Hello everyone! I've been having a lot of fun lately with my work. I always knew that if I just kept on pushing my name and studying I'd reach the goals I set... But now that I'm doing the jobs I want I'm having a hard time trying to figure out what to do. Whats the next step? I just know that I can keep on doing better work and possibly move onto book covers. Trying to figure if I want to try and get a game contract or maybe some movie work. I haven't decided what to pursue just yet. Hopefully I can just keep on studying and pushing and move onto better things naturally.
In the meantime though I've been running the Crimson Daggers stream everyday(with the exception of a couple sick days) and have been loving it! The amount of improvement I see in the people participating is amazing. I'm really proud of everyone who has really just changed the way they live to focus on their big dreams. Everyone can see it(those who keep up), we're all improving and how could we not. As long as we're all studying harder than everyone else then we'll get there no problem. You just have to keep at it and stay dedicated to yourself. Its not about impressing anyone or always coming out on top. Its all about failing and learning from failures. Thats not a downer thing to say either! If we're not constantly failing then we're not truly trying. "if you don't make mistakes, you're not working on hard enough problems. And thats big mistake", that qoute has a lot of truth to it. When you have a big goal like becoming a fantastic artist then you truly have to work at all kinds of problems. This isn't a two step program and its not a scam either. When we all just meet for an hour a day everyday studying together for free and for ourselves then we're all that much closer. I really just want to see everyone move forward and not lag behind. Its really important that you follow whatever the hell you wanna do.
So if you aspire to be a great artist then please join up. No fees or anything stupid like that. - Crimson Daggers Study Group! We meet everyday @ 9am EST!
But yea... I just want to say that I have nothing to gain from this except my own knowledge and skill expanding. This whole thing is setup strictly to help everyone for free. I hate how money becomes the motivation to help people, nobody owes you anything. I worked my ass off but I'm not gonna hide anything, you just have to give back as much as you can. You can get everything you want out of life by helping others get what they want. This is totally true and I've seen it first hand. Having somebody tell you that you really helped them is worth way more than knowing I'm making the most money possible for spending the least amount of time teaching.
Not to say that I'm the greatest teacher or anything but I'll probably get real good if I keep up with the daggers hahaha. I hope so anyways!
Anyways, the Crimson Daggers might be hard to keep up with for most people but you can rewatch any of the Streams below the window there or just spend an hour of your day studying and post your work on our Concept Art sketchbook
Btw- of course I know there are plenty of well taught fantastic online classes and whatever but for the most part its 'lets appeal and use our names to make the most money possible'. And I think thats terrible. If you really wanna get good then invest in taking an atelier course from somebody who really knows what they're doing.
So Anyways! heres my step by step Cosmic Sorcerer. I don't use this approach anymore, but I figure it may help some people.
Heres some studies I've done as well -
METAL - Helloween - 'Judas'