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Draftsmen

Stan Prokopenko, Marshall Vandruff and Studio71

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Stan Prokopenko and Marshall Vandruff are art instructors. If you love the arts, particularly the craft of drawing and painting and image-making… and you want to level up your skills or even make a living with your skills, we are here to answer your questions. We’re here to offer you advice, refer you to our resources, share your love of the craft and maybe inspire you! Learn to Draw - www.proko.com Marshall Vandruff - www.marshallart.com Stan Prokopenko - instagram.com/stanprokopenko. We wa ...
 
The Driven to Draw Podcast will teach you how to solve problems visually, think outside the box, build your confidence, generate ideas, and innovate. You'll hear from top creative artists, designers, engineers, and photographers who share their techniques to create products, broaden their creative abilities, and share the benefits of thinking visually. No matter your background or area of expertise, Driven to Draw will be your constant motivator to help you become your best…and Unleash the C ...
 
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Stan and Marshall are here to answer some more of your pressing art-related questions from the last batch of voicemails ever. The two address topics like the importance of persistence, what to focus on after school, graphite versus charcoal, and the age-old conundrum surrounding the graceful acceptance of positive feedback. Show Links (some contain…
 
All good things must come to an end, and podcasts are no exception. The Draftsmen podcast is coming to a close-- but that doesn’t mean Stan and Marshall’s friendship is! The two reminisce over the laughs, deep discussions, and favorite moments they’ve had together over the course of the podcast. Then, they talk about the future and what new adventu…
 
Join Stan and Marshall in their conversation with Ben Zhu, a former student of Marshall’s who also happens to be the founder, owner, and curator of Gallery Nucleus. Ben has years of experience as an artist and gallery owner, so he also has an abundance of wisdom to share with artists looking to get their work into a gallery. He’ll tell you how you …
 
You’ve got more questions, and Stan and Marshall have more answers! In this episode, the two tackle questions about postgraduate training, bad advice for beginner artists, getting over anxiety about entering art school as an older artist, making prints of your artwork, moving for your career, and searching for good resources for studying perspectiv…
 
Learn plein air painting from Stan! He talks about his plein air experiences, how the outdoors can be a powerful method to help you capture colors, and how it can force you to make important artistic decisions while working under time constraints imposed by nature. You’ll also hear the two discuss the pros and cons of working outdoors versus painti…
 
This week, Stan and Marshall are back to answer some of the questions impacting you! The dynamic duo tackles topics ranging from the importance of art communities, and where to find them, building rituals and habits, and finding the right resources for self-taught artists. They also unpack ways to balance edgy art with marketable work and discuss w…
 
Our guest this week is animation and gaming industry veteran Flint Dille! He’s been involved in a wide range of projects from the 80s animated Transformers movie to games like Diablo III and Pokemon GO. We sit down with Flint to find out how artists can use methods valued in game design and writing to take their study routine and education to the n…
 
Having difficulties figuring out how much to charge for your art? Do you feel like you’re undervaluing yourself and your work? There’s a lot that goes into pricing and selling fine art. We’ll show you how to break down the process into stages, and share a variety of ways we’ve found to negotiate and determine prices for your art. You’ll then get to…
 
It’s that time again! Marshall and Stan are back to answer some of your burning questions about artist and mentor friendships, horror art, getting your foot in the door as an instructor at Universities, balancing your interests and marketability, dealing with regret in an art career, finding fun alongside study, pricing commissions, and understandi…
 
This week, Marshall talks to Stan about how artists can borrow from a writer’s toolbox of exercises and thought processes and use them in their work. Using Gabriele Rico’s book “Writing the Natural Way” as a starting point, the two talk about techniques that can help boost creativity and help artists develop exciting work. Learn how to brainstorm m…
 
Marshall interviews the clinical performance psychologist Dr. Eddie O’Connor, whose course “The Psychology of Performance: How to Be Your Best in Life,” was the subject of repeated references throughout season 1 of Draftsmen. They discuss the course, and Dr. Eddie shares valuable tips to help overcome anxiety surrounding your work as an artist and …
 
Stan and Marshall discuss the importance of understanding expressionism and the purposeful rule breaking that comes with the territory. They both examine the work of notable expressionists like Kandinsky and Mondrian, and share their own personal experiences and opinions on the movement. Marshall also includes a few exercises that can help you disc…
 
Marshall sits with Stan to chat about the wonderful world of cartooning. They spend time defining what a cartoon is, looking at some of the history and cultural differences behind cartoons and reviewing some work from famous cartoon artists. You’ll also hear some of the skills an artist would need to hone in order to be a good cartoonist. Call and …
 
We return to answering voicemails left by listeners! In this episode Marshall and Stan dive into a range of topics from entering the “Flow State” to thinking in words vs images, the tools for perseverance, when it’s appropriate to remove a piece from your portfolio and more! If you have an art question that you’d like us to answer, call 1-858-609-9…
 
We're going live again and taking more questions from the community! This time we'll be taking live voice calls via Discord. We will start at 12pm PDT June 30th. HOW IT WORKS: Join the Draftsmen LIVE Discord In Discord, post your question in the #questions channel and then hop into the #WaitingRoom voice channel. If a mod likes your question, you w…
 
Special thanks to BetterHelp and Indeed for sponsoring today’s episode. Get 10% off your first month by visiting our sponsor at https://www.betterhelp.com/draftsmen Get a $75 credit by visiting our sponsor at https://www.indeed.com/draftsmen In this episode, Marshall and Stan discuss the topic of identifying one's strengths and how to utilize it to…
 
