Thank you for doing this, Stan. The national security/bad actors piece that I hadn't even considered is chilling. Meeting in person sounds like a great idea. Looking forward to hearing about how that goes, and perhaps one day you'll be offering courses on how to use AI for artists as the tools develop? or not? I'm also wondering if listening to audio books at high speeds all the time causes people to speak so rapidly - or creates a sub-culture of rapid speakers.
Every time I hear you say "intuitive perspective," and now in this video with skin as drapery, I keep hearing Steve (Huston) in my head (because he was the source of these ideas for me).
Really like where you're going with this new series, Stan; especially the growth mindset, awareness of positive psychology basics, and neuroscience supported ideas about when our results don't match up with our vision and how that supports achieving our goals.
There's a lot more to burnout. I've gotten some help from my studies within courses on Flow, and then taking a deeper dive for a personal project. Christina Maslach has decades of work on it, has a list of six burnout triggers (that can be very helpful for prevention of and healing from) and here's an online survey for that might be helpful for anyone wondering where they are right now, the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI). https://quiz.tryinteract.com/#/5ff8692ea989770016cbb2a0
Yikes! Can’t start a new career after and expect to be successful unless it’s directly connected to skills you’ve already developed???!!! That’s horrible advice, @Marshall Vandruff ! What are you thinking? Do you really believe that? Please reconsider that opinion, especially for your own sake. It reminds me of the 1970’s and 80’s when I was telling everyone who would listen that IQ is much more fluid than we realize, and nowadays, guess what we know! The understanding of myelination and remyelination in the CNS is still such a young science, I think it’s completely unreasonable to make such a pronouncement – perhaps even toxic. This is one of those situations where a little knowledge can be dangerous. I realize this episode was a book review of an old book, but still it would be much more useful to guide listeners to resources and lifestyle changes that increase and protect myelination at any age – exercise, learning anything and exploring curiosity with resources such as Wondrium, proper diet nurturing the microbiome, omega-3 fatty acids like EPA, vitamin D, etc. – rather than saying if you’re over 50 it’s too late.
Time audits...I do these, I know my chronotype and what times are best suited for what tasks, and yet if I schedule it in too strictly, despite well-considered NSDR (non-sleep deep recovery) breaks, it only works for a week at best, and then massive resistance and I have to change things up. Would love to know if anyone knows how to manage this kind of problem. Re: epiphanies, glad for the caution at the end. I think looking for answers is helpful and may or may not lead to an epiphany, but seeking them for their own sake seems like a good way of setting yourself up for reward prediction error.
Also, both of you wonderful answer about supporting your classmates and getting out of the mindframe of competition. Beautiful! 💖💖💖
Oh my Goodness, @Stan Prokopenko !!! I love you SO much in this moment!!! I've been struggling with photographing my graphite work for sooooooooo long in my teensy Japanese room - just crazy! I had the angle info, but didn't even think about polarizing lenses or sheets - and probably wouldn't ever have gotten to the idea of combining them on my own. This is so wonderfully helpful. Thank you SO MUCH!!! 🙇♀️🙇♀️🙇♀️🙇♀️🙇♀️🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰
This went in some interesting directions. I wish you had talked about the impact of consuming so much visual content on screens, particularly in terms of the developmental impact that has on us as visual artists as we continuously strive to improve upon our craft.
