I accidentally missed the class (due to some mix-up about the time zone difference), and when I go to watch it On Demand, it says there are no recordings! I paid for it, though..... Will the recording be up soon?
The class just now got done Sektor, so I'm sure the recording will be up soon. It was really a fantastic class, definitely worth the money. I will most certainly be doing these again, as I feel I learned a lot, especially through the progress videos from Zhang. Thank you Jason for your commentary, it was very helpful!
P.S. I was TBWright in the class. If anyone wanted supplementary notes for the class, PM for them.
Just wanted to share my thoughts on this class, since this was my first streaming class from this site. I have downloaded a couple of other programs about 8 months ago.
Overall, it was a great experience. Definitely learned a lot. My background is strictly traditional illustration and painting. I was a few hours away from a degree in graphic design when I made a radical change and went to medical school. So my life for the past 12 years has been following a different path.
I have spent much time with Photoshop, but this is strictly from the point of view of a photographer and not an artist. This past fall, I picked up Corel Painter and an Intuos4 tablet and started dabbling. I will talk about this more in a bit.
PROs: The amount of material was superb. Loved the videos and slides of art masters/teachers! I loved Jasonís dialogue and the willingness to answer every question.
- There were some pearls for use of Photoshop, such as the Burn tool to make the shadows pop. Maybe this next part is completely known by others but since Iím new to digital illustration, I thought it was pretty cool: The use of the lasso and Free Transform to adjust proportions when a sketch was not laid down properly. (Iíve used these tools plenty on photographs, but never thought about using them on a separate layer for those situations when ďthe hands are too smallĒ.
- I liked that Jason posted the videos for those of us that were having some bandwidth problems. This helped tremendously.
- The question and answer session was great at the end! Lot of good information here, not just about the class, but information in detail was provided for TAD.
- There was great community feel with the chatting of the participants. No egos seemed to be present. A lot of willingness to exchange Facebook profiles took place and it seemed that several people were going to hook up. This is a great networking benefit.
CONs: I only have one Con, and it is a big one. The technical difficulties. The banding pattern on the video was distracting BUT this was overcome with the posting of the video site. The situation with the microphone fading and the requested disconnect was an unforeseen slight. Iím not really complaining as much as pointing out the obvious. The good thing is that we will have access to the On Demand. This will alleviate this situation (I imagine).
Now I will post my question here on the forum that I asked Jason at the end of the session. As I mentioned, Iím new to the technical aspects of digital art. Does anyone have any recommendations on resources for painting/illustration with Photoshop and/or Painter? Most of the stuff out there is aimed towards retouching photographs or using the software as an adjunct to graphic pieces. Iím looking for technique/theory of something like using layers to build up images. Obviously I see that one can do this with building lights and darks. But what other techniques am I missing? (Jason- I did download one of Chanís video several months agon. Thanx for that suggestion!)
Well that is all for now. Iím going to try to find the On Demand link
Well that is all for now. I’m going to try to find the On Demand link
It's Online and the link that lead to it is on the .txt file (name TFF) that you have downloaded when you ordered the class.
As for the class it was really great (and I think Talar have said all there is to be said already) although I think there could have been more talking about proportions and anatomical difference with the male figure and all that stuff, even if you find that sort of informations easily in books and on the internet.
Last edited by Galaran; May 2nd, 2010 at 10:41 PM.
"Does anyone have any recommendations on resources for painting/illustration with Photoshop and/or Painter?"
I know this is a shameless plug, but the VLP has a Jon Foster video demonstrating a digital image from start to finish, he first does a traditional piece and the completes it digitally. The video is broken down in two parts (Traditional & Digital) each part is over two hours in length. There is also 2 Jason Chan & a Whit Brachna video, killer stuff!
The VLP now has 34 video/demos and with another 16 to be added (some digital) in the next several months. The forums are active with crits from the Academy faculty and other excellent subscribers. We are on our 10th week of a figure drawing thread, we post a demo/video plus a written explanation then post 2 photo references for the subscribers to draw. Then at the end of the week we crit the drawings. It's awesome!
The VLP is for the serious student, the more you post the more information you will receive. The library of demos contain a huge amount of information and the forums offers endless information to the student who is willing to post their work!
This was a great class. It was great to have John English and others who could add their 2 cents to the discussion. It was great to hear their perspective on some of the topics that came up and really made it a great experience.
The class made me want to get the Zhanglu downloads as well. lol. I wanted them before, but the class showed me how useful they will be. Thanks again for a great class. I'd definitely recommend the streaming classes to others.
EDIT: I was unaware of the VLP - so that was a helpful plug. I'll have to look into it. I really appreciate the learning opportunities you guys provide. Thanks for everything.
Last edited by j_bessette; May 3rd, 2010 at 01:36 AM.
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This was my first class on here, none before this and I must say it was phenomenal. I love the way the software worked, great instruction, amazing artwork. I am blown away by what a great job was done, especially with the bug fixing along the way. All technical difficulties were gone around quite easily, and the class went long not because of them, but because of all the information shared. I really feel like this was a great introduction to the upper level education offered here, and I will definitely be doing this again. I used to think the forums were a great place to have questions answered, and they are, but nothing beats having Jason Manley tell you what you want to know immediately. Big thanks to all the mods and to the class who answered questions I didn't even know I had. Cheers all around!
What a great class. I really felt I got to understand some core principles of the female form. If you don't know how to draw the female form or have difficulty making some design choices (lighting, shapes, detail) then you must watch this class.
It will teach you how to look at the female form as an illustrative tool to describe femininity. This sounds strange but the class itself will fill in the details. Thanks to Jason, John and George for all their help and thanks to the class for raising some great points.
Having watched this tutorial live I will be signing up for TAD. If you are dubious about TAD but want to get into digital art then I suggest you pay the small sum and watch the video on demand to see just how personal the coaching can be. I felt as if I was one to one with Jason even though there were a lot more in this class than there would be in the classes in TAD.
I look forward to many head drawings in the near future! (where will we post those heads by the way?)