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Anthony Scott
Looking forward to getting my hands on this app.
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John B
yeah I'm really looking forward to playing around with it.
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John B
Depends on budget and equipment you want to use. Are you recording your drawing with your phone?
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@maddawg
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John B
Awesome!
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Alain Rivest
I was already super interested by this course, then you announce the Black Friday discount, and now a 2 hour live stream!!! It's during my working hours, but I don't think I will work very hard during those 2 hours! haha!
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John B
We'll have the replay available here too so if you're busy don't sweat it.
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@amit2140
By when is this course supposed to end
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John B
It's hard for us to say. Stan keeps adding more to it, but I would guess sometime at the end of 2024 or early 2025.
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Omar Sherif
I just need to know while taking this beginners course should I focus only on it or practice background as I love it too
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John B
I think I understand your question... Feel free to sketch an entire scene if you want to, but for the assignments in the course I would keep to the prompt as that's what Stan will be critiquing you on.
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@stella004
hi there friends :) I watch the free content of Proko..... I can barley draw a stick figure lol but I do hope it is alright to ask for feedback, help and such on what I have learned from the free content. please be aware that my cubes, spheres,cones,cylinders and everything else I post look like they have been done by an alien. hope to sign up for the course in the near future. enjoy the rest of your evening, afternoon or morning. where ever you might be in the world :)
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John B
Hey welcome to the course!
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Ana Zechmeister
Hey guys! Altough this is not your typical portrait and I do not usually draw in pencil/charcoal etc., this course has helped me immensely and made portrait painting/drawing so much easier for me. I come back to this course over and over again and it has been the best one I ever took. Thank you @Stan Prokopenko for putting in the hard work and giving this course to striving artists.
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John B
Glad this course was able to really help you out!
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Tran Tan
do we assignments or any tasks ? or how do we practices daily for each section of this course ? and how do we measuring the proportions like in figure drawing course ?
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John B
Stan has assignments located in the step by step videos. There's not a set schedule you need to follow in the course.
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Cesar Pingarr贸n
Would be nice to have a 3D model of the robo bean, just saying :p
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John B
If you have the skelly app installed you can mess with a "robo skelly" that you can play around with.
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@charliev
Not sure if this is the right place for questions, but does purchasing this course come with assignment reviews? I saw a video review that said that you must complete assignments and then reviewers will let you know if you are ready for the next assignment.
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John B
The critiques for this course have already been filmed and released. Stan may occasionally give a student a critique in this course, but there are not guaranteed critiques.
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@amit2140
Hi do we need to do drawbox to get theough the mannequinization part of this course
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John B
Drawabox might help, but I wouldn't say it's required.
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Steven Wolf
 Will this course go over the rules on when, and how, to best break the panel boarders? I feel like those breaks can add a lot if done right. I get that they can confuse the reader if done wrong, and loose impact if overused, but it seems a waste to not use them at all. It seems like something that could be taught, without having to be 20 years in the business first.
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John B
The goal of this course is to focus more on the fundamentals of storytelling. Once you grasp the basics it really comes down to experimenting. If you're someone that really wants to break a lot of these rules that's great, but focus first on understanding why they're in place. Maybe if you have enough time for some of these upcoming assignments you can submit two versions. One that focuses on the rules and one that doesn't and see what the instructor says.
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Matija Vuk
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John B
Glad you're enjoying the tips. We've got more on the way from C.B.
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@wleo
Such a fluid media. Some of those Rocket Racoon pages that were used as examples in that vid broke the panel borders (but with the correct eye flow) and had a crazy layout - but they worked! Appreciate the bullet-proofing of the guidelines here. Makes it easier to focus.
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John B
Yup, when I was in film school the instructors always stressed that it's important to understand the rules before you can break them. This was true for shot selection, editing, etc... The same can be said for a bunch of other creative fields and is just as true for comic artists.
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Zachary Carlson
I'm really enjoying the course so far, and I'm excited for the planned content! However, one thing I don't see mentioned in the overview is lettering! Will that be part of section on panel design? Are we going to discuss lettering at all (in terms of balloon shape, placement of text, different strategies for indicating emotion, feeling, different types of speakers, etc.)?
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John B
Good question! Lettering won't be covered in this course, but it could be something we try to tackle in a future free video. If we end up using a Marvel artist maybe we could even add it to the bonus section of the course.
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John B
Hey Kevin thanks for posting! I noticed you drew a loomis head from the portrait course. If you're looking for a course to follow, with plenty of free lessons to get started, I would recommend the drawing basics course. That's the perfect course for learning how to draw in general - https://www.proko.com/course/drawing-basics/lessons
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John B
Do you enjoy the process of drawing/painting/sculpting? If so then AI shouldn't have an effect on your enjoyment of the craft. Are you planning on becoming an art professional of some kind? Well, there's still a good chance you'll be able to find work because companies will want to own the copyright for the art and AI work can't be protected by copyright. The biggest impact I think AI art will have for artists in the short and long term will be a loss of small independent commissions from individuals and small businesses. Unfortunately, I think that will create a filter that will weed some artists out, but I think professional work and traditional art will thrive. One thing that gives me hope for the future of art can actually tied in with chess. Since the 80's, computers have been able to beat the top chess players in the world. Yet, despite computers technically being the "best" players, people are still playing the game and learning new strategies. There's even several successful YouTube channels with chess players only focused on chess content that get 100k+ views per video (gothamchess, GMHikaru, Botezlive etc.). Clearly there's more to the game that goes beyond winning otherwise people would've lost all interest in the game. The same can be said of art and I think despite some of the doom and gloom surrounding the space I think the future is overall a bright one for artists.
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John B
It's pretty hard to answer these types of questions since they have a lot of variables, but generally speaking, if you study smart and you're spending that kind of time working on it per day then I think you absolutely could reach your goal. How long was your animation going be?
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John B
So, these are my personal opinions and they don't necessarily reflect the opinions of my employer. With that disclaimer out of the way, there's two ways to look at this and I think it's up to you on how you want to proceed. On the one hand, I could see you using AI as a concepting tool to look for design ideas you might want to implement within future drawings. You might even find some areas within the AI concepts that you think enhance the overall piece. If that gives you motivation to improve on those areas where AI has "made improvements" then in my view that's a positive thing. On the other hand, relying on AI too much could hinder your motivation to learn and become a band aid to fix areas that you need to spend more time practicing. It's also worth noting what kind of goals you're setting up for yourself as an artist. Are you someone that's just casually drawing for fun? If so, it may make you happy to see your drawing get put through AI just to see how it gets tweaked and I think that's fine. However, if you're aspiring to become a professional, AI art is going to be an overall crutch since you won't be able to use AI for the majority of your clients. After all, they'll want copyright protection for the work they're paying you to do and AI art won't have it. Anyway, I hope this helps, and I look forward to seeing more of your drawings.
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