Episode 24: The Other Side of "Making It"






All good stories have a sequel, but that story doesn't always get told. Tommy and Micah talk through everything that comes up after you "become an illustrator."

Artists Mentioned:

Tim O'Brien | obrienillustration.com
Sam Weber | sampaints.com
Victo Ngai | victo-ngai.com
Steve Argyle | steveargyle.com
Lauren Panepinto | laurenpanepinto.com
Winona Nelson | winonanelsonart.com
Nicola Samori | nicolasamori.com
Nicholas "Sparth" Bouvier | sparth.com
Ben Oliver | instagram.com/benoliverart
Brian Stelfreeze | twitter.com/Stelfreeze
Sachin Teng | sachinteng.com
Bernie Fuchs | On Google Images
David Palumbo | dvpalumbo.com

Other Resources:

Your Dreams My Nightmares | yourdreamsmynightmares.com
The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness | On YouTube
How Does an AD Pick an Artist?, Lauren Panepinto | On Muddy Colors
Story, Robert McKee | At Barnes & Noble
The Life & Art of Bernie Fuchs, David Apatoff | illustration-magazine.com/fuchs


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Art by Bernie Fuchs, / Music by Dylan Roth

Episode 23: Impulse, with Miranda Meeks






Illustrator Miranda Meeks joins us for an in-depth discussion about mental and emotional approaches to working conditions, the power of impulse, and the importance of the self in art.

Guest Host

Miranda Meeks | mirandameeks.com

Artists Mentioned:

James Jean | jamesjean.com
Isaac Stewart | isaacstewart.com
J.C. Leyendecker | On Google Images
Pablo Picasso | On Google Images
Phil Hale | instagram.com/philhalestudio
Sam Weber | sampaints.com
Ashley Lovett | ashlylovett.com
Jeff Simpson | instagram.com/jeffsimpsonkh
Justin Gerard | gallerygerard.com/justin-gerard
Annie Stegg Gerard | gallerygerard.com/annie-stegg

Other Resources:

Nocturne Project | mirandameeks.com/nocturne
Illuxcon | illuxcon.com
The Art Spirit, Robert Henri | barnesandnoble.com/art-spirit


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Art by Miranda Meeks, / Music by Dylan Roth

Patron-Only Q&A No. 9: March 2020



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In the most extensive Q&A yet, the team answers Patron questions about our favorite paintings, restarting a piece, the idea of 'style', and much, much more. Join us for an evening
of finely-distilled honesty in the inaugural Drunken Q&A!

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Episode 22: Chaos Is More Interesting, with Jeff Simpson






Concept Artist and Illustrator Jeff Simpson joins us for this deep dive through living with artistic uncertainty, intent, and searching for the real and the interesting.

Guest Host

Jeff Simpson | instagram.com/jeffsimpsonkh

Artists Mentioned:

Bobby Chiu | imaginismstudios.com/bobby-chiu
Mark English | On Google Images
Egon Schiele | On Google Images
Gustav Klimt | On Google Images
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec | | On Google Images
Ralph McQuarrie | On Google Images
Raphael Lacoste | raphael-lacoste.com
Pablo Picasso | On Google Images
Ian Miller | ian-miller.org
Jaime Jones | artpad.org
Chase Stone | chasestoneart.com
James Jean | jamesjean.com
Bertha Wegmann | On Google Images
Scott McCloud | http://scottmccloud.com/
Alex Kanevsky | somepaintings.net
Francis Bacon | On Google Images
Lucian Freud | On Google Images
Phil Hale | instagram.com/philhalestudio

Images Discussed:

Pigs, c. 1906, Pablo Picasso | See Image

Other Resources:

Magnus | On Netflix
Figurative Art (Instagram) | instagram.com/figurative.art
Contemporary Figurative Art (Instagram) | instagram.com/contemporary_figurative.art
Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art, Scott McCloud | barnesandnoble.com/understanding-comics
Artist Decoded Podcast | artistdecoded.com
     Alex Kanevsky, "Naive vs. Sentimental Artists + The Search for Honesty and Clarity" | artistdecoded.com/14-Alex-Kanevsky
Trojan Horse Was a Unicorn | trojan-unicorn.com


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Episode 21: Closet Full of Cranes, with Greg Ruth






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.

Guest Host

Greg Ruth | 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
Victo Ngai | victo-ngai.com
Yuko Shimizu | yukoart.com
Scott Fischer | scottmfischer.com
Jeffrey Catherine Jones | On Google Images
Will Eisner | willeisner.com
Mike Mignola | artofmikemignola.com

Other Resources:

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


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Episode 20: Spark, with Brian Stelfreeze






Master storyteller Brian Stelfreeze joins us for a talk about instinct and intuition, the science of interacting with art, and finding that illusive "spark."

