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Becoming a Concept Artist (with Adrian Virlan)

I had the great pleasure of being able to to sit down and chat a bit with professional concept artist and illustrator Adrian Virlan about his experience becoming a concept artist, exploring creativity, and finding a balance between passion and profession.

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Welcome to the New Website!

There’s so much to explore here, whether it’s the brand new Portfolio layout with custom categories and pages, to the new and improved ESA Shop, to the revised and expanded Mentorship Program with the all new and exclusive Membership Vault for students, or even the vast wealth of free resources, articles, videos, and insights you can find in the Archives.

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My Story

An in-depth account of my journey from drawing dinosaurs as a little kid, to my struggles with poor mental health and work habits, the mistakes I made as an artist, and what I had to learn to build my own business and become a full-time professional creative.

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Try This Idea Sketching Technique (Art Time Lapse)

For this one, I decided to get back to my traditional roots a bit and do some concept thumbnail sketching with good old fashioned pencil on paper. Add to that some epic fantasy soundtracks and a bit of a speed boost and you’ve got a recipe for a meditative and relaxing experience as you watch these ideas unfold (along with some shockingly satisfying sounds of pencil on paper).

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Learn to Paint Like a Master Artist

There’s one technique that’s practically guaranteed to have you painting like a pro: it’s called a master study. Find out exactly how I use master studies to improve my artwork with this example from one of Tyler Edlin’s paintings.

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A digital painting of a dwarf miner finding a glowing gem stone depicted in this concept art time lapse video

Concept Art Time Lapse – Dwarf Miner

I’ve got a brand new video for you this week for you fantasy art lovers. This piece was actually created for the winner of my recent custom art giveaway, and now I’m sharing the process for everyone who wants to see it! Just one of the many ways I like to show appreciation for my small community of artists and art fans here.

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A digital painting of a ruined city floating in the sky with waterfalls and clouds and grass that is depicted in this fantasy landscape time lapse

Fantasy Landscape Time Lapse – Floating Ruins

I’ve been super busy lately working on all kinds of awesome art projects, teaching students, and (slowly) migrating to a new website host that will help me get even more sweet content out to you guys. And still, as promised, you all get a shiny new video every week (with some epic fantasy scores!).

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Will AI Replace Artists?

AI generated art is flooding online marketplaces and social channels. But will it put professional artists out of business? Read more here.

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