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Exploring Diversity in Art with Jennifer Wang – Draftsmen S2E23

September 22, 20202 Comments

Guest artist Jennifer Wang joins the podcast to discuss gender, race and sexuality in art. Marshall and Stan ask for her opinion on a previous caller’s question about the sexualization of women in art. The broad topic opens up other cultural conversations as Jennifer talks about the challenges of getting representation in media, cultural appropriation and more.

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Reinventing Yourself – Draftsmen S2E22

September 15, 20200 Comments

Reinvention is a part of growing up and plays an important role in developing as an artist. Marshall and Stan talk about the changes that they’ve had to make in their lives, a soldier and artist provides insights into reinvention, and both Draftsmen talk about the reasons why reinvention is important and how you might do it in a positive way.

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The Art Knight Rises (ft. Knight Zhang) – Draftsmen S2E21

September 8, 20201 Comment

Marshall invites a former student onto the podcast who became a pro artist at 21! Knight talks about her experience learning anatomy and fundamentals as a kid, her journey to becoming a freelance and pro artist, how her parents encouraged her art, and what she wants for the future.

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Can You Separate the Art from the Artist? – Draftsmen S2E20

September 1, 20202 Comments

Stan and Marshall respond to an artist’s tweet who asks if it’s possible to learn from artists who have talent, but are terrible people. Can you separate the art from the artist?

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Taking Risks to Get Your Dream Job (ft. Marvel Artist Anthony Francisco) – Draftsmen S2E19

August 25, 20200 Comments

Senior Visual Development Artist Anthony Francisco joins us to talk about creature design and how he went from a minimum wage job to his dream career as an artist! Anthony has worked on some of the biggest movies in the Marvel movie universe. He designed Baby Groot, costumes for Black Panther and many more. You’ll hear how Anthony’s fake portfolio and his sketchbook landed him his first few jobs, how his life in the Philippines influenced the direction of his art, and the advice he’d give to artists who want to pursue the kind of career he’s had as a concept designer for blockbuster films.

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Showing Off, Saying No, and Marshall Gets a Prank Call – Draftsmen S2E18

August 18, 20200 Comments

Marshall and Stan field voicemail questions about balancing time an artist should devote to input and output, what kind of message they want to convey with their art, how much showing off is too much, and whether an artist should take a pay cut to create artwork for friends.

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How to Study Masters – Draftsmen S2E17

August 11, 20200 Comments

In this episode, Stan and Marshall discuss studying from masters. You’ll learn the difference between a master study and a copy, how beginners should approach studying masters, the artists that Stan and Marshall have done studies from and lessons they learned from them, a breakdown of the creative process, and how to figure out which artists are worth studying.

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The War of Art – Draftsmen S2E16

August 4, 20200 Comments

Drill Sergeant Stan and Major Marshall review the book “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield. The book was written to help artists tackle some of the mental challenges that get in the way of creating. Using war as a metaphor, the author offers solutions to get things done by defeating ‘resistance’ – the difficult obstacles artists face. Both Marshall and Stan have caveats with Pressfield’s advice though, and like everything else, it depends on how you apply it.

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How to Learn Composition – Draftsmen S2E15

July 28, 20201 Comment

Composition is technical, creative, and incredibly subjective. Marshall teaches us how to learn composition and suggests artists and resources that will help you learn more about it. Marshall talks about breaking apart master paintings to learn how to compose, focal points, contrasts, metaphors, harmonic armatures like the golden ratio, among many other things. Marshall has years of experience teaching this subject so there’s a lot to absorb and be inspired by when it comes to composition.

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How to be a Good Student – Draftsmen S2E14

July 21, 20201 Comment

Stan and Marshall teach you how to be a good student. The mindset, habits, and things you can do that will speed up your learning process and make it more enjoyable. They also discuss kind vs wicked learning, methods for taking notes and staying organized, treating your education as a job and the importance of getting real world experience as a student.

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