anonymous asked:

Brett! There is too much to learn and too much to do and not enough time to do it in. I am trying to teach myself illustration, but I'm frustrated because I also see so much being produced and I can't be making things and learning things at the same time, can I? I wrote down a list from writing-anatomy-perspective-web design-plein air painting-photography, etc that is a whole page long of what I want to get better at, but how do I even go about DOING any of it? I keep getting sidetracked. help!

Shhhh, the baby is sleeping…..

I’m writing this as my son is sleeping in my work room in his stroller.  So keep the clickity clacks down huh?

I can quietly tell you this:  You aren’t building art, you’re building an artist.  A problem solver and a human.  Not just a painting.  So everything you are doing in life works towards that.  Oh crap he’s waking….

(30 seconds later as I sit still like he’s a T-Rex who only registers movement)

So while you are learning, or making, or both, or walking around thinking of ideas, it’s all in service of the artist.  Not just one silly painting.  So relax.  You will forever be in a mental state of teacher and student, especially if you want to be great at it.  So realize that.  Own it.  Be OK with the thought that each step is part of the process to get anywhere you want to get. 

Shhhh, shhh, it will be OK…. Now you might be asking if I’m talking to you or my sleeping son.  Quite honestly, doesn’t matter.  It will be OK.

Don’t let the idea that you want to be better create a stalemate on where to start.  Just pick the basics and move from there.  Pick solid foundations like anatomy, perspective, etc and just have at it.  When you make anything, it’s making something.  It’s helping make the artist.  That’s the goal.  Not the art, the artist.  You never know what assignment, or what cause, or what direction your life as an artist will take.  Just be open, be honest with yourself, and try. 

Many people have lots of things in their way to discourage making art, getting better, and just… well just trying for something more. 

  You just put one idea and a little energy towards one of those things.  Then tomorrow, do it again. And again. 

I can tell you there are thousands of things I want to be better at.  At the end of my life I hope to have accomplished 65.43% of them.  And I think that’s aiming high.  I try to pick the ones that give me more bang for the buck but I think most successful people have many things they want to accomplish and get better at.

Here’s my actual new years resolution list I tape to my bathroom wall every year.  It reminds me at least twice a day.  Maybe it helps put this all in perspective.

There will be lots of things to be better at your entire life, and vastly more important ones.  But EVERYTHING you choose to do in life echo’s through your art.  I guarantee it. 


Yeah, I’m coming.

I know baby, we all need to be changed….

Just pick a few things to start with, your whole life is ahead of you.  The production will be there.  If you have the internet and the means to type on it then you have amazing opportunities many will never get.  The journey is our destination, have at it.  Yeah, being all cheesy, I know but I believe it. 

Hope that helps.



We’re super excited to officially announce the 2014 edition of Monsters & Dames, our charity art book! This artbook is an Emerald City Comicon exclusive, only available from the convention’s merchandise booth, and features artists that are attending the show. The cover art piece is by Arthur Adams, with colors by Nathan Fairbairn.

Here’s a complete list of this year’s contributors:

ericwilliamsart asked:

As a character artist that has been drawing traditionally since the beginning what is a good way to start transfer into painting digitally? I feel as though I don't have many portfolio pieces because I don't have them finished to the point of being digitally painted and that hinders studios from considering my portfolio. Is that true? Also I wanted to say I am truly inspired by you and when I get into a artistic slump one thing that always helps is your interview with Chris Oatley. Thank you.


The way to start is to honestly quit reading this sentence and begin painting, Period. 

In fact, you shouldn’t even be reading this sentence right now, what are you still reading this for? 

Stop.  GO paint and come back in a few hours…I’ll wait here……

No really… GO

OK.  Back?  How was that?  Sucks huh?  You aren’t there yet.  What’s in your head isn’t on the digital canvas yet.  But it will be.  Given time, energy, and patience.  It will.  You’re learning workflow.  Lighting, where you like to start, if you enjoy working from a sketch or a blank canvas, what colors you enjoy seeing next to each other , and so many more ideas as you screw up, adjust, and paint some more.  It’s all building up steam.  But it just takes time and effort.  Things many artists don’t like to hear.  But the few who do?  They have careers.  Remember, the only difference between a professional and an Amateur is not quitting.  Well that, and meeting your deadlines….. being personable…. giving the client what they want….oh and  having a business sense…. well you get the picture.

For me, drawing is the first stage of a 4 part play. 

I think a brilliant draftsman can get a job and keep it.  But those people are rare in this industry. They’ll also have a certain something they add to their craft.  Like Glen Keane is a brilliant draftsman and animator, Nico Marlet adds a tone and light pencil to his design work, etc etc.

But people identify with you as an artist if you have something to say with your art.  Either it’s humor, sophistication, horror, story telling, etc.

It’s less about what do they want to see and more what do you want to show them.  If you want to be a line art guru than own it.  Learn a ton.  Cross hatching, variations on pencil tone, strokes, thick to thin. 

But don’t just “do something” because you think it will get you a job.  What if it doesn’t?  What if you spend the next 4 years doing it and you hate it and still no one hires you?  So now you’re broke and hate painting……That will really suck.  Learn to paint for the right reasons.  If you want to be a better painter and it will help you become a fuller artist, that’s the right reason.   So again…..quit reading this right now and paint…

We’ll wait here……




My day at Wondercon on Friday was AMAZING. I was passing out donuts left and right, hanging with my awesome friends, and meeting some cool people!

Cosplaying as Sadie from Steven Universe was a BLASTY BLAST.

Highlights of the day: Running into Korra and Asami on their Turtleduck Date. And a random girl fangirling at my feet and telling me I was her head cannon of IRL Sadie. BLESS YOU, RANDOM TUMBLR GIRL. Made my whole day. :)

Artists I bought prints from:

Brett Bean

Kelsey McSweeney

Zoë Moss

Jenny Park


A Centaur has a man-stomach and a horse-stomach. And of course both want breakfast. So first of all he has porridge and pavenders and kidneys and bacon and omlette and cold ham and toast and marmalade and coffee and beer. And after that he tends to the horse part of himself by grazing for an hour or so and finishing up with a hot mash, some oats, and a bag of sugar. That’s why it’s such a serious thing to ask a Centaur to stay for the weeekend. A very serious thing indeed.

-C.S. Lewis


Here is the Process work for the bear shaman sculpt i did after the work of Brett Bean

I usually start off with building a Z-Shpere then start blocking out the basic forms of the mesh. Once i feel happy with the major forms i start working in the secondary detail and fine detail. Once all that is done i do i quick retopo using Zremesher, and re project the detail back onto the new mesh. 

once that is done I go ahead and pose the character how i would like it to be posed. 

The red object I added use inside of Keyshot as light sources. then i make sure that the objects are not visible when i render the final image.

Hope anyone finds this useful at all.