Drawing Celebs as Monsters

Draw a celebrity and transform them into a monster! Techniques in Procreate and oil pastel + colored pencil are shown here as a means to illustrating these monster portraits, and approaches to distortion, drawing a range of textures and forms are explained. Demo led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artist Deepti Menon. Video […]

Sketchbook Prompts 2

How do you start a page in your sketchbook when you don’t know what to draw, or feel unmotivated? (or both!) See a drawing demo which provides several prompts for how to get your creative juices flowing. Contrary to the sketchbooks you see on Instagram, real artist sketchbooks are a mess, full of scraps of […]

Charcoal Animation

Learn how to turn a charcoal drawing into an animated short using the Stop Motion Studio App. This video walks through, step by step, the entire process of shooting images to create a short animation piece. Animation concepts, such as speed, frame rate, how to set up a phone on a cell phone holder, are […]

Character Design: Facial Expressions

Drawing a wide range of facial expressions is a great skill for character design! In this drawing tutorial, prompts for different facial expressions are provided: confused, furious, disgusted, heartbroken, and flirty. This video explores different ways of achieving a expression with Procreate. Demo led by Teaching Artists Deepti Menon and Jordan McCracken-Foster. Video Walkthrough Using […]

What Should Be in a Sketchbook?

A lot of artists worry about what “should” be in their sketchbook, the answer is, ANYTHING! Contrary to the sketchbooks you see on Instagram, real artist sketchbooks are a mess, full of scraps of ideas, crummy looking doodles and drawings, and are rarely finished. See what your sketchbook “should” be: a glorious mess of whatever. […]

How Do I Know My Artwork is FInished?

How do you know your artwork is finished??? In every artwork, it’s never clear when an artwork is done! This video provides tips for signals in your creative process that you can look for. What are visual cues in your artwork that you can look for to determine whether your artwork is finished or not? […]

Animation Curriculum 2

This video explains in depth the many types of animation that exist, including 3D, hand drawn, stop motion, gifs, zoetropes, flip books, and more. The landscape of animation today as well as the professional development skills necessary to work as an animator today are explored as well. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and […]

Animation Curriculum 1

This video outlines the basic principles of animation including movement, timing, weight, and personality, as well as strategies for storytelling like exaggeration and anticipation. Historical animators and their role in developing the field of animation are discussed, as are essential skills like line, color, and gesture that are necessary to be an animator. Discussion led […]

Basics Curriculum 1

Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Deepti Menon provide Part 1 of a basic curriculum for self-taught artists that cover the essential skills. Deepti and Prof Lieu explain why specific skills are important when you are just getting started, and give advice for what sequence is most effective for gaining these skills. Video Walkthrough […]

Complementary Colors: Purple & Yellow

This video explains the basics of how complementary colors work, focusing on purple & yellow. An explanation for how complementary colors are laid out in the color wheel is provided, as well as how complementary colors can be implemented into paintings. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Deepti Menon and Lauryn Welch. […]

Elements of Art: Shape

This video explains SHAPE, one of the Elements of Art. Shape can be a powerful visual tool for creating dynamic compositions. Examples of illustrations, paintings, sculptures, and more are shown, where shape plays an integral role. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artist Deepti Menon. Video Walkthrough Shapes can be powerful visuals […]