Cheer Up!

Cheer Up! is going to be a regular thing here as we post interesting, funny, and/or inspirational things as the term goes on.  It’ll mainly be design stuff (hopefully) but expect to see the occasional cat/dog/pet creep into these posts.  Tony has another posting idea he’s calling “It’s Only Funny if It Isn’t You” that will highlight blunders that we can all learn from.  Expect to see that series soon.

So for the first Cheer Up! I’m posting a link to a pretty old but still relevant article/FAQ by Raja Sandhu that discusses his processes and dealing with clients.  It’s all “tongue-in-cheek” of course but still a good read.  I especially like this passage:

Legend has it that Pablo Picasso was sketching in the park when a bold woman approached him.

“It’s you — Picasso, the great artist! Oh, you must sketch my portrait! I insist.”

So Picasso agreed to sketch her. After studying her for a moment, he used a single pencil stroke to create her portrait. He handed the women his work of art.

“It’s perfect!” she gushed. “You managed to capture my essence with one stroke, in one moment. Thank you! How much do I owe you?”

“Five thousand dollars,” the artist replied.

“B-b-but, what?” the woman sputtered. “How could you want so much money for this picture? It only took you a second to draw it!”

To which Picasso responded, “Madame, it took me my entire life.”

Just because we’re “creative” people doesn’t make our line of work any less valuable.

Starter Set

Every student at Concept Cube will need a starter set.  We normally have a handful of sets in stock ready for sale in the studio, but this post is to show what you’re going to need if you decide to go out and get them on your own.

supplies_bluesCopic Markers – Blue Set

  • B32
  • B24
  • B26
  • B39

supplies_orangesCopic Markers – Orange Set

  • YR04
  • YR07
  • R08
  • R27

supplies_copics2Copic Markers – Yellow Set & Desert Set

  • Y21
  • Y17
  • Y38
  • E09
  • YR14

supplies_copicsCopic Markers – Other Tones

  • YR000
  • YR82
  • YR61

supplies_pensWhite gel pen and felt tip pens (0.5 and 0.7)

supplies_erasersClicky eraser, white block eraser, and kneaded eraser.

supplies_tapeknivesWhite 3M Scotch paper tape (3/4″ medium tackiness; has 256 on the inside yellow liner) and X-ACTO knive with #11 blades.

supplies_triangular30-60-90 triangle (large size; preferably see-thru)

supplies_circsCircle guides (various sizes)

supplies_padMarker pad, 14″ by 17″ size (we use Canson brand paper, but any brand name will do as long as it has been treated for marker use.  Get the correct size!)


Itoya portfolio folder, 14″ by 17″.  Keep your work nice and tidy!

You’ll also need an 18″ metal ruler (not pictured).





Behind The Scenes

Back in December of 2011 (!) Concept Cube made a little video.  I managed to find some pictures of that day.  I’ll post more as I find more time.  Fun times!





Shirley Van

Shirley is our most recent success story, having been accepted to the Art Center College of Design for Product Design.  She even received a $40,000 scholarship!  Check out more of her work here.




Website Update

Welcome to the all new Concept Cube website!  Yeah, it took awhile but things have been nuts around here.  Stay tuned for more content soon!