Category: Art Department 101

How to Feel Miserable as an Artist

Source: Canadian Illustrator, Keri Smith . Don’t do this to yourself. This may have been written for fine artists but I believe it translates to anyone in a creative field. A list

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What is a Production Designer?

Production Designer of Fight Club, Minority Report, and Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Alex McDowell, brilliantly explains what a Production Designer is in less than four minutes. What is production design to

Water for Elephants graphic designer, Karen TenEyck shares her art department knowledge

I made a rule a while back that I wouldn’t reblog other people’s posts but I just found THE post that is making me break my own rule. So great I can’t

INSPIRATION: Sir Ken Adam, Production Designer Extraordinaire

“As the sixties approached I felt very strongly that my designs had to be bigger than life, slightly tongue and cheek, but also reflect the time that we were living in.” –Ken

ART DEPARTMENT TIP: Children’s Artwork

Children only draw full bodies. They may not always include a torso but they will always include limbs representing the body. Children can not conceptualize the bodies different parts thus they can

The Motion Picture Art Director

Take a look at these diagrams detailing the work of the motion picture art director from 1940 and 1994.

TOOL SCHOOL: Screwdriver Types

PASS ME A SCREWDRIVER The screwdriver is a necessary and required tool for those of us in the art and set dec department. My preference goes to the all-in-one retractable bit screwdrivers

Tying the Knot

I learned how to load a truck and tie it down the hard way. Hopefully you won’t have to learn this way. If you follow the links provided you will learn how to tie a trucker’s hitch knot and a bowline knot.