I post this with recipe on my foodie blog, but this is a thanks to
Tracey and a commentary about taking classes.
I am taking an online class by my favorite Aussie,
Tracey Fletcher King, called Delicious Paint.
A class is worth it if even one great thing is a takeaway.
One thing that you really incorporate makes the difference in your artwork,
and unless you happen to have a friend who paints alongside you and has exactly what you need, a class is the way you acquire those little tweaks that make the difference.
I’ve taken several online classes, and while in most I didn’t learn what many were there to learn (I know how to draw, and was a practicing architect so perspective, rendering, scale, etc are under my belt) a few people have taught me one or more things.
Online classes mean I can take them at 3am in my cowgurl jammies. Heaven.
In Tracey’s class I finally learned how to go from this:
To deeper, brighter colors that glow, when I want them to,
like this (BTW, Organic Fudge recipe here):
I don’t always want my colors to jump off the page, but when I want my colors to glow, Tracey’s how-to make my images vibrate with saturated color — because her images glow!
Steven Reddy showed me one little thing, the use of waterproof inks in grisaille underpainting… Now I have that option in my bag-o-tricks, and am expanding the idea, making it my own! I use this all the time, in grey and brown and blue underpainting.
Marc Holmes gave me great tips on sketching people, and I look forward to
more with Suhita Shirodkar (I need help with sketching people fast!)
Point is, good artists take classes, and learn new things! I look for classes online I can “own” because I take them as I can, and sometimes want to return to look at this or that.
I recommend Delicious Paint, courses by Cathy Johnson (DVD and YouTube), as well as Craftsy classes by Marc Holmes, Shari Blaukoft, Steven Reddy, and Suhita Shirodkar.
And soon I will be teaching!
The two top images are in Aquabee Super Deluxe Journal, with a Pentalic HB woodless pencil; White Uniball Signo pen, Platinum Preppie Pen, De Atramentis Document and Super5 inks; and Daniel Smith, Holbein, and QoR watercolors.
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Exquisite work! And congratulations on your upcoming teaching!
Thanks! I will start with videos (free) and get used to the camera.
this really made my whole day you know. Reading that you have enjoyed it, and gotten something from the course is awesome, but the best thing is seeing those glowing and gorgeous colours… the fudge recipe is just icing on the cake!!! I honestly can’t wait to take a class from you kate… it is going to be as special as you are… and that is the good special, not the eating glue type special!!!
Loving all of this — what high! Make sure everyone knows it is my fudge recipe… the best part of it all is the the fudge recipe has 0 calories!