Octopus News / by Chris V

Uniq Cube

To me the universe is a giant abstract painting.  I have gleaned so much inspiration from the stars, planets, nebulae and it never ceases to fascinate me.  I even devoted two Skillshare classes to this subject; Painting the Universe- The Pinwheel Galaxy and Painting the Universe- The Stars.  These are free links just for you to check them out if you so desire.  I am using an iPad and regular stylus, but if you don't have one, you are welcome to follow along with canvas or paper and paint, as the principles still apply.  On this journey of painting the universe, I have learned many amazing science facts.  Trust me, I am no scientist, but I still find some of the concepts so interesting.  Did you know the Pinwheel Galaxy is 21 million light years away?  How does someone even measure that???  Along the way, I have found some interesting artifacts too.  Like the Uniq Cube, a learning tool to help you see our constellations at a glance.  If you are interested in the universe, this is such a fun thing to have, or gift to pass on to someone else.  Here's a link in case you want to see the product video and check it out in more detail.  Pretty cool stuff.

 

Line Drawing Contest

A couple of weeks ago, I announced a contest in my newest Skillshare class Line Drawing- The Power of Suggestion to end May 30th. I'm really happy with the result so far.  We have seen the addition of 4 projects and more students asking questions so they can also submit one as well. In this process though, I discovered that I need to add a video explaining more of my method for simplifying my sketches. What was obvious to me, is not so clear to other students. So I am currently working away on this new video that I hope to post in the next week. In the meantime, I will extend the contest however long it takes me to get the video published. If you haven't signed up for the class yet, and you would like a chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card, here's a free link just for my newsletter subscribers. Hope to see you there! ;-) 

 

Interactive Font Map

Speaking of nteractive, I stumbled upon this Interactive Font Map and got lost for at least 20 minutes. I love fonts, lettering and calligraphy, so I was literally in wonderland! 😍  As you press on letter with your finger, the map tells you the name of the Font which you can promptly go look up and use in your next project. A creative's dream research tool!!! If you too would like to "play" here's the link to the map here.