About this project
This Kickstarter campaign was created to fund the creation of Jeff Miracola's Fantasy Art Workshop Oil Painting Techniques Video to be released both as a region-free DVD and as a Digital Download.
If you missed out on backing this Kickstarter, don’t worry. Head over to FantasyArtWorkshop.com and sign up for Jeff Miracola's email newsletter so you will be informed when the Oil Painting Techniques video becomes available for pre-order.
If you want to purchase Jeff Miracola's Acrylic Painting Techniques DVD or Digital Download, you can buy that now at Three Points Publishing.
Bonus Video Stretch Goal UNLOCKED! (See Stretch Goals section below)
FREE "Faun" art print for physical reward backers!
We have removed the "Faun" 5"x7" art print as a stretch goal and have instead decided to give this exclusive art print to every backer of a physical reward for FREE as a way of saying thanks for backing our project. This means you will have an art print that no one else will be able to get :-)
A Little Background Info
Jeff Miracola has been working in the fantasy art industry for more than 23 years, most notably on Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: the Gathering. A few years ago, he and his videographer wife created a YouTube channel to share videos of his drawing and painting techniques. The channel has since grown to nearly 30,000 subscribers and more than 1.3 million views. The short videos on his channel have proven popular, but Jeff and Silvia sensed a growing thirst for more in-depth instruction. So, in 2015, they created a Kickstarter for the creation of Jeff Miracola's Fantasy Art Workshop Acrylic Painting Techniques Video. Our wonderful backers turned out and made it a great success.
And now it's time to do it again - this time for the creation of an Oil Painting DVD/Digital Download.
Jeff's first set of serious paints were oil paints, which he purchased as a high school sophomore. He's since been painting in oils: decades of experimenting, making mistakes (and learning from them), and perfecting his oil painting techniques. With this new Oil Painting DVD, he will finally be able to share all of his knowledge with you.
We hope you will consider backing this project. Thank you!
Just a few of the many videos found on Jeff's YouTube channel:
VERY IMPORTANT: Jeff has not yet created the artwork that will be featured in this oil painting techniques video. The oil painting you see on the DVD mockup above (Tiger warrior) is only used to show you an example of what the packaging will look like. This is not the final image.
Our planned delivery date for this Oil Painting DVD and all other rewards is April 2017.
The content of this video will benefit beginners to professionals at any stage of their careers. Our goal is to not only give you the most detailed look at Jeff's oil painting process but also to answer your many questions about creating an oil painting from start to finish. Jeff will focus heavily on creating a professional fantasy painting for a paying client. This video won't just cover the "how;" it will also cover the "why."
Here are some of the topics and techniques that will be demonstrated in this video:
- Anatomy (Creature and Human)
- Using and Creating Reference Photos
- Drawing from the Imagination
- Tools for Sketching (Types and Use)
- Thumbnail Sketching
- Final Sketch
- Color Roughs
- Color Theory
- Painting Surfaces (Preparation, Materials, and Tools)
- Transferring the Final Drawing to its Painting Surface
- Planning the Stages of Painting
- Work Area
- Palettes (Types and Use)
- Paints (Types and Use)
- Brushes (Types and Use)
- Knives (Types and Use)
- Easels (types and Use)
- Solvents (Types and Use)
- Oils (Types and Use)
- Mediums (Types and Use)
- Creating a Colored Ground
- Underpainting (Process and Purpose)
- Glazing and Scumbling
- Wet-on-Wet or Alla Prima
- Dry Brushing
- Controlling Edges
- Understanding the Fat over Lean Rule
- Working with a Limited Color Palette
- Mixing and Blending Colors
- Painting Problematic Subjects (Glass, Metal, Skin Tones)
- Painting Effects (Splatters, Textures, etc.)
- Cleaning Brushes and Other Tools
- Varnish (Types and Use)
- Varnishing The Final Painting
- General Safety (Tools and Materials)
This Oil Painting video will be packed with a lot of information. It will follow the same format as the Acrylic Painting video we created last year, i.e., a 4-disc DVD set. The Main Feature will be split between the first two DVDs. The other two DVDs will contain Extras featuring more detailed information and demonstrations of any techniques not demonstrated in the Main Feature.
Technical Specs for the Oil Painting DVDs:
- Number of Discs: 4
- Format: NTSC
- Language: English
- Regions: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Age Range: 14 and up
- Closed Captioning: Yes
Technical Specs for the Oil Painting Digital Downloads:
- Resolution: 1920x1080
- Format: MP4
- Language: English
Let's be clear, this current Kickstarter campaign is not to raise money for an Acrylic Painting DVD. We already ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for the Acrylic Painting DVD last year. But for those of you who are just learning about our Fantasy Art Workshop series, here's your chance to get the Acrylic Painting Techniques DVD or Digital Download at lower than retail prices while also supporting and receiving the upcoming Oil Painting DVD.
This four-disc DVD set, with over 6.5 hours of content, gives you the most detailed look at Jeff Miracola’s acrylic painting process and will answer your many questions about creating a fantasy art acrylic painting from start to finish. The focus of the video is on creating a professional fantasy painting.
Discs 1 and 2 contain the Main Feature (3hrs, 19mins), where Jeff takes you along as he creates a forest angel painting from the thumbnail sketch stage to the final painting.
Discs 3 and 4 (3hrs, 17mins) contain this Extras content:
- 20 Questions with Jeff (Jeff answers many common and not-so common questions about acrylic painting techniques and more.)
- Additional Acrylic Painting Techniques (Jeff shows various techniques that are not featured on disc one content.)
- Studio Walkthrough (Jeff gives you a tour of his painting studio.)
- Building an Art Portfolio (Jeff gives you advice on how to build your art portfolio.)
