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Art Camp is here.


I'm extremely excited to launch a brand new Art Camp today.

In addition to the first Art Camp program that has already helped hundreds of students, there's now Art Camp 2: an alternate track of material with a similar focus on honing your fundamental art skills. You don't need to take Art Camp 1 before you take 2. You can even sign up for both at the same time.

A couple of the new features in Art Camp include a private forum and a host of professional artists giving regular critiques (Sean Murray, Randy Gallegos, Tristan Elwell, and Adam Paquette, to name a few). I can't tell you how excited I am to get started.

As always, I really appreciate it if you share and tell your friends about Art Camp. After you register you'll have access to an affiliate program I've set up. Refer friends to Art Camp with your referral url and get $25 for each person that signs up.

Art Camp starts May 21Registration opens today.

Let's learn together.

Noah Bradley
I'm extremely proud and excited to launch my new downloadable lecture, The Art of Being Noah Bradley. Learn more about it here: theartofbeingnoahbradley.com/
I quit freelancing: www.noahbradley.com/blog/2013/…

The good news is that this means much, much more personal work. I'm working on creating my own world. I try to keep most of my DA postings as just finished paintings, though. If you're interested in seeing more sketches and thoughts behind this project, I encourage you to follow me on one of these other sites:


Thanks--I'm excited to see where this journey takes me!
Starting at 6pm EST I'm doing a live chat with Chris Oatley. Come watch here: www.livestream.com/noahbradley

Hope to see you there!
I love it.

Last week I purchased a Yiynova MSP19U, a 19″ pressure-sensitive tablet monitor. After the fantastic review by Frenden this tablet monitor has gotten a lot of internet attention. Wacom has utterly dominated the field, leaving little room for competitors. But there's a new kid on the block.

The MSP19U is a worthy competitor. It's not perfect. But it's darn good.

Presentation

It's not the greatest presentation. If you're looking for a slick, Apple-like packaging… look elsewhere. All you'll get here is simple instructions with more Engrish than you can shake a stick at.

Hardware

The device itself is great. It's sturdy, well-constructed and has a nice screen on it. It's more lightweight and portable than any Cintiq I've used. I was quite comfortable sitting on my bed with this thing in my lap. I'm pretty sure a Cintiq would have crushed my pelvis.

I like the colors better than any Cintiq I've used. I've found Cintiqs to have unusually dull colors (even when calibrated). The MSP19U is bright and vibrant. It leans a bit cool in color (and a tad light) out of the box, but nothing a little calibration can't fix.

The surface is glassy smooth. Personally, I like this better than the faux-grit that a lot of current Wacom tablets have. If you really want to put some grit on the screen, you can always add a screen protector.

There are no buttons on the device. Word has it that the next generation device they're producing will have them, but this one didn't. I'm ok with that. I've never used the buttons on my Intuos and I don't have any need to start. I prefer key commands on my keyboard—they're faster and more reliable.

The viewing angles aren't great. But I find when working on a tablet monitor you're more likely to be looking directly at it than at a traditional monitor.

Software

The drivers are a bit problematic and the software interface is kinda ugly. But not a big deal. I was able to get it working quickly. And once you get it working there's little need to touch the software again. I do wish I had more customization on the pressure-sensitivity, but I'm sure that will come as the company improves their software.

Summary

It's not a flawless piece of hardware, but I absolutely love this thing. And I haven't even mentioned the price: at $600, this is a steal. To get a Wacom product of similar quality, you'd be looking at 2-4x that price.

I'm not going to tell you that the Yiynova MSP19U is better than a Wacom Cintiq. But I will tell you that it's every bit as good. If you're in the market for a tablet monitor and prefer to not spend money for the sake of spending money, buy one of these. You won't regret it.

