View Full Version : TUTORIALS - Digital Painting Video Sketchbook - by Bobby Chiu

09 September 2006, 09:55 PM

Updated Dec 20, 2006
Sorry guys, been pretty busy with things. Lots of new stuff happening that I'll tell you about soon! This pod cast was from Dec 6. This was just before winter holidays when there were 2 weeks left with the 3rd year animation students at Sheridan college, I thought I'd talk a bit about my experiences there.

I had a really great time teaching them lifedrawing for the past 5 weeks and I'm missing my time with them now that winter vacation is here.

For this episode I painted this drawing of Borat I did.

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09 September 2006, 10:03 PM
Awesome, Bobby!

I've posted this link to this thread:

Notification of New Open Figure Drawing Workshops / + TUTORIALS - SUBSCRIBE HERE! (

Anyone who is subscribed to that thread is now aware of your tutorial.

09 September 2006, 10:13 PM
It's great to hear your input while you paint; I'm watching these videos now, thanks for posting them, much appreciated.

Edit: You make some very valid points, a lot of what you said most definitely applies to me.

09 September 2006, 10:54 PM
Wow, Bobby. that was really inspiring. I wish i could make it to Toronto to draw with you guys. Maybe I can start one here....we don't have subways though haha. Thanks so much for giving back. I think you are the new Bob Ross.That is not a joke. Bless you.

09 September 2006, 11:12 PM
Yeah thanks heaps bobby. Genuinely inspiring, esepecially all the stuff about making personal leadership decisions in your career, and having the passion, and maintaining the passion, as a far higher priority than status or income.
I do wonder how you achieve balance in your life, with family, friends, partner and other personal goals such as fitness and other learning, when you work 7 days 15 hours a day on drawing. It is something i always struggle with, not getting lost in my work at the expense of other things that are important to me. But i am very inspired by your commitment and thank you heaps for the tutorials.
We too do not have subways, but seeing as i'm so far away and probably wont be dropping into toronto anytime soon... maybe i should get something rolling here.
churs bobby

09 September 2006, 01:25 AM
Hey a big thanks everyone!!

A big thanks to Rebeccak for the link. I'll be sure to post more next week.

Slickgreekgeo - Thanks George. It was a fun thing to do and the encouragement is much appreciated.

Ha-dou-ken - Aw... thanks so much. I loved watching the Bob Ross videos so it's an honor to be thought of like that.

Cavematty - Thanks for the comment Matty. To answer the questions about balancing my health, family, friends... I live with my girlfriend, who is also my art director (Kei Acedera). My brother lives across the hall from me. My friends I see every Sunday at subway sketching and my health.. we have company meetings in the pool while we swim and in our jacuzzi :)

09 September 2006, 03:14 AM
No problem. :) Did you want to continue to add links directly to videos to the first thread? Of course you'd also want to post a reply here so people who are subscribed will know you have updated. Also when you've posted new tutorials, let me know and I'll send out the alert again. ;)



09 September 2006, 12:59 PM
Rebeccak - Sure, good idea Rebecca. I'll post new vids to the first thread and I'll notify you when I do. I'm going to try and post a new one every week or two. I'm glad everyone has taken a liking to them!

09 September 2006, 01:14 PM
Thank you Mr Chiu
Thank you Miss Kimmel

I owe you people so much!

Have a really really nice day (you've made mine, and not only this day)

09 September 2006, 05:57 PM
Amazing man. thanks for doing this. Just to let you know. I totally agree with the way you think about art. Great video's man.


09 September 2006, 07:39 PM
I just wanted to chime in here and thank Bobby for sharing his insights with us. I have enjoyed seeing your work the last year or two, and now seeing your keep-it-simply, yet clear, direct and passionate approach to your work is inspiring.

Hearing you talk about your clear, common-sense approach I think helps explain the strengths in your work. It's exciting to see someone describe ideas so similar to what I have felt is right, and actually have some success. I feel I can move more confidently in following a similar direction knowing that it's not just a dreamer's intuition, but a path that has proven results for others as well.

Again, thank you for sharing, and thanks to Rebeca for leading us to a much needed oasis.

10 October 2006, 02:00 PM
The New video will always be at the top of the thread. Thanks to everyone for their comments and feedback. Its been great.

