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..
Check out some great ones:
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 was very impressed with the student work for characters and backgrounds, both of which I'd like to be skilled in.
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.