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    Quote Originally Posted by Tigerboymac View Post
    my only issue is that i payed for the composition and color class when you had it discounted over the holidays but i dont feel like i improved at all from the classes. mostly because my technical skills are a mess. what should I do before composition and color?
    It does help man, I'll take doing skulls for an example. About a month ago I was drawing skulls with absolutely no theory-backing. I had an untrained eye and an untrained mind. Then yesterday I drew some more skulls, and the only practicing I did inbetween was the Level-Up classes comp 1.1, comp 1.2, color & light 1.1, and all the instructional videos that go with them.

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    To me that looks like a noticeable improvement. They're far from perfect awesome skulls, but they're definitely better. I can only blame it on the Level-Up courses, because that's really all I did for practice. The weird part is that the assignments didn't even have me drawing skulls (except the Power-Up one, which is what I'm drawing the skulls for), and yet they've improved. I applied the same theories, techniques and workflow I learned from the assignments to doing those skulls, and it worked. I wouldn't have that skill if I hadn't done Level-Up.

    So it does help!


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    Finally!

    Level Up is by far one of the best learning experiences i've come across, Jason is an amazing mentor, in only a couple of weeks work i've learned so much and improved my art beyond my expectations, I've still got a VERY long way to go, but now I know i'm on the right track.

    I would absolutely recommend it to everybody, one workshop alone is more than worth what you would pay for a one year subscription

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Manley View Post
    Great questions. Level Up! is for all ability levels, not just those who can already draw. We start with the root information artists need to start working with and guide you up based on your own individual needs....
    Awesome! I'm a total noob so I signed up for a year.
    Looking forward to it!
    Sketchbook .....critique appreciated

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Ahmad View Post
    Sorry, the benefits of signing up for a longer duration is the cheaper cost. That would undermine the pricing. =)
    You are compeltely right of course - I know this and I ended up doing a one year sub before you replied. Pardon my foolishness

    Now let's get started.

    When my fulltime job, girfriend and two kids are taken care of that is But I will make it.

    Thank you.

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    Just signed up for the 12-month package. I haven't been able to start yet, but the free assignments in Start have been extremely helpful, and Level Up looks like an excellent extension of those workshops, and very well structured - which is exactly what I need!

    Looking forward to the journey,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Subhumanfailure View Post
    I've found myself extremely concerned over exactly just that, I've recently discovered ctrlpaint which seems to go from Beginning literally to end in terms of learning/skills. Also of course noting all of the free youtube videos (some more informative/helpful than others).
    I think there is a big difference between a free demo which you can watch, and then do or not do, and a demo which is geared towards a specific class and then followed by an assignment to go say, do 20 studies and post them with your name where you will receive feedback and also be unable to progress until you've done so satisfactorily.

    I think if you have incredible self-discipline and lots of time, you can get whatever you need from free learning sources. (And I'm not just talking about art programs, but other areas that folks normally take say, college classes for as well.) The information is out there, but the benefit of a structured class is the structure, the specificity, and the convenience.

    If you haven't done the START workshops, I would recommend it. There are 20 master copies in composition 1.1. Even though this is a technique I was aware of, without the structure and the assignment, I would have found excuses. As it is, I'm wrapping up number 20 tonight having done 1 a day since I started, except for 1 day to photograph and upload and 2 that have taken 2-days to complete. I've been able to see improvements, and I never would have done this much on my own at this time - it's super busy for me at work - but the assignment and the structure have let me carry through.

    That's the strength I see in an organized program, even one that is go-at-your-own-pace, and I think paying for something makes you take it more seriously, also, just by dint of human nature.

    However you choose to study - happy drawing!

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    You can use pencils and charcoals if you need to, but given your interest in this, having digital tools will be a good thing. There are level up folks using pencil and paper and you can get quite a long ways with that, in fact i would encourage folks to use traditional as well as the computer as it improves digital skills.

    The current pricing will end this month. It is scheduled for the 9th.

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    Im gonna go ahead and say it; this program has been a big help to me already. I'm still forgetting to 'think' when I draw, but I see my faults sooner ( usually about 5 minutes after I posted now...), and its become easier to identify the main issues.
    a lot of the first level stuff isnt even new to me; I've had a fair share of art-history in artschool, it's just somehow easier to apply this time around. maybe its the program, maybe I'm just older now.
    of course, it's still way too early to see if this will all stick. maybe I'll be back to my own way of working as soon as I quit the program. but I have high hopes and there's still a whole lot to learn out here.
    SKETCHBOOK - my website - facebook company page
    ooh yeah; did you know I'm a certified art-teacher? that's right. everything arty I say has been endorsed by the state of the Netherlands! (they'll be sorry soon)

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    This sounds fantastic. Is each level a month long or, however long it takes someone to complete the assignments as a whole?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobby Rebholz View Post
    This sounds fantastic. Is each level a month long or, however long it takes someone to complete the assignments as a whole?
    When a user completes a level, we manually open the next level for them, as Jason monitors your progress, and ensures you do the assignments.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Ahmad View Post
    All accounts fixed.
    I took the plunge made the payment a little over an hour ago but when I click the link to go to level 1 of Level Up I get a message to say that I don't have the permission to view the page. When will I be able to access the lessons? I'm worried I did something wrong.

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    OMG this is just what I need. Thank you so much for doing this! Just signed up for 12 months. I'm looking forward to the courses.

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    Testimonial from level up member Rist

    ?I believe this course is fantastic and has shown me both what I am missing and where I went wrong. I have realised if I don't put more hours into my work it will take more than my lifetime to catch up to professionals. Degrees are worthless without these skills to back it up.

    Thanks a lot of creating all this material so far. I watched lots of DVDs on this, most paid for, and they never go into this much detail.'

    -Rist

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    i just took the plunge! paid for it, i know i'll learn something eventually...

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    I signed up !
    It's definitly what I needed, never knowing if what you're doing is relevant or not.
    I will follow those assignments like a robot.
    With the stages, I will know "where I'm at", what I need to do to go to the next stage etc. It's psychologically relaxing .

    Oh and thanks Jason for the feedback in my composition 1.1 thread, that's how I saw the offer in the signature !

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