Here's the first video

Hi Everyone,

I've uploaded some videos on Youtube of me painting while talking about things that interest me, how I began my career as an independent artist, our studio "Imaginism Studios" and my learning process that got me to where I am today. If people like it then I'll try and do one of these about every week or two. The sound is a bit low... I'll work on it. Hope you'll enjoy and perhaps leave me some comments as well.

PS. I know this kinda thing is new so if it doesn't belong here then feel free to take this down and I'm sorry for the inconvience.

Bobby Chiu

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10 October 2006, 05:11 PM
Hey Bobby,

Are these videos different from the first set? I'm not sure if you linked the same ones as previously. :)

10 October 2006, 06:06 PM
I'm going to post all the new videos at the top of the thread

10 October 2006, 06:30 PM
That's great, Bobby, thanks! I've notified those subscribed to this thread:

Notification of New Open Figure Drawing Workshops / + TUTORIALS - SUBSCRIBE HERE! (

of your excellent new Tutorial.

10 October 2006, 11:34 PM
Thanks Rebecca!

10 October 2006, 01:34 AM
hey bobby.
thanks again that was another inspiring video. Very timely too. I was sitting at my computer struggling with an illustration and getting disheartened when the subscription email to the thread came through :)
Hehe i hadnt heard of stephen silver before but im gonna watch all his videos now too ;P

and a lateral query, what program do you use to screen capture while you work?

awesome. thanks again bobby :)

10 October 2006, 09:48 PM
Bobbie, thanks again for your insight. I look forward to seeing more from you.

Like Cavematty I was wondering what software you use to capture yoursessions.

Also, what's the best way to get your thoughts and crit's on some of my work?

10 October 2006, 06:34 PM
Bobby - you are always out there on the edge - this is a great extension of your presence on the web. Everytime you innovate, we benefit. Great work!


10 October 2006, 06:48 PM
Bob as soon as i get Rebecc'ss Torsos done, I am jumping into this thread..

Thanks for the videos


10 October 2006, 02:17 AM
its incredible. i watched you paint the geisha and old man and it still baffled me how you went from a bynch of grey blobs to such an intricate piece. i want to see the rest of the samurai...i am left feeling incomplete now. lol.

10 October 2006, 07:15 PM
hey great vids would love for u to show us wot brushes and settings u used for these vids i can then understand more how u paint

10 October 2006, 12:59 PM
your videos and the things you mention while you draw were a real treat. thanks a lot for sharing, i look forward to your next video.



10 October 2006, 05:03 PM
Thanks for all the feedback guys! I really enjoy doing these vids. It's like having my own tv talk show

I've uploaded a new video at the first post on this thread. Check it out!


10 October 2006, 05:07 PM
Hi, Bobby. Thanks again for sharing!

10 October 2006, 05:11 PM
it's at the first post of the thread

10 October 2006, 05:14 PM
Or you can go here

10 October 2006, 05:28 PM
Thanks Bobby. :)

10 October 2006, 01:11 PM
bobby! Thank you so much for that nice talk on the first are seriously woken me up from the big sleep and reminded me all those thingsss. :bounce::bounce:

10 October 2006, 03:11 PM

Since you stated in your latest monologue you appreciate feedback...
Your vids do have a huge effect on me...
perfect example:
last night I was really tired from a hard day at work so I wasn't doing anything really until I saw your vid.
It was just the kind of peptalk I needed and when it was finished I immediately started working for 2,5hrs.
I went to bed and slept really really well.

Next time I am catching myself lying in the sofa thinking I'm too tired to study, I'll think of what you said (and hopefully lift my lazy arse :) ).

Thanks again man

10 October 2006, 08:31 AM
Thank you very much for the videos, they were great motivators.

I am not sure if this is the right place to ask questions but here goes...
1) in the video you start blocking straight away, do you ever sketch a piece of work then scan it in ? If you do sketch, after scanning do you block in the major colours first, or do you block in the masses in greyscale first? Which approach do you take?
2) As hellsgfx mentioned, it will be great to know your brush settings to understand more about how you paint.
3) I am considering purchasing your book on "FAIRY SKETCHES", it is stated that there are tutorials inside. Is it possible to have a glimpse at how detailed the tutorials are? And how many are there?

