Friday, 27 March 2020

How to THINK when you draw CACTI - BRAND NEW TUTORIAL!

BRAND NEW TUTORIAL! How to THINK when you draw CACTI!

My how to THINK when you DRAW TRILOGY of BOOKS (including the BRAND NEW VOLUME THREE!) are going to be available for JUST A FEW WEEKS THIS ENTIRE YEAR, launching on a SECRET DATE  in MAY, ONLY on KICKSTARTER!
THESE BOOKS WILL NOT BE MADE AVAILABLE ANYWHERE ONLINE OR IN SHOPS OUTSIDE OF KICKSTARTER FOR AT LEAST THE NEXT TWO YEARS!
 The ONLY WAY to be in with a chance of getting them is to mail "Add me, Lorenzo!" to SecretBookList@yahoo.com to be on the SECRET LAUNCH WEEK MAILING LIST - if you've joined our mailing lists in the past, you're already on it!

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Lorenzo!







Thursday, 26 March 2020

ALBERT UDERZO (1927-2020) ~ IN MEMORIAM


This is going to be hard to write. I’m not really sure how or where to begin.

Yes, I do. This is a tale of three brothers.

I guess I was about six or seven years old when I first got my hands on an Asterix album. They were called albums, not comics or comic books or graphic novels. Of course in France they were known as bande dessinĂ©e, and while I’d never heard that term, I knew they were French because the book I held was written in French. Our grandfather had managed to pick up some copies from a local library that was selling off old stock and he gifted them to us. Sadly he didn’t live long enough to realise the vast impact this small gesture would have on our lives.



I have never had such an instantaneous response to a book. It was love, pure and simple. I couldn’t understand a word and yet the world spoke to me with such clarity. It was there to entertain from the first panel to the last. I couldn’t read a thing but I never skipped a picture because each frame was a vital part of the story. I could piece it together, infer my own sense and emerge from the book feeling every bit as victorious as those plucky Gauls. I recall working out that FIN had to mean END. That miniscule achievement cemented my connection with the series. It is no exaggeration to say that my storytelling impulses were crucially shaped and defined by the Asterix books and their magical interplay between word and picture. 

Of course, the English versions arrived soon enough and our older brother, William, became equally enamoured. No, he loved them even more, and for good reason. Being dyslexic at school in the early 1980’s was not fun. Children were not treated equally. They were streamed downwards, regardless of ability. The resources were not in place to encourage anyone who was having trouble processing language. But Asterix, that pint-sized hero, came to the rescue once more. My brother devoured the series, micro-analysed the synergy between the art and the script, filling in the blanks as he went thanks to Albert Uderzo’s remarkable visual language. Gradually he began to revel in the word play and the linguistic gymnastics that Rene Goscinny, the Asterix co-creator, brought to the page. William forged those albums into a suit of armour and brought the fight to dyslexia’s front door. Looking back, I now recognise this as the first time I became aware of the true power of sequential storytelling as an educational tool.

And then there was Lorenzo. Some influences on an artist’s life are subtle. The way someone utilises and balances black on the page, for instance. Others are profoundly personal, the work feeding the roots of an artist, defining WHY they create. Then there are those that shape style and form. Even as a young boy, Lorenzo was absorbing art from all over the place, but always, ever present, nesting at the heart of his anima, was the craft of Albert Uderzo. My younger brother loved the stories, sure, but the pictures. Oh, the pictures.

I don’t remember him spending all that much time actually copying from the books, but he stared at them with an intensity and focus that, quite frankly, made me a little envious. It felt like he was heeding a call to arms. The work became a part of him, and many years later when we began to find our place in the world of comics, an intrinsic essence of that Uderzo alchemy emerged unforced from my brother’s hand.

Our longest running comic series, Long Gone Don, owes a huge debt of gratitude to both Uderzo and Goscinny. Don was always intended to be OUR Asterix. We wanted to build a new universe we could return to again and again, somewhere we could craft our wild and wonderful tales; a place inhabited by a cast of memorable heroes, fools and rogues. 




We wanted to combine our love of visual spectacle with heart and humour, all shot through with pure kinetic energy. That, after all, is the Asterix way.




We are so pleased that our books have finally reached the shores of France under the new series title, Tom Skelette. It’s fantastic to know that our work sits on the same shelves as the material that helped inspired its very creation.

But our world is a poorer place for Uderzo’s passing.

There have been many visual imitators since Asterix began way back in 1959, but none have surpassed the very best of Uderzo. He is still giving a master class in comic art, in much the same way that Goscinny remains one of the greatest teachers of the comic script. Together they taught millions and millions of children and adults to read, to dream, to draw. I take comfort from imagining all the future generations, our young boys included, that are just discovering, or will discover, these remarkable books.

From three brothers whose lives were changed forever by the work of two big-hearted, visionary Frenchmen; we hope you are sitting together, with wine in hand under a warm sun, amusing each other with your boundless imaginations.

Thank you for everything.

FIN.

- Robin



Wednesday, 25 March 2020

How to THINK when you WRITE ... WHEN YOU DON'T WANT TO WRITE!


