Episode 07: When is a Painting Done?






Tommy and Micah talk truth and lies: what it takes to fool the viewer and what it takes to fool ourselves. Note that this episode involves the discussion of specific images, which are included below for reference.

Artists Mentioned:

Greg Manchess | manchess.com
Sam Weber | sampaints.com
Karl Alexander Wilke | On Google Images
Brian Stelfreeze | twitter.com/Stelfreeze
Wylie Beckert | wyliebeckert.com
Kev Walker | On Google Images
Greg Tocchini | twitter.com/gregtocchini

Images Discussed:


What Mario Scietto Says, Greg Manchess


The Language of Knives, Sam Weber


[Title Unknown], Karl Alexander Wilke


LOW #11 Sketch, Greg Tocchini


Pondering Mage, Tommy Arnold

Other Resources:

The Goal Folder, Tommy Arnold | muddycolors.com/the-goal-folde
Hawthorne on Painting | On Amazon     Phil Hale “Juxtaposition” | artistdecoded.com/philhale
LOW | Image Comics


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 Cover photography by Greg Manchess, Music by Dylan Roth

Patron-Only Q&A No. 2: August 2019



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The team tackles a range of questions, including how to give and receive effective critique, working on a deadline, painting with value, approaching art directors, and how (and more importantly WHY) to chase your interests in art.

Patron Timestamps:

Collin: 0:01:08
JF Vargas: 0:17:55
Charlie: 0:28:55
Carlos: 0:35:07
Anonymous: 0:50:08

Artists Mentioned:

Greg Manchess | manchess.com
Jon Foster | jonfoster.com
Tim O'Brien | obrienillustration.com
Sam Weber | sampaints.com
Scott Fischer | scottmfischer.com
Craig Mullins | goodbrush.com
Matt Rhodes | tellurion.ca
Eric Canette | instagram.com/ericcanete
Darren Bartley | instagram.com/fightpunch
Jaime Jones | artpad.org
Kekai Kotaki | kekaiart.com
Irene Gallo |igallo.blogspot.com
Marc Scheff | marcscheff.com
Yuko Shimizu | yukoart.com

Other Resources:

Sketchup | sketchup.com
Your Dreams My Nightmares | yourdreamsmynightmares.com
SmArt School | smarterartschool.com
Run Love Kill | Image Comics

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Closet Full of Cranes, with Greg Ruth



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Special guest Greg Ruth joins us for an in-depth talk on drawing, finding joy in art, navigating the realities of illustration, and how the work we do shapes the artists we become. Check out Greg's work at gregthings.com


Artists Mentioned:

Phil Hale | philhalestudio.com
Kent Williams | kentwilliams.com
Dave McKean | davemckean.com
Greg Manchess | manchess.com
Dan Dos Santos | dandossantos.com
Ian McCaig | iainmccaig.blogspot.com
Drew Struzan | drewstruzan.com
Irene Gallo | igallo.blogspot.com
Lauren Panepinto | laurenpanepinto.com
George Pratt | georgepratt.com
Jeffrey Catherine Jones | Google Images
Will Eisner | willeisner.com

Other Resources:

The Drybrush Master | gregthings.com/drybrush-master
52 Weeks Project | gregthings.com/the-52-weeks-project
Indeh | gregthings.com/indeh
Meadowlark | gregthings.com/meadowlark
The Work, Greg Ruth | muddycolors.com
The Phenomenology of Spirit, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel | On Amazon
Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud | On Amazon

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 Cover art by Greg Ruth, Music by Dylan Roth

Episode 06: Creating & Using Reference






Micah and Tommy talk photo-reference: how to create it, how to use it, and why. Art Process Mini-Series : Part 3 of 5.

Artists Mentioned:

Dave Palumbo | dvpalumbo.com
Dan Dos Santos | dandossantos.com
Chris Sickels, "Red Nose Studio" | rednosestudio.com
Dave McKean | davemckean.com
Jeff Simpson | instagram.com/jeffsimpsonkh
Phil Hale | philhalestudio.com
Drew Struzan | drewstruzan.com
Irene Gallo | igallo.blogspot.com
Victor Adame Minguez | victoradameart.com
Sam Weber | sampaints.com
Howard Lyon | howardlyon.com

Reference Resources:

Basic Model Release Form | Secure Download
Basic Lighting Equipment | On Amazon
DSLR Photography Basics | nikon.com

Other Resources:

Illustration Master Class | artimc.org
Jiro Dreams of Sushi | On Netflix
Artist Decoded podcast | artistdecoded.com
     Phil Hale “Juxtaposition” | artistdecoded.com/philhale
Conceiving and Creating the Hellboy Movie Poster Art - DVD, Drew Struzan | On Amazon
Magnus | On Netflix
Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera, Ron Schick | On Amazon
The Graphic Artists Guild Handbook: Pricing & Ethical Guidelines | On Amazon
Muddy Colors | muddycolors.com
     Hot Lights on a Budget, Howard Lyon | muddycolors.com/2014/07
     Composing and Referencing with Creative Lighting, Dave Palumbo | muddycolors.com/2017/08
     How to Professionally Photograph Your Artwork for Less Than $300, Dave Palumbo | muddycolors.com/2013/07

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 Cover photography by Tommy Arnold, Music by Dylan Roth

Episode 05: Art & Craft






Tommy and Micah grapple with potential definitions for the terms "art" and "craft," before launching into a discussion of how those definitions affect our focus, how we change, and why.