I am sure I have many more questions, just that I can't remember them at the moment.

Thanks again for sharing !

10 October 2006, 02:26 PM
True stuff, NR :) The videos are a great motivation, and not a fake one. I like the speaks on the videos. Funny, I read thoughts of another artist (one from my country) who said that how good you are at painting or drawing is only 10% talent, just as you did in the video. It has really become clear that everyone can draw. So I'll just go now and draw or paint something :D

Thanks for your time, Bobby.

10 October 2006, 01:58 AM
Time to plug this...

10 October 2006, 06:08 AM
awesome vids! Loved hearing about what you had to say! Really helpful to hear this from an artist! sometimes i do i the only who struggles so well Any chance of maybe providing a download of the recent ones you have made so I might archive them for times when I need an inspirational jump! And thanks for providing these to us!

10 October 2006, 07:19 AM
Excellent thread! Extremely useful and inspiring for the CGTalk community and beyond, the techniques and words of advice are much appreciated

Thank You!:applause:

10 October 2006, 12:40 PM
here's how the speed painting turned out on the third attempt.

10 October 2006, 01:22 PM
thank you very very much bobby...:thumbsup: love the tutorials...

10 October 2006, 01:27 PM
Thank you Bobby, for the invaluable words.

10 October 2006, 01:42 PM
im watching right now and i realy stunned. thank you very much for this great artistic gunpowder. its like a therapy.
thanks dr. Bobby :)

btw. that email at 2nd part was nice, answer as well.

10 October 2006, 03:13 PM
I had all your videos playing the background while working, checking in every now and then to see how it progressed :) It doesn't matter if painting is not my main art, your inspiring words spanned across all sorts of creative tasks. I enjoyed listening to your stories and advice :thumbsup:

10 October 2006, 03:27 PM
Pure inspiration. Thank you bobby!

10 October 2006, 04:13 PM
Thanks a bunch bobby, you are great!! :) Your work is truely inspiring...

10 October 2006, 04:15 PM
These videos are very inspiring, many thanks.

I'm always interested in what sorts of brush settings people use. It looks like you've got a fairly transparent brush there. What sort of setup do you generally use?


10 October 2006, 05:12 PM
thanks for a great material Bobby

now I feel the power inside :)

10 October 2006, 06:42 PM
wow. That hit to me and hard.
I really got inspired what you talk about makeing art, learning and shearing.

I have always thinked shearing your knowlens is in the end give more to you than you give to others. And it's so nice to hear someone else talking about same thing straight from his hard.

I have to admit this was most emotionaly touching cg/art talk I have ever hear. This should be in mp3 in the peoples playlist when thay do art.

10 October 2006, 06:55 PM
thx man.
like somebody said earlier,so cool to hear your opinions and thoughts while you make this

thx alot.

10 October 2006, 07:06 PM
Thank you Bobby, I could relate to a lot of things you covered in your videos. Painting while talking about your views, thoughts, experiences is such a great way to get your point across, valuable to any artist out there. I can say the things you covered really had a positive effect on me and I'll be looking forward to more videos from you. Thanks for speaking your mind without restraints, very refreshing. I watched all your videos, they all bring something unique.

see you around the forum :)

10 October 2006, 09:53 PM
already saw them this weekend, glad to see them plugged :).. bout time lol

10 October 2006, 09:56 PM
Hey Bobby,

First of all, thanks a bunch for the information you've given us, through language and through drawings.
First off, I'm amazed by your ability to chat AND to draw, I went to art school since I was 13, and even today I still cant combine both aspects...You sure you're human?
Also nearly chocked to death from laughing while you screamed the comment for the concept artist who hated his job, very amusing.
You should go on with this man! You rock at it, had a great time watching the videos, and learned more in those minutes than I did in years. Specifically when you brought up the topic around various styles, and how to master your own style.
Just like NR43, I'm going to draw right now, even though I'm tired as hell.
My motivation is there, and as long as it's around, nothing in the world stops me from achieving my goals. You have proven that.

Thanks again for these inspiring, and most of al, motivating words.
I'll never forget this.


