“We are living in cages with the door wide open” : George Lucas

When producing visual stories, our worst enemy in completing and publishing a narrative is ourselves. We often build our own cages or limiting beliefs which hinder our progress.

Lucas went onto say :

“Most of my movies are about the fact that you’re in that little place, it’s the little prison in your brain—the door’s open but you can’t leave.

But all you have to do is walk out and say, ‘Hey! I’m gonna do this.'”.

That’s certainly a great start, but if you’ve begun a story with few renders, showing a promising character in an exciting setting, you may soon get bogged down with these kind of thoughts:-

So, as you read through the list above, you may resonate with some of these challenges and can imagine the “cage” you can end up making for yourself.

Artwork and story by Peter von Stackelberg

What if you could cut through the complexities and pain points of creating and publishing your visual narrative even if you…

We are forming a new coaching group to solve your writing challenges,  some of which you’ll recognise above.

The group is designed to help you move quickly from idea creation to completion of an outline for a complete visual story and development of at least one substantial scene/chapter of a visual narrative, which you’ll see published by the end of the course.

Here’s what you’ll get as part of the group:-

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Proven Experience

Peter von Stackelberg : Trainer

Peter von Stackelberg is a writer, award-winning investigative journalist, and professional futurist. He teaches journalism, transmedia storytelling, and communication studies at Alfred University in Alfred, New York.
Peter’s work as an investigative journalist was awarded the Citation of Merit – Roland Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service in Canadian journalism for reporting on science, technology, and environmental issues. The Michener Award is Canada’s highest distinction in Canadian journalism.
Peter has also worked on technology, innovation, and strategic foresight projects for companies like Honda R&D North America, General Motors, Shell Oil Company, Lockheed Martin, Texaco, Hasbro, and many others.
He has a B.A. in Journalism from Ryerson University, a M.S. in Studies of the Future from University of Houston-Clear Lake, and a M.S. in Information Design & Technology from SUNY Polytechnic University.

Paul Bussey : Group Host and Facilitator

I have been inspiring, promoting, educating and connecting digital artists since 2010. I’ve published over 125 issues of our magazines 3D Art Direct, Digital Art Live and VISNews, with in-depth interviews of fantastic artists that inspire others with their work.

I’ve hosted and organised over 200 live events to educate digital artists. Our webinars provide an interactive, informative and fun experience for our community.

What other coaching group members are saying

“Working with Paul and Digital Art Live has given me such a fresh approach upon my art. From a friendly and welcoming environment, to a supporting and cohesive set of tutors and support. Going on the Studio Mastery Course was the biggest leap of faith I have taken with regards to artistic endeavours, and I do not regret a single moment of it. Paul is a wonderful host and lead for the courses and demonstrates the ability to nurture people of all skill levels and help them blossom into the creative delights that they wish to be. I would pick up another course like this in a heartbeat to continue my journey and growth through the creative landscape of my mind” : Ian Franklin

“My experience with Esha and your program for learning rigging is beyond phenomenal. I came in with the impression that this was going to be a quick tutorial on how to setup basic technical settings on how to do a basic rig in DAZ Studio. Boy was I wrong! In a good way! Every time we set up a session, I am blown away by how much detail and problem solving Esha’s sessions go into! I would not have imagined the advanced techniques and attention to detail she brings into each session! I’ve heard a few students call this information priceless, and I agree 100%.

