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):
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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