10 October 2006, 10:19 PM
Thanks alot Bobby

u r so kind :)

10 October 2006, 10:30 PM
Jesus, believe it or not, I have literally tears in my eyes and flowing down my cheeks while I am writing this, I'm not kidding you! I just came back from watching your videos. It's such an incredibly HUGE relief to see and HEAR you saying all these things, Bobby Chiu. To see someone who actually MADE it to say all this. And to see you made it with you art BECAUSE of your mindset and BECAUSE of your attitude and not DESPITE of it. Your thoughts and the things you say are so true and they so match with exactly what I deeply believe in myself, it's almost scary! The story of what you decided to do to reach your goal and of what you had to go through sounds so much like what I am going through right now, this is not even funny. All the things you said, you could have ripped them all directly from the deepest of my heart (except, I'm NOT going to give up alcohol ;)). In this world where money seems to be the most important thing and people define their own value and judge other people by how much money they make and what position they have at the corporate career ladder, you are coming out and saying out loud for everybody to hear all these things I did not dare to say myself for the fear of being laughed at and not understood. It's so sad that nowadays if you want to follow your heart you have to do it in secrecy. It's so said you cannot show what you really feel and keep your dreams for yourself, until maybe you actuallly reach them, because before that nobody is going to take you serious (except, when you say you want to be make a lot of money and make the so called "career" - everybody understands THAT bullshit)... Sad this world where people are looked down at when they want to live they passion instead of hunting after scraps of green paper. So hard to be an artist and be actually respected. But you, Sir, are giving me hope and strength, to see you made it with this mindset is so incredibly inspiring and encouraging... I already decided for myself a while ago that I want to become an artist no matter what, even if it means I would have to live in a dingy appartment and go by bus for the rest of my life, but your words strengthen me in my decision. I am not kidding you, your words were like an epiphany to me. There are really no words to express my feelings and my gratitute to you, so all I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you and take care!!

10 October 2006, 11:09 PM
Almost cried many times. Thank you.

10 October 2006, 11:24 PM
That was very inspirational. It almost brought me to tears, I need to work harder myself. Thank you for that :)

10 October 2006, 12:10 AM
Thank you all... I feel a little booger start to liquify. sniff sniff :D

Thanks to all those that showed me love by leaving your comments. :love:

The only thing that I regret was that the paintings tend to turn out worse than usual but I wanted it to be more about what I was saying than what I was sketching. I feel it's necessary for people to hear some of these things so I thought it'd be fun to talk about all the same topics I talk about with my friends.

As corny as it sounds "never give up." If you just never give up, have a plan to achieve your goals and have some common sense, you'll be fine.

Right now I have some deadlines with EA but I'll make another vidcast soon.


10 October 2006, 07:05 AM
Hi, your theory about being an "artHlete" interests me. I started painting again after seeing your videos.


10 October 2006, 09:07 AM
this is really really nice, I think this is what this forum needs, more tutorials so that us who suck can learn from the masters! ;) Well done!
And thanks a bunch Bobby! Verry well spoken! ;)

10 October 2006, 10:56 AM
Boby Chiu, once more thanks, these are great !

Rebecca thanks for the reminders, hope to be back with you online soon.

Best wishes everyone !

10 October 2006, 12:17 PM
very inspiring both the visual and the verbal,
I enjoyed listening as much as i enjoyed watching ,
thank you so much for sharing with us your knowledge thoughts and insights, much apritiated.

10 October 2006, 03:13 PM
I just got a wacom and was wondering how to enter the digital painting realm.

This is going to be of great help!

Excellent! Thank you so much.

10 October 2006, 05:11 PM
Great videos Bobby. Inspiring. Really like the added story of Honda.

I really also enjoy how you promote 'how does the artist think'. Your methods are really good.
I started laughing sometimes, because your words are real and true. It's great to hear truth from another person's perspective.

I also see these video tutorials/blogs are a great idea.

I went to your website too, and wow. It's great to see how much you really excelled and improved. Love the fairy stuff in your folder. Topnotch quality.

Still have some more videos to watch . . .

