Becoming an Artist Blog

June 15, 2016

Art & Life Lessons From Shaddy Safadi – One Pixel Brush

For those few who may not know him – Shaddy Safadi is the outspoken art director and co-founder of One Pixel Brush – a cutting edge studio producing concept art for AAA titles. The studio’s mission, as Shaddy outlines it, […]
March 28, 2016

Learn Squared Term 2 – Big Notes and Insights From All Courses With Jingna Zhang, Maciej Kuciara, Jama Jurabaev and Ash Thorp – All 8 Weeks

Term 2 for Learn Squared has started, I’m sure a lot of people are curious about the courses or are wondering which ones to take. I’m taking all 4 courses again and sharing the notes so even if you can’t […]
January 10, 2016

Why Going Down the Wrong Path Is The Right Thing To Do

Many of us are stuck in perfectionist mode. I know that feeling all too well. I’m a perfectionist. I used to think that’s a feature. I used to think that’s good, to accept nothing but perfection. I remember years ago […]
November 8, 2015
The one thing that will make you a better artist

The One Thing That Will Make You a Better Artist

There are no guarantees with anything. Life is just too unpredictable and there are always too many variables to be able to state anything with certainty. Having said that, if you apply what’s within this video and persevere for long […]
November 3, 2015
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Learn Squared Term 1 – My Notes and Insights From All Four Courses With Anthony Jones, Maciej Kuciara, Jama Jurabaev and Ash Thorp

There are probably a lot of people out there wondering about the Learn Squared courses. Put together by some of the biggest names in the concept art industry – Anthony Jones, Maciej Kuciara, Jama Jurabaev and Ash Thorp – I […]
February 26, 2015
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Art School, University or Self Taught – My Worthless 1st Class Degree

This is a video that I’ve wanted to make for a very long time. I’ve been wanting to make it since before I was making videos. The reason being is that I believe that if you go through a bad […]
January 26, 2015
Stop-Procrastinating

Why You Never Improve & How to Fix That – The Lag Effect

In many ways our brains are like computers. We work with data, with external information, we process it and compute a result. With computers it’s pretty easy to see when something goes wrong. There is almost always immediate feedback. If […]
December 19, 2014
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Lessons Learned from Scott Robertson’s How to Render Book – HUGE MATERIALS TUTORIAL

This is the post I will be updating as I’m working through Scott Robertson & Thomas Bertling’s How to Render book and doing the 13 day challenge. I’ll be letting you know what I’m doing, why I’m doing it and […]
December 18, 2014
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Scott Robertson’s How to Render in 13 Days Challenge

It’s been some time since I’ve done a challenge, earlier in the year I thought I’d make them into a regular thing, but I bounce from subject to subject so often that I never want to make something “official” and […]
October 25, 2014

Seeking out Difficulty to Become Better, 1000 Steps to Your Goal, Update

It’s been awhile since my last post. To be honest I couldn’t even remember when I last had a chance to give you guys an update… I thought there would be no way to possibly write a post that covers […]
September 13, 2014
Stop-Procrastinating

Art is War

Everyone can walk the path, but not everyone will. Art is war. It’s a daily grind against complacency, procrastination, taking it easy and conforming. When I was a kid I used to love going to the gym. I loved the feeling […]
August 31, 2014
Stop-Procrastinating

Learn to give things up – Finding Balance

Learn to give things up – finding balance   The first image that comes to mind when thinking of balance is most likely the scales of justice. It’s an iconic idea used in sculpture, painting, illustration… you name it. A […]
August 16, 2014
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Becoming a self-taught artist – It doesn’t matter where you start

Some motivation and encouragement for those wondering if it’s possible for them to learn to paint and draw. Forget about your fear and your doubts and just get to work. My first experience with drawing was at an age when […]
June 9, 2014
Know-your-Place

Becoming an Artist – Year1 – Going from Value to Color (Video 2)

Second video in the Becoming an Artist series, going through the next few months of my first year. After spending some time on value I begin trying to understand color. This was a huge challenge for me. I was never […]
June 8, 2014
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Painting a Master Study – 45 Hours in 45 Minutes – Tutorial

This master study after Jean-Leon Gerome’s “Diogenes” was filmed over 20 days, took roughly 45 hours and was compressed to 45 minutes. It’s narrated with my thoughts on the process and painting in general. I recorded this video 10 months […]
June 3, 2014
Stop-Procrastinating

