Secrets On How ToAlright I guess I'm gonna make another rant, and this one's been bugging me for the longest time. And I'm going to be as BLUNT as I will be and not sugar coat anything I'm about to say.Often do I hear things like: "what custom brushes do you use""how do you achieve this blur/ focus effect""how did you get the colors to go this way and that""what technique or computer program did you use"What I rarely get asked for is:"What did you study to be more efficient at drawing.""What is an efficient way to study how to render certain types of materials""How do you practice proper lighting when painting?"and etc...Guys I'm just gonna say it now, there's no shortcut to art. I work primarily in digital mediums now but I do have a solid foundation in traditional mediums. I didn't simply go out and buy a $400 tablet and instantly got to where I am today. I use custom brushes and special effects in my pieces, but they only take up less than 3% of the overall work. There's sti
Sketchbook Pro 6So most of you know that I'm a Sketchbook Pro user. A few days back, Autodesk released Sketchbook Pro 6, and I think this is the version that's going to make a lot of people who have YET to experience Sketchbook Pro in full, or haven't really given the past versions a chance, switch over to making it their digital drawing software of choice; heck, even their PAINTING software of choice.We still have the cleverly-designed user interface, that makes it easy on the eyes and mind when we're brainstorming and sketching. With the handful of new tools introduced, we still have a clutter-free drawing environment, and man, there's some awesome tools this time around. I'll go down the list:The Brush Library The main brush toolbar itself has a click-and-drag function, allowing you to store all your often-used brushes in each of the "lanes". You then can click the button on the upper-right and then a fu
Racial Activism and MeHey hey hey! Rob here with another "something-to-get-off-of-his-chest"! Time and again, I'm approached by some of my audience asking "Rob, why don't you ever draw black people?" First off, they may have not even looked into my gallery for those people of color or what have you, because they're there, sure enough.The long answer is:Well... what gets me is that when they find out I'm black, they expect that I should hold some sort of allegiance to "my race" or "make a change" as a "popular" black artist who can, figuratively speaking, "put blacks on the map".There's nothing wrong with that, of course, and there's nothing wrong with people whose main goal is doing that. It's their lives, they're free to believe in whatever they want to.But to hold me to a certain level where people think I'm obligated to draw my race more often than others because of the "history", I don't agree with. I'm an African-American born in the 80s. I was not born during the times of t
It'll happen to youSpooky words from Abe SimpsonIt's safe to just assume that most people in their mid 20's right now were raised by The SimpsonsI know it's still on, but i have no idea if its still popular or if anyone still watches it..But in my slice of time growing up in the 90's, Simps was on every single day! Several times a day!After school, by channel flipping, i could lineup 6 episodes every nightand I did!But I recently saw an episode again, that i loved as a kid, and scared the crap out of me as an adultHOMERPALOOZAWhen the episode aired in 1996, i was just 10 years old, just as Bart was.. is.. permanently..?I identified with the kids because my own parents didn't have a clue what was cool.In 1996, i was BartNow i am 27, 17 years later i watched this episode againand it all rang familiar to me for a horribly different reason!I HAD BECOME HOMER!Now I too find myself perpl
TO THE ASPIRING ARTISTS OUT THERE....