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I wrote some thoughts on this after using it for a month. Check it out on my blog:…
WHAT. Now Claire Wendling and Craig Mullins will be there too.…
Good news for those of you considering or planning to go to the Schoolism workshop in Toronto. They just added a surprise guest: the amazing Claire Wendling. If you live in the area, don't miss this one! And yes, they did misspell my name on this. It's the curse of being a Nielson.

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:…

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.

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.

And of course, I'm still posting regularly on my blog.

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.
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'm now teaching a second class at Schoolism. The first class is on painting accurate light and surface, where this one is about using those principles to paint more appealing and expressive lighting. Personally, I've had a lot more fun developing this class, and I honestly think it's going to be even better than the first. :)

The first class isn't technically a pre-requisite, but if you want to jump straight into this one without taking the other, you should have a solid understanding of these things:
-how different sizes of light fall over a variety of surfaces; eg. matte, shiny, translucent, etc.
-how light and surface color interact
-how different sizes and positions of light cast shadows
-how to control lighting exposure
-a good understanding of how light is scattered through atmospheric effects

My class and the others from the talented teachers at Schoolism are on sale for a short bit. Also, they used my art on the flyer!
Springsale-2014 by Artsammich
I've been asked to contribute to this book, and it is going to be amazing (perhaps in spite of me, but hey, you take what you get).
And I'm really sorry because there have been people asking me when the next sale would be. There is still time though if you get in before the 18th.

I've got a tutorial coming out in the latest Digital Art Masters Book. Check it out!
The game I've been working on was just announced, go check it out!……

I've had a lot of fun designing toys and doing what is basically Disney fan art every single day for the last four years.  I love my job!
The self-taught version of my Advanced lighting class is having a sale right now.  I've had several people ask about it recently, so if you're one of them, more information here:…
I'm so tired of the old school notion that there is even such thing as "cheating" in art.  Take the time to read this post by the incredible Gregory Manchess, you'll be better off for it.…
The book I sold at Comic-con last year is available now, here:…
Sorry that Blurb is a little expensive, but I decided it would be too much work to transfer it over to another format and I need that time for other projects right now.  You could bring the price down if you order with 5 or 10 of your local friends, though!
I'm doing a series of posts based on what I taught at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art (LAAFA), but I won't have time to post them here as well.  If you're interested, you can follow the series at my art blog:
To be fair to. . .well, everyone, I'm not nearly good enough to deserve teaching anything at this school.

That said, I'm going to do a 3-day workshop for the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art on digital painting and design in concept art.  This is my favorite subject of all, and I'm excited to get a chance to show everyone the real reason why I love painting.

Learning how to render form and light are essential foundation skills, but nobody becomes a great painter without a strong understanding or deep-seated sense of design in everything they do.  This is the most advanced class I know how to teach, and I'll be giving away every secret I know for using digital painting to transform a good concept into something really exciting.

I'll also be doing a demonstration for a few hours one of the evenings. This will be like a condensed and less-deep version of the 3-day workshop.

I hope some of you can make it!
If you want to find me at ComiCon, I'm going to be giving live critiques at the Schoolism booth (#2042) twice a day on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  I'll be there from 12:20-1:15pm and 4:55-5:50pm.  I'm not going to be selling my books during those times though, so if you want one you'll want to catch me just after I finish.  I'll be in the booth primarily for giving critiques on people's art and promoting my upcoming class for Schoolism.  If you're curious about the class, it's going to be an in-depth course on painting light and surface, and you can learn more about it on the Schoolism site.  I'd like to tell more about it but maybe I'll save that for another post.

I'm also going to do a painting demonstration at the LAAFA booth (#5562) on Friday from 2-4pm.  I'm doing a huge 3-day workshop there in October on digital painting and design.

So if you're coming to Comic-con, drop by one of these booths and say hello!