Back to School, and a New Blog

I’m very excited. Next week I am starting to study classical art with Jonathan Hardesty’s online atelier.

For a long time I have been wanting to do some formal art training, and I’ve become very interested in the classical atelier approach to art instruction. This involves learning to draw and paint through a series of projects including bargue drawings, cast drawings, master copies, and finally full colour paintings.

I had considered enrolling at an actual atelier, but a bit of research turned up only two atelier schools in the UK, both of which are in London. I toyed with the idea of spending a year studying in London, but soon decided against it due to the expense, the upheaval, and the commitments I have here in Sheffield.

So I needed another option. I have taken an online art course before, Jason Seiler’s Art of Caricature at Schoolism.com, and I was very impressed with the way it worked, so I figured maybe I could do something similar again.

A bit more research landed me at Jonathan’s site. I checked out his paintings, watched some of his YouTube videos, and was sold. I’ve been in touch with him, and I will be starting on Monday!

I will be posting images here of all the projects I complete along with my thoughts on the learning process. I hope those will be of some interest.

More Exciting News!

What, more?! Yes. I have spent the last few weeks working on a new blog called Right Brain Rockstar. The site will be a source of information and inspiration for anyone who would like to make a living out of their creative talent.

I have long since wanted to do art full-time, but until recently I’ve never had the motivation that’s required to do something about it.

Now I am working toward that goal, and my new blog will document my journey, and hopefully inspire other people to join me in my quest to make creativity my day job!

The blog is scheduled to launch on Monday 28th November, but you can go there now and join me on Twitter or Facebook, or join the mailing list, and you will be the first to know when the site goes live. Let me know what you think of the idea in the comments below.

I will continue to use this blog to talk about my art, speaking of which, here’s a video of a figure drawing I did a while back. This was originally published on an art tutorial site I started, but I’ve decided to abandon that and any tutorials or demonstration videos I make will be published here from now on. Enjoy!

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