Inspiration

⭐5 Star Friday No.5⭐

Its Friday.

5 Star Friday No.5 is here!


⭐ An Inspiring Artist: Daisuke "Dice" Tsutsumi
Tsutsumi’s work is colorful, playful, and wonderful! I was introduced to his work via a flier at Kinokuniya SF. This Saturday 5/21 Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo will be speaking about their experience leaving Pixar, forming Tonko House and creating The Dam Keeper. If you attend, come say hi.


⭐ A Project I’m Enjoying: Necropolis, by Jake Wyatt
The beautiful art, compelling story and poetic dialogue keep me coming back every week. I was hooked three years ago when a friend sent me it’s second test page. Its also got a great protagonist. What can a comic offer me, next to all of that?


⭐ A Helpful Blog/Post: Temple of Seven Golden Camels, by Mike Kennedy
Some great thoughts on introducing characters. Kennedy uses the scene from The Big Lebowski where both the viewer and characters meet Jesus Quintana. After reading this article, I’m convinced this scene is BRILLIANT.
His note on the scene's music is probably my favorite part.


⭐ A Helpful Resource: Primer by Google [iOS] [Android]
Primer is an amazing resource for picking up some marketing knowledge. Even a 5 minute commute to work is enough time to open up the app and learn something valuable. Highly recommend checking this out.
“Appeal to Searchers and Search Engines Using SEO” and “Finding a Name That’s More Than Just a Name” are two of my favorite exercises. 


⭐ A Quote I’m enjoying:  “The end will be what it will be. The object is intense living, fulfillment; the great happiness in creation.”

― Robert Henri, The Art Spirit


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Mike

⭐5 Star Friday No. 4⭐

Below is 5 Star Friday No.4. Enjoy!

 

An Inspiring Artist: Alexandre “Zedig” Diboine

Zedig’s work overflows with wonderful personality and unbound creativity. Not only is his work amazing, but he also makes music. Some of us just have it all.
 

A Helpful Artist’s Thoughts: Justin Oaksford’s Discussion of Craftsmanship.

Justin discusses the difference between learning superficial style and rendering (polish & Craft) techniques and being cognitive of the decisions you are making as an artist (Foundations). It’s a great video for anyone starting out, and a wonderful reminder to anyone more advanced.


A Helpful Resource: Thumb War - Design Iteration Combat Simulation by Paul Richards

I used then when I began teaching myself concept art and visual language. Not only is it filled with great information, it includes a “Simulated Art Director” exercise to help keep you sharp.

 

A Song I Work To: Flower Drum by Lei Qiang

I’m not sure where I first found this song, but its beautiful, and queing up Lei Qiang’s work while working will bring you to a calm, wonderful place.
 

A Quote I Live By: “What doesn’t transmit its own light creates its own darkness” - Marcus Aurelius, Meditations


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Mike

⭐5 Star Friday No.3⭐


For your reading pleasure, here is 5 Star Friday No.3.


⭐ An Inspiring Artist: Thomas Scholes
I’ve been a huge fan of Tom’s work for years. His impressionist style combined with a highly efficient, exploratory workflow make for some truly beautiful and mood filled work. Last year his #MaySketchADay challenge became a tangential catalyst for Projecting West with the amazing Craig Winslow.

You can hear more about his thought process (which is also wonderful) during his interview with Ash Thorp on the Collective Podcast.

He is also the NICEST guy.
 

⭐ A Helpful Resource: Show Your Work by Austin Kleon
Show Your Work is fantastic guidepost for anyone curious how to share their work in a productive manner. I’ve read this book several times over, and continue to check back in with it when I want to up my sharing game.

It’s a quick read with clever infographics, perfect for keeping on your phone (I own the kindle version) ready to review at any time.


⭐ A Helpful Person On The Internet: Robogabo’s Tumblr
Not only does Gabo make wonderful art consistently, but the process for making the art is shared too. Mistakes, thought, story behind the piece. Its great to hear the thoughts from someone who has done work for studios like 343 and Oculus.
 

⭐ An Amazing Technology - Tilt brush
I’m not sure if you know this yet, but the cyberpunk future is HERE.
Last week I had the great pleasure of visiting my friends at The Soap Collective, who prompted me to try Tiltbrush, a VR art program.
It’s AMAZING. The best way I can explain it is the sensation of drawing in the darkness with sparklers combined with a drawing program. There are various brushes made of stars, to fire, to paint, leaves, and neon light.
Last night I heard two of the heads of Titmouse speak about tiltbrush. They've been helping the Tiltbrush team develop new tools. I can’t say what they’ve been working on, but I can say it's going to be REALLY COOL.
 

⭐ A Quote I Live By: "Give me six hours to cut down a tree and I'll spend the first four sharpening the axe." - Abraham Lincoln
 



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Mike

⭐5 Star Friday No. 2⭐

Week 2 of Five Star Friday! Let’s get started.


⭐ An Inspiring Artist: Ben Thomas:

Ben’s Chroma series caught my eye on Instagram, and the follow button was immediately pressed. The vibrant colors and urban landscapes have a playful quality to them which I really enjoy. You can follow his work on Instagram via @b_e_n__t_h_o_m_a_s
 

⭐ A helpful Resource: Google Cultural Institute / Google Art Project.

High resolution images of masterpieces from around the world in a myriad of disciplines! It’s amazing! Great for looking at works though history, studies, and general inspiration. History is packed with fascinating things.

Here is my collection of Old Master Painters with Beautiful Color.
 

⭐ An online group I’m enjoying: Dear Art Director

An anonymous group of Art Directors answer your questions to help navigate artistic and professional problems. There is so much frank and wonderful advice in here.

 

⭐ A project I'm excited about: Supergiant Games - Pyre:

Both of Supergiant’s previous titles, Bastion and Transistor were wonderful. Filled with beautiful art and dynamically narrated by Logan Cunningham, (who has a wonderfully gruff and soothing voice) were wonderful places to discover narrative through. Although we don’t know too much about Pyre yet, I’m excited to see yet another beautiful world from them.

 

⭐ A Quote I really enjoy: “Let us live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry” -Mark Twain


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Mike