I want to tell you my story and I hope I´m able to elate you for my enthusiasm in what I am doing now and want to do in the future.
When I was a kid I collected Spider Man comics. And I not only read them, I copied the figures by drawing them - the comic book set
to my left and the paper to my right - since I´m a righty. I drew them in pencil and then inked them. Unfortunately I threw them all
away since my father thought this was a waste of time and "I should put that much effort in my maths homework!"
I did not know that at that time I had put the grounds for the things I am doing now as a grown up and selfconfident person - namely
learning to see - seeing distances, angles, lengths.
In my job as a lab technician I wasn´t happy. During apprenticeship we had to make drawings of the objects we saw through the
microscope. We also were dissecting mice and rats and had to draw the organs, which I did in McFarlane style The people
told me "Hey, why aren´t you doing arts?"
My mouth had a reasonably sounding reason for it - but my heart said something else.
After 7 years in the laboratory I got fired
During unemployment I grabbed my oil paints I had gotten few years before - I wanted to paint like the old masters ´cause their work
was fascinating me - not that abstract crap.
"So where to start?" I thought - I did not even know the term Old Masters to look for it. "Ok, lets take a look into the
internet!" and I found a german forum under all these Bob-Ross forums. This forum only had a few members. I showed them the
website of someone I considered to be that type of artist I admired (Scott Bartner).
I said "I want to paint like he does - can you guys show me?". And they could. Some of these members had contact to William
Whitaker and Bill occasionally left some words of motivation and information in that forum (did you know he speaks some german? ).
I found out that information on the Old Master techniques is rare in germany and I had to look for it at US websites and english books
- while parallely practising painting. I improved very fast although I did not practise as much as many others. When I did a new painting
I first had internalized the information read and then painted with a big step forward. So my output was not that big but quality is what
And then (now I come to the part where the reason for this thread is) I found out that there are schools/ateliers where one can study
the classical atelier way for three years. But there was none in germany and since I already started studying Media Design with focus
on illustration at a private school with high fees, I could not afford any more money for going there. But I learned how things are taught
at those ateliers and since I moved to my girlfriend´s home I now have space for setting up my own studio in the basement.
So here it is - my little pride :
And I am not lazy. I made two Bargue drawings.
But Bargues are just the beginning in classical atelier training as you propably know. I made some plaster casts on my own (one of them an ear) and started cast drawing.
And here are two version of the ear (color adjusted):
And my next goal is this (still have to put up a satisfying light situation):
I want to say thank you to all of you. I´m glad I found this forum with so many people that are interested in this. And I want to thank MindCandyMan for his "Journey of an absolute rookie" which is inspiring me concerning self motivation and I want to thank Dorian Iten for showing the classical atelier training in detail.