If you are interested in what we do at Akademie Leonardo in Hamburg, Germany, here is a selection of exercises.
These are great exercises - anatomy, figure drawing, perspective... all that in both freehand and constructive drawing.
Unfortunately the other half of exercises we do at this school is pretty much a waste of time now. Making value scales and medium-specific (egg tempera and watercolor) is great for the first semester but now I'm in the second semester and we still don't do any painting exercises that teach us about form, light and color.
Instead, what we do is: we get a (crappy) photograph/snapshot and are asked to interpret it with egg tempera or watercolor in a sort of mosaic-like assortment of shapes with an "artistic" twist. But we do not learn about how to convey 3D shapes, or arrange color palettes, etc.
In later semesters we'll also be learning techniques such as "stippling". It's all very "creative" and fun but not part of the basics, the fundamentals that take so long to master.
What we should be doing instead: Painting simple objects such as an apple, mug, plate or shoe in front of our eyes, directly from nature - very simple still lives, with egg tempera or watercolor; using flat, simple shapes to define light and shadow areas in the most precise, accurate way possible and simplified at the same time.
THAT would teach us some basics. (And yes, I've told the teachers that)
But right now I don't really have a choice but to stay at this school. Surely I could attend TAD or similar online classes but I would become crazy if I stayed home all day for studying - I simply don't want to give up seeing the people in my semester. It's such a lovely group and I actually like my teachers, too.
Quite a dilemma, yes, I know. I will stick through this, and practice the important stuff all by myself. I can even do that at school - there's plenty of time, because some exercises are not very demanding at all (and that's an understatement)
ArghosRo, thanks! It's not really "college" I'm attending, but a small private academy. The course is called Illustration. (there is no "major" or "minor" here)
Anyway, I have made up my mind. I'm dropping out of art school. Yay! The Akademie Leonardo doesn't teach me as much art fundamentals as I had hoped, only about 30% of all exercises make sense to me (the ones with anatomy and perspective posted previously)
I have found a studio space here in Hamburg which I'm sharing with 2-3 other creative freelancers, it's awesome and really affordable. Yesterday I signed the rent contract and got the keys, then I'll move my computer 'n stuff into there. I'm paying for it with the savings that were originally intended for tuition. It's actually cheaper than tuition so it's perfect.
I will occupy my first real workplace/studio place on July 1st, and work full-time as a freelance illustrator. Yay!
Anyway, here is a new painting:
Tintin visiting the grave of his "father" Georges Remi a.k.a. Hergé.
References: My own
Medium: Wacom tablet and Photoshop
Time taken: Somewhere between 20 and 30 hours, spread over 2 weeks
Last edited by Maidith; June 6th, 2012 at 04:03 AM.
Your digital paintings are so amazing!! I love all of the texture and detail. And it's good to see all of your studies and hard work along the way. You've made huuuuuge improvements since the first pages! I hope I can make this kind of progress with a few years of hard work, too.
Your colors have gotten a lot better and those studies are top notch!
There's something weird about the perspectives you use in your paintings.
In the second interior you swap perspectives from left to right.
The tintin piece looks great but it could be greatly improved by distinguishing foreground and background more cleary without making it look like Tim is sitting in front of a photo wallpaper, which is kind of the vibe I'm getting right now^^
Xelar, thanks! Long time no see, indeed. You've made some great progress! Are you attending art school already, or planning to?
I can't see the swapped perspective you mentioned, would you do a redline? Will be greatly appreciated
Kay, thank you! Big internet hug I didn't really graduate, hehe (only from Angel Academy one year ago), but simply quit. Dropped out. And it'll be worth it, I'm sure. I'll start at my new workplace next Monday.
Eric, thank you!
I'm making studies. Here's a fruit still life with an apricot and smooth-skinned peach, painted from life. Photoshop and graphics tablet, about 3 hours.
The materials in the last study all seem very matted with no highlights. That's expected from those fruit, but the plate would have some more reflected light I would think. Maybe you could pick a mix of glossy and matted objects for your next study?
Nice study! I really like the material rendering very much.
Maybe I'm wrong, but isn't the eggplant-shadow a little bit small on the right side when you compare it with the tomato?
Just wondering, but I could be wrong...
Last edited by SteffenBrand; June 29th, 2012 at 10:28 AM.
A recent illustration. Those three guys have become known as the best preserved ice mummies of the 19th century. Petty Officer John Torrington, Private William Braine and Able Seaman John Hartnell were the first casualties of the doomed Franklin Expedition. They all died in a rather short time span of pneumonia, tuberculosis and lead poisoning and were buried next to each other on Beechey Island in the Canadian Arctic. Their gravestones are still there today.
But they did not become famous until they were exhumed by Professor Owen Beattie and his team in 1984.
I've read the account in Beattie's book "Frozen in time" and just had to paint them. How could they have looked when they were alive? All I have as a guide are photographs of the preserved bodies, and until someone exhumes them again there will be only that very limited number of old photos.
So you can't really call my work an "archeological reconstruction", but merely an "artistic interpretation".
Wow Maidith! Your sketchbook is wicked, I love it.
Some of your older works look very renaissancy, the "religious looking poses", i sooo love it!
Truly inspiring! Also I like what you did with the mummy-guys.
You woke them to life, once again.
The man who's holding the glowing vial-things is flawless!
Your sketchbook is, indeed, bookmarked in my web-browser!
Keep it up!
I'm working on my portfolio and want to include some new character concepts because I'm absolutely not satisfied with the old ones (that I posted here 1-2 years ago) anymore.
This is Lemminkäinen, the (anti)-hero from the Finnish national epos Kalevala.
Somehow it's more fun to make interpretations of specific personalities instead of just drawing the same old generic fantasy character.
Even though some of the Kalevala characters would seem very cliché nowadays. The sorcerer Väinamöinen, for example, inspired Tolkien to invent Gandalf in "Lord of the Rings".
But perhaps I'm going to draw Väinamöinen anyway, too. Or Louhi, the old sorceress from the North; or Tuoni, the lord of the underworld. The book is quite interesting.
Ladies and gents, I present you Lemminkäinen, the reckless douchebag who's way too lucky for his own good, whose hobby is getting people pregnant, starting fights, and attending parties he's not invited to. He's a very entertaining character.