My class: “Creating Illustrations with Dimension” IS READY!

Hey everyone!

I listened to some of your input, and my SkillShare class “Creating Illustrations with Dimension” is posted and ready for early enrollments! I’m still working on the classes video content right now, and it’s slated for a mid-January release.

This class is going to be more than just a regular tutorial on perspective. Aside from going over everything you’d need to know about perspective, It’s also going to have quite a few recorded demonstrations of drawing scenes and commentary about best practices and considerations in different situations. I’m making the videos as high quality as I can, complete even with well designed animated explanations! I’ve also grown quite a bit as an artist over the last 5 years since I wrote that brief tutorial in my DA gallery. There’s a lot I couldn’t include to begin with due to size limitations, and I have so much more to say now! These video lessons will be a fantastic way for me to share as much knowledge as I can on the subject.

Get to the class by clicking on the cover image above or by clicking here: http://skl.sh/18nySQD

EXCLUSIVE TO MY FOLLOWERS: Until the class goes live, you can enroll for $5 off if you use the coupon code: 3DMY2D when you enroll! Have at it! [Share this around, there’s 1000 coupons available and the offer expires 1/17/2014!]

For those who aren’t acquainted with SkillShare, you can think of it as a bit like other skill-building sites like Lynda or DigitalTutors except you buy individual classes instead of paying an ongoing subscription fee. It’s also unique in that the students of the class are assigned a project to work on and complete and submit it to the class for teacher (me) and peer review / commentary / critique! The more people who enroll in the class, the more robust the classroom will be. (However unlike what SkillShare writes in its FAQ about teachers not needing to participate, I will provide whatever helpful commentary I can to those who enroll and submit their project.) Your project can be updated rather “Behance style,” and I encouraged you to show WIP shots along the way so we can see your process.

I really hope that you guys will be enjoying what I make here. I don’t believe 150-200 page books are a good place to learn perspective (it’s frankly incredibly boring to read about so so dryly,) and I don’t think you need to go to an art school either. So I feel this is a good solution that would be worth your time and investment! If you like my work, like my informative teaching style, and would like to not only learn and engage in some new stuff but also support me and what I do, sign up and let’s make some cool illustrations! YEYEAH!

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask or email me at foxorian@gmail.com!

Edit: By the way, a “Kickstarter” style “What’s this all about?” video will be posted on the the page soon! Maybe in a week or so. GET READY, HERE COMES MY FACE.

There will also be project incentives once the class goes live! Best submitted project(s) will some free prints of my work, video chat about your work, (or even an in-person meeting if you’re local for the same review!) Can’t wait to see what you guys will create next month.


Futura Type Video.

Thought this would be the perfect time to blog this… as we start to create our own letters for a off-topic university project. Love the geometrics of Futura.


Designer in Focus:

Stephen McCarthy

Website: http://www.loft27design.com/

A graphic designer from Dublin, who currently is working in London. His design website entitled ‘L27 - Loft 27 Design’.  He focuses primarily on pictograms as seen above. My favourite of his, is his work on ‘The Sun’ newspaper.

anonymous said:

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5. Who was your favorite teacher in high school and why?

Mr. Laskowski. I had this economic professor who was a younger guy, late twenties who really taught ethics more than economics [which are very inter-related anyways] but he showed us Food Inc, and spoke about voting with your dollar.  I actually see him around town and we grab a beer every now and then and talk food justice and ethics.

13.  Name one movie that made you cry?

Good Will Hunting.  Ugh. That movie changed me.

Sentai Filmworks Reveals Extensive 'Log Horizon' Anime Dub Cast

Sentai Filmworks Reveals Extensive ‘Log Horizon’ Anime Dub Cast

Sentai Filmworks has the first collection for the first season of Log Horizon on the way on November 25th, 2014 and they’ve now announced the dub cast for it. Set to arrive on bilingual DVD and Blu-ray, the series will be directed by Kyle Jones. The cast includes:

