TAD/CA.org Inking Technique Download!



I've mentioned this in a few venues, but I wanted to archive this announcement officially on the blog - my demo video with Conceptart.org/TAD is now available!!

102 minutes / $20

While I was in Kansas City the past month working at the Academy and TAD I had the amazing opportunity to shoot a demo video. The turn around time was pretty tight, so instead of getting into an involved piece, I decided to shoot a video describing my ink techniques, and the various tools you can use to achieve different results. In the end I worked on three images - one in nib, another in brush, and another in nib and wash - over 102 minutes. I speak on working from reference, spotting blacks, line variety, gesture, and past inkers and influences; among other topics.

I'm pleased with how it turned out, and hopefully it is helpful to those that give it a watch!! Feel free to post your own ink work in this thread and I am happy to critique and offer suggestions :)

A trailer and imagery from the video:




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I'd also like to thank Jason Manley and John English for having me help out with the workshops in Kansas City. It's been the greatest honor of my career to work with all my heroes and those people that have had such a significant influence in my journey so far. Also a giant thanks to the students to being incredible and open to my suggestions and talks/demos. I admittedly was wildly nervous to give presentations but the group was so great, I relaxed pretty quickly. I look forward to continue to share and pay whatever knowledge I have forward! Everyone from KC stay in touch!


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Lastly, I'm mostly moved into Austin! I'm sharing a place with my good buddy and artist Orlando Sanchez and have my new studio space mostly set up at the Austin TAD POD! It's such a fresh space to work! The students are beginning to arrive for the beginning of classes next week and the energy is very high. After I finish this post I'll begin the first block of work in the new space. Speaking of work, I'm rocking out on some super exciting projects that I can't wait to share - but can't at the moment. But once classes get cranking here I'll have demos, figure drawings, and all that good stuff to share on a regular basis!

incredibly excited and thankful,
-francis

26 comments:

RAWLS said...

Ink Mastah!!

Kendra Melton said...

I can hear you glowing through the internet haha. Aw, I'm so incredibly happy for you! I'm glad everything is going so well and turning into such a bright and adventurous future. Live it up!

Oh and that demo looks pretty darn swell. So talented. Keep it up man! :]

Kyle said...

great demo, got this yesterday

Marie Provence said...

Congrats!

Vincent Nappi said...

Francis,

It was great finally getting to meet you in person. You're doing it man, you're really in there now. Here's a big congratulations on coming so far. I can't wait to see what those projects you were working on turn into!

Andy Espinoza said...

Congrats man!

Evan Norman said...

Congrats Francis. I loved the demo you did for us in Kansas City and I can't wait to try some ink for myself!!

-Evan

Jussi Tarvainen said...

Franco! Great learning from you at KC. Seeing how you worked with ink was highly inspiring and informative. Keep up the great work and I'll see you in the bit stream.

Francis Vallejo said...

thanks so much for the support everyone!

Vincent, Evan, and Jussi: great to work with you guys!!!! Stay in touch. Evan we're gunna blow up the Austin pod!

Anonymous said...

Francis-Austin will never be the same-take good care of yourself

Colin Boyer said...

It was great seeing you again at KC, Francis! I learned a lot watching that demo, and this video looks really informative. Congrats!

Currently being amused by the trolls on YouTube.

Eric Braddock said...

The video looks fantastic, man. You're killin it!

Rendez said...

congrats on a great technique demo

Dominic Bugatto said...

Killer drawing chops , nicely done.

Kyle McCullough said...

Dude this is awesome, you dropped a thumbs up in the very beginning, didn't even notice that at first. Soo good, hope all is well man.

-kyle

Tiffany prothero said...

Great! I got your video. I haven't had the time to watch it yet, but looking forward to. :) Thanks for sharing your process.
-Tiff

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the support everyone. Hope the video is informative and enjoyable!

-francis

andrew domo said...

Francis, you're one serious bad ass!

Charlie said...

This was a great video for me at the right time. I recently did a few pieces with your techniques and really enjoyed it. You can view one here...(http://charlieharper.net) I got caught up at one point with trying to make everything look too perfect which gave me fear of the nib and took forever which burnt me out. I think using both the nib and the brush together is my preferred choice. Your video really has inspired and helped me and was worth the $20 bones. I would pay another $20 for some more insight on inking if you do another video sometime. Thanks so much.

Will Ralston said...

congrats for the success man!! Hope things are going well for you and orlando over there. Keep the Inspiration and work coming man

Stella K. said...

This is SO cool..
Found this through the random blog selector thing. Amazing!

frank gressie said...

hey francis!

this is really dope, really interesting what you got to say. tried inking in photoshop, you can see the result on my blog *hint hint* :D
but seriously, great information! really like the artists links on your blog too, so much amazing artists out there!
and update some more yo! hehe

frank

Ashlie said...

New to the blog. I am enamored by your drawing and look forward to seeing future work. Thanks for the preview into your work.

Alexxx Castaneda said...

Ahhh that video was inspiring played this in the bg and did a lil ink piece as well. Well done maestro!

Nicholas said...

Francis,

That demo video was great, well done, professional, and above all informative.


Also, CONGRATULATIONS on your success at TAD! Keep it real...

Roberto Fierro said...

Francis You are Machine!!
Your stile painting this Geisha remember Frank Miller Ronin!!!
Congrats!!!