It’s been close to a year since I started my Skillshare channel and at the time of this writing I’m offering 17 classes, from Photography to Video Editing to Sound Mixing to Ceramics to Illustration. It seems like a variety of things but to me it’s all art, mostly involving pixels and waveforms. When you’ve been doing stuff for a long time, you pick up a number of useful skills, and that’s the overall premise of Skillshare.
The Skillshare site itself encourages people to create bite-sized, project oriented classes that are complete in themselves, which is understandable- I myself check the run time of a class, and if it’s over 45 minutes, no matter how interested I am in the topic, I’ll probably skip it.
I was able to get 5 tutorials up in September, and my goal for the rest of the year is to continue with 1 new class a week. Some classes have been very broad and beginner-level, others- like my Motion Comics series or Design A Character Based On An Ancient Culture– have been very targeted and based on personal projects I’ve been working on.
At this point I want to ask anyone out there: what would you like to see a tutorial on? Basic stuff, m0re photography, more video, sound editing, process videos of someone creating a piece of art? Let me know in the comments below!
In celebration of San Diego Zine Fest this weekend, I created a new Skillshare class on the topic: Make A Zine From Scratch.
Zines are DIY, fun forms of small press expression; anything goes in a zine, but when “anything goes” it often is such an open-ended concept that people don’t know where to start. In this bite-sized class we’ll put together a zine with the most basic of materials- no computers, no high-end printing or fancy art supplies.
The goal here is to craft a personal story that communicates and has all the pages facing the right direction. Beyond that, the goal is to crack open our shells, overcome fear and get familiar with self publishing. This is the first step. Signup for the class is here and, if you plan on coming out to the SD Zine Fest, stop by my table and say hi! I’m listed as Primordial Creative, my studio name.
The Skillshare video teaching platform has Premium classes, which students need a membership to access, and Free ones, which can be viewed without a membership. I have 4 of my classes set to Free through today:
Creative Image Transfer For Photographers and Crafters
Build Your Creative Cloud Asset Library With Adobe Capture
Design A Character Based On An Ancient Culture
Speed Up Your Photography Workflow With Adobe Lightroom
See you in class!
This week’s Skillshare lesson has a really, really, really long name: it’s full title is “Creating Concept Art Pt.1: Design a Character Based on an Ancient Culture in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.” I created it while working on an animated film of the Mayan Hero Twins.
What goes into characters with real history behind them- people of the past, of legend, from mythology? In this class, we’ll explore how to approach a character based on an ancient culture – learning about their unique fashions and lifestyles – and create our own character through Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop which can be used in design and animation. Sign up is here!
This week’s class on my Skillshare channel is Manga Effects In Adobe Photoshop.
We cover screentones, making linework from your pencils, and more! As a lifelong fan of the manga art form, this was one of the most fun classes for me to put together. I have seen firsthand young artists get super thrilled when they see what a few tricks in Photoshop can do to make their art pop like the comics they read.
Signup is here!
I’m deep in the process of making my motion comic short film, The Innocence of Seduction, using the process of motion comics. Marvel made cartoons in this manner in the 1960s and 2000s, there was a Watchmen motion comic that exceeded the movie, and shows like Minoriteam utilized the technique to hysterical effect. To go along with the finished movie, I’ve been recording several “how to” tutorials and the first part- Creating Motion Comics with Adobe Photoshop – is now up on my Skillshare channel!
In my class we cover where to find artwork, how to extract and repair it, using Photoshop’s animation features, creating tweens and warps, and more! It’s Part 1 of a 3 part series on Motion Comics, with future installments focusing on Adobe After Effects and Character Animator. I’m excited to share the process as I think motion comics are a fun way to keep the original aesthetic of the comic art form while adding the drama of film.
The last event I had in 2014 was an underground art event- a curated group of artists, DJs, and a band in a single all-nighter in DTLA. It was a ton of fun and I made this little video to give a flavor of the event, which was called Bright People.