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Help us pick what t shirts to print! Let us know what you guys like! #tshirt #vote #illustration #art

Help us pick what t shirts to print! Let us know what you guys like! #tshirt #vote #illustration #art

Help us pick what t shirts to print! Let us know what you guys like! #tshirt #vote #illustration #art

Help us pick what t shirts to print! Let us know what you guys like! #tshirt #vote #illustration #art

Help us Pick some Tees!

Picking shirt designs is like deciding your favorite child(or so I’m told). We’ve decided to enlist the wisdom of the crowd and turn to you to help us get to the bottom of this. We’re sharing a total of 16 designs over the next two days. Today we’ll have two sets up on the blog and put the remaining two sets on our facebook page and our instagram.

Look. Vote. Help us out!


I’ve always heard it’s what’s on the inside that counts and we’ve made a few shirt designs exploring innards.


My mother told me not to play with my food, but I wonder if it’s okay if my food does it by itself?

More Art Questions Answered

Once again we look into our mailbag of reader submitted questions! If you have anything on your mind about art, the industry, breaking in, etc, feel free to shoot us a line. Perhaps you’ll see your question featured on the next monthly Q&A.



This Month’s Questions 

I want to maintain a personal habit of consistent practice so I can improve my work. What do I need to do in order to learn what I need to learn efficiently?
Will Kelly
Tennessee, USA

Create a project for yourself and define due dates and deadlines. I’d recommend picking a pre-existing story - as a visual development artist, you are never working on your own story - and setting a firm end date - ie this project will take 3 months. Working on a project it allows you to focus on all parts of the process - characters, environments, props, etc. You can also tailor your project to focus on what you want to improve on - props. Finally, make regular contributions to your project. Start off small and use little successes to propel yourself into taking risks.

What subjects would you recommend (or did you find extremely helpful) in informing your art practice at art school? And, do you find that the principles you learnt from them still applicable now to what you do as a visual development artist?
Roxanne Quiliquite
Sydney, Australia

I learned a lot about composition from my graphic design/typography/printmaking classes. I personally recommend taking graphic design classes because many of the same principles apply to illustration/picture-making.

I was wondering if for you guys personally, whether you decided on a personal style consciously, or if it came naturally to you as you went along. Also, did it help you more to look at many different references while finding a style?
Vivien W
California

Style comes from two places - there’s the natural way that you do things and outside influences that affect it. There’s a balance and conflict between the two - sometimes things don’t quite seem to work well or sit right on the page. For us we only try to enforce a common style when we both work on a sequential project. In other cases we explore, play, and do whatever looks good to us. We of course look at other artists and try new things, but don’t really pursue adapting their look.

Have you seen…

all the Oscar nominated animated Shorts & Features? Who’s your favorites to win?

Victoria’s Frozen artwork featured on Io9?

A delicious, one eared, Cheeseburger cat

A delicious, one eared, Cheeseburger cat

My Daily Paint Sketch Challenge

I’m a fan of creating personal challenges in order to better myself - as an artist and as a person. Recently I’ve been doing these paint sketches which I’ve been sharing on my instagram & our facebook page. If you’d like to follow along, I’d recommend looking there.




Have you seen…

the Shape of Stories by Kurt Vonnegut? It’s pretty interesting and I like the idea of it as a visual person.

Vashi Nedomansky’s article on the evolution of the dolly zoom? A must for film nerds.

Happy Nerdy Valentine’s Day

Here’s an unused greeting card concept that I had kicking around. We’re all big fans of all sorts of games, movies and media. I wanted to combine that into an image.


Love Hurts

They say “Do what you love. Love what you do.” We believe it’s more complicated than that.



It devalues hard work and persistence. It suggest that what we do is easy - that art is magic that flows from the tip of a pen or stylus. That’s far from the real truth.

It’s not surprising that making good art takes a lot of work and practice. However, the idea that commercial artists are mercenaries, is. We are all guns for hire or hoping to join their ranks. “Do what you love” suggests that we are our own master, but it neglects the many people concept/visual development artists serve. We make art that gets molded, steered and guided. And we should not forget its not often for love or craft, but to chase box office, marketing researching, etc.

Your job is the wrong place to try to find your love of what you do(they however are a good source of money). Like a good mercenary you need to get the job done. That said, don’t give up loving art and don’t keep churning away at work.



5 Ways to Not Fall into the “Love” Trap

  • Be open to collaboration - Don’t be precious about your designs. Projects are always a collaboration.
  • Think outside the box - Try new things out. Don’t be afraid to fail.
  • Find Opportunities to Learn - Practice your craft on your current assignments or on your own time.
  • Don’t be afraid to move on - If you’ve learned everything you can at your job, don’t be afraid to take the next step. Staying longer only hurts you in the end.
  • Have Fun/Don’t take it too seriously - After all it’s just art.

Have you seen…

this video by Cal Newport: “‘Follow Your Passion’ Is Bad Advice”

the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell? It’s one of our favorite texts on work translating into returns.

Some of my art from “The Lego Movie”

About two years ago I had the great opportunity to work on the Lego Movie. I had a great time and it was loads of fun. Here’s two pieces I dug up. I need to poke around my hard drive and find some others.






The prompt I got was “office building meets Mordor.” I have a few more versions and takes on this concept that I’ll share next week!

