Friday, October 13, 2017

Advice for Creative Professionals on LinkedIn



You've heard the expression, "dress for the job that you want - not for the one you have", right? Apply that logic to your LinkedIn profile (and all of your social profiles online). Your profile tagline should show a title related to what you want to do professionally, not just your current job title. I assume that you don't intend to continue being a clerk at a Vap store, right? I would recommend that you remove that sort of job experience from your profile entirely. Prospective employers in creative industries know you have to make ends meet, but they don't want to slog through a profile that forces them to read all about it.

Only include jobs that show a chain of experience that leads up to a your current career goals. If you don't have something that you can show as "current employment", then create an entry called "Schmuckatelli Productions" (or some-such) and include either the names of some of your freelance clients, or even add some brief project descriptions of the kinds personal projects that you have done for yourself. Mark it as "current". Do NOT mark it as "Self-Employed". That could be mistaken by some prospective clients/employers as "Not-Employed". It's sad, but true, that most employers like to hire people who are already employed. Also, remember to be honest. You're shining a positive light on things that you have actually done, not making up false entrees.

Avatar/Profile Picture: When in doubt, change it. In most industries you want something that looks fairly professional, like a proper head shot meaning a close-up, high-resolution photo. Your eyes should never be covered, and the background should be fairly minimal and neutral (the interesting thing in the picture should be you). In creative industries you can either do a head shot, or you can go wild and put a piece of your art or a cartoon; the caveat being that it needs to be relatable and/or fun (no images of a cool part of gun you modeled in 3D).

Lastly, make sure that you add links to a reel or portfolio site. If someone is interested in finding an artist, they don't want to waste time searching for your work or contacting you for that info. They want to see it now. Make sure that all of your sites have current contact information prominently displayed at the top of the page.

Follow these suggestions and you'll get a lot more traction on LinkedIn, a lot faster.

~Pat

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Dobby The House Elf Portrait in Ink



This is a Portrait of Dobby The House Elf I did in Ink in a spiral sketchbook. I used pencil and a felt tip calligraphy pen from Micron and a fine Micron for smaller detail lines. Using the calligraphy pen gives the inks a nice chunky feel that I really enjoy. It can be a little scary the first time you try it, but it can be really fun when you get a hang of it.

I didn’t put this in the Gryffindor journal this time because it wasn’t handy when the mood struck. I’ll try to put most of these in that journal in the future.

I also didn’t do voice over for this one. It takes a LOT of time to edit in voice over that fits the length of a time-lapse sketch, and I’m trying to get this down so that I can share more sketch videos more often.
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The links below are affiliate links to the drawing tools that I used in this video. If you click on any of these links I'll get a small commission that will help support this channel, but it wont cost you anything extra. That's a win-win, right? 
Thanks ~ Pat


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Creator Forge Podcast (Interviews with Creative Pros in the Entertainment Industries)

Friday, July 14, 2017

Harry Potter Fan Art 2: Uncle Dursley in Ink Time-lapse



This is from the 2nd scene of the first Harry Potter movie, when we meet Uncle Dursley for the first time. This is about 1 hour of sketching in pencil and ink condensed into about 12 minutes.

I discuss the value of doing fan art from movie stills along with some commentary about the inking process itself.

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The links below are affiliate links to the drawing tools that I used in this video. If you click on any of these links I'll get a small commission that will help support this channel, but it wont cost you anything extra. That's a win-win, right? 
Thanks ~ Pat


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Creator Forge Podcast (Interviews with Creative Pros in the Entertainment Industries)

Friday, May 12, 2017

Harry Potter Fan Art: Dumbledore in Ink - 23MIN Time-lapse WITH COMMENTARY




I'm a loyal fan of the Harry Potter series of books and films, and I've decided to fill a sketchbook with some Harry Potter film fan art starting with the very first scene of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone where Professor Dumbledoore is dimming the street lights with a magical device (the name of which escapes me).

This is an hour+ of sketching in pencil and ink condensed into 23 minutes. Follow along while I discuss my process and thoughts. Most of my sketch videos are sped up around 3-6 times their actual recording time. I slowed this one down so that I could chat through it some. Let me know if you guys like this version or the faster ones. This took a really long time to edit so that the commentary lines up with the video, so unless this gets some reaction I'm not likely to do this very often.

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The links below are affiliate links to the drawing tools that I used in this video. If you click on any of these links I'll get a small commission that will help support this channel, but it wont cost you anything extra. That's a win-win, right?
Thanks ~ Pat


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Creator Forge Podcast (Interviews with Creative Pros in the Entertainment Industries)

Monday, May 8, 2017

Harry Potter Fan Art: Dumbledore in Ink 5MIN Time-lapse



I'm a loyal fan of the Harry Potter series of books and films, and I've decided to fill a sketchbook with some Harry Potter film fan art starting with the very first scene of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone where Professor Dumbledoore is dimming the street lights with a magical device (the name of which escapes me).

This is an hour+ of sketching in pencil and ink condensed into 5 minutes. I'm also editing a 20+ minute version of this where I chat thru my process and thoughts while I work. Look for that later this week.

Monday, March 13, 2017

I Got Interviewed on Creator Forge

I've been so busy with Creator Forge that I've neglected this page for a while. Also, like a lot of artists, I've spent a lot more time on Instagram and Facebook where you can likely see more of my sketching and digital painting than what I post here. In the meantime, the Creator Forge Podcast is picking up steam. If you haven't checked it out yet please click below. You'll find my own two part interview along with several other pro illustrators, concept artists, 3D artists, and animators. It's been a fantastic first 5 months.








Sunday, December 4, 2016

Creator Forge

So, it's been way too quiet here for the last few months, but there is a reason for that. I have been very busy developing CreatorForge.com.



Who is Creator Forge? 
We are a new educational organization dedicated to offering instructional media focused on how to prepare for work in creative fields in entertainment industries. We are soft-launching in late 2016 with a podcast. In early 2017 we will begin offering a variety of art and design instruction videos on Youtube and on our website. Please follow Creator Forge on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to receive updates as they become available.



We released the first 3 podcast episodes last Monday. Here's what the podcast is all about:

What forges great professional artists?
That's the simple question we try to answer every episode as we interview artists in fields like: comics, game art, animation, audio, illustration, creative project management, and more.


What Kind of Information and Content will you find in our podcasts?
Interviews with professional artists and promising, young art students.
Advice about art education (traditional and non-traditional paths).
Advice about breaking in.
Productivity and Pipeline Discussions.
The business of freelance art (taxes, contracts, dealing with clients, etc).

Who do we hope to serve with this podcast? 
Young artists who are considering going into an art career.
Art Students.
Professionals who are interested in the backgrounds and techniques of other pro artists.

creatorforge.com
https://soundcloud.com/creatorforge

Thanks for checking it out.

P.S. I have not abandoned this blog. I'll still post art and tutorials periodically, but there will also be information and announcements about Creator Forge, too.


Thanks again.