Brainstorming TRACK: Lesson 6

Prompt Create an artwork, from scratch to the final artwork. Include several stages of development in your process. stages List of key words Image search Mind map Mood boards Thumbnail sketches Reference photos Final Artwork Examples Artwork by Bowsers Subject matter Work with any subject you want! One option is to continue with a subject […]

Brainstorming TRACK: Lesson 5

Prompt Pick a thumbnail sketch to create reference photos for. Shoot 2 sets of reference photos: shoot your own + find photos online. If you don’t have a thumbnail from a personal project, use a thumbnail sketch from Lesson 4. Preliminary Sketch Create a preliminary sketch, no larger than 8″ x 10,” from both sets […]

Brainstorming TRACK: Lesson 4

Prompt Draw 6 thumbnail sketches. Choose 2 of the 6 thumbnail sketches to add color to. For the 2 color sketches, you can either color in the thumbnail as is, or try the tracing paper technique. (see below) Subject matter The subject matter is open. If you can’t think of a subject, create thumbnails based […]

Brainstorming TRACK: Lesson 3

Prompt Create 1-5 mood boards that fit your interests. Name each mood board for easy reference. Consider how you want to organize your mood boards Inspiration Jordan’s Pinterest Lauryn’s Instagram on pattern Lauryn’s Visual Journaling art history /Contemporary art sites Artsy Smarthistory Google Arts & Culture Illustration History PBS art21 historical image archives Associated Press, […]

Brainstorming & Sketching a Character Design

See a demo of sketching an original character design. It starts with pencil sketches to brainstorm, the inking process with a dip pen with India ink, and Photoshop to add color. Topics include discussing the importance of writing your own original stories in order to inspire original character designs. See how the personality and narrative […]

Brainstorming TRACK: Lesson 2

Prompt Research your topic with a series of written text exercises to develop your idea further. article search: key words list Watch video segment Do a Google search on your topic. Scan the headlines and write a list of key words you notice. Be sure to use trusted websites like The New York Times, a […]

Brainstorming TRACK: Lesson 1

Prompt Select 3 rapid fire charts. Draw an image in response to each word in the chart. Time yourself 1st chart: 1 min. per word 2nd chart: 5 min. per word 3rd chart: 10 min. per word Inspiration Examples Prof Lieu’s kid in when they were in 1st grade, Ross Hines, Borany Wicks, Hyeji Kim, […]

Brainstorming Track

The Brainstorming Track provides guidance and direction for developing ideas and themes in your artistic practice. Lessons and prompts will stimulate your thinking process to unlock your creative potential. This track will allow you to gain skills that are applicable in any art field, from fine art painting, character design, illustration, comics, and more. Visit our Brainstorming section for […]

Step by Step Brainstorming Demo

This video is a demo which shows approaches to brainstorming as an artist. How do you start with an idea and develop it into a viable piece of artwork? Several brainstorming exercises are shown, including drawing mind maps, how to research topics, search for reference photos, draw thumbnail sketches, and more. Demo led by Art […]

Brainstorming Premium Track

The Brainstorming Premium Track provides guidance and direction for developing ideas and themes in your artistic practice. Lessons and prompts will stimulate your thinking process to unlock your creative potential. This track will allow you to gain skills that are applicable in any art field, from fine art painting, character design, illustration, comics, and more. […]

Brainstorming Do’s and Don’ts

While every student has their weaknesses they’re working on, the one skill that none of my students seem to have experience with across the board is brainstorming. Even strong students who have exceptional drawing skills struggle tremendously with brainstorming.   In fact, many of these students have an even tougher time because they’ve been using their drawing […]

Brainstorming & Sketching Ideas for Comics

See a demo of how to quickly sketch ideas for comics in Procreate. Tips for starting include how to start designing a character for the comic, what style to use for that character, and discussing elements of comics like point of view, comic panels, timing, storytelling, and more. Drawing demo led by Art Prof Clara […]

Does My Art Need to Have Meaning?

Many artists wonder whether their art has to have “deep meaning” to be valid. Does art have to have a meaningful message in order to be art, or can art be a purely visual experience for the artist and viewer? Who determines what art needs to have, the artist, the audience, both? Discussion led by […]

Art School Portfolio: Brainstorming

Identify the clichés Take the initiative to create artworks that demonstrate your thinking process, that pushes beyond the most literal art cliché. In fact, the best way to combat the danger of a cliché is to eliminate that option immediately. When Prof Lieu does brainstorming exercises with her studio art classes, she asks the students to draw […]

Thumbnail Sketches

This video explains and demonstrates the process of how thumbnail sketches work within the artistic process. There are many benefits of thumbnail sketches: they can save you time when working on a final piece of artwork and allow you to explore more options for composition. The demonstration shows simple strategies on how to crop or […]

Brainstorming for Artists

Brainstorming is an essential process that artists can use to develop their ideas to create their artwork. Exercises such as word association, mind maps, thumbnail sketches, and sketchbook doodles are all discussed as a means towards stimulating the development of ideas for future artworks. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Eloise […]

How to Brainstorm with Mood Boards

Creating mood boards is a fun, exciting way to gather visual inspiration for your projects. This video explores Jordan’s mood boards, created for the character designs in the series Shadow Boxers. Jordan explains his process for finding visual inspiration, using Pinterest to organize the images, developing the stories behind the characters, and ultimately to the […]