Ladies and gentlemen, I’m thrilled to present to you my most popular art and coloring course COLOR THEORY, and it’s now available on Udemy.
LEARN TO COLOR LIKE THIS!
Understanding color isn’t just an art form, it’s science, and it dates back to antiquity. Upon completing of this course, your coloring will get a facelift. Those who see your new coloring pages will assume you went to an art university and know all the secrets of the masters.
The four long lessons that make up this course are presented in many short segments.
In this course, I will teach you University-level material, and A LOT of it. I went to an art University in New York City to get my degree in fine art. There, my class on color theory lasted four months, and the content was applied to the rest of my art journey until graduation.
I’m offering you the same level of education, all packed into four easy-to follow lessons, with course material that you get to keep.
After completing this course, you will never stress over picking colors again. You will gain confidence in your art that only comes with knowledge and practice. You will learn everything there is to know about the science of color, including various color models, ways to group colors, value, saturation, tints, tones, shades, mood and how to set it.
Together we’ll study the works of masters for reference, and review your own creations. Together, we’ll make YOU a master.
SO! If you’re ready to step up your coloring game, I’ll see you in class.
Remember that time I thought it was a good idea to not just create a new free-hand pen and ink drawing every day for a month, but to also produce a high-quality time-lapse video for each of them? Yeah.. that was Inktober 2020.
2020 was the first time I joined Inktober. I was hesitant. You may have heard.
But it turned out to be an extraordinary experience, it helped me deal with a severe case of burnout, inspired me to create and publish my now best-selling adult coloring art book Inkandescence, and today I’m finally ready to let go of the original drawings as well.
I discovered Corel Painter over a decade ago when I was still a tattoo artist. I wanted a faster and easier way to manipulate, twist, and shape my designs, and to be able to present the proposals to my clients mapped onto actual photos of them.
I’m not a vector gal. Never have been. Never will be. I’m a painter, an illustrator, a tattooist, and much more. I’m very hands-on. I needed a program that would allow me to use my drawing hand the way that I use it with brushes, pencils and a tattoo gun. Corel Painter is the closest thing to actual painting that I’ve been able to find to this day.
My first purchase after Corel Painter was a designated drawing screen. I went with a Wacom Cintiq. I use it still.
The first version of Corel that I got was Corel Painter X. I used that version for about eight years before upgrading to CP18, and today I’m enjoying Corel Painter 2020.
These days I create a lot of line art and grey-scale colorable art for the adult coloring community. Frequently, I actually create a full color digital painting, and then transform it into a coloring page.
One of my favorite things to paint in Corel is portraits. Here’re some of my latest that I’m preparing for a new Udemy course on skin tones.
As much as I love it, I don’t always work on my giant Wacom screen. Some nights I like to curl up on the couch with a cup of tea and an ipad, and work on my designs on a smaller scale.
There’s a popular misconception that making art digitally is somehow cheating. This way of thinking comes from a lack of knowledge. People who are not familiar with digital painting software assume that to create digital paintings we punch in a bunch of computer commands, press some buttons and BOOM – art appears. Nothing could be further from the truth.
When I paint digitally, I use all the same skill sets as I do when drawing on paper, painting on canvas, or inking on skin. What the program does is it gives me a boost in magical powers. For instance, I don’t need to wait for paint layers to dry, yet I can customize my brushes and even pressure sensitivity. I can work on a virtual canvas of any size, while in reality I’m limited by physical space. I can work in media forms that are not available to me in real life. And my ultimate favorite – I NEVER have to clean my brushes.
I started using a painter program when I was already an accomplished artist, as a means to speed up and fine-tune the delivery of my art, so that I can spend more time on the creative process and less time on, well, watching paint dry.
Working digitally did not prevent me from continuing to make classic analog art. I draw and paint daily, and find that the two ways (digital and analog) only strengthen one another.
If you’re a creator, give digital painting a shot. There’re lots of programs out there. Find the one that’s best for you.
My new book, Inkandescence, is not for everyone, and that’s just the way I like it.
This is the first adult coloring book that I didn’t design to be a coloring book from the start. All of the art in this volume is based on the drawings that I did during Inktober 2020, and all were greatly influenced by 2020 itself.
For me, this book is a way of getting closure on this very difficult year and punching my way out of burnout. I hope that my audience also finds comfort and resolution in its pages.
It was a very different experience for me to take my ballpoint pen and ink drawings and transform them into colorable art. It was especially tricky to take the leap of faith and share art that is so personal. After all, none of these images were intended for coloring. They were my way of interpreting the Inktober prompts while dealing with stress, and also practicing my ballpoint pen technique.
In the end, it was a great decision. This is the book that I’m most proud of. Is it perfect? Art never is. But I’ve learned to accept and embrace imperfection, because chasing a flawless outcome is a guaranteed way to never accomplish anything. It’s honest. It’s beautiful. It gets you thinking, and you can interact with it.
So, how “adult” IS this book?
Watch this behind-the-scenes INTERVIEW and decide for yourself.
“I grew up on classical art. I grew up on marble statues and Michelangelo’s bodies all intertwined. To me, artistic nudity is just natural. It’s obscene that we have to drape our women in drapery, and hide nipples and curves.”
Swing by my private community TALM, and share your thoughts and feelings about this volume, and also show off your colorings.