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  1. I took a few illustration classes at Virginia...

    I took a few illustration classes at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. In one of my classes was a guy majoring in animation. Here's his online portfolio:...
  2. Thread: y to learn

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    SketchBook: Your drawings in pen are very strong! The...

    Your drawings in pen are very strong!

    The painting of the little girl mostly has good colors. I think it might help to put more orange and red into her skin tones. You did that a little, but...
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    SketchBook: I think your two strongest drawings are the skull...

    I think your two strongest drawings are the skull and the one of the guy's back. Your understanding of forms is strongest in those two pieces.

    I think your focus on faces is already improving...
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    Sticky: I totally agree. I've been undergoing a rather...

    I totally agree. I've been undergoing a rather unfulfilling education in fine art, and that's one of the things that bothers me the most: the students and professors keep wanting me to compare my...
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    Art: When my drawing teacher required us to use...

    When my drawing teacher required us to use powdered charcoal as a ground, it was a revelation to me. It utterly transformed my charcoal work. (Also, it might help you to get some nice light areas...
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    Art: Sometimes it takes months for oil paints to dry...

    Sometimes it takes months for oil paints to dry completely (it stays slightly tacky). However, depending on how thick the first layer of paint is, you can probably add another layer within a few...
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    Art: I'm doing a series of drawings using watercolor...

    I'm doing a series of drawings using watercolor pencils (I'm illustrating a children's version of a medieval poem). My favorites, and the ones I use primarily, are Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils. I...
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    I like this a lot, especially how its main action...

    I like this a lot, especially how its main action is fully tonal and has a nice range of values, while the background is more linear and "incomplete"--but still well defined and graceful. The one...
  9. Thanks for the information! I hadn't even...

    Thanks for the information! I hadn't even considered going all the way out to California for school (I've lived on the East Coast all my life and am quite a homebody) but you made Laguna sound so...
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    Anyone else have information? I'm very curious...

    Anyone else have information? I'm very curious about this topic myself.
  11. Thread: Gesso

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    Art: Thank you, David! I was getting so worried...

    Thank you, David! I was getting so worried there. I have tried linseed oil but used it for only one painting because it dries more slowly than Liquin and I don't want to hand in wet paintings to my...
  12. Thread: Gesso

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    Art: Oh no oh no! Liquin yellows??? You mean...

    Oh no oh no! Liquin yellows??? You mean "yellows over time" or "it is tinted yellow and makes all paint you mix with it look yellower"? Oh god, if it yellows over time... I spent an entire two...
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    I spent this semester studying illustration at...

    I spent this semester studying illustration at VCU and loved it. The kids seem to really want to learn and aren't just there to waste Daddy's money; the professors I had knew what they were doing...
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    If you want to become an art professor yourself,...

    If you want to become an art professor yourself, an MFA is necessary. I'm trying to think of other professions that would require it and can only come up with "art critic" but that I'm not so sure...
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    Could you tell us more about RISD? I for one am...

    Could you tell us more about RISD? I for one am interested in what their Masters program is like, but whatever information you have--on the professors' expectations, the students' attitudes, the...
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    Do you keep a sketchbook? If you do, this helps...

    Do you keep a sketchbook? If you do, this helps you in two ways:

    1) Many of my art professors have required their students to keep a sketchbook regularly--and grade it--because they believe it is...
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    If you're interested in conceptual art (not like...

    If you're interested in conceptual art (not like the kind on this site, I mean socio-political commentary conveyed by "found objects" and installation art), Carnegie Mellon University is the place...
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    Really? Is RISD truly supportive of...

    Really? Is RISD truly supportive of illustration?

    I've found that many "prestigious" and "cutting-edge" art schools or liberal-arts-schools-with-art-programs frown upon illustration these days....
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    SketchBook: If you're going for stylized hair, I think you're...

    If you're going for stylized hair, I think you're on the right track. The curling ends are beautiful and the overall shape of the hair gives the piece its energy. However, some of the sections of...
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    SketchBook: Haha, it's hard to keep Bowie off the brain ;) . ...

    Haha, it's hard to keep Bowie off the brain ;) . He's awesome.

    I agree with you that loose sketches are fun to do and can look really great. Would you consider your hyena drawing to have that...
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    SketchBook: I like the David Bowie demon page the best. Is...

    I like the David Bowie demon page the best. Is that blue ballpoint pen you used? Even though the angle of the nose isn't right, the rest of the resemblance is pretty good and I love how your lines...
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