Guest Host

Brian Stelfreeze | twitter.com/Stelfreeze

Artists Mentioned:

Alex Kanevsky | somepaintings.net
Hoyt Silva | instagram.com/thehoyt
John Byrne | On Google Images
Walt Simonson | On Google Images
Neal Adams | nealadams.com
Greg Manchess | manchess.com
JC Leyendecker | On Google Images
Sergio Toppi | On Google Images
Jeff Simpson | instagram.com/jeffsimpsonkh
Nicola Samorì | nicolasamori.com
Stine Walsh | stinewalsh.com
Jeff Dekal | jeffdekal.com
Drew Struzan | drewstruzan.com
Richard Schmid | richardschmid.com
Andrew Robinson | instagram.com/spacejunkees
Bill Sienkiewicz | billsienkiewiczart.com

Other Resources:

Wooden, John Wooden | barnesandnoble.com/wooden
The Talent Code, Daniel Coyle | barnesandnoble.com/w/talent-code
AlphaGo | alphagomovie.com | Also available on YouTube.
Art and Fear, David Bayles & Ted Orland | barnesandnoble.com/art-fear
Magnus | On Netflix
Mental Models: Drift, Tommy Arnold | muddycolors.com/mental-models-drift


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Art by Brian Stelfreeze, / Music by Dylan Roth

Episode 19: Opportunity / Cost






Tommy and Micah catch up over concepts orbiting opportunity cost: happiness, non-resistance, and the natural dichotomies in painting and perception.

Artists Mentioned:

William O' Connor | wocstudios.com
Miranda Meeks | mirandameeks.com
Hilary Clarcq | hilaryclarcq.com
Alex Kanevsky | somepaintings.net
Pablo Picasso | On Google Images
Jean-Michel Basquiat | basquiat.com
Mark Rothko | On Google Images

Other Resources:

How Do You Write, Ep. 168: Tommy Arnold and Micah Epstein, Rachael Herron | howdoyouwrite.net/168
The Happiness Trap, Russ Harris | Read Introduction & Chapter 1
Flow: Living at the Peak of Your Abilities, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi | On Audible
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, Shunryu Suzuki | barnesandnoble.com/w/zen-mind


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Art by Howard Pyle, / Music by Dylan Roth

Episode 18: The Drunken Q&A






In a special sneak peek into our monthly patron-only content, the team answers Patron questions about our favorite paintings, restarting a piece, the idea of 'style', and much, much more. Join us for an evening of finely-distilled honesty in the inaugural Drunken Q&A!

Artists Mentioned:

Miranda Meeks | mirandameeks.com
Theo Prins | theoprins.com
Sam Weber | sampaints.com
Jaime Jones | artpad.org
David Grove | On Google Images
David Downton | daviddownton.com
Sainer Etam | sainer.org
Joao Ruas | joaoruas.com
Karl Alexander Wilke | On Google Images
Greg Manchess | manchess.com
Mike Mignola | artofmikemignola.com
Akihiko Yoshida | On Google Images
Alex Kanevsky | somepaintings.net
Benjamin Bjorklund | instagram.com/benjaminbjorklund
Dan Dos Santos | dandossantos.com
Brian Stelfreeze | twitter.com/Stelfreeze
Bernie Fuchs | On Google Images
Nicolas Uribe | nicolasuribeart.com
Justin Gerard | gallerygerard.com/justin-gerard
Annie Stegg Gerard | gallerygerard.com/annie-stegg

Other Resources:

The Goal Folder, Tommy Arnold |muddycolors.com/the-goal-folder
Goal Folders & Images Discussed | BWG! Open Google Drive
David Grove: An Illustrated Life | On Amazon
Our Painted Lives | youtube.com/c/ourpaintedlives
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig | barnesandnoble.com/zen-and-the-art-of-motorcycle-maintenance
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, Shunryu Suzuki | barnesandnoble.com/w/zen-mind


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Art by Bernie Fuchs, / Music by Dylan Roth

Episode 17: Wooden on Art






Tommy and Micah unpack a few quotes from the great basketball coach John Wooden, looking at them through the lenses of art and illustration.