Shiroe – Mike Yager
Naotsugu – Andrew Love
Akatsuki – Jad Saxton
Marielle – Maggie Flecknoe
Henrietta – Shelley Calene-Black
Nyanta – Jovan Jackson
Serara – Hilary Haag
Shoryu – Houston Hayes
Smash – Ty Mahany
Tohya – Greg Ayres
Minori – Luci Christian
Valles – Ned Gayle
Rikopin – Sarah Salimi
Gatsuomaru – Mark X. Laskowski
Aizel – Christopher Patton
Hien – Blake Shepard
Pippin – Mark X. Laskowski
Demiquas – Rob Mungle
Sojiro – Matt Hune
Crusty – Jay Hickman
Lenessia – Emily Neves
Elissa – Elise Moore
Misa – Krystal LaPorte
Kanami – Jennifer Norton
Londark – Kyle Colby Jones
Woodstock – Christopher Ayres
Nerima Star – Ty Mahany
Schreider – Santry Rush
Fedor – John Swasey
Ivan – Krystal LaPorte
Mischa – Emily Neves
Isuzu – Meg McDonald
Ichimon – James Belcher
Karashin – John Gremillion
Michitaka – Jack Ivy
Roderic – David Matranga
Isaac – George Manley
William – Christopher Patton
Rundelhaus – Tyler Galindo
Regan – David Wald

Plot concept: Elder Tales has become a global phenomenon, immersing millions of players in its online fantasy world. However, something goes wrong with the twelfth expansion pack. Eight-year veteran Shiroe and 30,000 other players suddenly find themselves trapped in the game’s no-longer-fictional universe!

Except it’s not even exactly the game they knew: things are in different places, the portals don’t work, and if a gamer was playing an avatar who wasn’t a physical match for their real self… well, let’s just say that everyone who’s been playing is going to have to make some serious adjustments to their new world view.

On top of that, the former Non-Player-Characters are now self-aware and working towards their own ends. This collision of the Elder Tale people and players with seemingly impossible skills, abilities, and knowledge promises to be cataclysmic. Get ready for heroes to rise and new legends to be forged as Shiroe and fellow players Naotsugu and Akatsuki discover what happens when sword and sorcery becomes real!

Check out the full article by Chris Beveridge at

Cafe OTO | 18-22 Ashwin St | Dalston | London | E8 3DL

Photo by Dawid Laskowski 

Cafe OTO opened in April 2008 with the aim of providing a home for creative new music that exists outside of the mainstream. Cafe OTO is comprised of one large cafe/performance space open during the day as a cafe and hosting an evening programme of adventurous live music almost seven nights a week.

Past Performers

Past performers include: Adam Bohman, Akio Suzuki, Alasdair Roberts, Alex Neilson, Atsuhiro Ito, Bo Ningen, Bushmen’s Revenge, Carla Bozulich, Chirs Corsano, Chris Abrahams, Christian Marclay, Damon & Naomi, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, David Grubbs, Diane Cluck, Dolphins into the Future, Eddie Prévost, Elephant Micah, Evan Parker, Grouper, Haco, Han Bennink, Henry Flynt, Howe Gelb, Ig Henneman, Ikue Mori, Jack Rose, James Blackshaw, Jandek, Joe McPhee, John Butcher, John Sinclair, John Tchicai, John Tilbury, Josephine Foster, Kan Mikami, Kath Bloom, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Keith Rowe, Keiji Haino, Ken Vandermark, Lawrence English, Lichens, Lol Coxhill, London Improvisors Orchestra, Loren Connors Louis Moholo-Moholo, Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Marshall Allen, Mats Gustafsson, Matthew Shipp, Meg Baird, Mt. Eerie, MV+EE, Nicolas Collins, Okkyung Lee, Oren Ambarchi, Otomo Yoshihide, Paal Nilssen-Love, PAAP, Pamelia Kurstin, Paul Metzger, Peter Brotzmann, Peter Walker, Philip Jeck, Phill Niblock, Richard Youngs, Roger Turner, Satchiko M, Scout Niblett, Sean Lennon, Shelley Hirsch, Shuichi Chino, Skaters, Steffen Basho-Junghans, Steve Beresford, Sunburned Hand of the Man, Tatsuya Yoshida (Ruins), Tenniscoats, Terry Riley, Tetsuya Umeda, Tetuzi Akiyama, The Sun Ra Arkestra, Thurston Moore, Tim Hecker, Tori and Reiko Kudo, Toshimaru Nakamura, Tujiko Noriko, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Yoko Ono and many more.


