I'm new to SVS, too. I've taken a few of the classes, but the best intro class by far is Lee's "How to Discover Your Style".
This class was immensely helpful to me and I wish I'd found it two years ago when I started taking art seriously again. The class objective is to find illustrations/artwork you like so that you understand what is important to you in your art. Then you build a dream portfolio, a collection of art you wish you could've done. The last step is to look at your own portfolio and compare it to the professionals you admire, but this could be skipped over (or wait until a later time when you have a portfolio).
I found that identifying what I like and don't like about a work of art has helped me focus on developing skills in line with my objectives instead of continuing along "blind". It wasn't enough to just say "I really like this", I had to analyze why I liked it, which forced me to figure out what my own art needed if I wanted to do similar work.
Anyway, until the new curriculum is released, it's a fun way to be productive, and what you find out about yourself is useful (IMO) as you pursue the technical stuff.
Creative. Thoughtful. Enthusiastic. Retired. Slightly crazy.
I enjoy drawing & sketching, working with colored pencil, graphite & watercolor.
I also love to write and currently I'm working on an urban fantasy novel and a children's story.
I am a big believer in my community as an avid volunteer at the McKinney Arts Center and a voice actor for the Jonesborough Yarn Exchange Radio Show.
Before I retired, I was a professional mechanical engineer/project manager. You can find all that boring stuff on LinkedIn if you're really interested.
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Posts made by Anni
RE: Help with where to start
RE: Value and composition feedback
This is really cute, I love how it tells a story from the bunny creating the ornaments through the bunny handing them to the bunny hanging them up. The composition is really nice as my eye goes right through and around, following the top bunny's foot back to the bottom bunny.
The only issue I have is with the carrots. They aren't critical, as my eye follows the green leaves of the ornament next to them. But they do distract and might lead the eye off the bottom left corner. If it were me, I'd move them to the right, or remove them, or move them elsewhere. They're really cute so I wouldn't want to take them out!
RE: SVS Friendsgiving - What are you thankful for?
I'm thankful I found SVS recently. My art focus was stalling, I needed some direction and SVS fit in perfectly with everything else going on in my life right now. I'm looking forward to getting more involved!