Thursday, February 25, 2016

At Terminal Velocity

Hello everyone,

I'm approaching the finish line of the timeframe I've set for myself back in 2012 when I started this project. I'm almost at the end of my official training. Of course, that does not mean I will not train anymore. I will continue to do so daily, if all goes well, as I've been doing for the last 4 years.

My final big push is currently underway with Anthony Jones' "Painting with Confidence" class at Learn Squared

Today, I will post my notes from the first week of my Painting with Confidence class and show a couple of studies I did as part of my homework for the first week.

1. Stay focused on 1 or 2 things at a time
  - do it well, as best as you possibly can; use precise, clean thick/thin lines and precise clean strokes
 - after test, write down what you did wrong
 - write down what you learned
- identify a shape precisely before you size it
- size a shape precisely before you place it
2. Test/ Focus, Correction (with everything from point 1 in mind)
3. Discover how to get it right, don't guess
 - from biggest shapes to smallest + negative (see example in the image)
 - always thin lines, except:
  . ambient occlusion / contact shadows
  . cast shadow side
 . exact point of overlap
4. Overlap + cast shadow (thick/thin lines) go hand in hand
5. Rendering skill: 10 - 20 hours marathon to finish 1 painting
6. Knowing that push-ups make you stronger will not make you stronger; practicing push-ups without correct form and knowledge will usually be an ineffective waste of time and effort.
- doing studies is how you gain knowledge, but not skill
- doing careful practice and thoughtful repetition is how you acquire skill, but limited knowledge

Here are some of the 10 minute studies I did for this class

That's all for now. I expect I will make 1 more post before I close this blog and start a new one. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read this.