Stop Giving Up

How many times have you thought to yourself “This is it, this is the last time I do this”, the last day I slack off on my work, the last time I waste the whole day playing games, the last time I […]
May 8, 2014
Stop-Procrastinating

Failure is the beginning, not the end

How long would you give a baby to learn how to walk? Answer: As long as it takes. Jim Rohn   I remember when I first started learning to draw. I’ve talked about it before in posts and videos. I’ve […]
May 4, 2014
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Becoming an Artist – Year1 – Theory vs Practice (Video 1)

I’ve always wanted to make a roadmap for people just starting out studying art. To show to process of improvement from the very beginning, with all the unfinished, ugly studies that you would never want to show to anyone to, […]
April 18, 2014
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Art Motivation – Can anyone become an artist ? (Vlog)

  When I first started my blog last year, I wanted it to not just be about me. I wanted it to not just be a another place for image dumping, tons of unfinished studies and just any random thing […]
March 11, 2014
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COMPLETED + TUTORIAL : 5 Day Car Challenge – Perspective Drawing

Managed to finish this in just 4 days, even though it did take me close to a month to post it… Below is a step by step tutorial of the process. I’ve also recorded a video about how to practice […]
February 6, 2014
5 Day Car Challenge Perspective Construction

5 Day Car Challenge – Perspective Drawing

I spent all of January studying perspective. I go back to basics the beginning of every year. There were definitely many, many things I didn’t understand. I understood perspective intellectually, but I wasn’t able to utilize that knowledge, I had […]
February 4, 2014
Stop-Procrastinating

4 Tips to Stop Procrastinating and Stay on Course

Here are some of the biggest things I’ve found during my first year of studying that can dramatically help you increase your productivity and keep you focused on your goals. 1. Know what you’re doing This is the king of […]
January 9, 2014
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The Key Behind Progress and Learning

“I hear and I forget, I see and I remember I do and I understand” – Confucius A lesson is not learned when you can recite its contents word for word, or when you receive an A in school or […]
December 28, 2013
Mastery Calendar

The Road to 10 000 Hours

“When performance is measured, performance improves. When performance is measured and reported back, the rate of improvement accelerates.” – Pearson’s Law. You might have heard of the “Don’t Break the Chain” calendars, where for each day of work you get […]
December 15, 2013

Your disadvantages are your greatest assets

There are countless stories of the most unlikely and disadvantaged people becoming successful at what they wanted to do. There are athletes with no limbs, deaf musicians, blind painters, motivational speakers and humanitarians with the bleakest life stories imaginable. Any […]
December 4, 2013

Patience

This is one of the biggest lessons I’ve been learning over and over while on my journey. Patience not as in passively waiting for all of your gifts to arrive on Christmas morning, but instead spending the time needed on […]
November 28, 2013
Stop-Procrastinating

How dreams are buried

I met a man today and asked him what his dream was. So he told me. He told me about the things he wants to do. He told me how great it would be to be able to do this […]
October 8, 2013
The Torments of Time

The Torments of Time

A new painting and a post along with it. Time has definitely been weighing heavily  on my mind lately. It seems that no matter what you decide to do, it’ll take about 5 times longer than anticipated, I think that’s a […]
September 17, 2013
Hope

Keep your dream alive

  Yes, I disappeared for some time. Yes, I’ve been gone for more time than I’ve actually been here. But I haven’t stopped working. Not for a single day. To be honest with you, I wasn’t happy with my work, […]
June 17, 2013
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What can you expect if you’re just starting on your journey?

Alright, so you’ve got some pencils, maybe you even scribbled around on a few pieces of paper, wondering exactly what’s supposed to happen, maybe you have some ideas about what you’d like to express, but no idea how to `get […]
June 13, 2013
Beginning to Draw at 22

So how do you teach yourself something you know nothing about?

This question sounds like a koan, a buddhist riddle, something that seems like it has no answer or like it’s absurd, for me though, this is the question I had to ask myself when I was staring at a piece […]
June 12, 2013
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My Story & Being Self-Taught

I drew this when I was 22. Having never even thought about art until I was that age, it seemed like the perfect thing to try to do professionally. With only 2 years of university left, doing a degree related […]