You got to love it. #art #valentines

You got to love it. #art #valentines

Help us pick what t shirts to print! Let us know what you guys like! #tshirt #vote #illustration #art

Help us pick what t shirts to print! Let us know what you guys like! #tshirt #vote #illustration #art

Help us pick what t shirts to print! Let us know what you guys like! #tshirt #vote #illustration #art

Help us pick what t shirts to print! Let us know what you guys like! #tshirt #vote #illustration #art

Help us Pick some Tees!

Picking shirt designs is like deciding your favorite child(or so I’m told). We’ve decided to enlist the wisdom of the crowd and turn to you to help us get to the bottom of this. We’re sharing a total of 16 designs over the next two days. Today we’ll have two sets up on the blog and put the remaining two sets on our facebook page and our instagram.

Look. Vote. Help us out!


I’ve always heard it’s what’s on the inside that counts and we’ve made a few shirt designs exploring innards.


My mother told me not to play with my food, but I wonder if it’s okay if my food does it by itself?

More Art Questions Answered

Once again we look into our mailbag of reader submitted questions! If you have anything on your mind about art, the industry, breaking in, etc, feel free to shoot us a line. Perhaps you’ll see your question featured on the next monthly Q&A.



This Month’s Questions 

I want to maintain a personal habit of consistent practice so I can improve my work. What do I need to do in order to learn what I need to learn efficiently?
Will Kelly
Tennessee, USA

Create a project for yourself and define due dates and deadlines. I’d recommend picking a pre-existing story - as a visual development artist, you are never working on your own story - and setting a firm end date - ie this project will take 3 months. Working on a project it allows you to focus on all parts of the process - characters, environments, props, etc. You can also tailor your project to focus on what you want to improve on - props. Finally, make regular contributions to your project. Start off small and use little successes to propel yourself into taking risks.

What subjects would you recommend (or did you find extremely helpful) in informing your art practice at art school? And, do you find that the principles you learnt from them still applicable now to what you do as a visual development artist?
Roxanne Quiliquite
Sydney, Australia

I learned a lot about composition from my graphic design/typography/printmaking classes. I personally recommend taking graphic design classes because many of the same principles apply to illustration/picture-making.

I was wondering if for you guys personally, whether you decided on a personal style consciously, or if it came naturally to you as you went along. Also, did it help you more to look at many different references while finding a style?
Vivien W
California

Style comes from two places - there’s the natural way that you do things and outside influences that affect it. There’s a balance and conflict between the two - sometimes things don’t quite seem to work well or sit right on the page. For us we only try to enforce a common style when we both work on a sequential project. In other cases we explore, play, and do whatever looks good to us. We of course look at other artists and try new things, but don’t really pursue adapting their look.

Have you seen…

all the Oscar nominated animated Shorts & Features? Who’s your favorites to win?

Victoria’s Frozen artwork featured on Io9?

A delicious, one eared, Cheeseburger cat

A delicious, one eared, Cheeseburger cat

My Daily Paint Sketch Challenge

I’m a fan of creating personal challenges in order to better myself - as an artist and as a person. Recently I’ve been doing these paint sketches which I’ve been sharing on my instagram & our facebook page. If you’d like to follow along, I’d recommend looking there.




Have you seen…

the Shape of Stories by Kurt Vonnegut? It’s pretty interesting and I like the idea of it as a visual person.

Vashi Nedomansky’s article on the evolution of the dolly zoom? A must for film nerds.

Happy Nerdy Valentine’s Day

Here’s an unused greeting card concept that I had kicking around. We’re all big fans of all sorts of games, movies and media. I wanted to combine that into an image.


Love Hurts

They say “Do what you love. Love what you do.” We believe it’s more complicated than that.



It devalues hard work and persistence. It suggest that what we do is easy - that art is magic that flows from the tip of a pen or stylus. That’s far from the real truth.

It’s not surprising that making good art takes a lot of work and practice. However, the idea that commercial artists are mercenaries, is. We are all guns for hire or hoping to join their ranks. “Do what you love” suggests that we are our own master, but it neglects the many people concept/visual development artists serve. We make art that gets molded, steered and guided. And we should not forget its not often for love or craft, but to chase box office, marketing researching, etc.

Your job is the wrong place to try to find your love of what you do(they however are a good source of money). Like a good mercenary you need to get the job done. That said, don’t give up loving art and don’t keep churning away at work.



5 Ways to Not Fall into the “Love” Trap

  • Be open to collaboration - Don’t be precious about your designs. Projects are always a collaboration.
  • Think outside the box - Try new things out. Don’t be afraid to fail.
  • Find Opportunities to Learn - Practice your craft on your current assignments or on your own time.
  • Don’t be afraid to move on - If you’ve learned everything you can at your job, don’t be afraid to take the next step. Staying longer only hurts you in the end.
  • Have Fun/Don’t take it too seriously - After all it’s just art.

Have you seen…

this video by Cal Newport: “‘Follow Your Passion’ Is Bad Advice”

the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell? It’s one of our favorite texts on work translating into returns.

Some of my art from “The Lego Movie”

About two years ago I had the great opportunity to work on the Lego Movie. I had a great time and it was loads of fun. Here’s two pieces I dug up. I need to poke around my hard drive and find some others.






The prompt I got was “office building meets Mordor.” I have a few more versions and takes on this concept that I’ll share next week!

You got to love it. #art #valentines

You got to love it. #art #valentines

Help us Pick some Tees!
More Art Questions Answered
My Daily Paint Sketch Challenge
Happy Nerdy Valentine’s Day
Love Hurts
Some of my art from “The Lego Movie”

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