- Painting a Dragon Demo Video (Never before seen video of Jeff painting a dragon)
- Color Mixing Exercise
- Outtakes and Bloopers (You all know Jeff can never say his lines correctly the first time, but it’s always fun seeing him try.)
You can view more information about the Acrylic Painting Techniques video, including a full chapter list, here.
Something Wicked Volume 2 will be a collection of six signed 5"x7" monstrously illustrated, full-color art prints in a folded portfolio by Jeff Miracola.
Right now, Jeff has sketches completed for all six prints. The final art will be fully painted in oils. The original oil paintings are also available as rewards for you to own (See THE REWARDS section below).
Every backer of a physical reward will receive this portfolio for FREE. "Digital Download Only" backers will not receive the Something Wicked Volume 2 Portfolio.
Here's a short one minute snippet of me working on one of the Something Wicked - Volume 2 oil paintings:
The Something Wicked Volume 1 portfolio is available as an Add-On in this campaign (See ADD-ONS section below).
Once our Kickstarter campaign reaches the following stretch goals, backers will be rewarded with FREE STUFF!
The Kickstarter campaign has reached it's stretch goal. That means that every backer will now receive a bonus video with additional oil painting demos or other videos I decide to create. It will be filled with all new content never before seen :-)
Physical reward backers will receive the bonus video content in the form of a DVD, as well as a hi-definition digital download.
Digital Download Only backers will receive the bonus video in the form of a hi-definition digital download.
In addition to the Rewards, you can also increase your Pledge to purchase the following Add-ons.
To include Add-ons in your Pledge, simply select the Reward Level that you desire and then manually increase your Pledge by the cost of your selected Add-ons. You will be able to select your Add-ons after the project ends when we send out the Backer Surveys via Backerkit.
Read some of the praise for Fantasy Art Workshop's Acrylic Painting Techniques. As of the launch of this Kickstarter, the DVD has 37 FIVE-STAR REVIEWS on Amazon:
ImagineFX Magazine gives our Acrylic Painting Techniques DVD their highest honor: a five star rating and artist's choice award!
“Jeff Miracola’s epic-length video provides as comprehensive an overview of acrylics as you could wish for. It’s ideal if you fancy dabbling with physical artwork after working digitally for a while, or are new to making art.” - ImagineFX Magazine
"Serving up a comprehensive master class taught by an inspiring and knowledgeable teacher, this is highly recommended.” - Video Librarian
“Jeff Miracola’s Fantasy Art Workshop: Acrylic Painting Techniques is an absolute must-have for both hobbyist and aspiring professional acrylic painters! Highly recommended.” - Midwest Book Review
"You explained everything in such great detail, it's like you anticipated every question I might have had about every aspect of your painting process. I mean your tutorials on YouTube are really good, but this is absolutely phenomenal. Great production, loved the quick tips and the inspirational quotes. This dvd set would be a bargain at triple the price. Thanks so much for letting us share your insights and talent." - Darren H. (Artist)
“This goes above and beyond his YouTube channel and completely changes how I’ve thought about painting.” - Cory DeVore (Artist)
"The DVD is well produced; this has great information for a beginner and experienced illustrator as well. Interesting to see Jeff's Technique. I really enjoyed the DVD and would definitely recommend to my art friends." - angelcomic (Amazon Review)
"This is a video I will go back and watch again and again, and recommend to anyone interested in acrylic painting." - Mike Hoekstra (Artist)
"Astoundingly good instruction. Thorough, high quality, and entertaining, this is an amazing resource for anyone wanting to get into painting. Worth every penny and more." - Ryan (Amazon Review)
Jeff and Silvia are a husband-and-wife team who joined forces to create Jeff Miracola's Fantasy Art Workshop art techniques DVDs. The first DVD in the series, Acrylic Painting Techniques, was created through a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2015. Thank you, awesome backers! You know who you are.
Jeff Miracola has been creating fantasy art professionally for more than 23 years. He's illustrated for properties such as Dungeons & Dragons, World of Warcraft, Mars Attacks, Star Wars, Planescape, Earthdawn, Shadowrun, and Magic: the Gathering, for which he created more than 110 paintings.
He's also done conceptual toy and video game design, editorial illustrations, and picture books, as well as various activity books for Klutz/Scholastic.
For a few years now, Jeff has been sharing his oil painting, acrylic painting, inking, and drawing techniques through his YouTube channel, which has grown to nearly 30,000 subscribers and over 1.3 million views.
Visit Jeff's website at www.jeffmiracola.com
Silvia Acevedo is an author, media personality, and former journalist. Her 20 years in TV news taught her how to tell a story through great video, which she does as videographer of the Fantasy Art Workshop DVDs and Jeff’s YouTube channel.
When she’s not shooting close ups of Jeff’s art or posing for him or asking him snarky questions in the background, Silvia’s working on her own writing, including her God Awful Series of books for teens and adults.
Find out more about her at silviaacevedo.com
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Risks and challenges
We've already successfully delivered two Kickstarter projects, one of which was the Acrylic Painting Techniques DVD project. Because we've gone through this before, we know what to expect. Producing this oil painting DVD should be easier. We are using the same manufacturers that made the Acrylic Painting DVD and rewards, so, if you backed our Acrylic DVD project, you're aware of the quality that you can expect for the Oil Painting DVD and its rewards. Read what others had to say in the Reviews section above.
That being said, any project can experience production delays. However, our suppliers and manufacturers of the DVDs and other rewards are based here in the United States. We expect no delivery delays. Filming and editing of content is nothing new to us. We've done it many, many times. In fact, we've already started filming :-)
Our goal is to deliver all rewards, including digital downloads, in April 2017.
We will keep you updated at every step of the process. If anything changes, such as our preferred timeline or production schedule, you will be the first to know.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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