I've always been impressed with Korea's focus on education and their Hagwon system. A hagwon is a private academy. They use these private academies to study for various certification tests, as well as getting skills in a huge variety of fields. Hairdressing, programming, breakdance, you name it and there's a hagwon for it.
Last month I'd been going around CGhub collecting various artworks that wowed me when I noticed some amazing artists were Korean. In fact, MANY amazing artists are Korean..
So I put 1 and 1 together and started looking for a hagwon that teaches how to make art like this. I've been in Korea for about 3 years now and although I'm lacking in language skill, I make up for it in overconfidence. So poof, I found one.
It's called Seed school and it's conveniently located in Gangnam, where I live. Shiny suits and bouncing Gangnam Style all the way baby~
I went and consulted and the teacher recommended I study there for about 9 months. 9 months sounded about right, I know it will take years for me to get the beautiful interesting style I want.
My first time there was really cool, so many students side by side like a PC Cafe, all working on fantastic looking art. Also.. it was really stressful to have other people walking by me, looking over my shoulder, judging me.
But the real kicker so far has been finding out that some artists from CGHub I really admired, Rupid79 and Holdeen from above, have both been teachers at that Hagwon! Rupid79 currently is! How awesome is that~~~!
The Program so far is just copy copy copy.. Naked girl pics, naked bodybuilder guy pics, other artists, etc. I'm getting used to it and have started to enjoy it. Sometimes it is really boring but when I considered that I was drawing and compared it to other jobs I've disliked, copying won out 10,000 to 1.
The focus of the hagwon is to get students working at game companies doing backgrounds, characters, or 3d modeling. Lots of students (like me) mainly want to draw sexy girls. They strongly encourage the small shoulder - big bust - small waist - big hips formula. And the hagwon itself seems to be following Korean gaming trends and focusing mostly on the fantasy genre.
I agree that I focus too much on girls so I asked him for some recommendations of guy characters to copy and the teacher immediately and happily expounded on why Street Fighter and Capcom are so good. Personally i'm not a fan of the art style but the teacher has a good point.. the body shapes are various, muscles are well defined. He also pointed out several famous artists, whose styles I very much like, and mentioned their respect for Capcom art.
So far just more copying, I'll be moving onto clothes soon. I do worry about the body proportions, the teachers really like super wide hips, I keep having to transform them after drawing.
Since this sketchbook is for me, and I got my training in college to be a scientist, I do want to document all of my pictures.. so I can see the exact changes from day to day. So this sketchbook is almost all of the lines I put down. (Almost!) I guess that's an apology to the forum for so many repetitive posts~
After designing some outfits I realized how difficult it is and went back to a mix of pure copying and 'deriving inspiration'
The teacher keeps wanting me to loosen up my lines and draw rougher. He keeps saying to stop pressing hard on the tablet, but I never feel like I am.. He knows the sensitivity is high so I'm not sure what to fix..
It's really interesting to read about the school's process and your experiences there, I hope there's more fun stuff to share as your studies continue.
You've shown a lot of good progress through this sketchbook, your dedication is really showing (and already starting to pay off )
Good luck, subbed!
Thankfully the student beside me speaks pretty solid English and he's always helping me understand what the teacher said. Not that I understand exactly even when the English is clear.. He still wants me to loosen up, hold the pen so lightly it's practically falling out of my hands.. Dunno
Happy mistakes and margin of error, I finally get those two terms. The teacher wants me to draw rougher so he had me try a random brush "pastel on charcoal paper" which is not a very precise brush. It's also a... textured? brush so at small sizes you can't fill every pixel with black, there are some empty white spots. The result is that I feel a bit more comfortable compared to the solid brush I was using.
Nothing exciting yet, just more copying.. Other people said they copied for a month before touching color, and people usually go to the hagwon for a year (Yikes..)