Episode 6: 100 Subscribers! :) And a Gift For You

Ep6 - 100 Youtube subscribers

Woot! Just found out in the last few days that I passed 100 subscribers on YouTube! 🙂 Ok ok I know that’s not very much. Especially when there are plenty of people there with thousands or even hundreds-of-thousands of subscribers! But’s a big deal for me. Since starting the channel back in 2010, I’ve lingered around 70 subscribers (obviously because I wasn’t posting any content).

However, in the last few weeks since I started this video series, I’ve gained over 30 new subscribers! That’s pretty cool to me. So, a little thank you is in order, which I do in the video below. As an additional thank-you, I’m sharing my “Art Wall” templates that I created a few years ago. These are Photoshop files that will help you show your artwork at specific sizes. For example, you can use these on your product pages to give your clients an idea of what your art would look like at a specific size on their wall. I have a couple of preset sizes for each wall image, and I also show in the video below how to create your own specific sizes.

All free! There’s no “sign up for my email list to gain access” thing (although if you want to sign up, I certainly won’t stop you). Here’s a link to a zip file on my dropbox with the images:

http://edog.link/2lJ0Sgb

I would love to know what you think of these! If you have a specific question, leave it here or on the YouTube video page and I’ll answer it. Here’s the video describing how to use them:

 

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I created these art walls on my Wacom 27QHD, which is great for work like this:
http://amzn.to/2mwThOK

If you like this video, I’d really appreciate a ‘thumbs-up’ over on the YouTube channel, and consider subscribing as well!

Episode 5: Wacom MobileStudio Pro Part 2

Wacom Mobilestudio Pro 16 Review Image 1

A few weeks ago, I published a review of the new Wacom MobileStudio Pro 16 (you can watch that episode here). That review has been watched a few thousand times (which is a big deal for me – thank you!) I really tried to touch on all the pros and cons in that initial video.

It’s been almost two months now since I picked up the MobileStudio Pro, so I thought I would do a follow up review, because a couple of things have changed! Mainly, a new driver update from Wacom (which has addressed some lingering palm rejection issues I’ve had).

Overall, I still really like it! Yes it’s big, and heavier than an iPad, and not as powerful as a desktop (or even some laptops out there). I will be the first to admit that it’s not for everybody. But it’s great for me. It let’s me take all of my apps and a drawing tablet with me on the go! Since the full version of Windows is installed, I also get a filesystem that I can easily access too (really Apple – it’s about time on that one!)

In this episode, I talk about what’s changed with the new driver release, plus a little bit about stands for the MobileStudio Pro, along with why I switched bluetooth keyboards (if you are coming to the Wacom MobileStudio Pro from a Mac background, you’ll appreciate why I switched 🙂 ).

Take a look at it, and let me know your thoughts/comments below. If you have a specific question, leave it here or on the YouTube video page and I’ll answer it. Speaking of videos, here you go:

 

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Wacom MobileStudio Pro:
http://amzn.to/2kcquR2

Here’s the new bluetooth keyboard I mentioned that I really like:
http://amzn.to/2m6SpjR

And here’s the Artisul stand that I picked up:
http://amzn.to/2kCKWLo

If you like this video, I’d really appreciate a ‘thumbs-up’ over on the YouTube channel, and consider subscribing as well!

Episode 4: Painting A Darth Maul Face in Photoshop

Paint a Darth Maul Face in Photoshop image 1

For my son’s birthday invitation a few years back, I wanted to turn him into Darth Maul from Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace (you remember – that movie with Jar Jar. The horrible writing. The corny jokes. But mostly, Jar Jar). Despite all of its shortcomings, it did have a great bad guy in the form of Darth Maul. That character has such a unique look, and the face painting work was amazing!

I was determined to bring that look to my son’s invite. He was going to have the coolest invitation in the neighborhood ever. But, I had to remember that I was dealing with a 6 year old. Patience for face painting was going to be hard to come by. So, I decided to create the effect using just lighting and Photoshop! I photographed him in the garage in about 2 minutes (on average, that’s the longest continual attention span I could get before a break).  It was a ton of fun to create the image, and it went over really well! I thought I would share how I created it, so that’s the topic for this video.

At the beginning of the video I talk about the lighting. For a character like this, it’s all about the drama, and you can get so much drama with just your lighting technique! Try to get this part of the image nailed down before you even get into Photoshop.

