Saturday, December 29, 2012

Wrapping up 2012

-By Dan dos Santos

'Christmas Rush' by Norman Rockwell

Well, 2012 is just about gone, and it's been a rather good year for Muddy Colors.

I'm proud to say that over the course of this year's 366 days, we will have posted 376 times!
This, of course, wouldn't be possible without the efforts of our wonderful, tireless, and surprisingly handsome, group of contributors...  not to mention a lot of guest contributors as well.

In the few short years this blog has been around, I feel like we've shared a lot.  So, in case you joined us late, or maybe you just forgot...  Here's a look at a few notable posts from 2012!

Greg Manchess' '10 Things' lists:
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2012/10/10-thingsapplying-paint.html
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2012/10/10-thingsabout-talent.html
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2012/10/10-thingsabout-generating-paintings.html
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2012/08/10-thingsabout-planning-pictures.html
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2012/07/10-things-i-rememberabout-tracing.html
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2012/06/10-things-i-rememberabout-portfolios.html
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2012/05/10-things-i-rememberabout.html
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2012/04/10-thingsi-remember-about-planning.html
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2012/03/10-things-to-remember-about-training.html

Some useful information on Studio Safety:
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2012/02/studio-safety-pt-1-ventilation.html
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2012/02/studio-safety-pt-2-facts-about.html

A few Composition Basics:
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2012/08/composition-basics-implied-line.html
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2012/08/composition-basics-value-structure.html
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2012/08/composition-basics-temperature-structure.html

How to Build a Free Website in 10 minutes:
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2012/05/how-to-make-free-website-in-less-than.html

How to Promote Yourself on the Internet:
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2012/05/promoting-yourself-on-internet.html

A look back at the work of Moebius:
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2012/03/i-moebius.html
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2012/08/moebius-drawing.html

Appreciating Norman Rockwell:
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2012/01/appreciating-rockwell.html
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2012/01/appreciating-rockwell-pt-2.html
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2012/01/appreciating-rockwell-pt-3.html
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2012/01/appreciating-rockwell-pt-4.html

Donato breaks down Color Relativity:
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2012/01/mud-of-frodo.html

Paolo Rivera joins the blog with a bang:
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2012/07/painting-x-men.html

Serge Birault explains how he creates such convincing skin:
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2012/08/digital-skin.html

Terryl Whitlatch shares her creature creation process:
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2012/06/teemto-pagalies-and-other-denizens-of.html

Justin Gerard takes us through his entire process:
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2011/12/forest-troll-part-i-thumbnails.html
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2011/12/forest-troll-part-ii-dwarf-studies.html
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2012/01/forest-troll-part-iii-troll-studies.html
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2012/01/forest-troll-part-iv-color-comp-and.html
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2012/01/forest-troll-part-v-bungling-it.html
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2012/01/forest-troll-part-vi-tight-pencil.html
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2012/01/forest-troll-part-vii-watercolor.html
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2012/01/forest-troll-digital-trickery.html

A History of Dragons by William O'Connor:
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2012/07/history-of-dragons-in-art.html

A whole fortnight of Dragon-Themed posts starts here:
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2012/09/enter-dragon.html

Not one, but two, amazing exhibitions of SFF art:
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2012/06/sfal.html
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2012/05/at-edge-art-of-fantastic-exhibition.html

Some brilliant concept art from Justin Sweet:
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2012/06/snow-white-and-huntsman.html

A fantastic interview with Maurice Sendak shortly before his death:
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2012/01/stephen-colbert-interviews-maurice.html

Stan Prokopenko's first of many helpful instruction videos:
http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2012/08/how-to-draw-head-from-any-angle.html

And last but not least... A slew of amazing Guest Bloggers:

15 comments:

  1. Well, in 2012 soon passed from our lives hopefully in the years to come is a pretty good year for Muddy Colors ..... Happy New Year 2013

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  2. Thanks for all the great stuff Muddy. May 2013 be even better.

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  3. Fantastic articles guys! Thank you so much for all the informative odds and ends you put up! Happy New Year!

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  4. No more Justin Sweet as a full time contributor - fail. :(

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  5. Thanks Dan! Nice work!
    But there are some broken links; the ones linked to a "http://www.blogger.com/goog_***" These don't work.
    Happy New 2013 for all.
    Be happy and make art!

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    1. Thanks for the heads up. Pretty much all of them were bad. Should be fixed now.

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  6. God bless you!You saved the day, not, the year!

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  7. grouping all those links together is awesome! the greg ones and yours are all pure gold dan. the one i would suggest adding is shooting artwork
    That post i have never seen on other blogs before and is very very essential.
    http://muddycolors.blogspot.com/2012/12/how-to-photograph-your-paintings.html

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  8. oh! Thank you for sharing..and have a Happy New Year!!

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  9. Thank you for this and everything, gentlemen!

    Happy New Year!

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  10. I would like to thank you all for all your inspiring articles throughout the year!! Happy 2013!!

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  11. Thank you Dan and all the rest of the bloggers on Muddy Colors! Your information and inspiration have been awesome! May you and yours all have a Happy New Year!!!!

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  12. Thanks so much to all of the contributors here! So much valuable information and inspiration. I had to make a binder of Gregs "10 things I remember" after reading them again. I printed the comments as well as there is so much more information there as well as in the original posts. Keep up the great work and thanks again to all!

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  13. I discovered MuddyColors in 2012. One of my favorite discovers this year, if not the best !

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  14. I'm a bit late, but I'd like to thank all Muddies for a year chock-full of informative and fun articles. All the best for 2013 to the whole gang!

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