10 October 2006, 05:22 PM
man, you're great. i have listen to your videos and i think there are some great stuff there.

10 October 2006, 08:47 PM
I have seen all your videos, and they were sooooo good that i needed to post a thankfull message for you ( despite of my bad english btw ). You have an amazing painting skills, your work are fabulous, but the things you said in all the videos are pure gold my friend. The tips on how to study, were extrmly motivational ( I think u can write a self-help book ), cant thank you enoth, and i will try to follow all your videos from now on.
I would aslo ask you if you can do a video someday in how do u set up your brushes, maybe do a few comments about it, when do you use a soft brush, or a hard brush, and y. You said in the last videos that you guys spend at least an hour reading art books, can you suggest some good ones, or comment witch one had the biggest influence in your development.
Again thankou very much, and as you said life will find a way to pay u off for everything you are giving to the comunity.

10 October 2006, 10:25 PM
I would aslo ask you if you can do a video someday in how do u set up your brushes, maybe do a few comments about it, when do you use a soft brush, or a hard brush, and y.

I was honestly coming on to ask the same basic question, maybe not a video, but a quick description of the types of brushes you use to get different feels and for different stages. maybe a screen cap of your settings. anything would be great.

11 November 2006, 04:36 AM
Thanks so much, i'ts great to hear words of wisdom from somebody who's been there, done that :)

I just have one question..when you were painting you had a small version, and a larger version of your image instanced, they both updated whenever you painted on one. How did you do that?

11 November 2006, 05:46 PM
Roja - when You have a document open in PS , go to Window/ Arrange/ New Window for...(name of document) -


11 November 2006, 06:24 PM
Oh awesome, thanks a lot! :)

11 November 2006, 07:47 AM
Hey guys

From what i hear these tutorials are great...

But can you please tell me how to download the videos from YouTube?


11 November 2006, 08:41 AM
Thanks for sharing your experience. Very useful contribution.

11 November 2006, 09:21 AM
Thanxxxx man. I' definetly gonna check it out:D

11 November 2006, 04:30 PM
Hey thanks everyone for the wonderful feedback and encouragement. My only regret is that the paintings tend to turn out a little worse than usual but my intent is more about sharing my experiences and thoughts. Thanks so much for everything.

I've added a new video to the first post of this thread.

11 November 2006, 08:16 PM
i noticed u turn shape dynamics on and off without going through the brush menu how do u do that and wot sizes do useally make your canvas

11 November 2006, 10:05 PM
Yay! New vids!Thanks Bobby, I needed my fix for this week heh he.:bounce:

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11 November 2006, 11:43 PM
Lovin the podcasts man, I've watched them all. Good to listen to your ideas while I paint, it's quite inspiring! Keep posting more! Or esle I'll have to listen to music while I work again, boo.

11 November 2006, 12:21 AM
Hey Bobby,

I'm interested in your commentary alot. Not sure I agree with all of it but it's very interesting to hear your take on it regardless. Thanks so much.

11 November 2006, 03:41 AM
thanks for the videos. i like them very much.
it's kind of an unusual art form, bit like a performance.
could you tell us some things about those brush settings?
thanks again,

11 November 2006, 10:10 AM
Nice work Bobby, I like watching you work and listening to the commentary.

Very interesting, good stuff.

My paintings are coming out faster after watching your techniques.

11 November 2006, 04:00 PM
Your a true Zen dude!
I really like what your talking about here!
The thing about gettin your motivations straigt and that, getting back to where you once was, a kid who liked to draw (not only playing commodore 64 all the time) is right on!

Im glad to hear you about it, and allso Im really glad for finding all this media on the internet, that really makes it easyer to develope, having all this wizkids in the same situation around you all the time!

keep the good flow going!
and thanx!

11 November 2006, 01:11 AM
Thanks. Your podcasts help support me and others. :scream: :thumbsup:

11 November 2006, 10:13 PM
Amazingly inspiring motivation, Thanks a lot.

11 November 2006, 08:48 AM
your works are grate and after listening your sketchbook you're smart too. Respect:bowdown: :bowdown:

11 November 2006, 10:20 AM
Are these tutorials gonna be here in a month?

I will put internet at home in a month.That is why i ask.