After that, I talk about how to use channels to get the skin texture to show up over your paint layers. Finally, I discuss some noise/color techniques to bring it all together at the very end.

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I did the retouching on a Wacom 27QHD, which is great for this type of work:
http://amzn.to/2mwThOK

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Episode 3: A Quick Tip for Better Video Lighting

Video Lighting Tip

For this week’s video I thought I would share a quick tip to improve the color of your video lighting in your productions.

Some of you may create YouTube videos at home, and perhaps you always shoot with window light. But what if you want to shoot, say, at night in a room that has warm-colored lights? Needing lighting, you’d probably head to Amazon and pick up a simple lighting kit. However, those light bulbs are what they would call “daylight balanced”, meaning the color of the light is designed to match the color of midday sun (a slightly blueish cast). So, they would be great to use as a supplement to window light, but not so great in a room with warm, tungsten bulbs.

The solution? You could go spend more money to get colored ‘gels’ (i.e. colored plastic) to try to change the color of your lighting to match your existing room lights. Or you might spend even more $$$ on a new light panel that has a ‘color dial’, allowing you to set the exact color of the light and match it that way.

An easier solution – just change all the bulbs! That’s what I did in the studio. I replaced the bulbs in the soft box with the same bulbs I had in my ceiling lights. Now, all the lighting everywhere is exactly the same, and they all give off the same color. I still needed to white balance the camera afterwards (which you should always do in any scenario), but in the end, all of the lights have the same color to them, meaning a consistent color for my video lighting!

Here’s a video where I demonstrate it:

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Here are some of the links I mentioned in this week’s episode:

 

Cowboy Studio 2-Light kit:
http://amzn.to/2lT3rsu

G.E. 60-Watt replacement LED bulbs (these are Soft White – I used Warm White, but it doesn’t really matter which you use, as long as they are all the same):
http://amzn.to/2loemga

Color Checker Passport (if you need the full kit):
http://amzn.to/2kuBsT5

White Balance Card (a more affordable option):
http://amzn.to/2lXCqTX

If you like this video, I’d really appreciate a ‘thumbs-up’ over on the YouTube channel, and consider subscribing as well!

Episode 2: Deliberate Practice & Drawing Disney

deliberate practice & drawing disney

Episode 2 : Deliberate Practice and Drawing Disney is now available!

First off, a big thanks to all of you that have subscribed, liked or commented on the channel. I really appreciate it! It’s been fun seeing the reaction so far – definitely the Wacom MobileStudio Pro review has been popular! Wacom has since released a new driver update which has addressed a lot of my issues. I’ll post a video about it soon.

For this episode, I wanted to talk about deliberate practice. Perhaps you have heard of the term, or maybe not? It’s a ‘different type’ of practice. Instead of just putting in the hours to get better at a task, deliberate practice is about asking yourself questions while you are practicing, answering them, and then using those answers to affect your practice.

In this episode I discuss it in a little more detail and a quick example. I also show some of the Disney practice work I mentioned I would be doing in Episode 1. I decided to practice in that style for a week, because I wanted to see how comfortable I could get with the forms and gestures that make that look so unique. After a week of drawing Disney villains, I could definitely pick out the angles and traits which were common among most of them. It was a fun exercise!

If you like this video, I’d really appreciate a ‘thumbs-up’ over on the YouTube channel, and consider subscribing as well!

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Here are some of the links I mentioned in this week’s episode:

Sycra’s video on deliberate practice (he calls it ‘Iterative Drawing’):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0ufz75UvHs

An article by James Clear (I didn’t mention it in the video, but it’s a good one):
http://jamesclear.com/deliberate-practice

Zack Arias Light Modifier tests:
http://zackarias.com/for-photographers/creativelive/modifiers-from-day-03-of-my-creativelive-class/

How To Draw Disney Villains Book:
http://amzn.to/2kYhEql

Wacom MobileStudio Pro: My Review & Thoughts

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This past fall, with a lot of excitement, the new Wacom MobileStudio Pro was released. I was in the market for a new laptop, and I wasn’t really excited with what Apple did (and didn’t do) with their new Macbook Pro. So, for the first time in about 14 years, I bought a Windows machine. And truth be told, I actually quite like it. It does have some good and bad features, and in this video I talk a little bit about them and how this new product stacks up.

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