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Render Styles Cheat Sheet by Artsammich
Render Styles Cheat Sheet
I made this for my Schoolism classes. I've had a lot of students request a copy of this, so I made a stripped-down version for reference and then I decided to distribute it to everyone. I talk a lot more about what characterizes these styles and when they are most useful in my Fundamentals of Lighting class, and then I talk about their expressive qualities a bit more in my Lighting for Story and Concept class. 
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If you live close enough to attend or are swinging my Toronto in March, this workshop is shaping up to be pretty incredible.  Brenda Chapman, Kevin Lima, Stephen Silver, and Helen Chen will be teaching some amazing things, so I think the all-access is definitely the way to go! And the good news is, since I'm presenting at it also, I get to hand out promo codes to my followers for a discount. The pass is normally $200 CAD and this allows you to get one for $150.

Here's the promo code to type in for the discount: NIELSON

Here's the link to purchase tickets: www.schoolism.com/workshop-tor…

Don't worry, I still plan to post stuff here on DA, but I know some people prefer other sources for their day-to-day tracking of artwork.

I have an instagram now, mostly here I'll be posting sketches and progress shots.
instagram.com/artsammich/

I don't have a facebook like page, but I changed the settings so you can follow my posts without adding me as a friend.
www.facebook.com/sam.nielson.3

And of course, I'm still posting regularly on my blog.
artsammich.blogspot.com/

Next stop: Artstation? I haven't decided which of the CGHUB clones to join.
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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If you live close enough to attend or are swinging my Toronto in March, this workshop is shaping up to be pretty incredible.  Brenda Chapman, Kevin Lima, Stephen Silver, and Helen Chen will be teaching some amazing things, so I think the all-access is definitely the way to go! And the good news is, since I'm presenting at it also, I get to hand out promo codes to my followers for a discount. The pass is normally $200 CAD and this allows you to get one for $150.

Here's the promo code to type in for the discount: NIELSON

Here's the link to purchase tickets: www.schoolism.com/workshop-tor…

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Sam Nielson
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Artsammich Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
Thank you!
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Arrhobaz Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Student General Artist
I've just discovered you thanks to your 2010 article about a painting process with AO and Shadows, I'll try that right now ! ! Have a nice day Sir, Wonderful gallery :)
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Artsammich Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
Thanks, I'm glad it was helpful!
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ArteriumPhotography Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome gallery! :lovesquee:  You're very talented :aww:
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Artsammich Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
Thanks!
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snicholes0000 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I just started Fundamentals of Lighting.

What a fantastic course! I knew it would be great, but it has already exceeded my super high expectations in the first week.

I considered the free vids from the BYU course to be the most important things I've learned about light and painting. No other artist approaches things from such a scientific method.

Super excited to be learning from one of my absolute favorites!
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Artsammich Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
Thank you Sean! I'm glad to hear that it's been helpful.
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snicholes0000 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
It's beyond helpful.
In the first week 3 of my biggest questions have already been answered and I have gained back SO much confidence.

It has already changed my process of painting. I can't wait to see the rest.
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Koogleblitz Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
did you invent the ambient occlusion method of painting?
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Artsammich Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
I don't remember seeing another artist using it the way that I do before I did, but I can't really take credit for it either because I stole it wholesale from the class I had on 3d compositing and render passes.
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