What do you want to learn?



  • Hello SVSers (there's got to be a better nickname for us, but this will suffice for now). :)

    We are lining up content for the next few months and while we start putting together lists and dates I thought it would be cool to hear from you about what you would like to learn. So if you've got a minute, answer a few questions for us and we will take it in consideration as we plan out our courses.

    1. What do you want to learn?
    2. What class or classes would you like to see in the future?
    3. What class have we done already that you'd like to learn more on?
    4. What artists would you like to see demonstrate their approach or techniques?

    That's it for now. Looking forward to your answers!



  • Hey Jake, I'm intrigued by smoke and how you achieve volume using only simple strokes and fills. I'd love to see a course on smoke. Possibly extending that to other effects - fire & water.



  • @Rowan-Ferguson That's a great idea for a class. We could cover clouds and mist too.



  • what @Rowan-Ferguson said.



    1. What do you want to learn?
      Concept design for videogames and movies
    2. What class or classes would you like to see in the future?
    1. A course on fantasy and sci-fi vehicle design
    2. A course on creature design that includes dinosaurs.
    3. A course that covers the basics of design and building your visual library
    1. What class have we done already that you'd like to learn more on?
      How to draw everything, I would like to see more in-depth treatment of the intersection of shapes and the combining of shapes.

    What artists would you like to see demonstrate their approach or techniques?

    I like your approach where you start with a rough gesture drawing then draw over the sketch with ink. I was going to suggest that Will demonstrate the technique he used to create his recent fan art, but his new course already does this (thanks Will).



  • I would ask, like Ferdinand, more classes about design, about comunication (which is the true value of an ilustrator on the market).

    Tutorials about how to draw/paint things are kinda pointless because with enought drawing or painting knowledge there's not difference between drawing visual special effects or a feet, there's already a lot of these kind of tutorials everywhere else. More depth in fundamentals would really be a good point.



  • I would love to see more classes on the business side of illustration, in addition to some of the ideas that follow.

    Here's my brain dump:

    -Introduction to Animation
    -Vector Illustration or using Illustrator in conjunction with Photoshop.
    -File Prep: Industry standards on how to package and submit work for use in Print or Web.
    -Typography and Images: Their relationship in a composition, how they effect each other, choosing the best typeface for your illustration
    -Finding your Style: We hear "style" thrown around A LOT in illustration. Although style is always changing, how do we know what works and what doesn't?
    -Working for yourself: Intro into being your own boss/freelance tips&hints/business practices/should I get an LLC/DBA?

    Please forgive me if these are mentioned in other classes, I recently subscribed and am working through all the wonderful content!


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    Hi Kathryn,

    Great suggestions! I'm working on a business class syllabus now and may have that class out in the spring. I have a TON of information (as do Will and Jake) so I'd like to have all of us involved in it's development. Business is a topic that most artists either avoid, or don't understand at all. And I get why, there isn't any good information out there that is practical and involves the specifics of being an artist. I've known many super talented artists that don't make it in the business. I've also know many pretty good artists who make a really nice living at it. Some business ideas are obvious, others are hidden and can really be the difference between becoming successful or not. So know that we are working on that one as it is a topic that is on everyone's mind at some point. : )


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    In the meantime, Jake has an awesome youtube video that touches on some of the specifics of starting your own business and beginning a freelance lifestyle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2rujb6Osmk



  • Thank you, Lee!





    1. I would love for Jake to teach anatomy. Both human and animal.
    2. I am also interested in learning how to draw hair...
    3. ...as well as fabric and clothing.
    4. I would love a class more geared to self-publishing...
    5. Also, digital mediums storytelling (app books).


  • Oh, I'd just like to second the suggestion for digital publishing/app book options, planning and process for that medium.



  • @Jake-Parker said:

    What do you want to learn?
    What class or classes would you like to see in the future?
    What class have we done already that you'd like to learn more on?
    What artists would you like to see demonstrate their approach or techniques?

    What do you want to learn?
    Concept design, storyboarding and drawing from your imagination.

    What class or classes would you like to see in the future?
    all of the above, and animal anatomy, architecture..

    What class have we done already that you'd like to learn more on?
    drawing, fur / hair. use of color.
    What artists would you like to see demonstrate their approach or techniques?
    Chris Oakley - creative illustration.



  • I read someone's earlier and wanted to second it but now I can't find who said it...anyway, I would also really like @Jake-Parker to demonstrate his style used in the Girl who wouldn't brush her hair. I love it! I wanted to buy that book just to see all the illustrations and add to my collection but couldn't find it in bookstores here in British Columbia :( I'll have to go to Amazon I guess.



  • I would really love to also see a class dedicated to book cover design. What works, what doesn't work and why etc.
    Also a class on branding your business would be great too! :D



  • What would be really beneficial for me are smaller and yet, more specific lectures in the similar vein to your "Drawing Robots and Machines" and "Drawing Villains and Monsters" videos. Hearing someone spend 3-4 hours just talking about core principles on specific things would be fantastic.
    If I may, here's a couple of suggestions for lectures:
    Costumes and Clothing Construction
    Weaponry
    Architecture for Artists



  • A class on the business of art, pricing work, and working with clients would be greatly appreciated!



  • agree with @Rob-Smith - @Jake-Parker Also, not sure if this was mentioned already, but "personal branding". Super important topic!



  • I would love to learn how to cleanly edit traditional art on the computer -- I want to learn a bridge between traditional and digital art. :-)

    Nothing fancy, but a great example is what I've seen on the 3rd Thursday critiques: the paint-overs that Will Terry and Lee White did last week were excellent, and Lee White gave some pointers on how he does it, but I'd really love for a full class on it (not a huge class, maybe five sessions). Another example is what Jake Parker did with his promo Rocket Raccoon sketch, turning it from something spanning two pages in a little drawing book to making it an awesome poster -- that is what I want to learn.

    The class could also touch on scanners (kinds, settings, etc.) and printers. (So, going from traditional to digital, and from digital to physical.)

    I paint with watercolors, and it just isn't practical to risk messing up when it's 80% done and I have to start all over. I know digital isn't magic, but I have not seen a class like this offered, just tutorials on how to fix the contrast/levels etc.

    Thank you!


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