials

good motivationals:
Scott Robertsons Creating Sources of Inspiration
Jama blender for Films……… Iain Mccaigs Shadowline

On a side note: i am recently trying to pick up some blender skills and Jama Jurabaevs Tutorials are just insane! Very steep learning curve but sooo good

Don't concern yourself too much with brushes in the beginning, figuring out how to create shapes, edges and blending can very well be done with a hard-round brush and removes the extra layer of confusion of figuring out the brush-settings. That beeing said, its important to try stuff out, so here are some brushpacks:

Grzegorz Rutkowski
Brushes by 88grzes

Darek Zabrocki

Stephane Wootha Richard

A few pointers at the end:
I used to think "I already know the basics, where is the advanced stuff?"
And after years i finally realised: there is nothing _but_ basics; the understanding of those and the skill to apply them purposefully. Skill is equal to experience and the only way to gain experience is to practice. An affinty for drawing might get you a headstart of lets say 100h. It might be very noticable in the beginning, but you still have to put in the remaining 9900 hours.
  • If you don't know where to start: learn your values. If you control those, you're already half way there.
  • Always work from rough towards fine, don't start out with detailing.
  • Do your Studies
  • Line-control and stroke-direction will massively help with the legibility of your work.

Don't feel bad if nothing works out like you imagine at the beginning. I read this quote somewhere, which really openend my eyes:
"The Master has failed more times than the Beginner has even tried."

Just keep at it! Every single study, sketch and painting will contribute to the visual library in your head, from which you can then pull specific resources when needed.

One last thing: these "rules" were given to me by my professor, i encourage you to print them out and pin them next to your desk! :)…

Take Care & Happy painting! :>
  • Listening to: Warm Ears Show
  • Reading: Neuromancer
  • Playing: -
  • Eating: -
  • Drinking: coffeeeeee


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...a very happy birthday to you....hope all is well for you and yours....=3
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Thanks for the watch! :)
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