Kevin Murphy is an internationally recognized award-winning portrait painter and illustrator. Since 1993, he’s delivered nearly 600 commissioned works within the fields of Illustration and Portraiture.
Kevin is also the cofounder of The Evolve Artist Program, where he teaches all traditional classes. The Art Academy, from which the Evolve program was born, was founded by Kevin in 2009.
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-His early education and the mark that it left with him.
-“Burning the ships” of his construction career to create science fiction fantasy book covers.
-Working for LucasArts, National Geographic and The Rolling Stones.
-How he got into portraiture.
-Why he opened his school.
-An overview of The Evolve Artist Program and where it got its name.
-How Evolve Artist works and how you get all of the materials.
-The way in which The Evolve Artist Program hones in on your fundamentals and shows you exactly what you are doing right and what you are doing wrong.
-“Midnight Tea” and other student groups that add to the community of Evolve Artist.
-A deeper look into the method of The Evolve Artist Program.
-Why art schools might let their students down.
-Why using quality paints like Old Holland’s are so helpful.
“I basically burnt the ships and decided I was going to be a painter.”
“I didn’t need explosions and dragons in the paintings anymore because I found the people so interesting.”
“Art made it possible for me to have a very different life than I was born into.”
“The number of things you need to know to be able to make extraordinary art is very small. That information fits in the palm of your hand.”
“We’re always trying to find ways to make the online program feel more like what it is to walk into the actual brick-and-mortar school where I teach.”
“Every time you get a success it makes you bolder for the next one.”
“Even the pros struggle. How they deal with the struggle is different.”
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Piper Talladay is a contemporary realist painter currently residing in Tacoma, Washington, but working with clients across the United States. Her work is centered around equine portraiture, rendered in oil.
In addition to her own work, Piper is head instructor at Evolve Artist, an online academy that trains students around the world in traditional oil painting.
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-The limiting belief that she could not grow up to be a working artist.
-The differences between The Evolve Artist Program and traditional art schools.
-How the technical mastery is missing from most art colleges and schools.
-The foundational artistic skills (and portfolio) that you need to have before applying to an art school as opposed to needing no foundational skills to start The Evolve Artist Program.
-Why she honed in on equine portraiture.
-How her art business began to grow organically.
-Her resistance of not making her personal work a priority.
-What a typical day looks like for her.
-The importance of early success and the instructor accessibility in The Evolve Artist Program.
-How instructors are actually able to watch you work.
-What she would say to anyone who is on the fence about Evolve Artist.
“Being an artist was something that I always wanted, but I didn’t think it was possible.”
“I have a hard time painting if I know that I have unanswered e-mails.”
“When you’re becoming an artist you need someone to commit to coming alongside you and walking with you until you’re where you want to be.”
Mitch Bowler is the founder of Pencil Kings and cofounder of The Evolve Artist Program.
He is an expert in remote art production, having spent a decade building AAA Art Studios in Shanghai, China. Through Evolve, he is realizing his dream to make serious art education accessible and affordable worldwide.
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-What he’s been up to in the four years since he was last on the show.
-Some of the log jams that he encountered in his creative journey.
-Why he is so willing to help other people in their creative pursuits.
-An introduction to the Evolve Artist Program.
-How typical art schools cost too much money and take too much time, yet a “YouTube education” lacks direction, a roadmap, or guaranteed results.
-How Evolve Artist guarantees that someone at any level of art ability will create professional work by the end of the program.
-How long it takes the average student to finish the coursework.
-The guarantee that each student will get professional results, but there is no ceiling to how far they can take their new skills.
-The type of one-on-one feedback that students get from their instructor.
-What Evolve students can expect in terms of turning in assignments and receiving the included materials and supplies.
-The fast turnaround time of two or three hours for instructor feedback.
“When you help other people, it creates new future possibilities.”
“Everyone gets phenomenal results with Evolve, but there’s room for you to push things even higher.”
“Our goal for each student is that they are improving about five percent with each assignment.”
“As a student, you’re expected to make mistakes and it’s okay to make mistakes. In fact, if you weren’t making mistakes, something is probably strange.”
Mioree is a digital artist and illustrator who specializes in stylized character illustrations.
She is also a partnered Twitch streamer who livestreams her art while explaining her methods and thought process to inspire and interact with her growing community.
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-How she started as an artist on Twitch.
-The differences between Deviantart and Instagram.
-Her advice for artists who want to start on Twitch and how to stream when there will be crickets at first.
-Twitch in comparison to Instagram Live, Facebook Live or any other streaming platform.
-How helpful it is to consolidate your ambiguous thoughts into words as you go through your process of making art.
-Dealing with burnout, perfectionism, imposter syndrome and being too hard on herself.
-How streaming can cure art block.
-The value in spending time to create systems to better your mental health as an artist.
-Setting ridiculously easy daily goals for yourself.
-Using neuroplasticity to start new habits and wean off of your bad habits.
-Using time tracking apps and devices such as Habitica and Timeular.
-Being deliberate about what entertainment she consumes.
-How she deals with perfectionism and negative inner dialogue.
-Flipping her canvas and looking at her art in a different way when she gets stuck.
-Where she goes for inspiration.
“I try to dispel my doubts and think about a younger version of me.”
“I never understood my process. I almost felt like it was instinctual before. Now I feel as if it has some reason and I can detect patterns, which is always helpful for improvement.”
“I don’t want to wake up later in life, not having had a choice in where my life went.”