Erik, Thanks Lucas says thanks as well.
Rebeccak, Thanks, I'll try to get a photo of the painting when I get it back, I don't think it turned out well, I like the pose from the drawing study better more tension and form, hopefully I'll get soem time to paint her again. I studied Illustration as well, Up at Syracuse U. a decent program, thanks to Bob Dacey and Murray Tinklemen/man I forgot. lol but what was awesome about the Cuse was that the painting dept of the has Jerome Witkin, who an insane genius of a painter bent on world domination. He is awesome. Where did you study? I also did a summer out at the Illustration Academy in KC back in 98 which was cool, got to school Kevin Chen in basketball.
I think that NYAA is what you make it. I've been on the fence about going for years now. its $$. But there are some great teachers there like Vincent D, Dan Thompson, and Steve Assael. I think that the year end painting project is wayy to easy, I have to do paintings that scale every month or so, to keep my gallery from dropping me and I think they get 6 months. The league is great. Its tough to get into good classes though right away. but you can study all day from 8:30 to 9:45 Monday thru Friday and weekends Ithink from 9 to 4? sumthing like that I forgot. I'm there when I can get there. The National Academy is like the League, but more expensive, but the facilities are better, but they don't have as many studios, I did most of my studying at the Academy, cause my main instructor was there only, Sharon Sprung, she now teaches at both now. Plus the Academy has a tom of money for scholarships and they give them out twice a year and you don't have to be enrolled to receive one. I basically went to school there for free, plus I monitored for a while.
I haven't taken a class with Frank yet, I'm going to try to do his ecroche class next fall, right now I have a free full time class at the League so I opted for a 5day a week class instead of a one day deal. So I'm waiting on it. I think its going to be very helpful to me. He teaches at NYAA and I heard he will be at Grand Central or is already.
Forums for traditional painting, now that is a loaded question. I would have to say NOPE! I think that there are things that can be gleamed from different sources but who knows if that source is correct? I think that Traditional stuff is so hands on that you have to see things hands on. Its very hard to explain how to visualize things like 3d form in front of a model, on a forum.
Oh yea, Email me when your Foundation Arts site is an open forum, it looks cool.
Daraf, Thanks! I'll stop by your sites.
Icey, Thanks, I'm planning on putting up some more work over there, once I get my site together better with my jpeg color issues.