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Kon Tiki: Sketch to finished illustration

Kon Tiki: Sketch to finished illustration

Did you know Hawaii became the 50th state in 1959 creating a Polynesian craze across the united states? Tiki themed restaurants, bars, and hotels opened up from coast-to-coast. Tiki culture is still alive and thriving today with many fans collecting tiki mugs and tiki artwork as well as decorating their home bars and backyards to resemble Polynesian island getaways. I host an online Tiki themed drink-n-draw cocktail party each week called TIKI TUESDAY. I typically draw a sketch of a tiki idol, tiki mug design, or defund tiki bar. These lost tiki clubs are worth documenting as they helped to form the tiki culture...

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Behind the Scenes: Creating new Halloween art!

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Behind the Scenes: Creating new Halloween art!

When there's something strange this Halloween. Who you gonna call? I've had this idea for a while to create some artwork that pays homage to to the 1980's spooky comedy film, Ghostbusters. I was focused on the classic quote, "When the light is green, the trap is clean" and knew that would be the focal point of the design. At first I was thinking of creating a full poster illustration but once I started sketching I realized the idea would be perfect for a T-Shirt. I sketched out the initial idea during Live Drawing with Oktopolis on twitch  Watch the video above...

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Behind the Scenes: Art-nouveau style Star Wars art featuring BB-8

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Behind the Scenes: Art-nouveau style Star Wars art featuring BB-8

"It was a very simple sketch, beautiful in its simplicity of a ball with this little dome on top." — special effects artist Neal Scanlan describing how BB-8's design was based on a sketch by The Force Awakens director J. J. Abrams Officially licensed Star Wars artwork BB-8 and BB-9E by Oktopolis: The Art of Brian Miller I remember standing in awe at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim in 2015 when BB-8 rolled out onstage during the panel for the upcoming Star Wars film, The Force Awakens. This spunky little droid captured the hearts and imagination of Star Wars fans young and old alike. It was...

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Behind the Scenes: Illustrating a Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse poster with artist Brian Miller

Behind the Scenes: Illustrating a Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse poster with artist Brian Miller

"Alright, let's do this one last time... For real this time. This is it. My name is Miles Morales. I was bitten by a radioactive spider, and for like two days, I've been the one and only Spider-Man. I think you know the rest." — Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse illustration by Oktopolis: The Art of Brian Miller I was already a fan of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse so I was thrilled when I was approached to create an officially licensed illustration inspired by the film. I started by working up some simple grayscale concepts using tone and value to convey...

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Star Wars Artist BRIAN MILLER Returns to EPCOT International Festival of the Arts 2020

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Star Wars Artist BRIAN MILLER Returns to EPCOT International Festival of the Arts 2020

International Festival of the Arts returns to Epcot for its fourth sensational year and they are bringing back the STAR WARS gallery. You will find gourmet fare, musical and stage productions, and a variety of talented artist all around World Showcase. The International Festival of the Arts combines three things guests love most about theme park festivals for weekends filled with international cuisine, Disney-inspired art and Broadway performances.Star Wars artist Brian Miller will be appearing at the STAR WARS pop-up gallery hosted by ACME Archives & Dark Ink Art. The STAR WARS gallery is located in EPCOT World Showcase between Italy and...

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