Welcome to Proko!
Our mission is to make Proko the most direct route for you to become a professional in visual arts.
Other than making learning fun with silly yet educational videos, we’re also working on improving the community and feedback aspects of online learning. As more and more students transition online for their art education, community and feedback need to seriously improve to compete with traditional art schools.
Using the Website
Let's get you familiarized with a few important sections of the site.
How to Start
Stuff you can do now as you start:
- Create an account - First of all, if you don’t already have a Proko account, click sign up at the top. It’s free to be part of the community. You don’t have to buy anything unless you want to get some premium content. If you’ve purchased something from Proko before, just login with the same account you had before, all your stuff is still there.
- Follow people - Like our instructors. If searching for a specific person, use the search at the top header of the website and click on the ‘people’ tab in the results.
- Complete your profile - Make yo’ self look presentable. Decorate your profile by clicking on your profile picture on the top right corner and select ‘settings’.
- Add courses to your classroom - On a course or lesson page, under the video there’s a button “Add Course to Classroom”. This will allow you to track your progress and discussions from that course will appear in your Classroom newsfeed.
- Subscribe to community categories - On the main community page, you’ll see a Follow button on the right of each category. Turning those on will push discussions from those categories into your newsfeed.
- Read the community rules - It’s important that we all understand the rules and guidelines so that no one gets hurt.
- Report bugs and give feedback - This is a fairly new website. As you use it you will probably run into a bug or two. Also, anything you wish you could do, but can’t, please do tell. Thank you for helping!!!
- Use the site - Start watching the lessons, doing assignments, sharing them in the community, giving others feedback, upvote/downvote, flag spam and inappropriate posts and generally being active on the site! If you’re a long time follower of Proko, you can even post some of your past assignments if you still want feedback on them.
- Help Requests - If you’re posting your work for critiques on things that are related to any lessons, please post them in the lesson discussions instead of making new topics for every critique request. That means go to the lesson page, and post it under the video.
We'll be the first to admit that it depends on your situation.
If you're only casually interested in learning how to draw on the side, then you can get away with the hundreds of free lessons here such as those in the Figure and Anatomy courses. However, if you're serious about improving your art skills, want to become a pro, or excited about making art a part of your life, then we highly recommend investing in the premium courses.
These are full drawing courses that contain detailed information about important concepts, offer more example drawings to learn from, and contain additional learning materials (assignment demonstration, eBooks, critiques and 3D models) that will aid you in improving your skills quickly.
It should go without saying, that if you don't practice, you won't improve. Setting aside a little time everyday is the #1 key to getting better. My recommendation is that you set aside at least 1 hour everyday to practice what you learn on this site. If you're on a more advanced lesson and want to improve quicker, I recommend devoting much more time than that. At least 15 hours each week. Try watching one lesson each week, practicing it, and move on.
If you're not looking forward to drawing daily, that's a no no! Drawing should be a fun activity that you're interested in learning. If it feels like a chore, try adding in personal projects you're excited about to your routine so you're not just doing homework all the time.
BTW, Marshall and I have talked a lot about how to practice, what to practice, how to be a good students, and how to recreate art school on our Draftsmen Podcast
Need Help? If you run into any issues with your account, email email@example.com or use the contact form in the Help Center.