Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Muddy Colors is about to go through some big changes in the next few weeks. Already, you can see a bit of a cosmetic difference, but the real stuff is yet to come.

From the very beginning, the intention of Muddy Colors has been to feature a rotating roster of various artists and experts in the SFF genre. The hope was that as one person left, a new one would join, ultimately resulting in an entirely new roster of artists every few years. With time, I hope that the Muddy Colors name will become synonymous with 'A place of learning', rather than just a specific person or two.

For the past year and a half, the contributors of Muddy Colors have provided our readers with a new post every weekday, never missing a single day. I am extremely proud to say that we will now be posting on Saturdays as well... thanks to the help of a few new members!

We have put great consideration into asking very specific members join us, trying to fill particular niches that we felt the blog lacked. It is our hope that these new contributors will bring fresh insight and inspiration to all of out readers.

It is with great pride that I would like to introduce you all to our newest additions:

Serge Birault

Most of the Muddy Colors contributors are somewhat proficient in digital techniques, but none of us would consider ourselves true digital artists. Digital techniques are such an important aspect of the business, we felt it was absolutely imperative to bring in someone who can really show our readers what the medium has to offer. And who better to do that than the amazingly talented Serge Birault?






Terryl Whitlatch

For me, one of the most glaring omissions from Muddy Colors has always been that of a female voice. Though, it certainly wasn't for a lack of trying. There are, unfortunately, just not a lot of women in this industry to pick from. This is why it is a particular thrill for me to welcome Terryl Whitlatch to our ranks. A seasoned instructor, Terryl also brings with her decades of experience in the film industry.






Tim Bruckner

We have always focused on 2-dimensional art here at Muddy Colors, which is a shame really. Many, if not most of us, implement some sort of rudimentary model making into our reference acquisition process. Further more, a large portion of the industry revolves around sculptors, including toys, collectables, and maquettes for film. Unfortunately, my knowledge in the field is greatly lacking. Which is why it is such an honor to welcome one of my personal favorites, Tim Bruckner, to the blog.





Please join me in giving our newest members a warm welcome. I expect I am just as excited as many of you to see what they have in store for us!

In addition to these wonderful new artists, the next few weeks will also see a few more fun things, including the return of guest blogger Paul Bonner! So stay tuned, and be sure to check us out on Saturdays now as well!

43 comments:

  1. This is good news, Muddycolors was great, but now its gotten better, thanks for all the effort.
    Bill

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  2. Welcome all, can't wait to open my mind to the new material. :D

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  3. Great additions! Thanks for sharing all your great knowledge with us.

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  4. This blog is shining more and more!

    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Je pense que j'ai saisi l'allusion, Marc :D

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  5. Awesome news but I can never unsee that naked JarJar. =(

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  6. Very welcome additions to Muddy Colors, I am also greatly looking forward to seeing the next installment of Paul Bonner on MC. It's a real treat for me, personally, as he really has been a strong influence on me picking up illustration for a living.

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  7. Awesome. I'm definitely looking forward to reading their artistic insights.

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  8. Glad to see some new faces around. Looking forward to hearing from them.

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  9. Thank you for inviting me, I'm glad to be part of it ^^

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  10. Awesome, I cant wait to see new digital techniques

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  11. wow. Just as you thought MC couldn't get any better...

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  12. This is adding a great diversity to an already great place. Hey Dan, does Greg know you used amazingly "talented" to describe Serge?

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    1. haha. I'm actually in the same boat as Greg. I believe in talent, but I just don't believe it's 'given'... it's earned.

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    2. I repeat the same thing to my students, again and again ... :)

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  13. Very very cool! Welcome to all the new contributors!

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  14. Awesome, hooray for Papa Ninja and Terryl! Paul Bonner should be a regular. For me being exposed to his work was like a second coming of Frazetta. It really lit a spark in me that few other artists ever have. MC is the place to be!!

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  15. That's awesome! Big fan of all three artists. Especially excited for Tim Bruckner though since I just started reading his book Pop Sculpture!

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  16. I love these additions so much that the coming together-ness of them and MC feels like a personal victory...I don't even...

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  17. This blog is like "The Avengers - Art Edition" :P

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  18. So excited about this! Everyone on this blog is so good and helpful!

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  19. WOOHOO!! I'm thrilled that Terryl is joining your ranks! I've been a fan of hers since I discovered "The Katurran Odyssey."

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  20. This is rly awesome, I knew for the intentions of this blog before. As much as I am exited for the new additions(expecially Paul Bonner I admit, since i am a GREAT fan) I am also worried if you guys are going to leave?

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  21. Dan, I like your vision for Muddy Colors, except the part about 'revolving artists'. Certainly add new contributors, but I would hate to see all, or even some of you 'first generation Muddies', leave. You've touched us all with your vision and artwork, but what you're doing here is connecting to us on a personal level. Your musings and sketches and process shots let us see the men (and now women) behind the stunning art. You show us what it's like behind the canvas and behind the Wacom and we are inspired by it.

    But Life intrudes and it must be tiring to come up with posts day in and day out. For what it's worth, thank you for sacrificing a part of your day to share yourselves with us. You folks make our day a bit better.

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  22. This is so exciting! I love this blog!

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  23. Oh hell yes. This will be awesome.

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  24. big wellcome to the new artists, and keep up the amazin job guys
    cheers

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  25. Great additions. I know Mr. Buckner's work from the Clubhouse forums and Pop sculpture book. Awesome stuff.

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  26. I'm so glad you guys added Terryl! I just met her at the Anomaly Workshop in Vancouver and she'll be a great addition to the blog.

    Additionally I think there's a pretty good list of women artists and illustrators to ask to join. Rebecca Guay, Julie Bell, Claire Wendling, Terese Nielsen etc. (and those are only the more famous ones! I could list others...)

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  27. what's better than AWESOME?!?! MUDDY COLORS!!! OMG OMG OMG....

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  28. Welcome to all new contributors! I found out about this blog only a couple of months ago and I went through all the posts back to the first one. They are worth several art classes, and I'm very grateful to all of you for sharing your knowledge. I wish you guys lots of success!

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  29. I could not agree more Vinod! Great to see Terryl!

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  30. PaulBonnerPaulBonnerPaulBonner!
    You've gotten me properly excited for his next post!

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  31. Ubelievable, one if the best blogs on the net just got better. Welcome guys, I can't wait for your posts. I'm a big fan of Serge and Terryl, just amazing artists. I don't know much about scultpure so I think it will be really cool to get insights from Tim Bruckner (your work is amazing). And yes of course will be great to hear from Paul Bonner again!

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