I dropped my fine art course several months ago in a decision to train myself. I'll be working from home, teaching myself in a some-what atelier-esque way, with the guidance of lovely folk on the internet (I hope!).
Right now I'm starting off by going through the exercises from a DVD by Anthony Waichulis - currently on the final lesson which is a basic still life. This is my progress so far, 1 day in.
Last edited by B u r l; August 26th, 2009 at 08:10 PM.
A bold endeavor. Best of luck.
First crit: Get yourself a mirror to check your work with. Your verticals are noticeably skewed. It's a pretty natural tendency, but you've got to fight against it, and the easiest way is to know that you're doing it.
As I said, good luck!
Sounds like a plan, GoodLuck.
Just make sure to keep posting , on a daily basis if you can. Or at least weekly projects update. You should have a few going,I know I did in school.
How about laying out your curriculum, project goals,weekly assignments and get some feedback there as well?
If you have so much work that you barely have time for sleep, that's probably the course load you want.
Last edited by Zazerzs; August 27th, 2009 at 03:17 PM.
Noah, thanks. Right now I don't have a mirror, but i've been taking photographs instead which helps to check mistakes. The verticals on the block in the still life are skewed a very slight bit to the right, I think. I'll have to recheck that, though!
Zazersz, cheers . I've got a basic program set out which is something like -
finish this DVD / pressure scale exercises
do bargue plates (but i still need to buy a decent printer as the bargue book pages need to be scanned / enlarged before i can copy them properly)
munsell studies - tonal sphere exercises
buy some casts and do studies of them
... then who knows. this should be enough to keep me busy for a long while, especially the bargue plates. i'll also mix it up and get some friends around to pose for me, and some studies out in the field.
I'm aiming towards at least 8 hours a day. Today I managed only 5 - 6 and who knows how much of that time I was daydreaming! The hardest part of doing this alone is self discipline, so I need to get my butt in gear.
- what I've noticed -- Now the charcoal is building up I'm spending most of my time moving around what's already there. The layers have built up quite a lot on the ball and it's hard to keep edges intact - they're so easily disturbed with all that loose charcoal. I think learned a lot on layering, though. My pencil strokes are getting lighter, where the only weight going down is the weight of the pencil itself.
I need to purchase a higher watt bulb to light the canvas - I'm working very much in the dark!
Last edited by B u r l; August 27th, 2009 at 07:56 PM.
Try a light spray of workable fixative on your study. It should be easier to build up higher and lower values from there. Looking good so far.
"A drawing is not necessarily academic because it is thorough, but only because it is dead. Neither is a drawing necessarily academic because it is done in what is called a conventional style, any more than it is good because it is done in an unconventional style. The test is whether it has life and conveys genuine feeling."- Harold Speed
Thanks for the suggestion, Pariano. Right now I would prefer to try and work the tones more without resorting to a fixative, which so far I have managed a bit. But I will need more white pastel before I can carry on with this, though.
I've disturbed the sphere's shape a bit when shading (hurrr durrr) but I will try and fix that up in tomorrows session.
Haven't got much to say other than looking good so far. Good luck with the self study.