Bobby Chiu's Words of Wisdom

Bobby Chiu, founder of Imaginism Studios and Schoolism has some wise words to say in this interview done for Deviant Art.  Original Link to the article here

The video's are short but filled with incredible wisdom for artists, especially young artists.

 

Creating your OWN Style


Deciding what YOU want to do


LIKES...Creating Viral Art


Morning Warmups

10,000 hours to Mastery

This is something I greatly believe in.  To master any skill, it doesn't take pure talent, it takes obsession and dedication.  This theory, brought up by Malcolm Gladwell explains through studies, that the elite all have something in common, roughly 10,000 hours dedicated to the skill they are said to be masters at.

 

His book, The Outliers, The Story of Success, explains through many case studies how some of the most prolific minds of our day, like Mozart, Bill Gates, etc. created their "empire" because of the amount of underlying work they've put in dedicated to that field.  Bill Gates had been sneaking out programming for a decade before he built Microsoft.

 

An artist that many people talk about when it comes to dedication is and artist known online as Mindcandyman  (Jonathan Hardesty).  His story is an excellent example showing a journey of someone in their mid 20's "not having any talent" in art grow to completely support his family with his dream.  His full story can be seen here: 

http://www.chriskaw.com/2012/07/artistic-journey-of-mindcandyman.html

 

As far as Malcolm Gladwell's book is concerned, if his theory sounds interesting to you, you can listen to his book playing the 4 parts below.  (Posted on youtube by Stephen Cronin):

 

In depth text summary of the book can be found here. 

Part 1 of 4: 

Part 2 of 4: 

Part 3 of 4:

Part 4 of 4: 

I still have a long way to go, but I will continue to bust my ass till I get there... 

Color Acuity Test by X-Rite

Color Test designed by X-Rite. 

 

Test your color acuity here. 

Color Acuity is essentially your sensitivity to color changes. Just follow the directions to get your score.  Perfect score is a 0. 

 

For references sake, I scored a 1 on this test.  I had a little issue with the turquoise. 

 

Click the image to go to the test.

Crimson Daggers

The Crimson Daggers is a forum started by Dave Rapoza and Dan Warren

Summary from their page: 

Crimson Daggers is a free online community/study group focused on improving all around fundamental skills. Primarily we work within the realm of Illustration and Concept art.
 

They are a free study group for the hardcore artist or amateur dedicated to put in some serious effort to improve their work.  Dave and Dan will critique and help you get better and they do this all on their free time which tells a lot about the kind of artists and people they are.

 Click the banner to go to their site:

Dave Rapoza's Livestream

Dave Rapoza is an artist I look up to a lot which is funny because we're basically the same age but anyways, his art for one is absolutely stunning. You can find his website here (http://daverapoza.blogspot.com/). 

 

One thing awesome that he does is really go into his process and freely answers questions and share his knowledge.  His livestreams are an incredible source of artistic knowledge ranging from freelancing questions, to his process to interviewing various pros in the industry.  I highly recommend looking into this resource if you haven't already haven't heard of him. 

 

Click on either one of the images to be taken to his livestream:

Isaac Asimov - "The Last Question"

So Isaac Asimov is one of my favorite writers.

I happened to stumble across this audio book somone recorded for one of Asimov's most famous short stories "The Last Question".      (30 minutes long)  

Synopsis(Taken from Wikipedia)

The story deals with the development of computers called Multivacs and their relationships with humanity through the courses of seven historic settings, beginning in 2061. In each of the first six scenes a different character presents the computer with the same question; namely, how the threat to human existence posed by the heat death of the universe can be averted. The question was: "How can the net amount of entropy of the universe be massively decreased?" This is equivalent to asking: "Can the workings of the second law of thermodynamics (used in the story as the increase of the entropy of the universe) be reversed?" Multivac's only response after much "thinking" is: "INSUFFICIENT DATA FOR MEANINGFUL ANSWER."