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What’s the Hardest Thing about Being a Pro? – Asking Pros

August 15, 20190 Comments

I ask artists at Comic Con what the hardest part of being a professional is. We’ve got 6 more episodes of asking pros coming soon so be sure to subscribe and hit that bell notification to stay in the loop!

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Letter From a Frustrated Artist – Draftsmen S1E11

August 13, 20190 Comments

Stan gets an email from a frustrated student and forwards it to Marshall. Marshall gets obsessed with it spending days and days pondering the issue! This leads to discussions on mastery, overcoming frustration, and how having a negative attitude hurts your progression. A listener makes the draftsmen choose between technical prowess or art that evokes emotion.

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Struggling with Motivation as an Artist – Asking Pros

August 8, 20190 Comments

Asking Pros is back with Season 2! In this episode, I went to Comic Con to ask 20 professional artists if they ever struggle with motivation, and if so, how they deal with it. I have 7 more episodes coming, so stay tuned 🙂

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How to Learn Anatomy – Draftsmen S1E10

August 5, 20190 Comments

The most common mistakes students make when studying anatomy and practical advice on how to study it correctly. An in-depth discussion on our favorite anatomy books for artists. Stories about surreal experiences visiting the Body Worlds exhibit. And the premiere of Marshall’s highly requested hit single, Anatomical Skull song!

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Learning Gesture with Tim Gula – Part 3

August 2, 20190 Comments

Learn how to draw Reilly method style gesture with Tim Gula! You’ll see several longer examples of him drawing from a live model while he explains his process step by step. Make sure to check out Tim’s other life drawing videos if you haven’t seen them yet!

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Portfolio Advice for Artists – Draftsmen S1E09

July 30, 20190 Comments

Advice on how you can put together your portfolio to increase your chances of being hired. How networking, personal behavior, and social media habits impact your career. A caller from India wants to know our dieting habits which leads to conversations about intermittent fasting and caffeine addiction… yay!

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Aaron Blaise Studio Tour

July 25, 20190 Comments

After Aaron Blaise finished his lion masterpiece demo he gave me a personal tour of his art studio! In this vlog you’ll get to see some more of Aaron’s work, his impressive collection of animal skulls, and the setup that he uses for all his digital drawings.

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Unsupportive Parents and Toxic Environments – Draftsmen S1E08

July 23, 20191 Comment

In this episode of the Draftsmen podcast Stan and Marshall talk about the toxic environments. How an artists family and/or school can create situations that hold an artist back and figuring out solutions on how to overcome them. A caller asks about creating an attractive portfolio for Disney and Stan actually forgot about this week’s “thang”.

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Pros and Cons of Studying Multiple Disciplines – Draftsmen S1E07

July 15, 20191 Comment

Marshall and Stan discuss the pros and cons of studying multiple disciplines and their effect on learning art. A caller wants to know if the overhand grip can be applied to drawing with a digital stylus. Both Draftsmen have “thangs” that help them stay physically fit and active.

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How to Draw the Calf

July 12, 20190 Comments

Today we’re learning to draw calves! Calf muscles. So, the calf has two muscles, but only one insertion tendon. Probably the most famous tendon of all tendons: the Achilles tendon. That’s all this. The Achilles tendon attaches gastrocnemius and soleus to the block of the heel. When the calf contracts, the Achilles tendon pulls up on the heel to straighten the ankle. So soleus and gastrocnemius point your toes… which means the strongest calves belong to the ballerinas. Maybe? I dunno…

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