Hello guys! Time for the weekly progress report I promised. As I mentioned before, I will be writing one of these each Monday to document my progress on my goals.
Huge wall of text alert! The abbreviated version is that I completed my daily goals, most of my weekly goals, and all in all, made some good progress.
--Notes on this week
It's important for me to stay focused and progress forward each week. I only have about 6 months before the 2015 convention season, and I really need to step up my game to be able to compete with the other convention artists. I'm pretty good at ponies, but honestly, not much else, and this process will change that.
I am pleased with the daily progress that I've made. Despite completing my goals, my practice has been somewhat erratic, however. One day I'll be focused on my goals and the next, less so. This week I will endeavor to be more focused in completion of my goals, rather than just art in general.
Also, sidenote, this entry is for 9 days instead of 7 because I made my "new beginnings" journal post on a Saturday, so it wouldn't make sense to do a progress report only two days later.
It's still a real challenge to motivate myself to do drills and exercises, as well as "real work," i.e. commissions and such. This week I will make it a daily goal to complete one still life daily, as well as making more clear which art goals to do daily.
Had an idea this week to do an art challenge daily. While fun and engaging, I won't be continuing it this week. Better to focus my energy on completing goals. It's possible I may bring it back as a weekly feature.
At first, I thought that the Noah's art camp lectures were perfect, but after closer inspection, they are above my skill level at the moment. I will be continuing with them after finishing the Ctrl+Paint series.
On the other hand, I found another awesome series of videos that are much more along the lines of what I need.
Feng Zhu is a veteran of video game and movie design, and is a professional teacher at an art school. He puts out lessons every two weeks. A major bonus to these is that he starts with very basic principles (composition, color, space) and moves on to more complex ones (matte painting, production workflow, character design). His videos are very highly recommended.
I've decided to add watching and learning from these videos to my list of goals. To see the videos for yourself, Check out the full playlist here.
I've also realized that taking notes on what I watch is important for me to both remember now and be able to go back over it quickly later. So I'll be writing notes on all the lessons (Ctrl+Paint, Feng Zhu, and Noah Bradley).Progress on Art Goals
Spend at least 30 minutes learning from a high-quality art teacher - goal completed. I spent at least half an hour, usually more, on the art lessons.
Spend at least 30 minutes practicing artwork. - goal completed.
Practice Ctrl+Paint lessons daily. While being mindful, learning as much as possible, and practicing all of the assignments, complete several of the basic courses.
Work on Commissions. If possible, finish commissions from BUCK this week
Robot Luna sketch - Completed!
Dishonored poster - Mockup finished and approved
Berry Punch poster - Preliminary sketch completed. Redo, it can be much improved.
Write about my work in my Work Journal, about both art and other progress. Evaluate progress toward my goals, and reset weekly To Dos in HabitRPG. - Completing this one now
Noah's Art Camp - Not completed. Moved to "to do later." Replaced with Feng Zhu Design Cinema.
Learn the Fundamentals of Digital Painting
Ctrl+Paint: Watch all free videos and practice all homework assignments
Current progress: 1, 2 and 8 complete!
(Come back to 3-7)
Ctrl+Paint: Complete Basic Photoshop Rendering course, including assignments.
Noah’s Art Camp: Complete all lectures and do all homework.
Current progress: Lecture 1
Watch and learn from Feng Zhu Design Cinema
Current progress: 11 out of 75 complete
Determine next step in this learning process
Learn the Fundamentals of Figure Drawing
Practice using the Croquis Cafe
Master the skills to run a startup
“How to Start a Startup” course weekly
Master T-shirt design