Purchase a Yiynova MSP19U: www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009…

4.5/5 stars
I'm doing a 12 week self-directed online course this summer focused on improving your art skills. If you're desperate to get better but aren't sure how to do that, this course is for you. Learn more here: www.noahbradley.com/artcamp/
Today at 6pm EST I'm interviewing fellow concept artist, illustrator, and entrepreneur Darren Yeow. He's an incredibly smart guy and I'm thrilled to hear what he has to say about making it as a professional artist. There will be a lot of invaluable information in this so I hope you don't miss out.

To watch the free, live broadcast, go here: www.livestream.com/noahbradley
Tomorrow at noon EST I will be doing a live Q&A on freelancing and being an artist. RSVP to the event on facebook now: www.facebook.com/events/459284…

Go here tomorrow at noon EST: livestream.com/noahbradley

See you there!
I mainly use DA for posting my finished work. But I also post a lot of my sketches and process work online. If you're interested in checking that stuff how, you've got a couple options. First, follow my page on Facebook: facebook.com/noahbradleyart

Or follow me on Twitter: twitter.com/noahbradley

Looking forward to connecting with y'all on other sites as well! :)
If anyone's interested in asking me questions about... well, anything at all: go and check out my AMA. www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments…

Let your redditor friends know!
1. All orders for The Art of Freelancing today will also come with free download links of my entire livestreaming collection. That's about 20 hours of content. theartoffreelancing.com/

2. All orders of my livestream recordings will come with free download links for two not-otherwise-available videos. www.noahbradley.com/blog/video…

3. All orders from my store will come with a free not-otherwise-available video. store.noahbradley.com/
I'm livestreaming some thumbnails and sketches in 30 minutes. Come on by and see how I start my pieces: livestream.com/noahbradley
We all loved it at first.

We loved creating. Those first attempts were driven by enjoyment. We weren't doing it to get better, to "practice", or even, God forbid, for a paycheck. We were doing it to do it. A joy unto itself.

In some ways, I find all my current work to be little more than efforts to rediscover that first love. To get back to that feeling I had at the beginning, before all the training, practice, and work. Before I was "serious." Back when drawing wasn't about creating something pretty but just having fun. No pressure, no demands, no expectations.

...continue reading on my blog: www.noahbradley.com/blog/2012/…
We're our own worst enemy.

Our minds keep us from doing the things we want to do by telling us that we can't do them. That we don't know how or we're not qualified or we're going to fail.

Continue reading on my blog: www.noahbradley.com/blog/2012/…
One of the best pieces of advice I've ever received has been "fake it till ya make it." I took it to heart.

I thought I was a good artist before I was. I acted like a professional before I was. I put out my first instructional video before I started working professionally. I was working professionally when I didn't know what I was doing. I acted like an extrovert when I was an introvert. I acted like a businessperson when I hadn't made a dime. I acted like a marketer when I hadn't sold anything.

Continue reading on my blog... www.noahbradley.com/blog/2012/…
Start a lot of things. Scribble down thousands of thumbnails for paintings. Jot down ideas for novels, poems, articles. Sketch constantly. Start drawings, paintings, sculptures, songs, anything. Every day, start something new. Hell, start ten new things.

...continue reading on my blog: www.noahbradley.com/blog/2012/…
Applications are now open for my new online mentorship program. The first group will start in a couple weeks. Spots are filling up quickly and space is extremely limited, so get in your application now if you're interested.

Go here for more information on the program and how to apply: www.noahbradley.com/blog/mento…
I recently did a livestream session where I painted 6 different sketches in less than three hours. And you know the best part? I'm giving away the video for free. Go here to download it: www.noahbradley.com/blog/2012/…
Hey y'all, I'm doing some livestreaming of a few personal sketches starting at 7pm EST. Come on by and watch: www.livestream.com/noahbradley
Hey y'all, I'm live with Awesome Horse Studios in 30 minutes (4pm EST): www.awesomehorsestudios.com/wa…

We'll be live for a couple hours and our own Cynthia Sheppard will be demoing how to paint hands. Should be awesome. Hope to see you in there!