As promised I am writing a review of Ken Stillman's Balloonclick.com and specifically looking at the video tutorials posted for May 2011, the first month of the on-line resource. I was very interested to see this site launch and was skeptical about joining after having my fingers burnt from subscribing to a previous web based tutorial site called something like arttwist.com. This site ran for about six months then disappeared as did all of the content I had paid to access. This is the risk of on-line subscription resources - you can access and retrieve the information for as long as it is on-line and the moment it disappears so does the information you invested in. Given Ken's standing in the balloon community, his excellent published DVDs and the incredibly low price of just ten dollars a month I had nothing to lose. I really didn't have a clue what to expect so had nothing to lose and as I could cancel my subscription after just one month it was worth a punt.
Joining Ken's site is easy and subscriptions are paid via paypal. Subscriptions are automatically taken monthly from your paypal account. The moment you join you can download PDF copies of Awesome Balloon Books Vol 1 - 6 which include hitch hiking hats and the cartoon balloon encyclopedia!
Now onto the video tutorials.
Before I start let me say how easy the site is to navigate and that video streaming is very effective and I had no issues with video playback on my 300KB/s broadband link. Some video tutorials are split into multiple sections and Ken's instruction is first rate and easy to follow. For May 2011, there is a nice selection of balloons for complete beginners and one special balloon for those who have a spare 3-4 hours and enjoy a worldwide treasure hunt for a particular type of balloon.BALLOONCLICK MAY 2011 VIDEO TUTORIALS - PRICE $10BUTTERFLY HAT
A very simple and easy to make butterfly hat. The secret here is shaping the wings properly and Ken carefully explains how and where to squeeze the wings to make the perfect shape. A really good hat and one suitable for fast and quick line work.
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A good dog which can be adapted to be a standalone model. This one takes longer than the butterfly and is more complex to make but could still be used for line work if time allows.
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