Artists Mentioned:

Brian Stelfreeze | twitter.com/Stelfreeze
Lois "Loish" van Baarle | loish.net
Nicholas Uribe | instagram.com/jeffsimpsonkh
Dan Dos Santos | dandossantos.com
James Jean | jamesjean.com

Other Resources:

Wooden, John Wooden | barnesandnoble.com/wooden
The Talent Code, Daniel Coyle | barnesandnoble.com/w/talent-code
Our Painted Lives | youtube.com/c/ourpaintedlives
The Art Spirit, Robert Henri | barnesandnoble.com/w/art-spirit


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Art by Bernie Fuchs, / Music by Dylan Roth

Podcast Crossover: BWG! / How Do You Write?


We recently had the pleasure of hanging out on-air with Rachael Herron as a part of her writer-focused podcast, How Do You Write? This really ended up feeling like one of our own episodes: we talked day-to-day routines, biggest challenges, greatest thrills, and a lot of the universal "why" behind the "how" of being anyone who makes anything for a living. You can listen at these links:

iTunes | howdoyouwrite.net

Cheers,
Tommy & Micah

Patron-Only Q&A No. 7: January 2020



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The team fields Patron questions on painting outside of one's comfort zone, painting edges, conventions and community, and value structure.

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 / Music by Dylan Roth

Episode 16: Doubt.






The team gets real and takes a close look at doubt in art, life, and sometimes podcasting.

Artists Mentioned:

Brian Stelfreeze | twitter.com/Stelfreeze
Jeff Simpson | instagram.com/jeffsimpsonkh

Other Resources:

Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise, Anders Ericsson & Robert Pool | barnesandnoble.com/w/peak
Atomic Habits, James Clear | barnesandnoble.com/w/atomic-habits


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Art by Micah Epstein, / Music by Dylan Roth

Patron-Only Q&A No. 6: December 2019



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Micah and Tommy close out 2019 by discussing listener questions on building communities, working with friends and family, and setting goals.

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 / Music by Dylan Roth

Episode 15: Value!






Tommy and Micah go back to the basics and take a closer look at value: Black, White, and Grey.

Artists Mentioned:

Hilary Clarcq | hilaryclarcq.com
Jeff Simpson | instagram.com/jeffsimpsonkh
Miranda Meeks | mirandameeks.com
Greg Ruth | gregthings.com
Brian Stelfreeze | twitter.com/Stelfreeze
N.C. Wyeth | On Google Images
Bernie Fuchs | On Google Images
J.C. Leyendecker | On Google Images
Lois "Loish" van Baarle | loish.net
Howard Pyle | On Google Images
Wendelin Wohlgemuth | wendelinw.com
James Jean | jamesjean.com
Jeffrey Alan Love | jeffreyalanlove.com
Mike Mignola | artofmikemignola.com
Dave Stewart | twitter.com/dragonmnky
Dan Dos Santos | dandossantos.com
Donato Giancola | donatoarts.com
Alex Kanevsky | somepaintings.net
Ben Oliver | instagram.com/benoliverart

Other Resources:

Notes on Illustration, Howard Pyle | Resources for Listeners
Some Thoughts on Texture, Micah Epstein | muddycolors.com/2019/12/rising-star/
Picture This: How Pictures Work, Molly Bang | barnesandnoble.com/w/picture-this-m-bang

Images Discussed:


Jeff Simpson.


Bernie Fuchs.

Strangely it seems the crop of this that was referenced in the show was a decision by the publisher; the tangent doesn't actually exist in the original.


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Art by Mead Schaeffer, / Music by Dylan Roth

Episode 14: "The Other Side of Fear," a Round-table Discussion w/ Special Guest HILARY CLARCQ






Painter Hilary Clarcq joins us in taking a closer look at the relationship between art, fear, and discovery.

Artists Mentioned:

Ian Francis | ifrancis.co.uk
Mark Tennant | marktennantart.com
Scott Fischer | scottmfischer.com
Alex Kanevsky | somepaintings.net
Jeff Simpson | instagram.com/jeffsimpson
Greg Ruth | gregthings.com
Phil Hale | philhalestudio.com
Sterling Hundley | sterlinghundley.com
Justin Mortimer | justinmortimer.co.uk
Kent Williams | kentwilliams.com
Barron Storey | Google Images
Dave McKean | davemckean.com
Vanessa Lemen | vanessalemenart.com
James Jean | jamesjean.com
Dean Cornwell | Google Images
Frank Brangwyn | Google Images
Mead Schaeffer | Google Images
Harvey Dunn | Google Images
Howard Pyle | Google Images
Pablo Picasso | Google Images
Paul Cristina | paulcristina.com
Sam Weber | sampaints.com
Kai Carpenter | kaicarpenterart.com
Todd Lockwood | toddlockwood.com
Donato Giancola | donatoarts.com
Jaime Jones | www.artpad.org
Richard 'Flaptraps' Anderson | flaptrapsart.com
Wes Burt | instagram.com/wes_burt
Nicolas Uribe | nicolasuribeart.com
Kim Jung Gi | kimjunggius.com