Marshall reconnects with his friend Chris Appelhans to discuss his journey from working as an artist on movies like Monster House and Coraline to writing and directing his first animated and independent feature film, Wish Dragon. Chris tells his story on how he came to the realization he wanted to get into animation, how his time living in China in…
 
An old comment from a previous episode prompts Marshall and Stan to crack open their old sketchbooks. This week the two discuss what sketches are, the value and purpose behind having sketchbooks, and how sketchbooks influence an artist’s growth. There’s also plenty of sketches that Marshall and Stan share from their own personal sketchbooks. Show L…
 
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In today’s episode, Marshall and Stan discuss the process of developing longform artwork, from thumbnail to final. They both share their personal process for creating a complex work, the different methods other famous artists use, the stages of the development process, and the importance of working from macro to micro. Special thanks to Manscaped a…
 
Creature design artist Terryl Whitlatch is behind some of entertainment’s iconic characters like Jar Jar Binks from Star Wars. She joins Marshall to talk about her career path, going from amateur to professional, her artistic influences and her time working for Lucasfilm on Star Wars Episode 1. Call and Ask Your Art Questions: 1-858-609-9453 Learn …
 
Stan makes a special announcement and Marshall gives an in-depth review for a book called Hit Makers. It focuses on the science behind popularity and it provides artists with some info on some of the key ingredients you’ll need to make something a “hit”. You’ll also learn how to figure out what your customers want and how to get it to them and the …
 
James Gurney is our podcast guest this week! He’s the creator behind Dinotopia and the author of “Color and Light” and “Imaginative Realism”. James talks with us about how he was able to succeed with his own art education and how it deviated from traditional art schools. We also take a look at popular art books that you can study from, try to imagi…
 
Get ready to jump into the Metaverse as Stan takes a deep dive into explaining NFTs to Marshall. Stan gives his overview of blockchain technology, why some people associate NFTs with a pyramid scheme, how others think it will revolutionize the digital art world, and what can be done to improve the space for artists and the environment. DISCLAIMER: …
 
Stan and Marshall are back with a new season of the Draftsmen Podcast! This time they are looking at different career paths for artists: Employees, Freelancers, and Entrepreneurs. They discuss the pros and cons of these different career options as well as their varying levels of independence. They also discuss how to speed up the process of learnin…
 
It’s the last episode of the season! Before Stan and Marshall go on break they share with you some of their favorite books that they recommend reading. Some of them are art related, business, marketing, fiction, and self help books. If you’re interested in picking up any of these check out the full list of books below. Answer the Survey - proko.com…
 
Proko employee and artist Kristian Nee joins the podcast this week. He talks with Marshall about his secret to making friends with influential people, how his personal connections have opened up new opportunities for him and his friends, what road tripping has taught Kristian about humanity and why he asks crazy questions. On top of all the insight…
 
From Rocket Scientist to Professional Artist (ft. Jama Jurabaev) Jama Jurabaev is one of Marshall’s former students and has overcome incredible and difficult circumstances to become the pro artist that he is today. He joins the podcast to tell his full story and hopefully inspire other artists that are working hard towards a career in the industry.…
 
Marshall sits down with professional fantasy artist April Solomon. The two discuss how April fell in love with drawing dragons and werewolves, the power of traditional art materials and the techniques she’s learned over the years, art festivals, what her art schedule looks like, and more. If you’re interested in supporting April be sure to check ou…
 
While Stan is out on paternity leave, Marshall invites fine artist Joseph Todorovitch on the show. Joseph talks about what it’s like being a parent and a working artist during a lockdown, his portrait painting methods, and making the switch from animation to fine art in the early 90’s. Make sure to stay subscribed to get notifications about other g…
 
For Lightbox 2020 this year Stan and Marshall streamed their first live Q&A episode! Rather than release the full version that had awkward pauses and tech issues it’s been edited down and remastered. Now you’ll get a clean experience as they answer a variety of personal and art related questions. Some of what you’ll hear are answers to how the podc…
 
In the 2nd part of Marshall and Stan’s critique discussion, the two talk about getting useful feedback, the importance of being specific with your critique requests and the concept of the 6 thinking hats and how you can use them for self critique. If you missed the first part on how to give critiques, go check out the previous episode. Call and Ask…
 
Stan and Marshall return to the topic of art criticism to impart the secrets of giving and receiving the best critiques possible. They summarize why it’s good to critique people, what goals you should have when critiquing someone’s art, how to frame things positively for the person receiving the critique and more. This is only part 1 of the discuss…
 
Marshall talks to Stan about the different “corrupting” influences which can affect the purity of an art piece. Some problems affect the craft of your art, but others affect the spirit, undermining the meaning you are trying to convey in your work. These pitfalls, while hard to avoid, are something Marshall believes artists should be aware of as th…
 
Stan talks with Marshall about social media and how to be successful with it. Publishing quality content is key, but that’s only one of many areas that an artist needs to focus on now if they want to be noticed on a platform. Learn how to build an audience, avoid getting dinged by social media algorithms, and why it’s important not to stress about …
 
Guest artist Jennifer Wang joins the podcast to discuss gender, race and sexuality in art. Marshall and Stan ask her for her opinion on a previous caller’s question about the sexualization of women in art. The broad topic opens up other cultural conversations as Jennifer talks about the challenges of getting representation in media, cultural approp…
 
Marshall invites a former student onto the podcast who became a pro artist at 21! Knight talks about her experience learning anatomy and fundamentals as a kid, her journey to becoming a freelance and pro artist, how her parents encouraged her art, and what she wants for the future. Go to thegreatcoursesplus.com/DRAFTSMEN to get access to the entire…
 
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