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I've been so busy with projects recently that I keep forgetting to post this. I'll be teaching a workshop along with some legendary artists, in Vancouver in January. I'll be melding some of the stuff from my Schoolism classes together and adding some new things I've been learning into a workshop on how light can be used to tell story. Of course my demo will be painting, but the ideas will apply to any discipline that fuses value, color, and composition. I can promise that the other artists will make it worth coming, and I'll do my best to add something useful to the mix. My guess is that tickets will sell fast, so don't wait too long to sign up if you plan on coming.
Boo Bird by Artsammich
Boo Bird
I decided to paint this drawing as a demonstration for my second Schoolism lighting class. One of the biggest difficulties of lighting (and painting in general) is deciding when you are done. I think I spent another 6 hours on it after the class demonstration, adjusting the colors and values to make the lighting pop more, and it's still not feeling like I want it to. So I'm not officially calling this one done yet: I may come back and George Lucas it later.
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Grandpa's Stories by Artsammich
Grandpa's Stories
Another demonstration for my character design class.
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Monstare by Artsammich
Monstare
I just realized that in my crazy schedule the last month, I never took the time to announce officially my change in jobs. I decided to leave Disney and teach at BYU full-time. This semester they have me teaching digital painting for animation, character design, and gesture drawing. BYU has a great animation program and the students are very talented so I'm excited to see what kinds of things we can do there.

I have no idea if the students are getting anything out of my character design class but at least I've been having fun doing the assignments with them. This assignment was to design a monster that was both scary and had a personality. This idea was based on the criteria we had on an unreleased project I worked on at Disney/Avalanche several years back.
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I almost forgot to post this and the last date is approaching fast. My apologies to the few of you who were asking when there would be a sale again.
I've been so busy with projects recently that I keep forgetting to post this. I'll be teaching a workshop along with some legendary artists, in Vancouver in January. I'll be melding some of the stuff from my Schoolism classes together and adding some new things I've been learning into a workshop on how light can be used to tell story. Of course my demo will be painting, but the ideas will apply to any discipline that fuses value, color, and composition. I can promise that the other artists will make it worth coming, and I'll do my best to add something useful to the mix. My guess is that tickets will sell fast, so don't wait too long to sign up if you plan on coming.

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Sam Nielson
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gregorKari Featured By Owner Edited Dec 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hey Sam, did you design the Disney Infinity characters? Because the shapes and everything look a bit like your handwriting to me! I got me a Venom today as an action figure. It was actually meant to be a Christmas present, but I thought  friends come and go but you will be here for yourself.. haha XD 

have a great Christmas time and see you around!

ps.: I am definitely going to do your schoolism course next time, one of my friends does it and I really enjoy watching how his submissions improve! :beer:
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Artsammich Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014
I was on the concept team for Infinity, and I helped develop the style. It was a great team and they deserve most of the credit. But yes, I did work on them. Thank you, I hope you're able to take the class!
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gregorKari Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I loove the blocky shapes! I could watch them for hours!
me too!
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ThreeViews Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
Amazing Work sir....
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Artsammich Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014
Thank you!
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Asrath Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Hey there, I just wanted to say your work is truly terrific! And also ask you, are you able to earn a living with your art? I am a young (19 yrs) art student whose dream it is to eventually become a professional self-sustainable artist. But even though my friends tell me my work is good (it's not good enough!), I have no idea how to attract buyers when I start to feel more confident about the quality of my work. Do you have any tips??
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Artsammich Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014
Yes, many people make a good living with art. I am currently working for a university (BYU) as an animation professor, but I was working for Disney for 10 years before that. And even with my current job, I'm constantly getting contacted for freelance work---I have to turn a lot of it down because I don't have enough time, but I could probably make a living doing just that if I wanted to take that path.

But you don't make lots of money just from being a good artist. You make good money from being an artist that knows how to meet the demands of a client and design things in a way that finds/satisfies an audience. Some people figure out naturally how to to this, and for others it takes a bit of training and experience to learn.

I don't know anything about doing my own art and finding buyers for it, that is a completely different thing that very few artists are able to make money at.
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Chaunga-Gu Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Professional Photographer
Your work is A-MAZING!
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Artsammich Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014
Thank you!
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sillinde Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
You have some wonderful stuff here.  Thank you for sharing!
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