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    NiyanaMae's Journey - ARC 2013 Placement & First Painting Attempts: 9/18/2013

    Hey guys,

    Even though I lack the proper motivation and skills to keep in step with those who post every piece of art produced, often on a daily or weekly basis, I decided to go ahead and begin this thread. I deeply regret losing my original thread that showcased my journey of how I began studying drawing on my own, before I entered an Atelier 2 years ago. However, what is done is done. I, as we all, must begin again each day as if it were the first.

    I have been attending the School of Representational Art in Chicago, IL for 2 years. It has been quite a journey, one that required a great deal of faith. However, I am here and I am very very thankful to the Lord for what I have learned and gained thus far as well as excited about where this journey will lead.

    I am about to begin studying again, entering my 3rd year at the atelier. I am just beginning painting and a 100% complete newbie in this area. This should be an interesting year.

    As I progress, I hope to be an encouragement to others as well as provide any useful tips. Though I do not post much, I often read through other artist threads and find many extremely encouraging and insightful. We do not have enough time to waste to make all the mistakes ourselves so it is immensely important to study the trials and errors of others to save ourselves time and a great deal of frustration (though that will come anyways, but hopefully we will receive less of it).

    I plan on keeping this thread updated, even if it is not every day or week. I will post images I have done over the last 2 years exclusively at SORA, as well as many images done previous to SORA.

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    The early years

    This is where I first began my artistic journey: the world of anime drawing. These images were done 8-10 years ago.! (It is insane when you realize how long you have been on this journey). I am only selecting a few to give you an example, but I have tons and tons of sketchbooks filled with anime drawings.

    I feel it is important to show people that everyone begins somewhere and more often than not, that somewhere is usually very ugly and unrefined. But, improvement comes with practice and perseverance.

    Starting with the earliest and moving forward...
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    Pre-atelier work

    For a couple years I moved away from drawing. Slowly, as my life settled, I began refocusing on drawing. I learned that in order to better draw anime (a bending of the rules of figure drawing, you may say) I must first learn how to draw the figure.

    I enrolled in a couple of community college classes. Drawing, painting, mixed-media. I learned some more basics, but nothing was saved. I was not progressing towards creating Concept Art or Illustration as I had first desired -every teacher seemed more focused on the emotional content behind a creative work instead of the actual skills needed to produce great artwork. I moved towards the world of Graphic Design in hopes of receiving an Associates and later moving into Illustration on a BA level at another school. Neither happened.

    Another year or so went by, away from college and focused on other areas in my life, mainly working full time and learning how to be a good wife to my husband.

    Basically, this brings us to where I was 4 years ago (2006). Returning to the art field, this time as a serious artist with a deeper desire now to do artwork to glorify God, I began seriously pursuing creating art as the Old Masters had.

    I enrolled in a workshop online and then later began studying online at The Academy of Art College in CA. I also began learning more and more about ateliers and knew this was the type of school I had been seeking. Unfortunately, there was not one within 100 miles of where I lived. But I knew this was where I needed to study. The following year (now fall of 2007), was pretty insane. My husband and I moved out of state from TN to Chicago, IL due to a job offer he received. I spent the next year studying on my own (this included drawings from pictures and getting my feet wet in the world of Bargue drawings), preparing to enter the atelier world in the Fall of 2008 at which time I would be beginning at The School of Representational Art in Chicago.

    The images below begin with the earliest drawings from the online workshop and my semester at the Academy of Art college and the next post will show the progress to my independent self studies and Bargue drawings before beginning my training at the SORA atelier.
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    Bargue drawings

    I'm trying to seperate the posts a little so it is not as confusing.

    This is a continuation from the last post showcasing my progression to independent studies and Bargue drawings that I did the year to year and a half before beginning at SORA in 2008.
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    SORA - the first two years

    Most students who begin at an atelier spend their first two years entirely focused on drawing. I believe this is essential to training your eyes to see.

    Two years ago, in the Fall of 2008, I began at the School of Representational Art (SORA). In a couple of weeks summer will be over and I will be returning for my 3rd year of study. Here are some select works out of everything I accomplished, by God's grace alone (seriously, it was a hard first two years!!), the first two years of study at SORA. I will continue to update with more images as I collect them and photograph them for my own records.

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    amazing progress. Keep it up the good work

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    Thanks Diego. I appreciate your encouragement.

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    Nice to find another Chicagoan (?) around. Great progress, just keep it up.

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    It is nice! You should check out the Chicago Sketch group thread... a guy named Jason has kept it from dieing for years, since before I moved to Chicago 3 years ago, with a desire for us to begin meeting regularly as a sketch group.

    Do you live in the city? I live way out in the NW suburbs, but I commute to go to my atelier in the city.

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    really nice SB
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    I definitely had that anime start XD, but the stuff your making now is awesome, your art has really transformed. keep up the realism studies!

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    Nice work, your recent cast and figure drawing look awesome

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    Just getting better and better NiyanaMae. Some really nice studies.
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    Hey guys,

    First things first...

    andres333 - Thanks for the encouragement. Always welcomed. I like the title of your SB, I am going to check it out more once I finish this upload.

    viki oh - It seems anime is the beginning journey for many artists and along the way of learning we end up going a different route and staying there. We end up changing more than we had known we would. That being said, I still have a place in my heart for anime, I just know it is not where my future art career lies. Thank you for your kind words.

    thinairart - Judging by your icon/avatar picture it looks as though you have done some cast work as well! Are you training at an Atelier or are you now teaching? Thanks as well for your encouragement.

    Nickillus - Thank you! I am realizing how important it is to enjoy the journey and not be in such a rush to try and get to the finish line. I am happy with my progress, but I know I am still only a newb. Again, thank you.

    kevinwueste - Thank you for your encouragement! You caught me in the middle of uploading more images and work from the spring semester. Hopefully I will have more to post as well before school begins (depends on how motivated I can become >_<).

    I really do appreciate everyone's comments, especially as I am just returning to the forum posting scene. I posted a lot in the past and am now trying to post more and more. One thing that inspired me was MindCandyMan's journey. Not only being able to see his progress but also how much he gives back in tutorials, tips, recordings, etc to those who are just beginning. It makes me want to do more to encourage others.

    OK - here are the images I have left to post from the spring semester. I finally found some of my remaining drawings from last school year, including some ATTEMPTS at gesture drawing (which is still a really hard area for me for some reason, but I am better than I was two years ago!). I also have some of my first attempts at painting that were done before the spring semester ended. Again, everything is posted from oldest to most recent, as much as I am able to recall. Below are my final graphite Drawings...this fall I am going to try and focus on having more and more Charcoal Figure drawings to post as well as paintings and possibly even some Pastel work come Spring time.

    Painting is where I will begin in 3 weeks when I return to school. I am a complete newb in this area but I am very thankful to God for how He is annointing me and continuing to help me grow and learn. I am also thankful for all of your encouraging words and support.

    Thanks guys.
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    I like that last figure and your skull study is nicely done as well. Hope we'll see more work here - good progress!!

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