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    Here's a testimonial from one "Level Upper" I'm a late starter in painting or rather had a 15 year break in it. Painting and drawing was a passion of mine in my childhood and teens, but I let it go. Now with work and family, finding the time to paint is a challenge.

    When I found out about this program it was a perfect fit! You can do the studies at your own pace without deadlines or scheduled classes. It's actually amazing how cheap the program is and it offers great videos teaching the subject matter and really valuable feedback on your work. Actually even during the free Start! workshops you already learn a lot.

    I'm only in the beginning of the program but here's an example illustrating what I've learned. I started a painting that I promised my wife before starting Level Up. I had a several month break painting it and started the program a few months ago. I just finished the painting now and changed the approach I was taking a lot. Pic below has the work in progress painting before Level Up on the left and on the right the finished one. Of course I have a lot to learn still, but I hope this illustrates my learning of values, composition, edge control and colors.

    Huge thanks for Jason and conceptart.org for providing this program!
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    Quote Originally Posted by angrias View Post
    Hello,

    I went to sign up from the 50% off link in my private messages, but it keeps saying I do not have permission to access and reverts to saying the site-wide pricing, of an extra month free. Another spot has a birthday price option? I apologize, I'm definitely interested in trying this program, I'm just very confused about the pricing options.

    Thank you.
    Some weeks we have a discount, other weeks we don't. We never had a 50% discount though.

    Quote Originally Posted by Psy-D View Post
    I am having the exact same issue as Giovanny it says on my profile "Level Up All Access". Yet I keep getting error messages when I try to access the page. Yet right after paying, I was able to access Composition 1.2 without problem. :/ Maybe there is some weird bug going on?

    Anyhow, I messaged David Ahmad about it, in the meanwhile I am doing the Start-Up workshops.
    Let me know if you keep having this issue. We re-did the LevelUp Portal for newer users. The main checkout and portal is now here:
    http://www.conceptart.org/go/learn/

    Quote Originally Posted by crankshaft View Post
    Hey guys. New here. I've been doing some research on the level up workshop. I'm really tempted to get it, especially with the discount right now. So far I'm impressed at the reviews others are saying and would like to join. However, I only have about 1-2 hours of free time to draw a week. Therefore would it still be good idea to join? I'm just worried about falling behind or being too slow.
    Theres no such thing as falling behind. Its' work at your own pace, when you want, from any device.
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    Tomas i am super proud of you. Thank you for sharing that. Your work is paying off quickly. That kind of progress keeps me inspired completely. Thanks for that. It means a lot to me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Manley View Post
    Tomas i am super proud of you. Thank you for sharing that. Your work is paying off quickly. That kind of progress keeps me inspired completely. Thanks for that. It means a lot to me.
    Thanks a lot!

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    Added to our new testimonials page, thanks to all the levelup members providing testimonials thus far.
    http://www.conceptart.org/go/learn/art-testimonials/
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    Cancelling Level Up?

    Hi,
    I didn't want to put this here but the contact button isn't working. The
    search FAQ button doesn't help.

    I would like to not continue my subscription beyond the first cycle.
    Regrettably I don't think I am going to be able to complete even the first
    assignment. Leveling Up is definitely a goal and I was very excited about the program.
    The videos are great. I love the lectures provided in the free section which is as far
    as I have gotten with the paid program. I did not anticipate the magnitude of the
    assignments. I took a running start at the first assignment and got a handful done. It became
    clear this needs to be done digitally and I like that because I have a lot of control digitally.
    Unfortunately my Intuos 3 is old and not working optimally.

    And unfortunately the progam has caused me to stop drawing entirely after drawing almost daily.
    I feel guilty doing any sort of other drawing when I have this huge pile of masterpieces to complete as
    a class assignment.

    I hate to walk away from the great deal I got at sign up and think the subscription price is great if
    I was moving through the program. Even though I worked for fifteen years as an artist in the MP & TV industry
    I've actually never taken on anything quite this large and I couldn't eat the elephant even one bite at a time.

    Thanks for what I have gotten, and learned about myself. But if someone reading this could direct me to the exit for how to leave the program before my subscription auto renews it would be appreciated.
    I believe my account name is displayed. Rob McDonald. If you can cancel it with this notification great.
    Otherwise I'll fill out whatever exit papers you have.

    With gratitude,
    Rob McDonald

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    Found a good guide:
    http://www.wikihow.com/Cancel-a-Recu...ment-in-PayPal

    Everything can be done from inside Paypal on your side.

    Hope you get that Intuos 3 back up and running, or a new one

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    I thought I'd offer my progress report so far, two months into the program.

    I've definitely been getting a lot of help from Jason's feedback, as well as peer analysis.

    This is my first 1.1 master study:

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    And this is my 5th.

