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Digital concept art for an animated film alongside the Adobe Brush Preset menu. So, a little over a year ago, when I was laid off from an embattled premium toy... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Global Toy News
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Life Drawing: Page from my sketchbook. When I was a young lad back in the day of the horse and buggy, I remember getting feedback from my mentors trying to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2017 at Global Toy News
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Back in the day when I was working in the premium toy industry, I'd always know when it was 2:00pm because one of the creative directors would drift off to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at Global Toy News
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QUICK SKETCH: MOLESKIN NOTEBOOK USING PRISMACOLOR PENCIL, JOSEPH SAPULICH, COPYRIGHT © 2017. One of the most common challenges a designer has when trying to capture their big idea on paper,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at Global Toy News
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I recently got back from a business trip to Japan, which along with my recent visit to China added wonderful memories to my many years of travel. The meetings were... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at Global Toy News
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Click to expand image. Well, this is the fourth and final post of the Avengers Age of Ultron concept art demo series. When I started this series I was headed... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at Global Toy News
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Click to expand. When I was working in an animation studio back in the day, it was very common to work long hours and pull all-nighters to meet tight deadlines.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at Global Toy News
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Click image to enlarge. Regardless of your field of design, conceptual art is presented in line, grayscale or full glorious color depending on the stage of the design process and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2016 at Global Toy News
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Click image to enlarge. When I was at the New York Toy Fair last year, I got to see the Kotobukiya Avengers Age of Ultron statue in person and almost... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2016 at Global Toy News
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I caught up on practice sketching during my latest flight to China. It was a long, long flight, so in-between refining toy designs, answering emails and watching the horrible Batman... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2016 at Global Toy News
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Lucasfilm, LTD/The Walt Disney Company, Copyright © 2016 For those of you who, like me, prefer to sketch toy ideation using Adobe Photoshop or Corel Painter because pixel based programs... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at Global Toy News
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Direct to digital rough concept painting: Adobe Photoshop. Unless you’re buddies with the boss, you will have already added digital programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to your essential... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2016 at Global Toy News
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AMERICAN MADE: OIL PAINTING ON LINEN CANVAS 24 X 34" One of the most significant visual cues in creating impactful concept art is the ability to clearly show a direct... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2016 at Global Toy News
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Oil Quick Sketch: Joseph Sapulich © 2016 So, back in the day before my comb over, I was watching a late night news program covering a very important person who... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2016 at Global Toy News
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From conceptual ideation sketches to final presentation art, working within the exacting parameters of multiple professional projects can eventually lead to creative tunnel vision. When a designer gets in this... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2016 at Global Toy News
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Modern digital tools still produce emotionally impactful images. Thor, 2016 © Marvel Studios, Inc. Continuing from last week, cultivating a strategic mindset is very important to growing your level of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at Global Toy News
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Close-up: Digital art using thick and thin illustrative freehand & pen tool techniques in Adobe Photoshop. The challenge of concept art is to convey your new, glorious, never been done... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at Global Toy News
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Visual development art for feature film, © 2016 Dreamworks. In talking to a group of design students, I was amazed how many of them were eager to learn new techniques,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2016 at Global Toy News
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As you know, Adobe Illustrator is used for many tasks within our industry, creating ideation sketches, final art, design specs and various types of paint opts. This post illustrates a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at Global Toy News
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As the deadline looms over your head like a vulture in the desert stalking it’s latest prey, you rack your brain for the elusive idea that will surely bring your... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2015 at Global Toy News
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Cover design for my fine art gallery portfolio printed using Blurb, an online resource. This is the fourth and final part of my article featuring 10 Really Amazing Portfolio Tips.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at Global Toy News
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Back cover to my portfolio to capture attention no matter how it is laid on a table. Wow, I’ve received several emails from both professionals and students discussing their portfolios... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at Global Toy News
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My toy design portfolio includes concept art for multiple Dreamworks film projects. This article focuses primarily on the printed portfolio, but the principles remain the same for digital and online... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2015 at Global Toy News
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Cover to my toy design portfolio printed through Blurb, an the online printing service. Well, it’s that time of year when students are working on their toy design portfolios eagerly... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at Global Toy News
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Charcoal Painting 2015, Joseph Sapulich Recently, I did a portrait of a very important person in the toy industry. Her unique character goes a long way to create company loyalty... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at Global Toy News