First Mentorship is Done!

Figure painting from ref. assignment (right) - Ben Liou

Figure painting from photo ref. assignment (right) – Ben Liou

After three short months, my first intro to digital painting class has come to an end. Technically the class ended several weeks ago, so I’m a little behind with this post. I thought it might be interesting to post some stats so that you can get an idea of what the class entails.

Paintovers – 1,462 minutes
Assignments turned in – 164 (6+ GB)
Portfolio reviews – 207 minutes
Skype calls – 1,241 minutes
Demos – 1,482 minutes (10 week course), 1,804 minutes (12 week course)

I also wanted to post a few more assignments from my students. As I’ve said before, I’m very happy with the progress everyone made. My assignments were pretty insane from time to time, so I really appreciate everyone’s hard work and dedication. I actually had to change a few of the assignments because they were a little too crazy. I think I probably broke everyone after the very first assignment. Pain is good right?

Portrait assignment - Jeff Obrien

Portrait assignment – Jeff Obrien

Several people have asked to see progress shots from the students, so I posted a few before and after images. To be fair, I’m not sure exactly how much time elapsed between the before and after shots. What I do know is that the before image for each student was included in the portfolio they submitted for review.

The progress is pretty impressive right? All of the credit goes to the individual student. They are the ones who put in the time and effort to improve, I simply guided them through that process. I’m really excited to see where they are in a year from now. Hopefully it won’t be that long before the advanced class starts!

The next intro to digital painting class starts on the 21st of this month. I still haven’t finished the advanced class, so I decided to go ahead and start another intro class. I still have 3 more demos to film for the advanced class, so I’m not sure when it will start.

Now that the holidays are over, my freelance schedule is back in full swing leaving me no time to work on the advanced demos.

The Waiting List

I have decided to change the way I handle the waiting list for the intro and advanced class. People already on the waiting list won’t be affected, so don’t worry.

As it is right now, most of the people on the waiting list have been on there for 4+ months. Many things change in that amount of time so a lot of people are canceling, which is perfectly fine. While that is good news for people at the end of the waiting list, it causes a lot of lost time when trying to nail down a final roster.

Week 2 (left) and week 4 (right) still life assignment - Felipe Gaona

Week 2 (left) and week 4 (right) still life assignment – Felipe Gaona

Over the past 3.5 weeks I’ve been trying to track down and e-mail people on the waiting list for the upcoming class. I usually then have to wait anywhere from a few days to a week before I receive a reply, and many times the reply is that they can no longer take the class. I then have to move to the next person on the list, e-mail them, and wait again for a reply.

So far 11 people have either canceled or simply not responded. This is causing things to get a little backed up since the class is starting soon, which means I have less time to record and upload portfolio reviews before the class starts. It is also giving people less time to make their payment.

From now on I won’t be adding people to the waiting list. Once the current list has been exhausted, I will simply post about upcoming classes and the first 10 people to respond will be accepted. Hopefully this way I can avoid too many cancellations.

Since I have many international students, there might be an issue of when I post about openings due to the time difference. What I can do is post at two separate times. During the first post I will accept the first 5 people and then I’ll post again at night and accept the next 5 people. Hopefully that will give everyone a chance to apply.

There are still 26 people on the waiting list for the intro class, not including the 10 people currently enrolled for the class starting on the 21st. Given that 11 people have already canceled or not responded, we might get through the rest of the list fairly quickly. During the first intro class I think 4-5 people canceled.

I just want to thank all of my students one more time. I had a great 3 months and I’m blown away by everyone’s progress. I hope to see you again in the advanced class and I’ll see all of my new students in 10 days!

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