Other Resources:

Illuxcon | illuxcon.com
Every Day Original | everydayoriginal.com
SmART School | smarterartschool.com
Artist Decoded podcast | artistdecoded.com
     Alex Kanevsky, "Naive vs. Sentimental Artists + The Search for Honesty and Clarity" | artistdecoded.com/kanevsky
Black White Grey! - "Closet Full of Cranes," with Greg Ruth | On Patreon!
Dean Cornwell, Illustrated Press | illustration-magazine.com/cornwell
Noh Wave Academy | nohwaveacademy.com
Muddy Colors | muddycolors.com


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Cover art by Hilary Clarcq, / Music by Dylan Roth

A Special Thank You to Team BWG!


This post is to thank every one of the people who support this show by being a member of Team BWG. Their contributions help us bring on special guests and co-hosts, and afford sound equipment like THIS BRAND NEW MICROPHONE, "Magic Mic," and his brother, "Mic Tyson." From now on episodes will feature a much higher sound quality thanks to:

Aaron Miller | Adam Kohn | Ajey Snow | Alena Kubíková | Arsugan Wijayanathan | Brandon Dennis | Brandon Jean | Carlos Morales | Cassandra Webster | Charlie Utting | Colin Nitta | Daniel Snow | Daniel Bitton | Daniel Correira | Dara Snow | Dent Niggemeyer | Eduardo da Silva Pires | Hilary Clarcq | Jan van der Zee | Janine Snow | Jeff Wardell | JFVArt | Ken Kokoszka | Lindsay Muir | Martina Fačková | Rachel Pastick | Randall Dameron | Rob Elrod | Ryan Thompson | Satu Pihlajamaa | Sebastian Posada | Simon Bottemine | Stephanie Ho | Stephen Sengebush | Taylor Payton | Timothy Snow | Victor Bonilla | Yannick Gaudet | Yi Jong

Also thanks to these incredible people we currently have interviews and episodes with: Jeff Simpson, Miranda Meeks, Greg Ruth, Hilary Clarcq, and Brian Stelfreeze all in editing or already available to Team BWG over on Patreon!

Cheers,
Micah & Tommy



Patron-Only Q&A No. 5: November 2019



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The team swings into action to field Patron questions about figure drawing, self-promotion, and developing artistic voice.

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 / Music by Dylan Roth

Episode 13: Move 37






Micah and Tommy geek out on the documentary AlphaGo, mining the film for insights on art and life.

Film Discussed:

AlphaGo* | alphagomovie.com

*Also available on Netflix.

Artists Mentioned:

Hilary Clarcq | hilaryclarcq.com
Alex Kanevsky | somepaintings.net
James Jean | jamesjean.com
Phil Hale | philhalestudio.com
Nicolas Uribe | nicolasuribeart.com

Other Resources:

Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise, Anders Ericsson & Robert Pool | barnesandnoble.com/w/peak
Illuxcon | illuxcon.com
Flow: Living at the Peak of Your Abilities, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi | audible.com/pd/Flow
Playing to Win: Becoming the Champion, David Sirlin | sirlin.net/ptw
Relentless, Tim S. Grover | barnesandnoble.com/relentless

Magnus | On Netflix


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Patron-Only Q&A No. 4: October 2019



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Tommy and Micah tackle Patron questions about low-budget illustration work, designing characters, curating a portfolio, and more.

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 / Music by Dylan Roth

Episode 12: Learning to Draw Left-Handed






When an injury forces Tommy to start learning from square one, it leads to some powerful realizations about training, habits, and the mindsets we bring to both.

Other Resources:

Mindset: The new Psychology of Success, Carol S. Dweck | barnesandnoble.com/w/mindset
Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise, Anders Ericsson & Robert Pool | barnesandnoble.com/w/peak
The 1% Rule, Tommy Baker | barnesandnoble.com/the-1-rule
Atomic Habits, James Clear | barnesandnoble.com/w/atomic-habits
Talent Is Overrated, Geoff Colvin | barnesandnoble.com/w/talent-is-overrated

Images Discussed:

Practice - Day 11, Tommy Arnold | instagram.com/p/B2zLVFkAfYA/



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 Cover art by Tommy Arnold, Music by Dylan Roth

Episode 11: Origami Napkin






Why bother doing this? Tommy and Micah accidentally come to some realizations about the source of power and meaning in art.

