Dorian Iten
Dorian Iten
Former program director at Barcelona Academy of Art. Passionate about teaching solid craft and exploring the inner game of art.
Bradley Forbush
I did the exercise in photoshop with a mouse, not a stylus. I found the lesson more challenging than I thought it would be, due to the complex shape of the monkey’s head and so I spent a lot of time with it. I made several changes as I went through it. In particular, I kept changing the shadow under the monkey’s brow, —from form shadow initially, to cast shadow, but settled on dark halftone; the reason being it was in the light family. Another thought was whether to include the ear on the right as a form shadow or cast shadow, or both.  I also had some thinking to do about the center light.  Because of the modeled surface there were some parts that seemed to be receiving center light, like the monkey’s eye on the right, even though it was surrounded by half-tone. And I wasn’t sure how broad to define the ambient occlusion. So I would really appreciate some feedback on this assignment. 
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Dorian Iten
You did very well, @Bradley Forbush 👍 A few thoughts: - The shadow on the ear on our right is a cast shadow caused by the head, so the edge of that shadow is a penumbra rather than a terminator. - I tend to expand the Ambient Occlusion to a wider surface area because in shading, AO is such a useful device for creating form inside shadow areas. I've uploaded a solution image at https://www.proko.com/course-lesson/practice-modfac-hunting/downloads
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Dorian Iten
📣 Big Shading Course Update! Two new demonstrations for the Value Gradient and Value Scale assignments add up to 1.5 hours of new content. https://www.proko.com/course-lesson/value-gradient/notes https://www.proko.com/course-lesson/value-scale/notes 🇪🇸 Also, Spanish subtitles are coming soon! Additional updates: - New tips in the Simple AO Study assignment. - New example images in the HTB Head assignment - New example images in the Refined HTB Head assignment - New images in the Maquette Drawing assignment.
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Dorian Iten
📣 My "Drawing Fundamentals" package has a new cover and new lesson images. 👉 https://www.proko.com/course/drawing-fundamentals-accuracy-values-light
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David Zackiewicz
This is very hard, but I’m okay with the results. I'd hugely appreciate constructive feedback for the homework. Thanks :)
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Dorian Iten
Good work!! You are definitely getting the hang of this. Here are a few suggestions on the mug. The other two look solid!
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Dorian Iten
Hi Esther, I've created a walkthrough for my approach to Bargue plates and observational drawing in general that might be useful: http://www.dorian-iten.com/howtodraw Congratulations on getting your drawing this far! My main thoughts: - In a few places, the transitions along the terminator feel a bit too sharp/sudden. There is potential there to turn the form more convincingly by pushing some dark halftones a bit darker. - There is a bit more fine detail in the eyelashes of the original plate – an important element in the drawing. - Your shading in the light halftones is a bit harsh. Check out this lesson where I explain why we need to be very subtle in the light halftones to create a convincing light effect: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vapw6n6FyU It's great to see the different stages, thanks for sharing them! Best, Dorian
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Dorian Iten
Update: English subtitles are now available across all modules of the Shading Course! → https://www.proko.com/course/the-shading-course/overview Also, my friend, former student, and talented artist Carl de Jager is joining me in giving you feedback on your assignments for the Shading Course. Check out his work at https://www.carldejager.com and @carldejager.art.
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Liandro
Hey, @Dennis Yeary, there's a whole course on shading by @Dorian Iten here at Proko. It's literally called The Shading Course – Fundamentals of Realism, Light & Shadow Great stuff in there, I'm sure you'll find it helpful. Best of luck!
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Dorian Iten
Thank you for your kind words, Liandro 🙏 :)
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David Zackiewicz
This task is a real challenge for me. I find it difficult to draw 3 dimensional objects. Does anyone have tips on how I can learn to draw objects better? I'd hugely appreciate constructive feedback for the homework. Thank you :)
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Dorian Iten
Good work, @David Zackiewicz 👍 Work your way through Lesson 1 on https://www.drawabox.com and you'll get a much better intuitive sense for drawing threedimensional objects.
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Dorian Iten
Hi all, this is the "Comments" tab. Please post your work in the "Assignments" tab. → https://www.proko.com/course-lesson/practice-terminator-studies/assignments
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Henri Gerrits
Eggsperiments: enjoy your meal
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Dorian Iten
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Dorian Iten
Hi all, this is the "Comments" tab. Please post your work in the "Assignments" tab. → https://www.proko.com/course-lesson/practice-eggsperiments/assignments
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Roland Varga
Hello! I was wondering: does the course come with discord access?
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Dorian Iten
Hi Roland, Thanks for expressing interest in a Discord server! Short answer: Not yet, but I'm considering it. Long answer: I am running a Discord server, but it's currently only for students who join the course at my platform at theshadingcourse.com. I'd LOVE to give Proko students access as well, but haven't been able to figure out how to handle the resulting complexity.
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Isaac Pizarro
Hello, does this course have Spanish subtitles?
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Dorian Iten
Hola Isaac, Todavía no, lo siento :/ Modules 1-4 have English subtitles, remaining modules are coming soon. Spanish subtitles are on the roadmap for 2022.
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Dorian Iten
Update: all lessons in the Shading Course now have more descriptive thumbnail images 👍 → https://www.proko.com/course/the-shading-course/lessons
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Jean-François (Jeff) Durix
This course has been of great help to me and the quality and richness of the content is very valuable. I also appreciate the insightful feedback you took the time to make. Thanks Dorian! just need to finish the last steps
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Dorian Iten
Thank you for taking the time to write this, Jeff! I'm happy you enjoyed the course!! 🙌 🙌
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Laura Barr
The maquette is a very useful tool for drawing. I'll have to remember this so I can use it for future projects. Overall, this is a very enjoyable course.
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Dorian Iten
Lovely! Well done, Laura! It makes me happy to hear that you enjoyed the course.
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gasyadocro
Finally, I did it! This course is amazingly sophisticated and a lot to learn. Thank you Dorian! Each content is so useful!
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Dorian Iten
Well done @gasyadocro!! 🏅 I'm so glad you enjoyed the course! You certainly made excellent use of it!
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Brayden Copley
Didn't think I should take the time to go in and even out the tone to remove the texture of the paper. I didn't think that was the point of the exercise, though I could probably use the practice in doing so.
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Dorian Iten
Agreed. You only need to keep the tones clean enough to clearly see the tonal relationships of the different value groups. That still works here. 👍
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Laura Barr
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Dorian Iten
The floor and form shadow value could go darker here. Compare your value study to the reference image. See how both tones are closer to the background value in the reference? Otherwise nice and clear 👍👍
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