Sunday, January 29, 2017


Hey everyone! Welcome to Spring 2017 – Experimental Digital Painting 3 and Brainstorm School if this is your first time here. It was a pleasure meeting you all and we hope you learned a lot from this first class!

The syllabus is the course outline for the entire term so hold on to it or refer to it to have an idea of what to expect in the future.

So why is this class important? This class is designed to broaden your visual sensibility and visual library. Each and every master brings a different ‘palette’ and specialization, different styles and techniques, to their work. By having a large arsenal of techniques and different workflows, like having a belt of various tools, you learn to be adaptable and capable to handle any problem as an artist.

So here's the task for this week...
  1. Create a master copy of one of his works, whether it's a simple replication or a rearrangements of his components and his design
  2. Do (2) still life paintings
  3. Make a name tag to hang up alongside your work :)
Dropbox Link:

Eyvind Earle
Some characteristics of Eyvind Earle's work include his sense of design, flow, space, texture, graphic shapes
He is able to create so much depth in such a flat space by utilizing principles of design
What is stipling? It's a mark consisting of dots and small specks to create a 'textured' or                       gradation effect
·      Pick a photograph that is high res or else you won’t be able to find those crisp defined shapes in preparation for making your own pattern stamps
·      use blend modes to define the patterns and components you discover by extracting from photographs or textures (this simple tool can be utilized for more than just replicating another master’s work, it’s a powerful tool used in matte painting, concept art, illustrations, graphic design, etc.)
·      Creating stamps works the exact way as creating brushes in photoshop, by basically copying the shape over to a new document, edit>define brush preset or after selecting the shape, create a work path, edit>define custom shape

“There’s no real rules to composition… composition is a point of view you’re trying to shoot.”

1.     First off, identify your extracted shapes and brushes you will be using to create your compositions
2.     Start off by creating a relatively lighter background just to establish an atmosphere, to create the same palette (Thanks Eyvind Earle!)
3.     Establish your ground plane
4.     Place elements and arranging them in ways to create something interesting
a.     Consider your placements of large to small shapes, create a balance

Once you do your own copy, do a still life: take a simple object and apply the eyvind earle approach to it
1.     Local value

2.     Consider graphic design of the shape

Week 1: Welcome!

Hey Guys!

Welcome to DC3 experimental digital painting class!

Here is the syllabus below, let me or the T.A know if you have any questions, etc.

- Be sure to always print our your homework and post on the wall in class!


Friday, January 13, 2017


Welcome to SPRING 2017 Term!

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to the Brainstorm School SPRING 2017 term! Thank you for enrolling in DC3!
Here are some important bits of information for the upcoming term.
First day of class:  January 29th, 2017, Sunday, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM (3 Hour course)
- Please arrive at least 15 minutes early for street parking. 
- Students are not allowed to park in the building’s lot due to building regulations.
Come prepared with your Materials:
- Sketchbook for notes & sketching: Cottonwood brand recommended:
- Pens or Pencil for notes & sketching
- Laptop (laptops are allowed in class to take notes with)
- Photoshop: We recommend CS2 or higher
- Tablet: Wacom brand recommended
Required for homework:
- Computer: Desktop or Laptop (laptops are allowed in class to take notes with)
- Photoshop: We recommend CS2 or higher
- Tablet: Wacom brand recommended
Attached is a map of the school. We encourage students to carpool with classmates if available.
Brainstorm School
223 W Palm Ave
Burbank, Ca 91502