Learn to draw environments and backgrounds easier with this fantastic exercise for beginners!

Art, Recommended Reading

I’ve been wanting to learn how to draw environments FOREVER but nothing’s ever quite stuck (looks at the various perspective drawing books on her shelf). But this! This video from Tyler Edlin (AKA BrushSauce) on YouTube has opened my eyes.

I started doing these…and then…just once…while watching something, maybe a shot of a hallway on TV? I SAW THE MATRIX!! I didn’t see the picture as hall, door, sconce, etc. I saw the big general shapes that made the depth. DING!!! I need to do this more often, but it’s really upped my confidence. So if you need help leaning backgrounds, try the exercise in this video first! It’s way fun to do with colored pens and markers (for values).

The Art Direction of Oddworld (And a new Oddworld game on the way??)

Art, Thoughts on Entertainment

I thought this video was simply going to be, like, side-by-side video of the original Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee (a game I have adored ever since I played it as a child) with the “New ‘n Tasty” version.

(I am always iffy about HQ remakes. If it’s a classic, for heaven’s sake, why would you mess with it? It’s already stood the test of time! The 2-part Silent Hill HD Review by Twin Perfect is an excellent example of how messing with classics can go catastrophically wrong and why you should NEVER EVER buy the Silent Hill HD collection EVER.)

But to my delight, this Oddworld video digs a little deeper into the artistic vision of the original, so I’m posting it here.

ALSO THERE’S A NEW ODDWORLD GAME IN THE WORKS AND WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME?! *emphatic newsletter subscribe!*

http://www.oddworld.com/soulstorm/

Writing

nambroth:

I know this is making the rounds, but I wanted to make sure my artists peers out there see this. Most every creative professional has been or will be approached to do “spec” (on speculation, or speculative) work in their lives, and when you do, you know all these feels.

Alternatively, those that offer you “great exposure” but no pay; same sort of thing. I’ve fallen for this in the past. Please don’t let it happen to you.

It’s one thing to give your time and work to a cause you believe in and support if you have the means. It’s quite another to be asked for free work in this way.

Guys, we artists gotta stick together. Value your art, and others will too.