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DIY Art School Part 4 (Community) – Draftsmen S2E07

May 26, 20200 Comments

A good community makes learning enjoyable and can have a huge impact on your development, but how do you create one? Draftsmen continues its recreating art school series by teaching you the elements that make a community beneficial to learning. That includes how to overcome the problem of not being in the physical proximity of a community, the attitude you should adopt when participating in one and stories of individuals who have crafted and benefited from them.

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Painting with Strong Composition – Studio Tour with Cornelia Hernes

May 21, 20200 Comments

Cornelia Hernes is an amazing painter and when I was in New York filming her Masterpiece Demo she gave me a tour of her art studio. She gives an in-depth tour of her work while talking about composition, color, materials, and symbology and meaning in paintings.

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DIY Art School Part 3 (Mentorship) – Draftsmen S2E06

May 19, 20200 Comments

A big benefit to attending traditional art school is having access to teachers that will mentor you. In this part of the Recreating Artschool series, Stan and Marshall discuss the best ways to find a mentor, what it might cost, how to make yourself attractive to mentorship and some of the future features that Proko.com will use to make online mentorship more accessible for students around the world.

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Instagram Artists ILLUSTRATE Book Scenes (#Prokochallenge)

May 14, 20201 Comment

It’s time to announce the winners of the April Prokochallenge! Artists were tasked with picking a book passage to illustrate in their own style. The participants were judged by concept artist Vance Kovacs and winners were picked based on the passage choice, successful depiction of the text and execution. This video is narrated by Marshall Vandruff with his magnificent radio voice!

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Advice on Quicksketch, Pencil Control, Bargue, Style, and Teaching – Draftsmen S2E05

May 12, 20203 Comments

Marshall and Stan take a break from recreating art school to answer some of your voicemails! There’s advice on practicing quicksketch, pencil control, the value of the Bargue method, caring about what people think of your work, changing styles, and advice to aspiring teachers.

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Character Design Workflow – Concepting for 3D Games and Movies

May 7, 20200 Comments

The first video of a really exciting collaboration between Proko and Pixologic, the makers of zBrush! We’re going to be simulating a workflow as a character designer creates concepts and passes those to a 3d sculptor to convert to a workable 3D asset. This is a real world example of how these artists work together to create assets for video games, film, toys, and collectibles.

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DIY Art School Part 2 (Structure) – Draftsmen S2E04

May 5, 20202 Comments

When you go to art school, they provide you with projects, assignments, deadlines, and a schedule. They provide you with structure. In this episode we talk about how to create structure for yourself when you’re learning from home. Marshall gives his perspective from being a classroom teacher and how it can be applied to online education, while Stan explains how you can’t rely on discipline when forming new habits. Based on psychology, there are more effective ways to form new habits as you’re trying to set up your own structure. Stan also shares how he created projects for himself that got him excited to learn the technical skills.

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Drawing Like a Sculptor – Stephen Bauman Sketch Tour Part 3

April 30, 20201 Comment

The final part of my nerd talk with Stephen Bauman. He explains how sculptors influence his work and drawing process. Stephen Bauman shares interesting ideas about taking a sculpting concept of overmodeling the forms and applying it to drawing. A pitch for cross-training.

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DIY Art School Part 1 (Knowledge) – Draftsmen S2E03

April 28, 20200 Comments

This is the first of several episodes dedicated to recreating art school from home. Marshall and Stan talk about what makes a good teacher that you’d want to learn from online, how looking at art school curriculum can help structure your education, figuring out a roadmap for studying smart, reengineering career goals and building a community. The first pillar of many that you’ll need for your DIY art education.

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Composition and Drawing Techniques – Stephen Bauman Sketch Tour Part 2

April 23, 20200 Comments

We continue Stephen Bauman’s Sketch Tour, this time focusing on figure drawing techniques, line quality, composition, observation, shading and style! How multiple artists can influence different aspects of your drawing style, and what an artist can learn from looking back at old sketches.

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