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Do you find that you choose your emotion or expression you want to convey, prior to beginning your photos? (Meadow's work has a lot of emotion showing through, wonderful expressions). I recently purchased a facial expression book (newbie, lol), for warm ups: tracing and drawings photo reference..... Should I have the emotion/expression in mind I want to convey, before I initiated the drawing? Also I'm alternating between a graphite and newly bought charcoal pencil, which seems to grip the paper more. Is there one that is better to use for an initial lay in with, verses the other? (See pic) I also really enjoyed your segment on sketchbook Master's Studies on the Watt Atelier Online classes, thank you!
Hi Erik and Meadow, I am a big fan of your art and the Watt's Atelier online lessons. How should someone learn to draw to a professional standard when time is a limiting factor as they are full-time employed in something unrelated to art? - I spend 10-20 hours a week still on art so time management isn't the issue. Also, If knowing that I am doing the right type of learning is the problem, would mentoring be the only way to ensure you are learning the right thing? PS. Kristian or whoever reads this question is a bae!
For about 6 years I’ve been on my journey to be the best fine artist I can be and eventually teach as well. I have gotten really serious in the last 2 or so and I’ve have been wanting to start some kind of academic classes and have heard a lot about the Watts Atelier. I’m on the East Coast, and my wife and I both work full time and are expecting our 3rd soon 😀. The Watts Atelier online school would be a big financial commitment for us but do you guys feel like it would be something invaluable to an artists growth? I manage to consistently practice for 2-3 hours a day and i can tell I’m improving, just wondering if you would suggest someone like me and my situation to join Watts atelier online. Thank you so much. Ps, Stan, if your watching, Proko has been a big help! You’re the man 👍🏼
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how was the journey of meadow gist in the art world, from student to getting a gallery? how did she survive the early years as an artist? what work or jobs helped he in the early days? after getting proper skill set what all options does an artist have other than teaching and being a gallery artist?
For Meadow: First off, thanks for all the great instruction @ Watts! I'm an intermediate portraitist, mostly in charcoal with some oils. I see you're focusing on Indigenous themes, and I'm drawn to the same, as I live in a really cool area for Indigenous history (or rather, pre-history), smack dab in the middle of the previous Iroquois Confederacy. Do you have any suggestions for pursuing the theme, gathering reference, contacting the Tribes, etc? Any interesting stories about same, too. I'm starting out by using historical photos, but my eventual goal is to paint both historical and contemporary portraits and hopefully narrative scenes ala Robert Griffing. Thanks! DJM
Hi, i am currently recreating Art School at home inspired by the Draftsmen podcast and bought a couple of books to get started. Now I just wanted to ask what the most effective way to study from books is ? I am curently reading the book Drawing the head & hands by Andrew Loomis but i feel like im not studying it properly by just copying the drawings and reading the text.