Mentorship Update

Felipe Gaona after Tyler Jacobson – Master copy assignment

Hey everyone! It’s time for another mentorship update.

Next week is the 10th week of my first Intro to Digital Painting class. So far things have been great, even with the Dropbox problem.

We ended up having to scrap the BitTorrent Sync idea because, once again, my internet speed is too slow. It would have taken two weeks to sync the files with one person, and that is if the person left their computer on day and night and constantly synced. Plus that wouldn’t have included any of the video paintovers.

I went back to using Dropbox, but I am only allowing my 10 core students to use it. So far we haven’t had any problems. The video only tier students have been using Vimeo, which seems to work well now that I finished uploading all of the videos.

What is Next?

Jarrad Lajeunesse – Day and night assignment

Of course everyone wants to know what is next. Like I mentioned before, I’m not going to be able to run both the intro and the advanced class at the same time. My problem now is that I have to figure out which class I am going to run after this one ends. Will I start another intro class or will I start the advanced class?

In order for me to start the advanced class, I have to finish recording the videos. So far I have 6 out of 12 weeks finished for the advanced class. The next class, regardless of which one it is, should be starting in February. That means I will need to finish a new video every week in order to start on time if I want to run the advanced class.

Either way, I feel bad because a lot of people have been on the waiting list for the past 3-4 months. If I don’t run their class next, they will have to wait another 3-4 months. I can’t really accept more than 10 students at a time because even with 10 students I still have trouble keeping up with the weekly paintovers.

Thank you so much for your patience, I really appreciate it. I wish I could accept more students and run both classes at the same time.

week 6 chenoa lindsey
Chenoa Lindsey after W. Bouguereau – Master copy assignment

Advanced Digital Painting

I’m kind of leaning toward starting the advanced class next, but I need to finish recording the videos first.

I also mentioned this before in another post, but I might not be able to demo entire illustrations each week for the advanced class.

A battle scene, for example, usually takes me 1-2 weeks to paint. I can’t really record a painting that could take 40-80 hours and then expect people to watch it. Even if I speed up the video by 10x, the demo would still be 4-8 hours long. I suppose I could speed it up and then also skip ahead, but I’m not sure that is a great idea. People will probably end up missing a lot of things because of the speed and then wonder how I went from point A to point B.

Thinking back to my time at the Academy of Art University, many of my teachers never did demos and none of them did demos of an entire illustration from start to finish. Usually if they did a demo it was a short 10-20 minute demo showing a certain technique or maybe a 20 minute figure drawing pose.

A few teachers would demo for a couple hours while we worked on our own paintings, but you couldn’t watch their entire demo because you had to work on your own painting at the same time. I guess since I’m recording these demos from home I feel obligated to show an entire illustration, although I know that isn’t entirely feasible.

There are only 3 lectures that are really going to cause a problem: battle scenes, book cover illustrations, and illustration from a client brief. I think if I give a lecture showing examples and then maybe do a quick demo showing some techniques or possibly just a quick painting, that might be enough.

Till Next Time

Thanks for tuning in! If you want more updates and you haven’t joined the public Facebook group yet, please join. I keep an updated list on there so you can see my progress with the advanced digital painting demos. I’ll be sure to keep everyone updated as I figure out which class is going to start in February. Thanks again!