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Creature Time at Awesome Horse

February 17, 2012

This Saturday on Awesome Horse Studios, Aaron will do a live critique, and Cynthia will be doing a creature design from scratch with help from the viewers!

Come join in the live chat, ask questions, and paint along at 2PM EST.

View this episode live, or old episodes anytime on our website.

Awesome Horse Studios, live demo and interview with Drew Baker

February 10, 2012
© Drew Baker

This week on Awesome Horse Studios Aaron Miller will be doing a live demo, and Cynthia will be doing a critique of a sci-fi illustration with a paintover.

We will also have Drew Baker and will be discussing and taking questions on the business of freelance illustration. Drew is a freelance pro, and you might even know his work from Star Wars games and Legend of the Five Rings.

Tune in here on Saturday at 2pm (or now to watch old episodes and crits)

Free Art Education from Awesome Horse Studios

February 3, 2012

What happens when four illustrators share a passion for their work and sharing what they know with others? Awesome Horse Studios is Marc Scheff, Cynthia Sheppard, Noah Bradley, and Aaron Miller. They do a weekly Livestream on Saturdays at 2pm EST. Each episode consists of 1-2 critiques of art submitted from the audience, and a demonstration.

You can tune in and chat live with the four horsemen on Saturdays, or watch past episodes at:

Scott Bakal Explores the Pencil as Illustration Tool

January 26, 2012

“A year ago, I started a series of posts about drawing utensils I use. The first one revolved around self-contained pens called Creation of a Line – Part 1. For this installment, I will center around the pencil. While the last post got pretty indepth with some of the pens, this one is not as much.”

Check out Scott’s interesting examination of this most universal Illustrator’s tool here.

The Daily Heller Salutes the End of the EFII Podcast

January 23, 2012

Last week, the final episode of the Escape from Illustration Island Podcast was released, featuring an in-depth interview with Zina Saunders.

In addition to all the gracious feedback from all of you, dear listeners, the great Steve Heller (who appeared on Episode 25), posted a nice tribute to the end of the show in his Daily Heller column, which lives on Print magazine’s Imprint blog. Thanks Steve, and everyone else, for your continued enthusiasm and support for this truly rewarding project.

Read the EFII Podcast feature on The Daily Heller

EFII Podcast Episode 81 – Zina Saunders (The Final Episode)

January 18, 2012

For the 81st and final episode of the Escape from Illustration Island Podcast, Thomas James interviews Illustrator Zina Saunders. Together they discuss her experiences working in multiple styles, her passion for working on personal and political projects, and a lot more. Thomas also includes a personal message to acknowledge the ending of the show and thank its many supporters.

Read more…

Illo Confidential – The Illustration Collective

January 16, 2012

Hey Illustrators and Art Directors!

Today marks the official launch of Illo Confidential, a new site run by a collective of award-winning Illustrators who have joined forces to share their latest work with the world. They’ll be posting new illustrations there on a regular basis, so bookmark them to keep up with their latest creations. And while you’re at it, follow them on Facebook and Twitter, and help spread the word!

Go check out the Illo Confidential collective here.