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    As a sidebar-- I've lost my permissions to the LevelUp workshop, even though my payment went in automatically two days ago. Is the site down, or is there some way that can be fixed? Thank you.

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    Those are getting crazy good Misty - but I bet you spent a lot more time on that last one? Just to be fair :p

    Your fifth is better than my 15th ><

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agerkvist View Post
    Those are getting crazy good Misty - but I bet you spent a lot more time on that last one? Just to be fair :p

    Your fifth is better than my 15th ><
    Yes! That's fair. But, I only learned to spend more time, and where to focus my time, by the awesome feedback. In addition, I take less and less time as I go along.

    Maybe my 20th will take only one hour-- Which is the time the first one took. A guy can dream!

    Anyway-- I can only see your 14th one in comp 1.1, but it's awesome. I don't think mine compares, to be honest. You've really improved a lot. You should show your progress too!

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    Testimonial

    -For years I've been plateaued as an artist. I had a handful of useful skills, but never seemed able to take the next step into achieving fine-art abilities. So far, Level Up has been exactly what I've needed. Not only is it giving me inspiring lectures to view, but I'm challenged by the assignments and feedback.

    For me, the price and flexibility of the program is exactly what I've been looking for. This course offers the equivalent of what many art schools do, however, the buck stops with you. It's up to you to make it happen and I appreciate that. My only potential concern with this program is that Jason gets swamped by so many students! I'm anticipating Level Up to grow and hope the quality continues.

    Level Up is a safe environment to be stretched and develop a thicker skin to evaluate your art. You won't be coddled here, but you will grow and be encouraged in the process. Here's to Stage 2!

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    Just want to help!

    I am currently in level 1 with instructor Jason Manley. He is an excellent instructor and I don't want my comments to be misinterpreted. My observations really have to do with the technical aspects of the lectures and not at all with the content. Hopefully that is obvious and does not reflect negatively on Mr. Manley.

    I want to start with two caveats. The first is that I am a beginner. I have loved concept art and design for years but am only just beginning to hone the skills I never went to school for. So I am not an expert. The second is that I am only in Level 1 so I have not seen the entire program. I'll just be speaking of my impressions of what I've enjoyed so far and what I think might be able to be improved upon.

    I am receiving my education entirely online at the moment. I have several places I take training from and I feel terribly lucky to be in a generation that has seen the massive growth of online art education and have access to it all. There are many very qualified and quality products out there now from which I can learn. It gives me a little bit of contrast as well and I use each source for what it is strong at teaching. For example, CA is strong in foundation. I use another source for Photoshop basic/intermediate lessons. And another for additional drawing lectures and assignments. There is, naturally, crossover and that only enhances and reinforces those aspects.

    The Awesome:
    Content. ConceptArt.org level up is the foundational education that I never got at a university. I think it is important and all together ignored by many online training curriculums. It is awesome that CA offers this traditional foundation. I feel like I am getting a university level foundation and I believe that will add depth to my professional skills and credibility to my craft when I am finally good enough to enter the industry. I expect all the levels have stellar content and can't wait to get to each lesson.

    The Less Than Awesome:

    The production value of the class is pretty bad. It might have simply to do with the compression of the file before being uploaded on Vimeo. But it has an impact on how easy it is to learn the material so I wanted to mention it.

    Audio:
    The audio is sounds like it is coming from a cell phone inside a beer can. The distortion can make it taxing to listen to for an hour or two at a time.

    Resolution:
    The resolution of the stream is quite poor. There is pretty bad pixelation. The setting on Vimeo playback is on HD so I don't know if it is on the instructor/capture end or not but I have seen streams in higher resolution in other tutorials. When it is visual art (especially famous art from epically classic artists) I'd love to be able to appreciate the piece deeply but I find myself just trying to imagine what it would look like if it were not big square pixels and doing my best to grasp the point the instructor is trying to use the piece to illustrate.

    Software:
    The way things are visualized (ie. drawing lines on a painting to show composition or principles or the like) looks like it is done with a mouse using MS Paint or Powerpoint or some limited tool like it. The lines are jagged, sometimes in the wrong spots, and barely accomplishes what the instructor is trying to get at. Even writing a word on the screen looks to be work for the instructor and comes out unreadable. What ever he is using is basically a bare minimum tool to get the job done. In contrast, there are online tutorials captured directly in Photoshop or some other strong software offering the instructor tools to show exactly what they mean. They can draw on the piece smoothly and quickly to clearly illustrate the teaching points.

    I really love the instruction I am getting from CA and have watched the tremendous transformation of this community over the years into an increasingly polished and established resource for everyone from beginners like myself to professional veterans. I appreciate all the hard work that it surely took/takes and hope my input is constructive and helpful.

    Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got to get back to my level 1 class!

    Sincerely,
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    Technical question first: the conceptart.org/go/learn site is new since i was last here-- are we supposed to be able to log in if we have a subscription? (If so, i think my account's glitching out a bit!)


    And a review as well! I haven't been on the forums for a while due to personal stuff, but I wanted to stop by and say that my experience with LevelUp so far has been really great.

    Jason Manley's instructional videos are very helpful and do a wonderful job of breaking down topics in a way that's easy to understand and to start practicing right away. I came here from an animation program that focuses on animation-specific drawing, and so I was semi-familiar with terms like 'focal point' and 'eye line', but Comp 1.1 video really tied it all together for me-- it helped me to figure out what composition is and how to better assess what makes a composition work for or against a painting. The comp painting exercises have been great practice for learning good composition habits, and also have really improved my value accuracy, spatial accuracy, edge work, and speed when drawing from ref.

    Jason is also awesome about leaving regular feedback and encouragement for the many (like, MANY) participants on the forum! I'm impressed by that, it must take a lot of time.

    Like other people here, I'd been stuck in a plateau before starting here, but within a couple of months after joining had managed to make noticeable improvement! If you're frustrated with your growth as an artist, I'd definitely recommend levelUp-- from everything I've seen, if you are serious about improvement, then you WILL see improvement. (I am very much looking forward to jumping back into my own lvUp studies soon!)

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    In the end, does levelup provide a class on building a entertainment/commercial design portfolio (concept art and illustration)? I would hate to commit myself to all of these wonderful foundation classes only to remain ignorant on HOW to apply the knowledge gained. This is kinda keeping me from purchasing the 6month subscription haha

    Regardless, I want to thank Jason and his team for setting up an affordable method of learning for aspiring artists and others looking to improve upon their craft. (:

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    Jason's last activity on the forums appears to be almost an entire month ago according to his profile. Is he still providing critiques to those who paid for LevelUp? (Not that feedback from other students isn't useful as well, but I was a little concerned noticing that after I had paid!)

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    Not sure if this is the place for answer, and I didn't look at FAQS or search yet.

    I would like to know.

    For a complete newbie, would level up help? There is a limit of what book can helps so I am looking for some assignment like workshop in the future (or this summer when i have more time on my hand).

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    I just signed up for 6 months today. How do I connect with others starting around the same time as me? And, how do I connect with mentors about my artwork, and eventually my portfolio?

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    Hi, I would like to subscribe but noticed that Jason last posted on march, plus the community seems a bit off at the moment. Is there anyone still doing this, or did it just end/disappear? Any replies would be much appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rajueh View Post
    Hi, I would like to subscribe but noticed that Jason last posted on march, plus the community seems a bit off at the moment. Is there anyone still doing this, or did it just end/disappear? Any replies would be much appreciated!
    Hello Rajueh,

    I took out a 6 month membership and I am still involved at the moment. I can tell you that so far, the content seems pretty good but the interaction from mentors and fellow students seems to be sort of lacking. However, I have only posted one assignment so far so my comment is not totally fair. I belong to another online academy (not digital but traditional art) and there is far more student interaction occurring there for some reason. I have also been a part of CGMA and CG Workshops in the past and again, there has been more interaction than what I have experienced here. I am not making this observation to be negative or pessimistic as I do think the coursework looks good and it is hard to beat the cost. If I were Jason, I would imagine it would be quite easy to be swamped with many responsibilities with something like this so there is that reality. There are some students and other mentors that do seem to make some effort at commenting when they can so that helps.

    The honest truth in my opinion though is if you want a true instructor - student relationship with some intense interaction and work, I think it will be hard to beat a place like CGMA courses or something similar where you are paying a chunk of change for a 4-8 week class focused on something specifically. You could pay for a year of this course and still not come close to the cost of one of the other classes I am mentioning. Since I am not a professional artist...yet, I cannot really justify the cost of these online classes so something like this one seemed like a good option. I did not expect it to have near the interaction or sort of mentorship one would get from a focused class like I previously mentioned so I cannot say I am really disappointed yet. When my 6 months are up, I will need to weigh if I will re-enroll but most likely, i will probably re-up for another 6 yet to give this a fair evaluation.

    On another positive note, there is still much good to be gained in as far a learning when looking at many of the previous works done by other students that did receive feedback. Just because your specific work does not get a comment from one of the mentors does not mean there is no opportunity for learning.

    Good luck and if you do join, let me know and I will try to interact with you as we both progress.

