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    Reviews of Portfolios Days...How'd it go?

    So...how'd it go?????





    The instructors were scheduled for a total of 24 hours of reviews. All total they did about sixty just because it was so fun to look at all the nice stuff. It was an honor to do this. Hopefully, you all felt like the new tech and info shared was worth it. We are half way done with the new tech for conceptart.org 4.0 too...more than. Still gotta do more of these to pay it all off but it's looking amazing.

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    I was busy and came in late so I can't see my crit till its posted but I do have to say that even from what I saw during the critiques of other portfolios, it was very helpful to hear what was said about other works. Often other people asked questions you didn't think to ask or something was said that is also relivant to what you want to do.

    To start they'd read over what each person posted and they really did take into consideration what your end goal or career path is. Jason did paint overs which were amazing (even with just a mouse). They both really went in depth on everyone's portfolio and every picture. It was good information to help you learn, they pointed out what to work on, what was good and in some cases gave an assignment to help you get there.

    Just one of these crits was honestly better then every crit I have seen done at school. I think its actually better that its online because besides being able to do paint overs, he was able to pull up other images to reference on the spot.

    Price was spot on, absolutely worth it, I loved that it came in a range. If you're broke and can only spare $10 you will still learn alot and if you have more or want more, than that was available too. I really hope this is done a few times a year (crosses fingers for Randis to be on the line up).

    Overall if you weren't there, you missed out on a huge learning experience and maybe next time we can chip in and buy Jason a new mic.

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    It was so good! This is a dream come true. Not only where each individual critiques gave a lot of constructive criticisms, there was also a lot of advice on what to do to pursue the dream on what you want to do.

    For me my stuff was reviewed on Wednesday and on Friday. My review was kind of short on Wednesday, but there was nothing that was needed to said that wasn't repeated 100 times over when my portfolio was up for review, except how specificity each of my images piece would work. Chan and Pratt gave me not only technical advice, but how to practice making images more believable. On Friday, Manley was nice enough to dedicate a long time repainting over one of my images until the values was solid and it looked 20 time better.

    This is not including the 5 pages of notes I have from watching the critiques of others which helped to engrave important image making techniques, from looking for colors and shapes in the shadow from Coro to the proper way of painting techniques from Dobsky. Also hearing the struggles that different reviewer have faced to overcome their situations gave me alot of hope and a kick in the ass for being so fortunate and not working hard enough.

    On top of all that there were a lot of really talented individual to aspire to and learn from their works. I really don't know what could've made it better except more critiques all year round.

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    they where fantastic, the instructors did an amazing job and I learnt heaps!

    Will they be available on demand?

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    Jason, I just can't put into words how awesome the reviews were!

    The feedback I got from Whit and Andrea's sessions were fantastic. Seriously, If there two people in the world I will look up to from now on, it's them. Chan and Pratt's advice was also extremely helpful, and I wish I had acted faster and gotten into the Monday portfolio reviews with Coro. I loved watching the on demand, particularly when they were reviewing Cryptcrawler's work.

    I've definetly walked away with a whole new level of insight, so I really hope you guys do this again! Thanks for taking the time to look at our stuff, we will all be better for it!

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    image quality?

    This was really helpfull, great thanks to all involved. I like the new setup, but for some reason the image quality seamed to be a bit degraded, producing striations or blockyness in the shading etc, I noticed more on mine because I know what they are supposed to look like, but I also noticed it on peoples stuff. Is there a way to increase the image quality? or will it just not display all the colours? Maybe I should be saving them at different resolutions or something?

    It would just be helpfull to know incase you decide to run this again at some point ^_^

    Thanks again ^_^

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    Ha, yup the critiques were insanely good. They, honestly were better than I expected.

    Although I didn't get my portfolio reviewed, just seeing all the critiques and hearing all the references to other artists both contemporary and past such as Waterhouse, Bouguereau, Wyeth, Mullins and others that I hadn't even heard of was great.

    I missed two of the reviews, but the ones I did see were great. I didn't dig the one over livestream too much because Coro had to keep restarting and the lag was insane. But the ones over elluminate actually felt like a classroom. Maybe because I actually did take pre-cal class over it back in high school, but I digress.

    I wasn't sure if it was my screen, but some of the colors did seem a bit degraded. This happened more in some images than others (maybe the way they were compressed?).

    I do hope you guys can do more of these, maybe even on a regular basis. Oh, and the paint-overs, although it wasn't my own work, were very insightful. Also agree on the price-range, I would have been a little more hard pressed to shell out $100. $50 though, was more than worth it. Probably too worth it, Foster and Dobsky went on Friday for like...what ~15hrs?

    Also...how long will this be up streaming? I want to watch them all again, but...as I said, most of them were very long, so...don't think I'll be able to watch them all like I did this past week (wasn't as busy).

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    They were fantastic. I just haven't had someone crit like that and they just really hit the nail on the head with everything they said (Whit and Andrea). I'm so glad I got in on the session, and I'm just constantly thinking about what they said now - fantastic!

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    Had a great time and learned a lot from just sitting in on other ppls reviews. The only problems I experienced was voice cutting in and out from time to time, but that's to be expected doing a live stream with over 20, 30(?) ppl, and whatever was missed was typed in IM. Overall the whole experience was invaluable...and that's an understatement.

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    The reviews were great. I learned as much, if not more, listening to other people's reviews as I did my own. I had to pop in and out of my session (the one with Whit and Andrea) at various points during the day, but what I caught was very insightful and full of great tips about everything from composition, to lighting, to color choice. I can't wait for the recorded sessions to go online so I can catch all the reviews that I missed.

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    I only got to see about 6 hours so far, but what I did see was AMAZING... By far the best deal MB has ever offered, which is saying a lot. If anyone is thinking about signing up late for the recording, do not hesitate for a second!

    I hope this becomes an annual event, I would be there every year.

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    The reviews where great.
    I learnt a lot from the other people being reviewed. When it came to my work(7hrs into it), I'm not sure if most of the constructive had been said or not but it really was a boost to my confidence. Waiting for the on-demand so I can transcribe what was said on my works now and see what was said after I went to bed...

    The scrolling was sometimes a bit laggy, but it was really not a bad situation. It was easy to follow, the sound was crisp, we could talk to the reviewers and the possibilities to do paintovers looks very promising. Wasn't used for Chan and Pratt but still. Well worth the bucks!

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    Even though my crits were what i assumed they were to be. such as draw more, do studies etc, it was really up lifting to hear that it wasnt as if the instructors were looking down on you and to hear such uplifting replies.

    As advertised, It iwas good to hear the Truth.
    The feedback gave names to problems, to what needed to be worked on and allowed for a structure to be built in order to do it.

    i really hope this will be a yearly event, or done at least a few times from now, as i would love to test myself and see how much i can improve.

    Thank You to all the instructors and everyone at ConceptArt.Org for sharing your work and your knowledge.

    looking forward to what the future holds.

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