ImagineFX Cover Issue – ON SALE NOW

Hi Everyone,

I am so excited and extremely honored to announce that the latest issue of Imagine FX Magazine features a cover story and new video tutorial by me. It was a lot of fun putting this together and the whole team over at the publication did an outstanding job. They are based in the UK so it hits news stands there today, November 7th and it should be in USA and other international book stores soon after! In my area I know it can be picked up at Barnes and Nobel bookstores. 

To celebrate I am offering a limited time 30% OFF promo code for my site. Just enter “ImagineFX” at checkout to receive 30% off your order.


Below¬†is gallery showing the final cover and a sneak peek at the interior article. I’ve also included a number of alternative cover sketches that I did. Continue reading ImagineFX Cover Issue – ON SALE NOW

Watch My Adobe Max 2014 Session

Yesterday I was fortunate enough to give a demo on “Creating Photo Real Creatures in Photoshop” at the 2014 Adobe Max Conference. ¬†Well today I am pleased to see that they have posted it online and I wanted to share it with you as a free demo.

NOTE: This was a screen capture so you will only hear my voice for the first few minutes. After that though the full demo is visible. Also, this was a new audience so some of the info may be familiar to you if you have watched some of my other videos. It runs just over an hour.


New Disney Inspired Art

I’ve often been asked what my favorite movie was to work on while at Disney. With the exception of my experience directing “Brother Bear”, I’d have to say that it was working with Glen Keane animating the Beast on “Beauty and the Beast”. Glen was incredibly generous with the scenes he gave me to animate. He got me to elevate my game higher than I thought I was able to do. Because of that… it launched my animation career to new heights. I owe a lot to Glen.

So the other day I say down and got inspired to draw the Beast… It has been years since I’ve drawn the character and I wanted to see if I could still do it. After that I started doing a few other characters as well. ¬†I’m also posting these and a lot of other images over at INSTAGRAM so please follow me there if you want. Enjoy!

Student Discount

I often travel the world giving demos & lectures and get the opportunity to work with aspiring artists, illustrators and animators from all walks of life. I am continually impressed by the talent out there as well as the questions that I get. A HUGE¬†part of our mission with this site is to continue to offer affordable art education. As a special “Thank You” to returning students I am offering a 50% Off Promo Code for signing up for my newsletter.

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Art Story Production Poster Released

Well, it’s hard to believe that it’s been a full year since our “Art Story” Kickstarter campaign was successfully funded. This is the first of many milestones as we slowly bring the film to the big screen. To celebrate I create a new poster image which we are using for inspiration at this stage of the production. I hope you like it!

Art Story Production Poster

Michael Jackson Illusion by Pulse

Some of you may not be aware but I am currently collaborating¬†with an incredible team while developing ART STORY. ¬†The guys over at PULSE represent some of the finest visual effects artists and business minds in the world. ¬†John Textor¬†, Frank Patterson and Jim Berney have been amazing. I was fortunate to work with some of these guys while developing “The Legend of Tembo” and and glad to be doing so again.

You may have seen their work recently at the Billboard Music Awards. They created an “illusion” at the show of a 3D projected Michael Jackson performing “Slave To The Rhythm” off his new album Xscape – To date the video has already been viewed by more than 20 Million people world wide.

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Creating textures with Photoshop Texture Brushes

In this episode, Aaron shows you his method for creating textured skin surfaces in his character and concept digital art. He will take you through using textured brushes, fitting the textures to the contours of your character and adding lighting details. 

Check out this link to the brushes on his site:

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Aaron’s Art Tips Season2 E12 – Straights and Curves

In this episode Aaron talks about pushing straights and curves in your drawing line work in order to create contrast and make your drawings more dynamic. This principle applies to photography and painting as well.

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Aaron’s Art Tips S2 E11 – Creating Wipes In Your Character Animation

In this episode, Aaron takes you through his process in creating wipes for your character animation. Sometimes you have a great distance to travel across the screen with your character but only a few frames to do it in. Using a wipe is the answer to retain fluidity and avoid strobing. 

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Create a landscape with the Lasso Tool in Photoshop

In this episode Aaron takes you through the process of creating a landscape with just the Lasso Tool in Photoshop. This is a lot of fun as it does not require a lot of drawing skill to achieve!

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Aaron’s Art Tips S2 E9 – Creating a group of repeated images

In this episode Aaron takes you through his process while he creates a school of fish through repeating one fish. He then explains creating depth through atmospheric perspective and lighting. This technique can be used any time a large number of repeated objects is needed.

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Aaron’s Art Tips S2 E8 – The importance of drawing with guest, Ronnie Williford

In this special episode of Aaron’s Art Tips, Aaron talks with long time friend and colleague, Ronnie Williford about the importance of drawing and how it should be a part of any visual artist’s skill sets. Ronnie has an extensive career in the field of art, having covered everything from music, sculpture, painting, and animation. Aaron and Ronnie worked together for 8 years at Walt Disney Feature Animation in Orlando Florida. They continue to get together and paint or play music whenever they can.

You can see more of Ronnie’s work at¬†

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Aaron’s Art Tips S2 E7- Using Contrast to Create a Center of Interest

In this episode of Aaron’s Art Tips – Aaron talks about his methods for using both contrast in value and levels of detail in order to guide the eye and create centers of interest in your compositions. This applies to not only painters but to photographers as well.¬†

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Aaron’s Art Tips S2 E6- What to include in your visual development portfolio

In this episode of “Aaron’s Art Tips”, Aaron gives advice to you graduating art students out there that are getting ready to put together your portfolio for visual development for a studio position. Having served on the review board at Walt Disney Feature Animation for over 20 years Aaron will tell you what he looks for when looking at new portfolios from young talent.

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