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    Thank you so much for the feedback Arcitek! It is a pity that the community and mentors are not really active, I was really thinking to join... unfortunately I am a student without a job, so I surely need to consider if this is worth my money or not.
    I have looked for CGMA and Gnomon workshops, but can't afford them at the moment. I'm disappointed for both options, since I KNOW that having to do assignments and have them corrected would have helped me a lot.
    I've been trying to get into drawing like the pros on my own for 6 years now, but did not get really far, because I can't see my mistakes on my own and I have NO IDEA on what I should start studying first. Oh, well...

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    Part of the assignment is to do critiques. The reason is that you learn just as much by doing so and bring that back to your own work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Spot View Post
    Part of the assignment is to do critiques. The reason is that you learn just as much by doing so and bring that back to your own work.
    I see.
    What about the lessons? I can't really paint with photoshop (yet), but would love too. I have seen that many have done the Composition 1.1 assignment with Ps and was wondering if there was anything to get myself started.

    Also, this:
    Quote Originally Posted by David Ahmad View Post
    How do I get to Level 2?
    You will need to complete level 1. Then PM Jason Manley for password to open level 2,3,4.
    He's not been active for months, how is one supposed to get access to those levels?
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    I agree with Black Spot as critiquing your own work, and especially others, is a good learning exercise. Also, like I said, seeing the critiques by Jason and others on older previous work is also valuable.

    One last thing to add, Rajueh. I should have thought of this previously but I do think Jason comments more actively in the paid courses. I was checking there and I saw that he left a few comments for people in July and I think maybe August but I can't recall.

    The one thing I want to say is I don't think you will not get your money worth for the minimal monthly fee they charge. You get out of things what you put into it and for me, I could expend hardly any effort for the monthly rate and I would still say I got some value out of the material. I did take out a 6 month subscription and took advantage of a promotional rate so that helps. However, I do wish there was a bit more interaction but like I said earlier, I have only posted 1 assignment. On an additional note, I have noticed that it seems to be the same people posting when there are comments being made so it would be nice if more students would critique one another. Maybe more of that occurs in the upper levels.

    One last thing, take a look Neil Fontane's tutorials and the ctrl-paint website. Theses are not really courses and you will not get any interaction but you could also post here or on other forums to get interaction from other artist. When there is a will to learn, there is a way and sometimes it can even be economical.

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    Well, maybe as soon as I gather some more money I could subscribe for 2 months... Meanwhile I'll just go to Start! Thank you for replying
    Thanks for the advice on Neil Fontane, too, I never heard of him. I do know Matt Kohr's Ctrl+paint though, but I had difficulties with some of the videos and gave up. I get downhearted really easily because I never had a teacher guiding me. Could I start my own sketchbook on the forum and ask for help, eventually?
    Thanks, again

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    Yes, do start your own sketchbook. Also commenting on others with constructive criticism is encouraged as it helps your own work.

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    Is there any way to join without the need to pay via creditcard? Using the paypal deposit regularly instead?
    - creativity is more like making love with your soul -

    >My sketchbook thread<
    >latest'n'finished stuff<

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    <a href=LevelUp! Online Workshop - Reviews" title="LevelUp! Online Workshop - Reviews" />NICE PROGRESS!!

    On another note, I can't access the Level UP portal properly, it keeps displaying the page to me as if I'm not registered to it. Yes I have cookies enabled and they've been working fine. Thankyou in advance~

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    John Does, the emails might help. I hope Jason did.

    Abdul, when I can get into the Learn board. I'll check things out.

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    Hello !

    I have some questions about the levelup course !!

    I'm a tattoo artist; I'm more portrait-oriented, realism etc (if you want to see my idole and the level that I want to have in some years with tattoo; you can check Nikko Hurtado's work, one of the best)...

    So I want to continue to improve this aspect, but I want to improve my skill in all others aspects too, the goal is to be able to create some beautiful image as If I was a concept artist or something to distinguish myself from other tattoo artist.. Per exemple I need to create a full kind-of-WoW sleeve for a full arm, so the work will be the same as an artist who is working in the video game industry..

    Why I'm writing here is because, I probably won't need all the courses, like the portfolio course as I already have a work, and probably don't need course about the industry etc So what happen in this case ?

    Otherwise, do you thing these courses will be for me ? The thing is I'm at a stage where I don't know where to start anymore ; composition; perspective; color; body anatomy; facial expression... There is so much thing to do and I'm lost, I need to put myself in a more structured programm for now (I'm normally autodidacte)

    thanks a lot for your answer and sorry if my english is a little bit off sometimes, Im from switzerland :-) !!

    Best regards,

    anthony

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    If you feel that you've learnt enough from the early stages to help you, you can stop. Quite a few learnt tons from the first stage where they could go out and be proud of what they have accomplished. Just remember that you can always supplement the lessons learnt here with others that are closer to your goal. LU is made to make an artist that feels comfortable in multiple areas and to enable them to get to their full potential and this can happen at any time.

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