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The Best Art Books – Asking Pros

December 11, 20190 Comments

The final episode to Asking Pros 2019 is here! These pro artists give their recommendations for instructional art books that they find useful and talk about the reasons you should consider adding their favorites to your library. You might already be familiar with some of these titles if you’ve been listening to the Draftsmen podcast, but there’s a lot of new material you should also check out.

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Season FINALE Part 1 – Draftsmen S1E28

December 10, 20191 Comment

It’s the beginning of the end… end of season 1 that is! Before going into hibernation Marshall and Stan sit down and go through youtube comments from the past 26 episodes of Draftsmen. You’ll hear them respond to the relevant discussions that artists posted under each episode.
Season 2 will begin on April 7 and on it’s own YouTube channel… Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss it when we start up again!

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Karl Kopinski Sketchbook Tour – Filling up 5 Sketchbooks a Year

December 9, 20190 Comments

Karl Kopinski showcases some of his unpublished work from his latest sketchbooks. He described his thought process and tells stories behind the sketches.

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Wisdom from Art Masters – 12 Days of Proko

December 6, 20190 Comments

It’s back! Starting Dec 9th I’ll be posting a new video on this channel every day for 12 days. Here’s a brief preview of what’s to come. On top of all this, you can do some holiday shopping and save up to 20% in the Proko store!

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AI vs Artist (or AI + Artist?) – Draftsmen S1E27

December 3, 20190 Comments

What better way to come together this holiday season than to argue about AI? Marshall plays the role of the YouTube commenters from episode 12 and Stan battles him about the implications AI could have on art, suggesting we should look at AI from an optimistic and synergistic point of view.

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Building a Dream Art Studio

November 27, 20190 Comments

This year I bought some space next door to the Proko office and turned it into my dream art studio! This vlog is a culmination of all the planning and work that went into building the studio, the Draftsmen set, and the place where I’ll film all my future drawing and painting videos. Thanks to Wacom for Sponsoring this video!

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How to Learn Perspective – Draftsmen S1E26

November 26, 20191 Comment

How do you study perspective? Marshall breaks down the elements of perspective and how you’d go about learning it. Stan also challenges Marshall to draw some boxes and run them through his new Box AI BETA App that’s being developed in the Proko lab.

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Portrait Painting from Life with Cornelia Hernes

November 25, 20190 Comments

Cornelia Hernes is a renowned classical realist painter and teacher from the Florence Academy of Art. In this Masterpiece Demo you get to watch as a professional artist creates a masterpiece from scratch. Cornelia will explain her palette, give tips for mixing color, understanding paint characteristics, types of brushes, solvents, and staining a fresh canvas. Cornelia will give a brief lesson on the Sight-Size Method, show how to properly use this classical technique, and take the painting to a realistic rendering.

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Constructing Forms Not Tracing Shapes – Hamstring Critiques

November 21, 20190 Comments

While critiquing students’ hamstring assignments, I saw a lot of people tracing flat shapes onto the body instead of constructing the forms. This is a very common problem, but a big one! For this hamstrings critique, I take a look at an artist who submitted their tracing assignment from the facebook group. I give out tips on how to draw them to be more dynamic why you should rely less on your eyes and more on your knowledge to construct the forms.

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Do You Need an Art Mentor? – Asking Pros

November 20, 20190 Comments

We asked the pros at Comic Con about their art mentors and how those mentors were able to help them succeed. Includes advice on how to find a good art mentor.

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