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Tips for Pet Portraits with Aaron Blaise

January 28, 20214 Comments

CHALLENGE:Paint a portrait of your pet! If you don’t have one, we’re providing reference here. Any medium, traditional and digital, 2D and 3D are allowed.

Prizes provided by @aaronblaiseart, and @stanprokopenko

To participate in monthly Proko Challenges follow @prokotv on Instagram

The Judge

@aaronblaiseart is a world renown animator, illustrator, fine artist, and art instructor. Aaron graduated from Ringling College of Art and Design in 1989. He was hired by Walt Disney Feature Animation where he spent 21 years helping to create some of the greatest animation films ever made including but not limited to Lion King and Aladdin. In 2003 he was co-director of Brother Bear where he earned an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature Film. After Brother Bear Aaron left Disney in order to pursue an opportunity back home in Florida. His work has been enjoyed by millions around the world. We are excited to have him as a judge!

Find Aaron on Instagram, YouTube, and creatureartteacher

1st Place

Patrick Astilla – @patrickastilla

Prize – A signed original drawing by Aaron Blaise, 1 Signed copy of “The Art of Aaron Blaise, Volume 1” (to be released later in 2021), a 1 year membership to, the Proko Figure, Portrait, and Anatomy courses, 3 Proko Model packs, and their art featured on the Proko YouTube Channel.

2nd Place

Sarai Hecho A Mano – @Sarai.hecho.a.Mano

Prize – 1 Signed copy of “The Art of Aaron Blaise, Volume 1” (to be released later in 2021), a 1 year membership to, 2 Proko courses of winner’s choice, 2 model packs of winner’s choice, and their art featured on the Proko Youtube channel

3rd Place

Amira – @amira_the_drake

Prize – 1 Signed copy of “The Art of Aaron Blaise, Volume 1” (to be released later in 2021), a 1 year membership to, 1 Proko course of winner’s choice, 1 model pack of winner’s choice, and their art featured on the Proko Youtube Channel.

Proko “Team Choice” and Best of Jake

Italoa Humada – @italoahumada

Prize – 2 Proko courses and 1 model pack.

Roundest Cat

Maya –

Prize – 1 Proko course.

Best of Bear

OzKa Scribbles – @ozka.scribbles

Prize – 1 Proko course.

Best of Rice and Bean

Dicky Oka Wahyuda – @dickyteenz

Prize – 1 Proko course.

Fluffiest Cat

Inna Stefanova – @stefahen

Prize – 1 Proko course.

Best of Suki

Erzebet Zsofia Ferencz – @coccinella_artempunctata

Prize – 1 Proko course.

Best of Blue

Chandler Ellison – @cj.ellison

Prize – 1 Proko course.

Exciting Draftsmenship Award

Puddleface – @puddleface_

Prize – 1 Proko course.

Beautiful Rendering Award

Amelia –

Prize – 1 Proko course.

Best of Eva

Alex Muñoz –

Prize – 1 Proko course.

Traditional Art Award

Mercelo Rochá – @artrocha

Prize – 1 Proko course.

Random Winner

Matteo Di Pasqua – @matteodipasqua

Prize – 1 Proko Course

Honorable Mentions

Other Honorable Mentions in no particular order.

Jasmine C – @corvus_hound

Yanis Savolainen – @xellmet

Bianca Faragó – @faragobia

Chandler Ellison – @cj.ellison

Augusto – @gutomonn

Tessa Cardinal – @tessacardinalart

Heather Lenefsky – @hlenefskyart

Brett Colonell – @brettcolonell

Thumbnail Art by Puddleface

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  1. Kimberley says:

    These entries are absolutely wonderful! They’re all so different in style, but all are arresting images and so well done. Congratulations, artists!

  2. Mariia says:

    “reference here”. The link doesn’t work 🙁

  3. Thanks for this honorable mention!☺️
    Wonderful challenge. This was my first time ever that I took part in a challenge. I believe not the last one)) Glad you like my Mishka cat

  4. Santiago says:

    Hey Stan, there’s a subject I always wanted to see in a video, but I’m not sure if you already talked about it or if you are thinking of covering it in the future, and it’s how much real anatomy should I know if I’m looking forward to become a comic artist or anime artist.

    I’ve seen the video of you drawing a superhero comic and the questions and answers video where you said the fundamentals can be applied to anime too, but I wanted to see more on the subject on how can I turn what I learned in realism into a fictional character and. I’m not sure if I can apply the caricature course for that because it’s not exactly what I want.

    I’m mostly into anime, so I was looking for a video on something like how to apply anatomy to understand Vagabond from Takehiko Inoue or Dragon Ball from Akira Toriyama, but I was also interested in understanding more in how to understand the exggerated proportions of the Incredible Hulk or Wonder Woman. What’s the best I can do to learn how to use anatomy to do interesting fictional characters?

    Best Regards.

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