What is this? Negativity in an Etherington tutorial? OF COURSE NOT!

Sometimes, despite the best will in the world, we simply don't feel that magic pulling us to the page. We've all been there. This is a safe space, folks!

In How to think when you WRITE WHEN YOU DON'T WANT TO WRITE we take a good look at the causes and the conditions and discuss strategies from getting you back in the zone. 

More soon!

Updated WEEKLY - Available FOREVER.

GRAB THE FIRST 175 HOW TO THINK WHEN YOU WRITE TUTORIALS HERE!


ATTENTION PLEASE!
- Our HUGE NEW TUTORIALS BOOKS KICKSTARTER has been announced! THE ACTION KICKS OFF IN MAY, where among other treats we'll be offering the VOLUME 3 OF LORENZO'S HOW TO THINK WHEN YOU DRAW SERIES!
The ONLY WAY to find out more is to mail "Add me, Boys!" to SecretBookList@yahoo.com and we'll get you set up on the SECRET LAUNCH WEEK MAILING LIST - if you've joined our mailing lists in the past, you're good to go!

Robin!





Tuesday, 24 March 2020

How to THINK when you draw TWO LINE COMPOSITION - BRAND NEW TUTORIAL!

BRAND NEW TUTORIAL! How to THINK when you draw  TWO LINE COMPOSITION!


My how to THINK when you DRAW TRILOGY of BOOKS (including the BRAND NEW VOLUME THREE!) are going to be available for JUST A FEW WEEKS THIS ENTIRE YEAR, launching on a SECRET DATE  in MAY, ONLY on KICKSTARTER!
THESE BOOKS WILL NOT BE MADE AVAILABLE ANYWHERE ONLINE OR IN SHOPS OUTSIDE OF KICKSTARTER FOR AT LEAST THE NEXT TWO YEARS!
 The ONLY WAY to be in with a chance of getting them is to mail "Add me, Lorenzo!" to SecretBookList@yahoo.com to be on the SECRET LAUNCH WEEK MAILING LIST - if you've joined our mailing lists in the past, you're already on it!

And don't forget to join us today over on OUR TWITTER where we have TONS MORE EXTRA TUTORIALS coming up that we don't post here!

Lorenzo!



Saturday, 21 March 2020

How to THINK when you draw NECKS - BRAND NEW TUTORIAL!

BRAND NEW TUTORIAL! How to THINK when you draw NECKS!

My how to THINK when you DRAW TRILOGY of BOOKS (including the BRAND NEW VOLUME THREE!) are going to be available for JUST A FEW WEEKS THIS ENTIRE YEAR, launching on a SECRET DATE  in MAY, ONLY on KICKSTARTER!
THESE BOOKS WILL NOT BE MADE AVAILABLE ANYWHERE ONLINE OR IN SHOPS OUTSIDE OF KICKSTARTER FOR AT LEAST THE NEXT TWO YEARS!
 The ONLY WAY to be in with a chance of getting them is to mail "Add me, Lorenzo!" to SecretBookList@yahoo.com to be on the SECRET LAUNCH WEEK MAILING LIST - if you've joined our mailing lists in the past, you're already on it!

And don't forget to join us today over on OUR INSTAGRAM today, where we have TONS MORE EXTRA TUTORIALS coming up that we don't post here!

Lorenzo!



Thursday, 19 March 2020

How to THINK when you draw FANTASY MAPS! BRAND NEW TUTORIAL!

BRAND NEW TUTORIAL! How to THINK when you draw FANTASY MAPS!

My how to THINK when you DRAW TRILOGY of BOOKS (including the BRAND NEW VOLUME THREE!) are going to be available for JUST A FEW WEEKS THIS ENTIRE YEAR, launching on a SECRET DATE  in MAY, ONLY on KICKSTARTER!
THESE BOOKS WILL NOT BE MADE AVAILABLE ANYWHERE ONLINE OR IN SHOPS OUTSIDE OF KICKSTARTER FOR AT LEAST THE NEXT TWO YEARS!
 The ONLY WAY to be in with a chance of getting them is to mail "Add me, Lorenzo!" to SecretBookList@yahoo.com to be on the SECRET LAUNCH WEEK MAILING LIST - if you've joined our mailing lists in the past, you're already on it!

And don't forget to join us today over on OUR TWITTER where we have TONS MORE EXTRA TUTORIALS coming up that we don't post here!

Lorenzo!



Wednesday, 18 March 2020

How to THINK when you WRITE ... TIME TRAVEL #WORDYWEDNESDAY


Who doesn't love a little sprinkling of TIME TRAVEL with their narrative, eh?
This is a fun subject with a lot to discuss so let's dive straight into the here and now ... and then and there!

More soon!

Updated WEEKLY - Available FOREVER.

GRAB THE FIRST 175 HOW TO THINK WHEN YOU WRITE TUTORIALS HERE!


ATTENTION PLEASE!
- Our HUGE NEW TUTORIALS BOOKS KICKSTARTER has been announced! THE ACTION KICKS OFF IN MAY, where among other treats we'll be offering the VOLUME 3 OF LORENZO'S HOW TO THINK WHEN YOU DRAW SERIES!
The ONLY WAY to find out more is to mail "Add me, Boys!" to SecretBookList@yahoo.com and we'll get you set up on the SECRET LAUNCH WEEK MAILING LIST - if you've joined our mailing lists in the past, you're good to go!

