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How to become a better artist right now!

Becoming a better artist isn’t rocket science, brain surgery, nor does it require “talent”. The answer is simple, but you might not like it.

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Marrett House Art Show

The Marrett House in Standish Maine is hosting their 9th annual art show, among the artists: yours truly (Lloyd Metcalf). That’s right, D&D game guy that I am, is also part of the Saco River Artists League.           Enjoy the show & sale of art & fine crafts by local artists … Continue reading »

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Where’s all the art?

Am I Hiding? No.. It’s not that I’ve stopped creating RPG art and working in the field, it’s that the focus has been on Fail Squad Games. FSG has a number of Kickstarters lined up, all needing writing, art, layout, design and more. RPG Crate sees my work every month now, and more commissions are … Continue reading »

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Messed up brushes? Don’t throw them out!

Ruined Brushes? Either you have forgotten some brushes, cleaned them part way, or are just cleaning them improperly. At some point an artist ends up looking at many dollars worth of art brushes that are caked with dried paint, “crunchy”, or just overly stiff because of old paint remnants. It doesn’t matter if you work … Continue reading »

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Photoshop Brushes Nightmare!

Brush Organization! If you are a digital painter, or use photoshop, you know that the struggle is REAL! Until recently I had a handle on my most commonly used brushes. The nice and handy Jonas De Ro Speed Paint Brush panel was a lovely answer. Everything is carried out with actions and it is a nice solution. … Continue reading »

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Adebanji Alade – An inspiring tale

I really like this guy, this video, and everything about this. He reminds me of the key to successful skill mastery – Do it. Do it without short cuts. Find joy in it. and DO IT. He is so excited about what he says and does, that I find myself getting excited  about it as … Continue reading »

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What is an appropriate art signature?

Recently a client told me my signature on the illustration submitted was too understated. This has always been an issue for me. Other artists nearly dominate a piece of art with their signature and I tuck mine away. I am never sure how to approach this part of what we do. How important is a … Continue reading »

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Mind the Gap – When a nerd does a TED Talk

What happens when a “Professional Nerd” gets invited to do a TEDx Talk?   Despite being remarkably nervous, the first speaker of an event, and numerous other pressures…. it actually turns out ok. In April 2016 I was invited to do a TEDx Talk at SMCC in Maine. A great deal of effort, time, and … Continue reading »

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This will only take you a minute

“This will only take you a few minutes!” The dreaded words that your client will say to you as a freelance creative. More likely to be heard if you released an hourly rate you use as an estimate for client rates. It doesn’t matter if they are right about the time estimate or not, what they … Continue reading »

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Is an Artist Always Turned On?

Creativity is a fickle and fiery mistress. Artists and creatives are not able to set their alarm in the morning, head off to work, turn out amazing products for eight hours, then go home to talk about the day at the office. There really is no stopping or starting the desire to do something, or … Continue reading »

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