You have arrived on the blog site of The Vintage Inkwell Academy or simply TVIA. We're an on-line blog, resource and collaboration space for developing artists and illustrative content creators. 

Our goal is to gather the finest old-school artist training methods, tips, tools and techniques to help produce the next generation of outstanding illustrators and artists. To facilitate this, we've carefully curated a massive library of traditional art instruction books guaranteed to help you become the best artist possible. 

In my personal studies in traditional illustration and its associated methodologies, I discovered forgotten treasures containing vital, art instructional knowledge. I began harvesting as much as I could find, and these resources were oft-times very difficult to track down and obtain. I kept hoping to find a central place that I could go that had housed all the resources I sought. Alas, there was none to be found. I was inspired and driven to preserve and share this precious, old-school knowledge I uncovered, before it was lost forever. So, I decided to create a home for what I had found and The Vintage Inkwell Academy was born!

With TVIA, I aimed to spark up dialogues and interest in an age that produced legendary creators and incredible creative works that I’d love to see flourish once again. We specialise in promoting vintage style illustration techniques and Platinum & Golden-Age style comic book creation. If you’re an artist, animator, art student, writer or creative content creator and love the world of vintage illustration or comics, then come on in and make yourself right at home. The Vintage Inkwell Academy is also a knowledge exchange and creator collaboration space,

For genuine music of the era, that’s the alligator’s teeth, shimmy on in to The Blue Orchid Club on the Home page. It's my digital speakeasy, featuring a Deezer specially cultivated playlist, providing hours of top shelf early Jazz of the 20’s and 30’s. In for a bit of cinema? Slip on in to The Expressa Deco Noir Theatre for some rare animated shorts and fascinating videos on the traditional comic strip and animation production processes. Need the best art study books to get yourself in the know? Then visit our renowned and growing Library. We also have our  Book Guide to help you select personally recommended art instruction books. Fond of interesting sites to help you master your craft? We’ve got you covered on our Links page. Before you go, make sure to stop by our affiliate site Ingenuity Studios that are working on forging a brand new path in the world of comic books.

Thanks and welcome, have a look around and enjoy the Academy.

The Ghost Man

Illustrator in development and the host of The Vintage Inkwell Academy. I'm an avid enthusiast, patron and promoter of vintage illustration and creative media from the Platinum and Golden-age comic book era.

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