The chat rooms are so full of information! Just reading people’s questions and people’s responses, it’s an invaluable time saver! When I read the questions and their solutions it reminds me, “I would have had to go thru those hiccups myself, and there’s the solution!”. The chat room creates a great sense that you’re not alone, and it gives you a freedom to test things out and get into “trouble”.  I am more than satisfied with this course. It has surpassed my expectations and more! I highly, highly recommend this type of session to anyone!” : David Aguiler

Areas of Artistic Growth

With 10 weeks of learning, we’ll look at the following:-

Week 1 : Overview and three mindset essentials for your writing

Week 2 : Story Idea Development

Week 3 : Story concept development

Week 4 : From event to story

Week 5 : Narrative arcs and plot points

Week 6 : Character arcs

Week 7 : Scene creation – the foundation of storytelling

Week 8 : Comics, graphic novels and illustrated stories

Week 9 : Extended story structures

Week 10 : Publication of your visual narrative

Have a look at the detailed curriculum of the course HERE

Latest curriculum addition : for all students we’ll be providing a bonus tutorial on shots – the art and science of placing subjects in your shots. Camera shots are all about composition.

Here’s How it Works

A Carefully Selected Coaching Group

I review applications before artists are given an offer to join the group so you can rest assured that this will be a dedicated and creative set of people for you to grow with.

10 weeks of Support and Training

The group will run from the first Sunday of June on each Sunday to mid August.

Each week we’ll have a Zoom webinar meeting (up to 1.5 hours) composed of training , coaching and follow up.

Standard members will get high definition recordings of these meetings with a basic time index. VIP members will get the searchable and subtitled versions of the videos.

Classes will begin at 21:00 BST (London time) and last for 1.5 hour, though it is possible this time may adjust according to who is in the group and the time zones involved.

The topics of these training sessions will be based on the above, but we’ll pay special attention to coaching you through your particular pain points

This is where everyone will share wins, goals, and challenges to get support, accountability, and feedback from the group and guidance from us.
You’ll have opportunities to get a focus just on you and have Peter and I as well as the rest of the group look over one of your goal or challenges to help help you leap forward in your creativity.

Private online group area to interact between Zoom calls

Any time you need some input or encouragement, you can turn to the private group on a daily basis to connect with other group members.

This will be a private space inside DigitalArtLive.Studio – our general forum for the artists in the Digital Art Live community.

We’ve found that the private group work area is a powerful connecting tool to keep the conversation going between the weekly meetings.

This extends the benefits of the coaching group beyond the live webinars.

VIP Add-On

If you would like some additional resources, there’s a VIP add-on option that gives you the following in addition to everything above:-

  • Searchable and subtitled videos from the 10 training sessions. You can search across all of these at once on any word or phrase spoken.
  • Seven additional video tutorials (over 20 hours of content) on Visual Narratives by Peter
  • An additional one to one online session with Peter

Platinum Level Add-On

All the benefits of standard group and VIP membership plus lifetime access to the Visual Narratives Academy tutorial library.

The VNA library is a large scale tutorial resource ($1500 worth of tutorials) to help develop your story ideas to fully rendered sequential artwork.

This contains an evergreen library of videos by Drew Spence, Peter von Stackelberg, Tasos Anastasiades and other artists going over techniques and workflows creating story-telling artwork (including comics and graphic novels).

The collection is evergreen, where new tutorials will be added from time to time. At the time of writing there are 28 videos of recorded online classes.

Our monthly magazine “VISNews” (now 20 issues)  is included in the resource. It is not published elsewhere.

VISNews is especially for artists creating stories with digital art tools, including the use of DAZ Studio and Poser for character based scenes. It’s an absolutely unique publication that includes market news, software and plugin news for visual storytellers and an in-depth interview each month with a professional visual narratives artist.

Visual Narratives Coaching
2 x $137
Ten training / coaching sessions
Private forum for daily support and connection
Proven templates to help structure your story development
Two payments of $137 across two months
Visual Narratives Coaching (VIP)
2 x $177
All the benefits of standard membership
One to one additional meeting with Peter
Searchable and captioned course recordings
Seven tutorial sets of additional content (over 20 hours) by Peter
Two payments of $177 across two months
Visual Narratives Coaching (Platinum)
2 x $247
All the benefits of standard and VIP membership
Lifetime access to the Visual Narratives $1500 Tutorial Library
Two payments of $247 across two months