There's some awesome news: Schoolism is trying to move to an inexpensive subscription service for the self-taught classes. There's a kickstarter telling more about it (and giving you a chance to sign up for a subscription) here:
In order to help spread the word, I'm going to give away one of the spots in my full critiqued classes for free. They normally cost $1000, so if you've been wanting to take a critiqued class but haven't had the money, here's your chance. Signing up to win is simple: go HERE and share and like the post. That's it! I'll pick a winner out of the list facebook generates of shares/likes.
If you live close enough to attend or are swinging my Toronto in March, this workshop is shaping up to be pretty incredible. Brenda Chapman, Kevin Lima, Stephen Silver, and Helen Chen will be teaching some amazing things, so I think the all-access is definitely the way to go! And the good news is, since I'm presenting at it also, I get to hand out promo codes to my followers for a discount. The pass is normally $200 CAD and this allows you to get one for $150.
Here's the promo code to type in for the discount: NIELSON
Here's the link to purchase tickets: www.schoolism.com/workshop-tor…
I have an instagram now, mostly here I'll be posting sketches and progress shots.
I don't have a facebook like page, but I changed the settings so you can follow my posts without adding me as a friend.
And of course, I'm still posting regularly on my blog.
Next stop: Artstation? I haven't decided which of the CGHUB clones to join.
The first class isn't technically a pre-requisite, but if you want to jump straight into this one without taking the other, you should have a solid understanding of these things:
-how different sizes of light fall over a variety of surfaces; eg. matte, shiny, translucent, etc.
-how light and surface color interact
-how different sizes and positions of light cast shadows
-how to control lighting exposure
-a good understanding of how light is scattered through atmospheric effects
Sorry that Blurb is a little expensive, but I decided it would be too much work to transfer it over to another format and I need that time for other projects right now. You could bring the price down if you order with 5 or 10 of your local friends, though!
That said, I'm going to do a 3-day workshop for the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art on digital painting and design in concept art. This is my favorite subject of all, and I'm excited to get a chance to show everyone the real reason why I love painting.
Learning how to render form and light are essential foundation skills, but nobody becomes a great painter without a strong understanding or deep-seated sense of design in everything they do. This is the most advanced class I know how to teach, and I'll be giving away every secret I know for using digital painting to transform a good concept into something really exciting.
I'll also be doing a demonstration for a few hours one of the evenings. This will be like a condensed and less-deep version of the 3-day workshop.
I hope some of you can make it!