Stan Prokopenko
Stan Prokopenko
San Diego, CA
Founder of Proko, artist and teacher of drawing, painting, and anatomy. I try to make my lessons fun and ultra packed with information.
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Lisanne
I was so excited to start drawing hands, but I found it really hard to focus on perspective! I feel like I totally failed to apply 3-point perspective and was drawing too intuitively. I had a hard time sticking to box/square shapes and as I started to lose confidence, my lines got messy. I'm definitely going to practice many more of these!
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I know exactly how you feel. One big benefit of targeted exercises like this is learning how to switch modes in your brain. Every time you try again after noticing that you were distracted by the hand and didn't focus on perspective, you are getting a little bit better at getting your brain to stay focused on perspective. So, I'm glad to see that you tried the same pose multiple times!
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great job! you kept your lines simple.
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M B
It seems that I quickly caught by details
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Stan Prokopenko
Detail level is too much. I think maybe you rushed it just a bit? Also try using a smaller brush.
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Dennis Yeary
interesting would you say the same for drawing a city with out the vanishing points?
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Stan Prokopenko
Depends on the goals of the drawing. Look up urban sketching and you'll find plenty of beautiful city sketches drawn freehand without guides. The imperfections give it a charm that work well for sketches of that type. Below is an example from James Gurney's Guide to Sketching book. But I'm sure that for his more polished Dinotopia paintings he spent much more time getting it technically accurate.
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Vue Thao
@Stan Prokopenko I played around with the camera setting in Blender like you did. I want to share what I know.  TOP LEFT: 70 mm = human's default visual eyesight. We see them every day. Every corner parallels each other and every one of them converges to the vanishing point. BOTTOM LEFT: 20 mm = This is known as "fisheye". At the bottom of the cube, each corner tapers. Equivalent to 3 points perspective.  TOP RIGHT:  120 mm = Orthographic perspective. Similar to 70 mm, their top and bottom lines parallel each other but the lines started to bend further away.  BOTTOM RIGHT: 400 mm = Absolute obtuse. The angle is shaped like a fan. The plane on the left (shadow) is smaller than the right (lit/hidden from view). The plane at the bottom follows the same pattern as the top making you imagine they're fallen buckets.  Free online Protractor www.ginifab.com/feeds/angle_measurement/
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Stan Prokopenko
Thank you!
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Stan Prokopenko
We've got some news regarding the digital painting course. First off, the not-so-great part - Jon Neimeister won't be able to wrap up the remaining lessons of the course. We know many of you have enjoyed his insights and teaching style, and it's a bummer not to have him finish up the course. However, life throws curveballs, and we're committed to delivering the quality education you signed up for. The good news - we've put together a team of digital painting instructors to take over and finish this course. We selected artists that specialize in each remaining topic. It will move much faster since multiple artists will be working on videos at the same time. Producing this course is at the top of our priorities right now. Stay tuned for more updates about Jon's replacements, and as always, we're here if you have any questions or need a hand with anything.We appreciate your patience and understanding, Stan and the Proko Team
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Johannes Schiehsl
Ackchyually ... true isometric means that all axes are separated by exactly 120° And, yes. that is Y I have no friends.
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Stan Prokopenko
Haha that's technically right. Artists have a way of changing meanings of scientific/mathematical words. I guess the correct word for what I'm referring to is the whole category of Parallel Perspective. Thanks for the correction, nerd ;)
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@jasonj33
@Jon Neimeister Where are we at in the course? I know w/ with what's going on in the game industry it may have made things difficult for you, but I'm ready for the next section. Let me know thanks.
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Hey Jason, bad news and good news.. Bad news is Jon isn't able to complete the rest of the course. I know this might be disappointing, but we're committed to delivering the quality education you signed up for. Good news is we've put together a team of digital painting instructors to take over and finish this course. We selected artists that specialize in each remaining topic. It will move much faster since multiple artists will be working on videos at the same time. We're finalizing the new timeline and will send an email announcement to everyone soon.
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Liandro
I’m taking a break from critiques Hey, everyone! Many of you know me from critiquing student work here in the Proko community. Now, I need to tell you that I’ll be taking a long break from the “critiquer” job. It’s for a good reason: I was recently approved on a PhD program, which will be a very important next step in my career, and this new endeavor should require a lot of focus, time and energy from me over the coming years. I’ve been collaborating with Proko since 2018 and it’s always been a blast. I’ve always been proud to be a part of this worldly renowned hub for art lessons, and I’ve also always felt extremely valued and professionally respected by everyone on the team. I’m glad to see that the Proko website has grown beautifully to become a self-sustaining community and I’m truly grateful and honored for having been one of the people entrusted with the opportunity of contributing with it over the past few years. For all that, my deepest thanks to Stan, Sean, Kimberly, everyone else in the Proko team, and, of course, to each and everyone of you, students/artists whom I shared insights, feedback and guidance with. I bet I learned much more than I could teach. For all of you, as you keep learning and unraveling your unique artistic journeys, I wish you all the best of luck and a bright future with all the cool ideas, true excitement and youthful fun that great art is made of. Whenever possible, I’ll still check in once in a while to say Hi. Warmest hugs. ~Liandro
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Stan Prokopenko
It's been awesome having you in our Proko family. Your hard work, insights, and passion for art have really helped our community and made a big difference on the students. You've got a great way of mixing feedback with encouragement, and both students and the Proko team love that about you. Really excited for you new PhD journey! We're all behind you on this. We're going to miss you, but your impact here will stick with us. Can't wait to hear about your experiences in academia and the occasional check in. Best of luck on this new adventure. Keep us in the loop!
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Joe DeSena
I went to download this ebook, and wound up setting up a Proko account with Facebook. Where do I go from here?
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Stan Prokopenko
I'm not sure how you ended up on Facebook, but you can find the download area right below the title on this page.
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