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5/16: 4 weeks later, I've switched to actual charcoal, finals are over, and I've rewarded myself with the pleasure of guilt-free doing nothingness for a few days which makes me wonder how people do nothing all day because I feel horrible not doing anything LOL (so not quite guilt free i guess). I didn't realize it's been that long. Since then I've moved on to the robo bean and gotten frustrated at my suckiness. All the work from the past 4 weeks is right here (in the reply thread), sectioned out. Feedback appreciated! @Liandro @Diego Lucia @Jesper Axelsson And updates on personal life, I've signed up for Marshall's perspective bootcamp and Kirk's analytical figure drawing class! Also planning to take perspective at CDA as well, so I can get my fundies up to scratch. My mom said she'd support my art classes as long as I keep up with school (AWESOME!). Really excited to see the launch of Proko 2.0! I'll try to post more often, the announcement of Proko 2.0's launch date made me realize I didn't post in forever (and should probably post before it launched for one more round of feedback before I'd likely have to pay for the feedback hehehehheh). Thanks @Stan Prokopenko @Mike Jara and the Proko team for the incredible work they do for the art community and acting as a gateway for aspiring (or curious) artists everywhere! Y'all changed my life :) ..hopefully I'll post more often than every 3-4 weeks from now on LOL
Hi Jo. I’m not an oil painter, but I did consider it and did lots of exploration and research. So here a bit of info based on what I found. Oils are going to take days to weeks to dry to the touch, and 6 months to a couple of years to “cure”. There are faster drying oil paints, but mainly they achieve this by using a faster drying additive, also available as a separate medium - and that means that there is less pigment. An important consideration if you are painting in layers with oil paints is the concept of “fat over lean”. The less oil in a layer, the more quickly it will dry. The more oil or “fat” the longer it will take to dry. If you put a thinned out, or paint mixed with a quick drying medium on top of a layer that has a lot of fat, or painted thickly that takes longer to dry, you might get cracking. Slower drying on top of faster drying, and the layers bond together nicely. The fumes are from the solvents used for cleaning and thinning, not the paints themselves, and the odorless kind can be just as dangerous, some say more so. If you plan to use them, make sure you have great ventilation and take appropriate precautions. Some people avoid using solvents altogether, and use oil to clean brushes. Think ancient Roman baths. Another option for easier oil paint cleanup is the water soluble oil paints. I mainly used the ones by Holbein. These have a kind of soap-like ingredient, so they can be thinned with water (instead of solvents) while doing underpainting layers, and clean up easily with conditioning brush soap and water. I don’t know what it’s like now, but in early days I had good luck with this website getting the lay of the land, https://oilpaintingwithethan.com/ The more I hear about NMA the more impressed I am, so as @Liandro mentioned, that’s probably a great way to go. Good luck! I hope this helps a little and you have fun with it!
Hey @Jo Sheridan, I'm no expert in oils at all, but I've taken a few classes a few years ago and hopefully my modest feedback can be of some help. Have you tried getting information at you local art supply store already? Sometimes the salespeople can help with some of the basic information, such as tips on use of the materials, types of surfaces to paint on etc. When I studied oil painting back in 2010, I used to buy canvases that came already stretched on a wooden frame because they where practical. I hardly remember using linseed oil because I really loved the feel and texture of the thick paint, but I learned its main use is to function as a thinner to make the paint more fluid and less opaque. I remember noticing that that some colors used to dry faster than others, but in general, oil paint usually takes a few days to dry, sometimes over a week - so yeah, you can leave it for a while and come back later. I always used an upright easel because I found it more comfortable to work on, and it also eliminated the perspective distortions of a horizontal surface. From what I know of your work, I'm guessing it might probably be better for you to work like that too - although, overall, I'd say using an upright easel is not absolutely essential (I mean, look at Jackson Pollock...) Another thing I found to be extremely useful was a sleek surface to mix the paint on (I used a wooden palette which had a layer of "formica" on top, which is sort of a painted and varnished covering sheet). But I've also seen some artists using glass surfaces instead to mix paint. As for the fumes, yeah, I think it's always something to be careful about, but you can reduce the risks by painting in open rooms and well ventilated areas. I remember using turpentine and Ecosolv, which was similar, but had a less strong odor. I think nowadays there might be less harmful options of solvents, so it's always good to do some research and consider what's available to you. And I've found some beginner-friendly courses on Oil Painting at New Masters Academy, maybe you might want to check out: . https://www.nma.art/videolessons/oil-paintings-basics/ . https://www.nma.art/videolessons/introduction-to-oil-painting-for-beginners-part-1-drawing-concepts-review/ Hope this helps! :)
Hello. I've noticed that I've stopped getting in house notifications for the Proko videos, I'm only finding out about them through lucky email announcements (lucky because I hit the bell in a YT video to see what would happen, over and over because I couldn't see anything change). I think this is because of the change in categories. Will they be living in the "Lesson Discussion" section from now on? I just hit follow for it just in case. Thank you!
Wow! This is a densely packed lesson! Thank you 😊. I’m very much interested in the topic and concepts you discussed, but I kept getting distracted watching what you were doing on Ps, so much so fast and furious, looked like a magician! (I’ve only ever used 2 brushes and the eraser and opacity for highly rendered pieces 😅, so I know next to nothing.) How much faster is the video than your working speed?