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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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What Artists Should Know about the Gaming Industry (ft. Scott Flanders) – Draftsmen S2E13

July 14, 20203 Comments

Scott Flanders (aka Shapecarver) joins us as the first guest of the Draftsmen Podcast! He shares his good and bad experiences working in the gaming art industry, the dark side of working in a corporate environment, the challenges he’s faced to make it as an artist and family man, and how he’s been able to become an independent artist and entrepreneur doing what he truly loves.

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Going All In on Art, Breaking Rules to Create Style, How to Ask Good Questions – Draftsmen S2E12

July 7, 20200 Comments

Marshall and Stan answer questions about networking, cross training, royalties, breaking rules to create a unique art style, going all in vs having a backup, and studying multiple things at once. Also, Marshall gives advice on how to ask good questions!

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How to Learn by Teaching – Draftsmen S2E11

June 30, 20200 Comments

Stan and Marshall talk about how and why years of teaching helped them learn to draw. Stan breaks down the process of how he creates educational videos and how teaching anatomy has strengthened his understanding of anatomy.

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Life Drawing, Carpal Tunnel, and Social Life – Draftsmen S2E10

June 23, 20200 Comments

Marshall and Stan devote an episode to answering voicemail questions! They answer hot topics like whether or not it makes sense for an artist to finish a drawing that has mistakes in it, can you make it as an artist without sacrificing your social life, and is ballpoint pen a viable tool.

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If You’re Going to Art School Listen to This – Draftsmen S2E09

June 16, 20200 Comments

After wrapping up the DIY art school series, we cap things off with an episode entirely devoted to getting the most value if you decide to attend a traditional art school. Marshall and I cover how to choose an art school that’s worth your time and money, how big of a workload you should take on, the mentality you should have when attending class, personal life stories and insights from our time attending art schools, and what you can expect after graduating (post grad depression/debt-pression).

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DIY Art School Part 5 (Workspace and Equipment) – Draftsmen S2E08

June 9, 20201 Comment

Recreating art school from home ends with a discussion about how much equipment an art student needs and the importance of a productive workspace. Stan and Marshall talk about starting digital painting with $65, how a little discomfort can be beneficial, how limitations can improve or hurt creativity, and separating work from home.

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