The OTO Project Space is located just around the corner from Cafe OTO at 1-7 Ashwin Street - E8 3DL.

It was created as a space for artists to develop new work and for OTO Projects to present workshops, talks, film screenings and installations relating to the core programme at Cafe OTO. The building was designed by Assemble - a young, critically acclaimed design practice based in London - and built by a team of more than 30 volunteers.

Image by Ewan Munro


OTOProjects is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company (CIC) that has been set up to manage the programme at Café Oto.

In addition to managing and delivering the programme of live events at Cafe Oto most evenings, OTOProjects is also developing new strands including workshops, film screenings and salons that will run alongside the core programme.

OTOProjects is also working with artists and institutions in the UK and abroad to expand the programme beyond the walls of the venue.

Keep and eye on this page and on the Café Oto programme page for forthcoming events. You can also sign up for our email list or follow us on Twitter.

Background images by Andy Newcombe, Marie Roux, Close to 94, Fabiolug.


29 November 2012

An evening of experimental sound and image organised together with and taking place at the South London Gallery. The event included a solo live performance by Russell Haswell with large-scale phase scope projections, a premiere presentation of new music from Jim O’Rourke commissioned especially for the occasion and a rare screening on 16mm of Marc Hurtado’s (Étant Donnés) film Bleu and short performance by the artist.

5 October 2012

Keiji Haino has been at the forefront of the Japanese avant-garde music scene for four decades. A captivating solo performer, he has played two sold out residencies at cafe oto that have demonstrated his versatility - from fleet fingered duo encounters with Peter Brötzmann and Steve Noble to the insane dynamic range of his solo vocal incantations. We’ve always wanted to work with Haino to present some of more adventurous rock-informed projects and Haino’s reinstigation of Fushitsusha is his most potent realisation of rock music’s primal energy and radical potential.

Made possible with the support of the Goethe Institut, this was a celebration of Peter Brötzmann’s 70th year and the first London appearance of his Chicago Tentet - one of the great ensembles of improvised music. The whole three days was met with incredible enthusiasm and garnered strong reviews. The third day of the residency was also recorded and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

London Jazz review
The Liminal review
Financial Times review
All About Jazz review

SAM/OTO concert series - January-April 2011

SAM/OTO is a pilot commissioning project conceived by Sound and Music and Café Oto to provide grass-roots event organisers with the resources and opportunity to produce bold new programming here.

In spring 2010 we issued a public call for new event proposals of any genre, format or description. The only stipulation was that they must have a leaning towards experimental/fringe/underground activity and feature artists from outside the UK who have not previously performed at Café Oto.

After receiving almost 200 submissions from all over the globe, four were selected and awarded £2000 towards their development and realisation.

20-22 January 2011
Balloon & Needle: The New Korean Avant-Garde
Produced by: Hong Chulki with support from LIG Arts Foundation

11-13 February 2011
Lost Sounds: Miki Yui and Rolf Julius
Produced by: Rie Nakajima in collaboration with Helen Frosi of SoundFjord

24-25 March 2011
Michel Chion and Ghédalia Tazartès
Produced by: Penultimate Press & Cenatus

9-10 April 2011
Keiji Haino
Produced by: Miles of Smiles


A series of concerts in April and May 2011 curated by Israeli musician Maya Dunietz. The events included performances by Oren Ambarchi, Joe Talia, Christoph Heemann, Daniel Higgs, Assaf Talmudi, The Rebel, Perpetuum Disco, Fritz Welch, Keren Rosenbauma and four piano quartet with Steve Beresford, Tania Chen, Veryan Weston and Maya herself.

TATSUHISA YAMAMOTO - 9-10 March 2011

We paired up with The Barbican for two days will the brilliant Japanese drummer Tatsuhisa Yamamoto. Yamamoto is the rising star of Japan’s experimental music scene. At OTO he was joined by Polar Bear’s Seb Rochford (Drums) and Leafcutter John (Electronics) and at the Barbican he tore it up in a duo with UK improv mainstay Pat Thomas - one of the scene’s most distinctive keyboardists.

Tatsuhisa Yamamoto & Pat Thomas at The Barbican (picture: Marie Roux)