Artists Mentioned:

Craig Mullins | goodbrush.com
Jaime Jones | artpad.org
Terry Miura | terrymiura.com
Alex Kanevsky | somepaintings.net
Cynthia Sheppard | cynthia-sheppard.squarespace.com
Karla Ortiz | karlaortizart.com
Mark Winters | markwintersart.com
Dave Palumbo | dvpalumbo.com
Alexandre "Zedig" Diboine | alexandrediboine.tumblr.com
Richard "Flaptraps" Anderson | flaptrapsart.com
Tran Nguyen | mynameistran.com
Phil Hale | philhalestudio.com
Nicolás Uribe | nicolasuribeart.com
Jeffrey Alan Love | jeffreyalanlove.com
Greg Manchess | manchess.com
Sam Weber | sampaints.com
John Harris | alisoneldred.com/JohnHarris
John Berkey | johnberkey.com
Nicolas "Sparth" Bouvier | sparth.com
Ian McQue | instagram.com/ianmcque

Other Resources:

Art & Fear, David Bayles & Ted Orland | On Amazon
Ego is the Enemy, Ryan Holiday | On Amazon
Artist Decoded podcast | artistdecoded.com
     Alex Kanevsky "Naive Vs. Sentimental Artists + The Search for Honesty and Clarity | artistdecoded.com/kanevsky
     Phil Hale “Juxtaposition” | artistdecoded.com/philhale
Communication Arts: Jeffrey Alan Love | commarts.com/jeffrey-alan-love
Your Dreams My Nightmares | yourdreamsmynightmares.com

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 Cover artwork by Tommy Arnold Music by Dylan Roth

Patron-Only Q&A No. 1: July 2019



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Micah and Tommy answer questions about art school, how to break old drawing habits, how to study anatomy so you'll really learn it, and how to imbue figures, faces, and entire works of art with a forceful sense of emotion. We also open up about where we were after art school - but before "going pro" - and what that transition was like.

Patron Timestamps:

Sebastian: 0:02:30
Brandon: 0:20:52
Yi: 0:43:50
Charlie: 1:03:31

Artists Mentioned:

Wylie Beckert | wyliebeckert.com
Brian Stelfreeze | twitter.com/Stelfreeze
Laura Martin | lauramartinart.com
Greg Manchess | manchess.com
John Avon | johnavonart.com
Mike "Daarken" Lim | daarken.com
Tran Nguyen | mynameistran.com
Justin Gerard | gallerygerard.com/justin-gerard
Annie Stegg Gerard | gallerygerard.com/annie-stegg
Marc Scheff | marcscheff.com
Irene Gallo | igallo.blogspot.com
Greg Ruth | gregthings.com
Rovina Cai | rovinacai.com

Other Resources:

Peak: Secrets From the New Science of Expertise, Anders Ericsson & Robert Pool | On Amazon
The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg | On Amazon
Anatomy of Movement, Blandine Calais-Germain | On Amazon
Picture This: How Pictures Work, Molly Bang | On Amazon
Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting, Robert McKee | https://amzn.to/2yoCbtu
The Goal Folder, Tommy Arnold | http://www.muddycolors.com/2019/01/the-goal-folder/
Gregory Manchess's Visions in Oil | https://www.criterion.com/current/posts/6490-gregory-manchess-s-visions-in-oil
Wacom Intuos 4 | On Amazon
Enliighten | enliighten.com

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Episode 04: Sketching






Tommy and Micah dive into the challenges of sketching, visual harmonies, and the psychology of picture-making. Art Process Mini-Series : Part 2 of 5.

Artists Mentioned:

Brian Stelfreeze | twitter.com/Stelfreeze

Other Resources:

XP-PEN | On Amazon
Wacom Intuos 4 | On Amazon
Picure This: How Pictures Work, Molly Bang | On Amazon
The Goal Folder | muddycolors.com/2019/01/the-goal-folder
Art & Fear, David Bayles & Ted Orland On Amazon
Your Dreams My Nightmares | yourdreamsmynightmares.com

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 Cover artwork by Tommy Arnold, © Wizards of the Coast Music by Dylan Roth

Episode 03: Fighting the Dragon






Micah and Tommy talk victory, complacency, sleeper agent code-words, and what it really means to “try.”

Artists Mentioned:

Brian Stelfreeze | twitter.com/Stelfreeze
Sam Weber | sampaints.com
Phil Hale | philhalestudio.com

Other Resources:

Artist Decoded podcast | artistdecoded.com
     Phil Hale “Juxtaposition” | artistdecoded.com/podcast/philhale
Alla Prima (II), Richard Schmid | on Amazon
Your Dreams My Nightmares | yourdreamsmynightmares.com
The Art Spirit, Robert Henri | on Amazon
Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise, Anders Ericsson & Robert Pool | on Amazon

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Cover artwork by Micah Epstein, © Wizards of the Coast / Music by Dylan Roth

Episode 02: Pre-Sketching






Tommy and Micah talk about the types of painting that happen before one ever sets pen to paper. Art Process Mini-Series : Part 1 of 5.

Artists Mentioned:

Kim Jung Gi | kimjunggius.com
Alex Kanevsky | somepaintings.net

Other Resources:

Artist Decoded podcast | artistdecoded.com
     Phil Hale “Juxtaposition” | artistdecoded.com/podcast/philhale

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Cover artwork by Micah Epstein / Music by Dylan Roth

Episode 01: There Is No Talent






In this inaugural episode, Tommy and Micah discuss skill, improvement, and the myth of talent.

Artists Mentioned:

Greg Manchess | manchess.com
Sam Weber | sampaints.com
Dave Rapoza | daverapoza.carbonmade.com
Brian Stelfreeze | twitter.com/Stelfreeze

Other Resources:

Your Dreams My Nightmares | yourdreamsmynightmares.com
Talent is Overrated, Geoff Colvin | on Amazon
Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise, Anders Ericsson & Robert Poolon Amazon

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