"What is it you are unable to get from your SoVA experience – what frustrates you?"
The fact that I’m still self teaching, but now with the crippling weight of tuition stacked on top of it. The fact that the only useful professors I have are the grad students who you won’t let lead the curriculum. The fact that in a DIGITAL ART MAJOR the hardest thing to find is a class that TEACHES DIGITAL ART. The fact that I’M SEEKING AN INDEPENDENT STUDY FOR DIGITAL PAINTING NEXT SEMESTER AND TEACHING MY OWN DIGITAL PAINTING CLASS ON THE WEEKENDS BECAUSE THE STUDENTS ACTIVELY WANT THINGS YOU WON’T PROVIDE BECAUSE YOU’RE TOO BUSY BICKERING OVER WHAT DIGITAL ART IS WHEN
OF YOU IDIOTS
IS A DIGITAL FUCKING ARTIST.
The fact that not a single one of you sees the bitter irony in denying an actively passionate student the ability to exercise that passion in an art major because you’re worried about whether or not you’re producing degrees that will get jobs.
We didn’t pick an art major because we thought it would get us a job. We picked an art major because we wanted to do something that matters to us. And if you’re too scared to let us do that, then step the fuck back, because I’m ready to do whatever it takes.
That’s what frustrates me.
Anonymous asked: What is the purpose of doing a mid tone gray surface for a sketch/painting?
2 simple reasons:
In most instances, an image is made of light and shadow that covers the spectrum from the darkest black to the brightest white and gradations of grey in between (we’re not talking about color here). Starting a drawing/painting on a background that is already the brightest white, means that everything except for the brightest highlights in the image: all of the dark, middle, and most of the light value - is visual information you have to lay down. Starting on a grey or mid-value background, means that the entire middle spectrum of value (grey) is already there, you’re only putting down the shadows and highlights. It’s just far more efficient to establish form/lighting for most pieces and is one of the earliest “techniques” in drawing that you learn.
A blank white canvas is intimidating whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned professional. A stray line on a white sheet of paper can feel like you have to start over, but those middle-value canvases: they invite mistakes. In my book: making mistakes is far better than making nothing at all.
VERY important advice for all the artists that follow me. I almost always use either a mid-tone grey background or (in the case of some higher contrast pieces, a deeper greenish grey background to make my grayscale tones pop really hard.
I personally don’t recommend starting with a white canvas (though if you use one and it works for you, feel free to disregard this) - part of what keeps me producing consistently and painting all the time is a relaxed feeling and the understanding that mistakes don’t ruin things. Like Sam says, the neutral, darker background feels more relaxed because they don’t contrast as hard and give you this feeling of just normal sketching, even when knowingly producing a higher level piece.