Monday, August 30, 2010

Schoolism Class: Advanced Lighting

There are already a lot of other online tutorials on lighting and surface.  Not only that, but Schoolism has some amazing artists and instructors.  Because of this, I felt pretty intimidated when I was asked to teach a class for Schoolism.  I wasn't sure what I could bring to the table that would be on par with their other classes and worth the investment compared to similar offerings elsewhere.

However, after doing some work on the course I can say with confidence that this class is going to be awesome (if you don't mind my awkward way with words in the lectures).  I've done enormous amounts of research and boiled it all down in a way that anyone should be able to understand.  I'm excited to teach when the class starts up next month.  The part I'm looking forward to most is the interaction with students on the assignments, because that's where most of the learning is going to happen.

I did this as a demo from the lecture on "fleshy" materials.

17 comments:

  1. I saw that you were going to be teaching a class there, that's very cool! I hope the experience is a good one and that you continue to teach in the future. I'd really like to take the class with you sometime, at the moment I'm full up on classes (start of the new semester in two days).

    Cheers and thanks for sharing!

    -Justin

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  2. That guy's face is hard to look away from. His expression is alarmingly funny. Sounds like a great class.

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  3. You are a great teacher! The class will be amazing.

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  4. I signed up just yesterday! :-) I found your work through the Avalanche Software Blog and when I saw your name in the Schoolism lineup, I couldn't believe it. Looking forward to October!!

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  5. Yeah. Don't look at the composits on my blog. You'll get hives. Congratulations, Sam. Teaching suits you - your charm and quirky way of seeing things will fascinate and draw in as they always do. I hate the fleshy example - it looks like a fingertip has erupted into a face. Disturbing. Evidently, the fingertip feels that way, too.

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  6. this is an interesting face and expression. I think he has just looked in the mirror for the first time.
    Your work is always great and exceptional quality, to take a class from you would be a dream.

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  7. Oh man, oh man, this is so exciting. I'm absolutely taking that course and, in fact, it will be my first online course. Too many 'digital tutorial'-ish courses there, but one advanced course about foundations, with some criticism by Sam Nielson? Man, who do I have to kill for that :)

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  8. Anonymous1:05 AM

    I REALLY REALLY want to take that class! The only thing is I'm not sure if I can handle an intense course like that during the regular school year. Will you be continuing to teach that class later on? Next summer maybe? PLEASE let me know.

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  9. Got to vouch for Sam here, the man knows his stuff! I learned a great deal from him :)

    Would love to take the class myself :)

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  10. Wow , I wish to asist to that class , but Im live in Canary Island , (When will you come here?)
    .Your work is awesome as always , but , It seem to me like a finger with hair and eyes , hahahaha.

    Congratulations , for to share your work with us!

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  11. Sam I think you're awesome! It reminds me in a funny way of the little faces I drew in my finger when I was a kid!

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  12. Any thoughts of a DvD in the future?

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  13. Would love to attend one pf your classes, only wish
    the entertainment design industry develops here in
    the UK. Since discovering your blog you've inspired
    to my wives delight fun and colourful characters!

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  15. Thanks everyone!

    Piya, Abelo: Should be fun. See you then!

    Anonymous: I should be teaching it next year, but I don't know when, yet.

    Jose Ramos: It's an online class, so you can take it from wherever you are.

    Arturo: Not yet, but maybe. I don't really believe in DVDs though, I don't think they're as useful as people think.

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  16. So this may be a long shot but I'd like to take your class but it says full. Is there any room left (I'm small-only 5 ft 3) Of course I realize its online...but here's hoping.

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