It's all about addressing and resolving the emotions that brought me to the low place. Granted I have cPTSD (among other things) and thus am more "screwed up" than many people, but I still think that to get far with art study we all have to have something supporting us emotionally. What that looks like will vary from person to person but for me it's laying out a clear path to follow, knowing what "good enough" is so I know when to move on, being organized and knowing exactly what I want to work on when, having somebody approachable to critique my work, and probably most important having somebody safe that can lift me back up when things get rough and I fall apart. This is what sustainable art-study looks like for me. How about you? Have you considered the emotional side of things? Figured out anything yet about what helps or hinders you?
@Liandro Now I finally know what you sound like, haha! :) We had many a good conversation through Proko email back when getting critiques that way was a thing. You were so approachable and always read what I said carefully and wrote me thoughtful responses. You really helped my thinking as I navigated the messy journey toward being able to make the art I want to make. How are things going for you today? Are you still able to contribute to student growth as much as you want to?
Had it preordered before the promo video even finished playing! I've been waiting for this for a long time. I've been so in need of a compassionate, competent run through of the core fundamentals, especially construction. @Stan Prokopenko When you start releasing lessons in January, do you have a ballpark idea of how long it will take before all lessons are released? By ballpark I mean are we looking at months or years?
I enjoyed seeing your drawing. You're definitely above me in your ability to make an eye look convincing. I like how there's a wide range of values and the darks next to the lights. And how there's a lot of contrast where the iris is and lines pointing in toward the pupil. It really directs my attention toward the part of an eye I care about most. And I found the texture in the eyebrow interesting. The eyelashes are just meh to me but they look realistic. Real eyelashes are not always amazing. So that isn't necessarily a flaw!
Those of you that are learning on your own from books, videos, and whatever else you decide to use, what is your overall approach to art study? And how do you deal with problems like: -Knowing what to study, when, and for how long? -How do you keep the difficulty level appropriate--not so easy it's boring but not so hard you spend most of your time spinning your wheels and losing morale -Tracking your progress and actually being able to feel the sense of progression
Thank you for pointing this out. We are aware how confusing this is and will fix it in a near future release.
I got really confused wondering why the button wasn't there but when I navigated to my albums through my classroom > albums I was able to get the button. The place on the site where you can view your albums and add a new one, and the place on your profile where you cannot, they look very similar, so it communicated that were the same kind of "thing" in the system and my brain expected the same functionality, hence the confusion. My suggestion is either make these two ways of viewing an album look different or make it so there is an "add album" button with viewing your own albums on your own profile.
looks like a really good book. The amazon reviews are high also. I may put it on my wish list. I studied from Paul Ekman's book Unmasking the Face which is not for drawing but for understanding how our faces show expressions very very quickly and other cool science about reading facial expressions. It's a fun side study at best. I will have to get our book for sure soon
I haven’t, but it looks interesting, and it’s one I told myself I would get eventually (but didn’t when I had it in my hands - also I was holding a Japanese copy). I wouldn’t say I have learned facial anatomy, but I had a wonderful course in uni with Marshall’s mentor who had us drawing skulls from a life sized plastic model we purchased and assembled. Then we added the muscles in plastic clay, and drew that. I had a portraiture course with Jason Seiler, and he did a wonderful job with the basics and nose. What looks good about the resource you found is that it focuses on facial expressions, so that’s dealing with the functionality of the anatomy in a way that is important to us. Beyond that I would also look into the materials for medical students as Stan did for preparing the course if I wanted to take a deeper dive. Given your skill set, you could create your own interactive facial anatomy teaching tool if you wanted to, I bet! Great topic! Keep us posted 😊
Has anybody used the book "Anatomy of Facial Expressions"?
Proko has an anatomy and a portraiture course but nothing for the anatomy of the head, especially when it relates to facial expression. So I went looking for outside resources. The book Anatomy of Facial Expressions looks promising but I'm wondering if anyone here has used it? Or if you learned your facial anatomy another way? The link: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/1735039047/?coliid=I2L0D1NEUNYUW8&colid=3MVOZQXDOKDXC&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it#customerReviews
Whoa neat idea. I do something innovative kind of like this but to study perspective and structure. I use the 3D modeling/animation software Blender to create simple still life's from primitive shapes and I can light them however and turn the camera different angles and I learn how when, like, the light source moves the shadows change. Super helpful! Anyway stopping movies sound like a really great idea as well. When I was in 4th grade (way back in the 90s) I remember we had a kid in our class that would draw by stopping Disney movies and drawing what was in the frame. And I remember being impressed by the stuff he brought in to show everyone. I also think movies can be better for learning how to draw people/animals in all kinds of poses because with still images they usually only post the images that look good but you can stop a movie in, like, in between phases and see poses that, while ugly, are ones you'd never see otherwise.
Is the resume learning tab bugged out/not there on the home page of the website? If so that's a bug that should be reported, bc it should be there and smooths out navigation issues Otherwise though, under your profile on the main page there should be a "resume learning" section (light blue in pic) which lists up to the 3 most recent courses you purchased/acccessed. In that same section there's a "Go to courses" option (yellow) which will automatically take you to a tab where the courses you have purchased/follow/added are visible. Alternatively there's also the courses tab itself (green) which will take you to that same page
I talked about this many months ago but I thought I'd bring it up again because it's still an issue. I constantly forget how to get to my specific courses that I have purchased and always end up on the browse page wondering why there's tons of courses that aren't mine and then even when I remember I have to really think what path to take to get to the section of the site with just my stuff. Am I the only one who has trouble following the navigation sometimes? I can get to my profile page no problem and the forums pretty quick but navigating to my courses is hard. I always have to come out of autopilot and really think about what I'm doing. And then I forget why I was going to a particular course haha oh man :)
I just noticed follow buttons next to each board on the categories page. Are those new or am I blind? I always come in through that page when I go to the forum. Editing this after Jesse Yao's comment: These new follow buttons are way more compelling to my brain than what was there before. To personify it, you could say they call out to my brain like, "Hey! I'm here! Consider clicking me!" And my brain is like, "Okay! Hmm... what ones do I wanna sub to? *looks through* Oh, how about this! And this..." So to speak anyways. What was there before, it made my brain assume that it was uninteresting and not worth my consideration and I think that's why I was barely aware of it. This I couldn't not notice. Now that may or may not be your intended effect but I figured at least I'd give you feedback on how my particular brain reacted :)
@Stan Prokopenko Thanks for the updates. By any chance will we be able to add description text to individual album images at some point? I did this on every image back when I used to use Deviant Art. I always have something I want to say to describe the image like my thought process or what inspired it.