Hi Everyone, I would like to quickly introduce myself. My name is Asher Rottenstrich, a 24-year-old college grad who was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at three years old. After graduating from college with a bachelor’s degree, I struggled to secure employment like so many others on the spectrum. But I made a resolve to never…

Futurism in Art - Sci-Fi 3 Part 2

In the final lesson of the Futurism in Art Sci-Fi series, brush up on blending techniques highlighted in the first two tutorials. The instructor teaches the best ways to bring out the details of futuristic style artwork. When you’re done, you’ll feel like putting on night vision goggles to scan the scene for hidden threats! Color the outline in any order of choice, however, this guideline emphasizes the importance of using the correct strokes when coloring, shading, and blending. read more

Futurism in Art - Sci-Fi 3 Part 1

Discover how the moon becomes the focal point between space-age buildings. This strategic placement was done to illuminate the night sky as square-shaped starships zip through the air and monitor the terrain. Like the first two lessons, a variety of smaller shapes are embedded in larger geometric figures to create a racing effect. The lessons are not set in stone either. Asher describes how the framework can be customized to your liking using different sizes on the stencil shaped ruler. It’s an interesting lesson that exciting and super easy to do. read more

Futurism in Art - Sci-Fi 2 Part 2

Neon-colored pastel shades jump off the paper as shading techniques are illustrated by Asher. Learn the best techniques for utilizing a blending stump and how to manipulate colors to elevate lighting, reflection, and casting, for example. Find tips on how to use contrast and gradients to create astounding atmospheric effects and encourage a 3D feel. Take your time as you go through the lesson. It’s supposed to be fun and entertaining rather than a challenge. read more

Futurism in Art - Sci-Fi 2 Part 1

Now that the first lesson is complete, it’s time to move on to more advanced techniques, all while preserving the theme of science fiction and fantasy. Similar to the first part of the series, lesson two starts off with our go-to tool, a stencil ruler featuring various sized shapes which are used to construct elaborate buildings. Think of the outline as a canvas for a TV screen or comic strip. Once the background story is drafted, the lesson continues in part 2 with tutorials on how to color and shade. read more

Futurism in Art - Sci-Fi 1 Part 2

Once the preliminary illustration is completed in Part 1 of this series, ASDC moves on to coloring and shading. The tutorial initially features simple guidelines on layering shapes on top of shapes, ranging from large to small and vice versa. For the finishing touches, vibrant neon-colored pastel crayons are shaded in to make the scene look more realistic. These colors were intentionally selected to bring out the excitement that is generally associated with science fiction and fantasy. In the end, the narrator teaches how to master blending techniques using a variety of tools. read more