I find cool stuff all the time that I’d like to share, but don’t have the time to write a full page article about.  Below I’ve listed some of the things I’ve come across during the past week.

Yuko Shimizu Skillshare Courses

Yuko Shimizu is an award winning illustrator who teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York.  I’ve been a fan of her work for years but only recently found out she had online courses available.  The first course she created for Skillshare covers her inking process and her newest one is for beginners using simple drawing exercises.  This is a great opportunity to learn from a skilled artist and teacher.  Skillshare requires a subscription, but they offer a 30-day free trial.

That SCAD Life

Lisa Naffziger is a comic book artist and graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design‘s sequential art program.  Last year she did several interviews with SCAD students, both currently enrolled and graduates, calling the series That SCAD Life.  The videos cover what you can expect during the first quarter at SCAD, and what the campus life is like.  Several of the school’s majors are covered as well, including illustration, fibers, photography, film and television, animation, and sequential art.  To anyone who’s considering applying to SCAD this is an excellent resource.  Check out the series here.

Creative Triggers

Why Creative Triggers? from Paul Foxton on Vimeo.

Paul Foxton offers courses on his blog about mixing accurate colors, but until recently I was unaware of his site Creative Triggers.  The idea is that by using deliberately simple drawing exercises on a daily basis, you can establish a drawing habit that will make you more consistent in your work and creativity.  It reminds me of Stendhal’s “twenty lines a day, genius or not.”  Keeping the exercises simple eliminates the anxiety of creating something perfect, and you can develop fundamental skills at the same time.

 

Andrew Covington
Andrew has been obsessed with drawing and painting for most of his life. In 2014 he created the Art School Database. You can view his portfolio andrewbcovington.com
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