Artists Mentioned:

Sideeq Saafir | instagram.com/sdqsfr
Jeffrey Alan Love | jeffreyalanlove.com
Mike Mignola | flaptrapsart.com
https://www.artofmikemignola.com/ Brian Stelfreeze | twitter.com/Stelfreeze
Nic Boone | nicboone.com
Greg Manchess | manchess.com

Other Resources:

The Ten Art Commandments, Part 1, Tommy Arnold | muddycolors.com/2019/03
Picture This: How Pictures Work, Molly Bang | barnesandnoble.com/picture-this
Hawthorne on Painting, Charles W. Hawthorne | barnesandnoble.com/hawthorne-on-painting

Images Discussed:


Fountain, by Marcel Duchamp


Of Killers and Kings, by Micah Epstein


The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Ben, by Tommy Arnold


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 Cover art by Jean Giraud Moebius, Music by Dylan Roth

Patron-Only Q&A No. 3: September 2019



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Micah and Tommy take to the mic to answer questions on studying color, image rights, revisiting old pieces, and managing fear.

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Episode 10: Painting a Final






It's finally time to sit down and paint! Tommy and Micah talk process, common pitfalls, concentration, and mental models in painting.

Artists Mentioned:

Richard 'Flaptraps' Anderson | flaptrapsart.com
Greg Ruth |gregthings.com | On Black White Grey!
Craig 'Goodbrush' Mullins | goodbrush.com
Cynthia Sheppard | cynthia-sheppard.squarespace.com
Greg Manchess | manchess.com
Kim Jung Gi | kimjunggius.com
Karl Kopinski | karlkopinski.com
Even Mehl Amundsen | instagram.com/evenmehlamundsen
JC Leyendecker | Google Images
Victo Ngai | victo-ngai.com
Yuko Shimizu | yukoart.com
Kathleen Jennings | kathleenjennings.com
Brian Stelfreeze | twitter.com/Stelfreeze
Drew Struzan | www.drewstruzan.com
Donato Giancola | https://donatoarts.com/
William-Adolphe Bouguereau | Google Images
David Palumbo | dvpalumbo.com
Sam Weber | sampaints.com

Other Resources:

Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise, Anders Ericsson & Robert Pool | barnesandnoble.com/peak
Spectrum Fantastic Art Live | spectrumfantasticartlive.com
SuperAni / Kim Jung Gi lecture series | kazoneonline.com
Smart School | smarterartschool.com
Your Dreams My Nightmares | yourdreamsmynightmares.com

Images Discussed:


Harrow the Ninth, art by Tommy Arnold


Flyaway, art by Kathleen Jennings


The Forest of Memory, art by Victo Ngai


Nymphs and Satyr, William-Adolphe Bouguereau

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 Cover art by Tommy Arnold, Music by Dylan Roth

Episode 09: Loving Art






What do you do when the spark fades? Tommy and Micah talk strategies to delve deep and rekindle a love of art, along with some of the exciting discoveries made along the way.

Artists Mentioned:

NC Wyeth | On Google
Dave Grove | On Google
Greg Ruth | gregthings.com | On Black White Grey!
Ryan Meinerding | artstation.com/ryanmeinerding

Other Resources:

Jiro Dreams of Sushi* | magpictures.com/jirodreamsofsushi
David Grove: An Illustrated Life | On Amazon

* Also Available on Netflix


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 Cover art by Micah Epstein (© Wizards of the Coast), Music by Dylan Roth

Episode 08: Drawing






The name says it all. Micah and Tommy talk techniques, pitfalls, and mental frameworks for creating successful drawings.

Artists Mentioned:

Richard Schmid | richardschmid.com
Kim Jung Gi | kimjunggius.com
Theo Prins | theoprins.com
Ruan Jia | artstation.com/ruanjia
Lauren Panepinto | laurenpanepinto.com
Dan Dos Santos | dandossantos.com
Mike Mignola | artofmikemignola.com
Sergio Toppi | On Google Images
Greg Manchess | manchess.com
Sam Weber | sampaints.com
Irene Gallo | igallo.blogspot.com
Brian Stelfreeze | twitter.com/Stelfreeze
Theo Rudnack | On Google Images

Other Resources:

Alla Prima II, Richard Schmidt | On Amazon
Artist Selfies: Everybody's Doing It, Lauren Panepinto | muddycolors.com/2014/01
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Carol Dweck | On Amazon
Your Dreams My Nightmares | yourdreamsmynightmares.com
Illustration Master Class | artimc.org
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi | On Amazon



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 Cover drawing by Tommy Arnold, Music by Dylan Roth

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 art 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.

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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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