Podcast Monster Process!

Ahoy fans and visitors!

Welcome to my first Process Post!

I am sorry it has been so long since I last posted but things have been pretty insanely busy, whew! Aside from my full time job as a Sr Graphic Designer I am also now working part time with Chris Oatley and his Academy as the Creative Fulfillment Coordinator! This allows me to help Chris, Lora Innes, Justin Copeland and the rest of the team of The Oatley Academy of Visual Storytelling while still working on personal projects when I get the chance.

My current work for the Academy consists of handling incoming technique and heart-felt questions from other artists like you and myself. Then I take that content and filter and condense it to a list of information that the team can then apply to school functions and content for the podcasts to help out the wider audience like yourselves! I will also be working on many specialized types of projects with the school and I will release more information about that as this year goes on!

This is one of the most amazing professional opportunities that I have ever come in contact with so I am looking forward to all of the awesome projects, products and conversations the future will bring!! I will do my best with relaying all of these kinds of cool stories and inspiration on to you and sharing with you some of my new amazing adventures!

So, for this post I wanted to share some art that I have been working on as practice for my digital painting! I am still working on my children's book, The Tiniest Titan ( I believe I am going to officially change the name to this ), and these kinds of quick pieces allow me to get some color bugs worked out between panels of the Titan book.

This piece is one that started as a sketch when I was recording a recent "ArtCast" podcast with Chris Oatley and two other amazing artists from the Academy, Edge and Ania!

Click Below and lets get onward to the art!!!
Lets have some fun and watch how The Podcast Monster was built in the layers from finished pencils to digital painting!

Simply click on the first image and it will pop to full screen and then use your arrow keys to scroll and travel through the process images! Its that easy! 

That was Fun!

I will also have a post up in the next week or so with this same kind of layered breakdown of my newest practice piece, "BoneMask!" Here is a quick teaser of that piece!

Oh, fun footnote!:

I am working on the details but i t looks like I will be able to go to CTNx in November of this year! CTNx, or the Creative Talent Network Expo, is a trade show dedicated to to the animation, illustration and movie entertainment industries. It is a place where visually creative and content creative (writers, technical, etc) professionals get the chance to meet with other working professionals, studios and similar artists to talk shop, enjoy new material and projects and generally meet to network and have fun!

I am blessed to be able to have the opportunity to do this and it is thanks to family and friends that I will be able to go at all so I am very thankful to all of them! My plan is to have Titan finished so I can  showcase it to other artists and so I can also share it with publishers and studios in hopes that I can start talking about ways to publish it! Please keep your fingers crossed for this!

If it works out, it will make things even easier for my next property as I work on it. That book will be called "Bots Amusement Park" and I am looking forward to when I get to dig further into it. I may wait until the beginning of next year to start working on "Bots" because I am looking to take my first series of classes from The Oatley Academy between books so I can level up my skills in preparation!

I will be sure to let you all know what I am working on as I get through things because I love sharing all the amazing material I am learning!

My very best to all of you!

Until then,

Best be to yee' me mateys!
May the winds be at your backs and friends be at your sides. Blessed be your journeys.

Derrick "Captain Dutz" Utz

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