Stan Prokopenko

Hey, I’m back with another recommendation for any fellow artists visiting the site. Studying visual art can be a difficult and daunting task, but you don’t have to go through it alone. Every artist needs a little push every now and then and that’s why I recommend you guys go check out Stan Prokopenko! His channel is filled with content that can benefit artists of all levels from beginner to expert. His tutorials have been a blessing to me in recent as I’ve been trying to improve on my anatomical knowledge that’ll help me develop my drawings to a higher extent. In addition to anatomy he also covers techniques in shading, body proportion, caricature, and color theory. You can also check out his work on Facebook and Instagram. I hope you find his work useful as much as I have!

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K Michael Russell

Yo! It’s been a while since I last posted on the site, but I just wanted to give a quick recommendation for anyone that’s into visual art, comics, and storytelling like yours truly. Go check out K Michael Russell’s channel on YouTube! He has tons of tutorial videos where he talks about comics, color theory, composition, and he even offers some really good approaches on how to improve your art as well. I’ve been checking out a lot of his work lately and I’m just taking it all in. There’s so much material regarding sequential art I’m learning from him and it’s amazing! While Russell works primarily with Adobe Photoshop – I usually work with Sketchbook Pro. However, the good thing about his tutorials is that whether you’re working on a traditional or digital medium – the rules can be applied ANYWHERE! I hope you guys take a look at his stuff and maybe you’ll learn some new things in the process. That’s all for now, later!


New Mexico Vintage Poster

Yo! I hope everyone is doing good and looking forward to an amazing weekend. I just wanted to take the time out to showcase a new project I’ve been working on. Using the creative power of Adobe Photoshop, I edited and transformed a vintage travel poster! A shout-out to Google Images for providing the picture and credit to the artist as well. Now, you’re probably wondering why I picked New Mexico when I could’ve picked any other country the world has to offer?

The reason I decided to go with New Mexico is because I love the culture and traditions they share and the authenticity of the land and its surroundings. I have no personal ties to the country, but I would love to visit the place one day. The poster itself attracted me by its colors and art style. It was simplistic in detail yet still held a lot of visual information. My fine arts professors always tell me that sometimes less is more! The warm colors are also a nice touch and the composition is well thought out. Between the dark reds and cool blues, the original artist definitely has an eye for color theory.  The two figures within the image aren’t covering the text at the top and so I used Adobe Photoshop to match the fonts and switch up the text a little. Showing a little love to CT 101 as I do always and this was a good opportunity to work with more tools than I ever have while working in Photoshop. I also edited the original text at the bottom as a reminder that I’ll see you on the web and to “surf by internet”! This is a digital era we’re living in now so that line makes sense (at least to me).

Overall, I had a lot of fun with this piece and I plan on putting out more projects such as this in the future! I definitely want to practice more digital media using Adobe’s services and programs. There’s so much that can be done with these tools and it’s endless. For all of my CT 101 colleagues this assignment can be found in the DS106 Assignment Bank.

Until next time, later!

What kind of art do I like?

Art has been a passion of mine since I was little. When I was in elementary school my art teacher always inspired me to draw and to use my imagination as much as possible. I used to watch a lot of classic cartoons such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Tom & Jerry, Courage The Cowardly Dog, and many more! I also used to enjoy a lot of anime when I was younger like Dragon Ball, Yu Yu Hakusho, Inuyasha, and even Naruto! These shows sparked my interest for animation and as I got older I started to develop a love for conceptual design. I wanted to know how these shows were made instead of just simply watching them. Most people believe that it’s just one person producing all of this great content when it’s actually a whole team comprised of artists, engineers, musicians, and many more involved. This also applies to film and game design!

I am incredibly grateful for the social media platforms we have today such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and that’s because since I’m studying art and digital media I can find all of my favorite animators, concept artists, and cartoonists under one outlet. The information they share is absolutely amazing! From animation, illustration to graphic design – I take all of that in and apply it to my own work as a way to improve and learn all I can. I see that as a learning experience and it’s helped me a great deal along my journey. I doubt I would be the artist I am today if it weren’t for those in the industry who continue to inspire young creative talents such as myself.