11 November 2006, 01:24 AM
He Bobby I know its a little late but I have to say! These videos rock, you rock!
^^ I dont want to be a brown-noser but man it was so motivating to watch your tutorials.

yeah and because of this motivation I just started a sketchbook at :)

I studied gameart and animation at the games academy in germany but there I spend most of my time making 3d models and textures.
Its cool but I think my real passion is drawing.

And it is so true what you sad, I wasted so much time playing videogames the last years instead of drawing!
I am 22 years now and "Its never to late" so from now on I will draw draw draw ......

Thank you so much Bobby for waking me up.
Looking forward to your new tuts.


11 November 2006, 04:49 PM
I'll be watchin this, so much to learn, and if we have a great teacher around, it would be a stupid thing to miss any of these. THANK YOU!!! Keep enlightening us. :applause:

11 November 2006, 03:01 PM
Wow... you guys are great! Thanks so much for commenting. I've just uploaded a new set of videos to the beginning of this thread. I hope you'll like it

lasting memories
11 November 2006, 11:31 AM
this new video is awesome! I really liked it

11 November 2006, 09:55 PM
thank you soo much! this is so very helpful!! very very inspiring aahhh thank you!! :D

11 November 2006, 01:11 AM
nice one

These videos really hit home.

One of my main problems with art is not getting things finished.

Especially with 3D projects, I want to be a 3D character artist.

I tend to get to a certain point, then I'll get tired of it and move to a different idea.

It's usually when I get to a part I'm not very familiar with. It becomes more of a hassle than fun and it holds me back.

I would love to go back to school, somewhere like Gnomon or VFS, but I can't do much with the crappy job I have.

Here is where I'm at, mainly just practicing on my own.

I feel like I've learned a lot more on my own than I did when I was in The American Academy of Art in Chicago.

11 November 2006, 10:26 AM
i realy felt great after that session. hehe, what a tallented psychologist. thanks bobby.

but yes. i have same problems as Gabe. i got lot of unfinished sketches and sure thats pretty big problem for all artists. so maybe u have some thoghts to share. and thanks again.

12 December 2006, 06:43 AM
Thanks Bobby for sharing your thoughts and your art. They are great sources of motivation & inspiration to me :applause:

12 December 2006, 10:20 AM
Hey Bobby


Second i have questions :

1. You say in the studio you try to read one artbook each day.Can you recomend me some of those books you are reading?

2. What is the best way(acording to you) to learn linear structure? Books recomendations or tutorials,advices anything is VERY APRECIATED.


12 December 2006, 07:45 PM
can you tell me what kind of brushes are you using in the videos? and what settings are you using for the brushes.

thank you.

great videos.

12 December 2006, 02:42 AM
Hey guys sorry I've been just crazy busy with things lately but I'll try and reply to those questions soon! In the meanwhile I've posted new videos on the first page of this thread. Hope you like them

12 December 2006, 11:32 PM
Thanks a lot for these podcasts Bobby! A lot of the stuff I already did know and agree with, but hearing it from someone else is always a reassurance-and also a motivater.

So thanks and I look forward to hearing more! :)

Oh and about that guy who said you're doing it for the's a shame that people like that can affect us, but they do, even though they shouldn't. I've had it happen many times that someone who didn't even know me made a false assumption based on bs and it gets to me everytime. The bad things in life always tend to stick out more than all the good unfortunately.
So, just try not to let people like that get you down, you're a great guy for taking the time to spend doing the things you do for the community, we all know that, and are very grateful! :)

12 December 2006, 03:07 AM
Thanks Roja. I really appreciate it.

It's really stupid of me to let that one comment effect me so much when there's been so much positive feedback. I'm over it now and I'm learning to concentrate on the good things in life and not letting the little bad things effect me anymore. Just took a little getting use to I guess.

12 December 2006, 07:13 PM
First of all no one can do something like this just for the money.You have to love it,you have to feel it...

And no matter doing it for the money or not Bobby is helping hundreds of young people out there to make something in their lives.That MUST be respected...

Bobby just keep what you are doing :thumbsup:

01 January 2007, 08:29 AM
Thanks for the latest movie, its great.

I did life drawing for a few weeks in College, but since starting University I have not had any chance to due to the Campus not having any life model. If I am going do life drawing, its going to have to be elsewhere, but where? :sad: I enjoyed how fast I improved in such a short amount of time. I have replaced life drawing with drawing anatomy from books.