Robin!





Tuesday, 17 March 2020

How to THINK when you draw WHIRLPOOLS - BRAND NEW TUTORIAL!

BRAND NEW TUTORIAL! How to THINK when you draw WHIRLPOOLS!

My how to THINK when you DRAW TRILOGY of BOOKS (including the BRAND NEW VOLUME THREE!) are going to be available for JUST A FEW WEEKS THIS ENTIRE YEAR, launching on a SECRET DATE  in MAY, ONLY on KICKSTARTER!
THESE BOOKS WILL NOT BE MADE AVAILABLE ANYWHERE ONLINE OR IN SHOPS OUTSIDE OF KICKSTARTER FOR AT LEAST THE NEXT TWO YEARS!
 The ONLY WAY to be in with a chance of getting them is to mail "Add me, Lorenzo!" to SecretBookList@yahoo.com to be on the SECRET LAUNCH WEEK MAILING LIST - if you've joined our mailing lists in the past, you're already on it!

And don't forget to join us today over on OUR INSTAGRAM today, where we have TONS MORE EXTRA TUTORIALS coming up that we don't post here!

Lorenzo!



For parents, carers and teachers needing HIGH QUALITY lesson plans for children while self isolating, here's a MASSIVE FREE 50-PAGE How to draw COMICS book!

For any parents, carers & teachers needing HIGH QUALITY lesson plans for children while self-isolating, so here's our COMPLETELY FREE 50-PAGE FULL COURSE in How to make COMICS!

In fact, as our mum just pointed out to me over the phone, this could be used by ANYONE in isolation looking to fill their time with creativity!

Please share this with as many people as you can, you can download the FREE PRINTABLE BOOK RIGHT HERE!

Lorenzo!

Sunday, 15 March 2020

How to THINK when you draw BATTLE SCENES - BRAND NEW TUTORIAL!

BRAND NEW TUTORIAL! How to THINK when you draw BATTLE SCENES!

My how to THINK when you DRAW TRILOGY of BOOKS (including the BRAND NEW VOLUME THREE!) are going to be available for JUST A FEW WEEKS THIS ENTIRE YEAR, launching on a SECRET DATE  in MAY, ONLY on KICKSTARTER!
THESE BOOKS WILL NOT BE MADE AVAILABLE ANYWHERE ONLINE OR IN SHOPS OUTSIDE OF KICKSTARTER FOR AT LEAST THE NEXT TWO YEARS!
 The ONLY WAY to be in with a chance of getting them is to mail "Add me, Lorenzo!" to SecretBookList@yahoo.com to be on the SECRET LAUNCH WEEK MAILING LIST - if you've joined our mailing lists in the past, you're already on it!

And don't forget to join us today over on OUR TWITTER where we have TONS MORE EXTRA TUTORIALS coming up that we don't post here!

Lorenzo!



Announcing your ONE CHANCE for a LOOOONG TIME to get my RAREST BOOK!

Here it is, the FINAL BOOK ANNOUNCED for my MAY KICKSTARTER - 
The ART of STRANSKI!

This SUPER-RARE book is one of my HARDEST titles to get hold of - SOLD OUT for OVER A YEAR, the book is being specially reprinted ONLY for this Kickstarter, and will NOT be made available ANYWHERE online or in shops outside of KICKSTARTER for at least the next TWO YEARS!  

We will NOT be revealing the launch date of the KICKSTARTER ANYWHERE before it goes live! The ONLY WAY to know when the SECRET KICSTARTER LAUNCHES is to mail "Add me, Lorenzo!" to SecretBookList@yahoo.com to be on the SECRET LAUNCH WEEK MAILING LIST - if you've joined our mailing lists in the past, you're already on it!

And STAY TUNED, more KICKSTARTER NEWS coming VERY SOON!

Lorenzo!

Thursday, 12 March 2020

How to THINK when you draw MUSCLE CARS - BRAND NEW TUTORIAL!

BRAND NEW TUTORIAL! How to THINK when you draw MUSCLE CARS!

My how to THINK when you DRAW TRILOGY of BOOKS (including the BRAND NEW VOLUME THREE!) are going to be available for JUST A FEW WEEKS THIS ENTIRE YEAR, launching on a SECRET DATE  in MAY, ONLY on KICKSTARTER!
THESE BOOKS WILL NOT BE MADE AVAILABLE ANYWHERE ONLINE OR IN SHOPS OUTSIDE OF KICKSTARTER FOR AT LEAST THE NEXT TWO YEARS!
 The ONLY WAY to be in with a chance of getting them is to mail "Add me, Lorenzo!" to SecretBookList@yahoo.com to be on the SECRET LAUNCH WEEK MAILING LIST - if you've joined our mailing lists in the past, you're already on it!

And don't forget to join us today over on OUR INSTAGRAM today, where we have TONS MORE EXTRA TUTORIALS coming up that we don't post here!

Lorenzo!