Online Teaching Update

Quick Update

Here is a quick update on my online teaching and some of the things I’ve got planned in the coming weeks. I’m thrilled with how things been progressing progressing so far and to make things a little easier to manage I’m planning to launch a new teaching site dedicated specifically to online teaching. I’ve also been talking with a bunch of other super talented artists to help me begin putting together online classes in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

Tutoring Sessions

In the meantime my online tutorial spots are filling up fast. I signed on two students last week and have room for just a couple more. If you are interested in a personalized tutoring session(s) please head on over to my contact page and drop me a note. Please include a little bit about what you are interested in learning and your level of experience with the program you want to focus on. If you are brand new to the program don’t worry I work with students of all levels. If you are just looking for more info on how they work let me know in your contact message and I will email an overview including how the classes work, how much they cost and what kind of availability I have.

Cartoon Shark Illustration Start to Finish – Adobe Illustrator CC

A quick (pun intended) look at at how I build an illustration using Adobe Illustrator CC. I just updated to Adobe’s cloud last week and had a little fun putting this video together in Photoshop CC, yup, that’s right you read it correctly. This video was done in Illustrator but then put together using Photoshop for video editting.. There are some great new features in all these new programs and I can’t wait to do a little more exploring.

I hope you enjoy this video. Even though it’s sped up quite a bit this is my actual working process. You’ll notice there is quite a bit of trial and error as I work my way from start to finish. I left everything in because I wanted you to see that building art is many times an experimental process and doesn’t always have a smooth transition from start to finish… Plus I added in a little snappy background music for your viewing and audio pleasure. Enjoy!

If you are having trouble viewing this movie on your mobile device please try this link –

http://youtu.be/97BM40yTNpo

 

Contest Winner – Silliest Dinosaur Question Ever

dinosaur, dino, cartoon, childrens illustrator, bob ostrom

Julia reminded me last weekend that we are just about ready to announce the winner to the silliest dinosaur question ever…. So I made this little video to let you guys know when and where the winner will be announced (I’m nowhere near as good as Ryan Seacrest but I think you’ll get the idea).

 

I just wanted to give a quick thanks to everyone who participated. If you’d like to check out some of the silly questions you can find them here: Silliest Dinosaur Questions on Facebook

How to Draw a Cat by Bob Ostrom

bob ostrom filming how to draw lessons at burning oak studios

How to draw a cat.

Here is a little video for anyone who loves cats and loves drawing. I did this one down at Burning Oak Studio down in Raleigh a few years ago. I had a great time shooting these. I was a little nervous when I first went in because I had no idea what I was doing but the folks in the studio were great and helped me figure out which end of the marker to draw with and other things that seem so natural when the camera isn’t rolling.

We shot these videos over a couple of days and at the end of the first day I quickly realized it wouldn’t be a bad idea to actually have a few things prepared to say while I was drawing. So, I went home that night and worked on a little script I would use for each of the drawings the following day. I imagined the witty banter I would toss about as I appeared completely relaxed drawing away in a carefree, happy go lucky studio environment. I imagined being the envy of artists everywhere.

Flash forward to day two. Lights on, cameras rolling, me clumsily clutching my pencil for dear life with sweaty palms, a giant shiny forehead and a neon orange shirt…..And Action! Oh no…My mind goes blank. All the witty banter, all the carefree happy go lucky dialog flies right out the window and it’s just me in my orange shirt with a marker and some paper. Wait, what’s my name? Where’s my website?

The guys at Burning Oak, Rob and Matt, were great. They stopped cameras, calmed me down, clowned around a little and got things back on track. It’s funny how something as simple as,  My name is Bob Ostrom and you can find me at Bob Ostrom Studio.com ends up being five takes.