A Year of Studies, 2016 Edition

General Studies For me, 2016 was the year of possibilities. In additional to leaping for my dreams, I committed to self-direction studies. Listening to Crimson Daggers' podcast convinced me that art school doesn't matter. If you push yourself and you're hungry, you'll learn. "Go back to the fundamentals," is the advice I kept hearing. So, my goal was to do a film still study every day. The problem: I could churn out an nearly exact replica and learn nothing. My bulk study approach wasn't working. I needed more critical thinking. I needed to emphasize the fundamen...

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December 2016 Illustration Challenge

This month, I’ve opened my illustration prompt up to the community. If you’re building an illustration portfolio or you just want to level up your art skills, use this prompt as an opportunity!

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#StillStudying Mondays at 2pm MST

After hours of painting studies, I wonder if I learned anything. I'm tired working hard & barely improving as an artist so I developed the #StillStudying program to help me really grow. Everyone says, "study the fundamentals." The problem with "study the fundamentals" is that, as far as advice goes, it's wholly unspecific. HOW to study WHICH fundamentals in WHAT ORDER? What if you master anatomy and nothing else? What if you can draw perspective like a BAMF but your ability to set up a composition seems woefully behind? The truth is, each fundamental ...

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Inktober 2016

This year was my first fully complete inktober. It was a lot of fun and an awesome learning experience. I'm really happy with the illustrations I pushed through to completion. A lot of times I'd get stuck or I wouldn't spend enough time working a piece. When I was patient and didn't give up, the outcomes were really nice. Next year I hope to do a whole series of illustrations that are either related to a specific story, or that form a comic. A photo posted by stevieraedrawn (@stevieraedrawn) on Oct 1, 2016 at 3:26pm PDT A photo posted by ...

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Intro to Photoshop: Setting up Your Canvas

Alright, you’ve got Photoshop, now what? A lot of questions come up when you go to start your first project—how many pixels are enough pixels? Is there such a thing as too big or too small? What do all these other knobs and dials on the “New” dialogue mean? I’ll walk you through everything you need to know to get started. First, open Photoshop. (I’ll be using Photoshop CC on Mac, but you can apply this info to most versions of Photoshop.) To create a new document, click “File” and select “New.” This will bring up the “New” dialogue. The ...

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Making a New Twitchiversary

Today I have some amazing news. Things are finally changing, and promises I've been making for months are finally coming to fruition! This means a ton of exciting things for the Destroyer Nation. But before I can tell you about all this awesome-sauce, let me tell you where we've been. Let's start from the beginning On September 23, 2014, I ran OBS and streamed to Twitch for the first time. I experienced a potent combination of community and focus that helped me to start making more art than I had in years. I loved it. I streamed in every spare moment up until I started ...

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What 2015 taught me about 2016

This year was a rough year for me. I had mounting depression that peaked sometime in the summer (and if you compare the timeline to my streaming frequency, you can tell.) There were weeks where I felt like I was barely treading water, unable to move forward.

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