Hi all, I'm trying to find an episode of 3 Point Perspective where @leewhite, who got a "late" start at art, talks about how he quickly leveled up. I can't remember the details, but he had a very specific way of efficiently and quickly building his skills. It was still hard work and he didn't cut corners, but he made maximum use of his time & education. Will and Jake were really impressed with his story and I think they compared him to DaVinci at the end or something. I remember thinking when I listened to the podcast that Lee's story was an excellent roadmap, but now I can't remember the specifics or find the episode. It is not in Episode 32, "How To Be the Best Art Student", and it's not in Episode 26, "How to Become a Better Children's Book Artist" -- both of which are great episodes with great tips. Does anyone remember the episode or the details of Lee's story? Thanks to all, Carole
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Lee White's process for rapid level up?
RE: Looking for "Best" Children's Books?
@lpetiti, the most efficient way for me to stay on top of the best children's books is to print out the American Library Association's (ALA) list of Notable Books for each year. It comes out some time in the first few months: http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/notalists/ncb
I read all the books for the Younger Readers, and I scan the Middle & Older books to see if any are picture books, graphic novels, or otherwise illustrated. I doubt that all the NYT bestsellers make it on this list, so doing both ALA for critical success & NYT for big sellers would net you all the top books. I've also been working back in time & reading the books from earlier years as well. There are some gems there, but the further back in time you go, it gets somewhat less interesting.
I look at EVERYTHING -- fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic novels, etc.
I also look at all the other awards, including the Batchelder, Belpré, Caldecott, Children's Literature Legacy, Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media, Geisel, Newbery, Odyssey and Sibert awards. They are all here, so it's easy: http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia
Most of them are also on the Notable list, but I look at them anyway. I like knowing what's so hot it got more than one recognition. This will give you a huge haul of books, but they're mostly picture books, so they're usually a really fast read. I love having a huge bag of library books at home to keep me off the internet! (except for SVS, of course!)
RE: Class work
@Pamela-Fraley Really nice work, Pamela. And thank you for starting this thread! I've been a member since Jan 1, but thanks to you, I am finally jumping into the forum. I'm roughly where you are at in the course, just starting (finished Perspective and am now wrapping up How to Draw Everything). For now, I work traditionally -- no digital yet. I will share assignments. I love the feedback/accountability. I just tried to upload some of my shapes in perspective but the file was too big, so I'll try again later. Looking forward to seeing more of your work & cheering you and others on!
RE: Class work
@Pamela-Fraley These look good, Pamela! I'm working hard but my phone takes photos that are too big for this forum and I can't figure out how to compress them! Hopefully I'll get some photos up soon.
I did Perspective with David Hohn, How to Draw Everything with Jake, and now I'm on Visualizing Drawing in Perspective with Will. With each class, the material from the previous class becomes more clear. I may go back and redo some assignments.
Visualizing Drawing in Perspective is the most challenging for me so far.