ModernDayJames Online "curriculum"
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Alex Fore
I've spent the last 7 years as a full-time graphic/web designer because of the fear of the 'starving artist'. I've recently decided I want to actually pursue a career in art. I haven't found exactly what that looks like yet, but I have found what looks like a good foundational online "curriculum" and was wondering if anybody else has seen or tried it? https://i.redd.it/7ns7su264gp31.png I've done some research and this looks pretty well rounded and reaches from a lot of resources, both free and paid. My goal is to work a couple hours each day starting with the lessons laid out, but also working on personal projects that try to tie in the lessons. Anyways, what are your thoughts? Have you tried this or any other lesson plans for 'relearning' to draw? (Pictures of the curriculum and random painting of one of my first personal watercolors while taking an Aaron Blaise course)
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Alberto Grubessi
Hi alex, i am doing this curriculum too!! i am currently at stage 4 and i think it's very useful, my art is improved a lot since i started. I would like to give you some advices that i discovered while doing the curriculum: 1) as Karim said, take your time doing the challenges and the section, i found that in the first part of the curriculum i rushed a bit and maybe my results would be better if i didn't rushed. For this reason i feel like i should go back and at least re-watch/read the materials. 2) i think it's important to check out all of the material suggested (not necessarily buying it) because i found that some of the materials ,for me, were not stimulating or efficient. Example, i found scott robertson's book extremely tiring, boring and excessive; i want to be an illustrator so i couldn't care less about product design and doing very precise and calculated drawings; on the opposite side i found the drawabox curriculum extremely helpful even if i didn't submit for critique, because the program is more direct and applicable immediately on your drawings. 3) during your challenges i would advise you to submit examples of your work to critique, that's because doing this at the end it's too late and so doing it at the middle or dividing the work in quarters can help you learn your mistakes and immediately applying what you learned on the next session. 4) i am also working about 2 h per day because i'm currently at university and i have to study for my exams, don't expect this process to be fast, the curriculum says about 30 days and i said "sweet, 2 years and i have all the foundamentals laid out!!!" well i started a year ago and i am only at stage 4 XD. Although this may seem frustrating we have to accept that we can only study for this much time, so peace yourself and enjoy the process, i can guarantee that if you stick to your plan and really draw 2h a day everyday (or so) you will see progress. Hope it helped, i am sorry if some of the advices may seem silly but i found out these things and so i thought it may help.
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Alex Fore
Thanks Alberto. I appreciate the advice. 2 hours daily is already proving tough but my average is pretty close. Im thinking I may just start a new thread on proko and post updates for critiques
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Irshad Karim
This curriculum tends to be floated around a lot, and Proko and Marshall brought it up in one of the draftsmen episodes a while back. I feel I should clarify something- The curriculum shouldn't be ascribed to Moderndayjames - it was put together by Alex Honeycutt (Radiorunner), and features a quote from Moderndayjames, though it's easy to understand why people think it was made by MDJ or involved his input in some way. As far as the curriculum itself goes, the only recommendation I have here is that if you're following it, it's best that you not apply its 4-weeks-per-unit pacing to the sections that have you following along with Drawabox. Drawabox *really* isn't meant to be shoehorned into a specific preconceived timeline, and when students try to do so, they end up rushing and missing big chunks of the material. When working through any Drawabox content, just focus on giving it as much time as it requires for you to complete the assigned work to the best of your current ability. Setting deadlines/timelines/etc can be very useful further into one's learning process, but I think that the foundation one builds up at the beginning of their journey is so critical that it should absolutely not be rushed.
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Alex Fore
I tried changing the thread title after I realized my mistake, but I don't see how too. I think people get the point though. Thanks for the input. I can see how the timeline would make some rush. 4 weeks isn't enough time for me on some of this because I have other that come first.
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Siqi
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Hi Alex! I actually just started Term 2 and I've been really appreciating this curriculum. I love the structure that this provides, and how I can attach somewhat of a timeframe to this curriculum. I was trying to structure my own learning before this curriculum and I felt SO lost. I am someone who likes structure and set topics though, so it's an especially good fit for me. I also like having a bit of a sense of accountability because I'd feel guilty skipping projects (e.g., the 250 cylinder challenge) that I find intimidating/dry/difficult.
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Dan B
I have recently started this 'curriculum.' Incidentally I recently completed the 100 heads challenge before starting and I've been through the Proko course a bit too. For me the appeal is the structure with attached 'projects.' I struggle to give myself structure or larger projects so this is already quite helpful. It still leaves the discipline to the individual, but I'm hoping it's going to really help with steady and constant practice and progress... It seems quite flexible too: add extra practice/lessons to the areas you need while going light-on for the already learned areas. I'm working through Figuary at the moment. Once we can get study groups etc going on Proko it'd be great to see a few groups around this 'curriculum' to share the experience/progress.
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Alex Fore
the structure was the big pull for me too. Study groups would be nice. We can always setup another thread or a discord to post progress and try to keep anybody who joins motivated.
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Yiming Wu
Ahh I've seen this compilation before. I think it's pretty solid for a lot of aspect you might go, but to me it's a bit all over the place and I tend to go with anything I feel like at the moment, like if I can't draw/paint a certain thing, I'll just practice that. This painting looks wonderful already! I think if you have a clear idea what you want, then through some practice you can get somewhere!
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Alex Fore
thanks for the response. I agree. it’s a bit all over the place, but I don’t know what my end goal is and I feel like I need to revisit the basics. I’m thinking this may be a good start and I can always branch off if I want whenever I figure out my goals.
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