BOOKS

144 • 3 COOL FEMALE SHOJO FASHION LOOKS : AN ART BOOK ART-ICKLE
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144 • 3 COOL FEMALE SHOJO FASHION LOOKS : AN ART BOOK ART-ICKLE

Time to look at a fun and inspiring Art-Ickle, about 3 cool female Shojo Fashion Looks, from the art book Shojo Fashion Manga Art School by Irene Flores.

The 3 cool Shojo Fashion looks were 1. Susan the Queen of Drama, Odessa the Socialite, and Trey the Girl Next Door :)

lilDENNiS loved this one, which included topics like:

Connecting with Characters,
Balance between Story and Visuals,
How lil tings can have a BIG impact,
Character Sketches,
Alternative Character Designs,
Expressive Hands,
Colour Combinations,
Drawing Fabric Folds,
Showing Emotion in your Art,
and we have a new theme tune for the new year :)

Hope you have fun with this one!

141 • IMAGINEFX ARTICLE ‘THE A-Z OF SCI-FI ART’ PART TWO
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141 • IMAGINEFX ARTICLE ‘THE A-Z OF SCI-FI ART’ PART TWO

Part two of an Art-Ickle from issue 65 of the ImagineFX Magazine, entitled ‘The A-Z of Sci-Fi Art’, was the topic for this weeks episode.

This episode covers N to Z, and was so much fun. I wore me lil Mass Effect N7 Dress again, and it was fitting, tight fitting lol, because one of the Artist we look at is Brian Sum who worked on Mass Effect 2 :)

Some of the other topics include:

Mixing Nature and Technology,
Designing the DeLorean from Back to the Future,
lil Art Tricks,
How Hands are Expressive,
The Psychology of Art,
Mass Effect Mako,
Coolness and Functionality,
Subtle Cues of Human and Animal Emotions,
Being Mindful in your Art,
Designing Sci-Fi Weapons,
Keeping it Real,
Video Game Art,
Creating a Sense of Scale,
and Morti does some dancing :)

Hope you like this one.

140 • IMAGINEFX ARTICLE ‘THE A-Z OF SCI-FI ART’ PART ONE
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140 • IMAGINEFX ARTICLE ‘THE A-Z OF SCI-FI ART’ PART ONE

An Art-Ickle from issue 65 of the ImagineFX Magazine, entitled ‘The A-Z of Sci-Fi Art’, was the topic for this weeks episode.

This is a beast of an Art-ickle, so I’ve split it into two parts, with this episode covering A to M, and next week finishing it off with N to Z.

Really enjoyed this one though, and I even wore me lil Mass Effect N7 Dress to get in the Sci-Fi mood :)

Some of the topics include:

How to Create a Sense of Scale,
Mixing Reality and Imagination,
The Importance of lil Details,
Different Art Styles,
Reusing Assets,
How Everything Has a Story,
Combining Traditional and Digital Painting,
Always Thinking about the Viewer,
Having a Greater Appreciation of Designing Vehicles,
How Nothing is Ever Wasted,
Keeping it Simple,
How the Foreground and Background are both Important,
and we give the Mole a name :)

Hope you like this one :)

131 • SKETCH EVERY DAY ARTICLE ‘ALL IN THE EYES, WITH SIMONE GRÜNEWALD’
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131 • SKETCH EVERY DAY ARTICLE ‘ALL IN THE EYES, WITH SIMONE GRÜNEWALD’

An Art-Ickle from the Sketch Every Day Art Book, entitled ‘All in The Eyes, with the artist Simone Grünewald’ was the topic for this weeks lil podcast.

This was really fun, lots of tips and advice about sketching Eyes, how you can Guide the Viewers eye by Changing your Characters Eyes,
How Sketching is like Sculpting, because you’re simply Playing with the Shapes, and there’s quite a bit about facing fears.

Some of the other topics included:

The power of Eyes,
Mistakes made things Unique,
How Art is all about Facing Fears,
lil tings can make a Big Difference,
Everything’s Related,
Playing vs Following the Rules,
Practicing Bad Habits,
Sketching Eyes,
Difference between Male and Female Eyes,
Optical Illusions of Drawing,
Simple is Sometimes Better,
The Importance of Why,
Awareness,
and we have a Paper Mouse join us :)

Hope you like this one.

129 • SKETCHES VS FINISHED DRAWINGS
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129 • SKETCHES VS FINISHED DRAWINGS

Sketches are almost always more fun and exciting than finished drawings, which is the topic for this weeks episode, as lilDENNiS and I talk about Sketches vs Finished Drawings.

Topics include:

Gesture is Key,
How to Study,
How Sketches Connect with the Spirit of the Artist,
Mind Attacks during Drawing,
Finding Balance between Feeling and Structure,
Traditional vs Digital,
Confident Lines,
Dean Yeagle and Simone Grünewald,
Tips to Maintain the Feeling,
How Art is Spiritual,
and Kitties got some Titties :)

Hope you find this one interesting.

127 • PLAGIARISM : JAKE PARKER AND ALPHONSO DUNN
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127 • PLAGIARISM : JAKE PARKER AND ALPHONSO DUNN

Hey that’s mine! Plagiarism is the topic for this one, as I talk about my thoughts on the recent Jake Parker and Alphonso Dunn controversy.

This is a super interesting topic, because what one person calls plagiarism, another calls research!

Some of the topics on this one include:

Can you Plagiarise Art Fundamentals?,
Discrimination and Minority Groups,
Everybody is Stealing From Each Other,
What Jake Parker should Do Next,
Transgender Support Groups,
How Beliefs make you see what you want to see,
Taking Offense to stuff,
Accusing people publicly,
and the rubbish men reverse a lorry down my back lane .. beep beep beep beep :)

Hope you like this one.

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125 • ROUTINE AND SPONTANEITY
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125 • ROUTINE AND SPONTANEITY

This be a brain dump episode about Routine and Spontaneity.

I talk about a lot of stuff on this one, but mostly it’s about trying to get the balance between doing the tings you’ve got to, the tings you want to do, and the tings you have to do.

Other topics include:

Day Jobs and Routines,
Blogs vs Videos,
Procrastinating,
Drawing Habits,
Doing the things You Want To Do,
Website Development,
The Sun as an Alarm Clock,
Why Do We Itch?
Filling your Creative Bank Account,
Distracted by YouTube,
Banning Devices in Bed,
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle,
Not Drawing Enough,
and I sing a lilDENNiS song :)

Hope you enjoy this one.