So you’re an indie artist and you want to have your work in a commercial gallery. I asked the curator of the gallery I work in for the 5 things he recommended artists do to prepare themselves for submission – the best strategies for getting your work in an art gallery.
I’m excited to launch a new drawing course, Expressive Drawing For Beginners, on my Skillshare channel!
One of the greatest struggles beginning artists have is developing a drawing style that feels natural to them. Through this expressive build-up method, we use a variety of drawing media and methods to find a common ground that could be your natural style.
As this is expressive drawing, we won’t be focused on realism or perfect proportions. This is about creating art that is stylized and personal to what your hand wants to create.
Photo zines! Small, self published presentations of your photographic works – how and why to make them? I tell you about my experience with copy machine photo zines and Blurb trade books and show you samples of both, then get into why zines are a great option for presenting your photography in a physical way to your audience.
New on my Skillshare channel!
Learn Shading and Depth in Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator is an amazing design program that can execute resizable vector graphics with ease, but many designers find themselves heading over to Photoshop for shading and adding atmospheric depth to their works. This course focuses on the unique set of tools within Illustrator to give the impression of a three dimensional space, make your characters pop off of their backgrounds, and breathe a new life into the flat vector look.
It’s zine fest season again, and I’m finishing up on my first “big production” zine. This one is called Dusk and features a combination of sharp graphic design on my photographs combined with hard edged poetry from a few wonderfully talented writers. I shaped it in response to the hard political climate we currently live under, even though politics are not present, it definitely shows in the emotional response represented in Dusk.
I made so many zines last year, and none in 2017, that I’m suddenly remembering how fun and expressive zine making is, like running into an old best friend.
I made a class for zine beginners on my Skillshare channel, and it’s still one of my highest rated/ most frequently lauded classes. No experience necessary, just paper and pens!
Adobe Illustrator Speed Drawing – Primordial Creative Studio vs the Batman Rogues!
I’ve been doing nightly illustrations of Batman villains as I watch the old Bruce Timm DC Animated Universe shows with my kids. It’s a bit of “just for fun” and also challenging myself to get better at one of the Adobe Creative Cloud programs I don’t use as much as Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere and After Effects.
This time I redesigned Bane, a Batman villain not held in high regard by Bruce Timm. I sketched him out, used Adobe Illustrator to fully render the comic art, and recorded the process for your viewing pleasure. At the end I show you a few other of the other DC Batman villains I drew in Adobe Illustrator. Please enjoy this speed drawing and let me know what you think in the comments below!
Show some love to our studio Primordial Creative on Patreon and check out further photography/ art tutorials at my Skillshare channel!
I’ve taught photo editing in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop for many years in person, and put small, specialized lessons online, but I recently had the drive and time to put together a comprehensive series of Lightroom lessons. In this Skillshare series “Learning Lightroom” we tackle the modules one by one, breaking down all the features and explaining how they may be relevant to any photographer.
This particular lesson focuses on the Library module, an amazing organizational tool with its own development features and special capabilities. At the end I show you how an experienced Lightroom user would utilize all the components in a real world scenario.