02 February 2007, 11:19 PM
StefanStavrev - Thanks very much. I appreciate the kind words my friend.

Fl3wk - try sketching outdoors. It's challenging and a great exercise

Here's a videocast of a creature painting.

02 February 2007, 12:36 AM
Your words are very inspiring :)

I love the last tutorial

02 February 2007, 01:19 AM
Bobby, I'm glad you're feeling better. As always, thanks for taking the time to share your wisdom with us. I have to say, I'm still more busy doing art for others as opposed to myself, but since you started posting these in late October, early November, I'm definitely in a "better place". Not sure how else to explain it. I am making more time for my art and producing more even though I am no less busy. I'm more concious, purposefull and confident as I work, and the results can't help but be better. IF there's one thing I've learned from you it's putting myself in the right state of mind. In everything, any given art piece, the nerver ending learning process, and the overall direction you want to move in with art, personally, professionally, or whatever. It's about getting in the right state of mind.

Again, thank you!

02 February 2007, 02:07 AM
Heya Bobby,

I just wanted to say what you're doing is just great and very motivating for aspiring artists like myself. I've listened to all of your pod casts, and have to say it's currently one of my addictions now! :thumbsup:

Thank you for the contribution and time to the community, Bobby. I'm looking forward to hearing the next one, keep rockin' it!

02 February 2007, 12:03 PM
ace! so inspiring as usual!

02 February 2007, 03:43 PM
Great stuff! :)

03 March 2007, 01:37 PM
hey bobby. can you please tell me what settings you use for the video files? What codec and codec settings? thanks.

03 March 2007, 08:36 PM
wot program is that u used in the latest painting

04 April 2007, 01:40 PM
StefanStavrev - thx!

werepumpkin - You got it. Putting yourself in the right state of mind a (lot of times) will be the difference succeeding and failing or having a good day or bad. Thanks so much for the comment. I'm very glad my videos can effect you in a good way.

ENCOD3 - thanks very much. you're awesome.

AnimZiggy - Thx Ziggy!

Rebeccak - Thx Rebecca!!

michael-olszak - These video are just youtube videos. I don't know their compression settings

hellsgfx - Sketchbook Pro

a digital lifedrawing I sketched while teaching class in Sheridan. The great thing about digi lifedrawings are that you can peel away the layers to see all the steps! Everything is usually drawn according to importance so initially the face of the man was sketched in super quick just to get the direction of the face down and not necessarily the exact likeness of head.

Here's some subway sketches from April 1st, 2007

And here's my NEW VIDEOCAST. In this video I'm talking about my experiences in California and my new online school where I'll be conducting a digital painting techniques class. ( . *shameless plug** :p
PART 1 (
PART 2 (

here's what the sketch from the video looks like. It was inspired by an old man I saw on the subway the other day.

I'm heading off to Calgary Alberta tomorrow for the Calgary Expo on Sunday! This is my first time in Calgary and I'm one of the invited guest artist so I'm pretty excited.

Here's a pic I did for the back cover of the Calgary Expo Artbook. I think everyone that attends will receive one so come on by the Imaginism Booth #908, 909. I'll be happy to sign the back cover.

04 April 2007, 07:43 PM
Bobby,you never disapoint me :)

Wonderfull style you got there.

And this school stuff,man,IT WAS ABOUT TIME someone thought of this finnaly.Wonderfull thing,wish you guys all the best with it and expect me maybe next year (when i start getting some money) :)

Cheers and all the best

04 April 2007, 03:55 AM
Thanks again, Bobby. And kudos! Hope you enjoy Calgary. Be safe.

05 May 2007, 02:13 PM
StefanStavrev - thanks very much. The schoolism site is going fantastic.

Werepumpkin - Calgary was a blast! Thanks

Here's a new painting I did for Alberto Ruiz's Eye Candy book. He drew it (from his Pistolas book) and I painted it. I wanted to keep it creative and incorporate his lines in the painting as well. This was very much experimental for me


Watch video of initial Sketch Pt1 (

Watch video of initial Sketch Pt2 (

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