Art School Boot Camp: Transforming Ideas into Art

Christine Nishiyama, Illustrator/Writer at Might Could Studios

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6 Videos (15m)
    • A Guide from Idea to Artwork

      1:21
    • Stage 1: Sponging

      3:22
    • Stage 2: Incubating

      3:48
    • Stage 3: Building

      2:26
    • Stage 4: Revising

      2:32
    • Project Assignment

      1:01

About This Class

What makes a drawing a piece of art? What makes splotches of paint on a canvas artwork? What makes snippets of recorded scenes a masterpiece?

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To create a strong piece of art, the idea has to be strong. You could be a technical master and able to paint the human anatomy in perfect realistic detail, but if you ain’t got an idea, then you ain’t got art. The idea is king, and the idea should be the focus in artmaking.

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There are thousands of tutorials on how to master your craft: how to draw a horse, how to paint fluffy clouds…But what about a tutorial on how to develop ideas for meaningful art? And how to use those ideas to inject emotion, feeling, and intellectual thought into our work? That’s what I aim to do with this class. Instead of focusing so much on technical prowess, I hope to encourage you to focus on the emotional and intellectual investment in your work.

By the end of the class, you’ll have a new process to take your art to the next level, the confidence to step beyond studying technical craft, and a guide to start developing ideas to make the art that’s meaningful to you.

115 of 117 students recommendSee All

This is a great resource that's easy to understand, with examples and explanations on how to go about each step. I really appreciated the clarity. Anyone can have great ideas. Thank you so much for this video!
Great guide!
Micheline L.

Graphic Design

Awesome! was in wonder of what was going on with me when writing my book, now that I see there is a process it makes a lot of sense!

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Christine Nishiyama

Illustrator/Writer at Might Could Studios

Christine Fleming is an illustrator and writer working out of Atlanta, GA. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a BFA in Graphic Design, and is now working as an author/illustrator creating picture books, graphic novels, and editorial work.

Christine is represented by Danielle Smith at Red Fox Literary, and is an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) where she was awarded the honor of SCBWI Illustrator of the Month after attending the SCBWI National Conference in New York.

Check out Christine's 12+ other classes to further explore her illustration process!

To follow her work you can view her portfolio at www.mightcouldstudios.com, and around the internet: Twitter  /  Instagram  /  Pinterest  /  Facebook

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