Monday, February 20, 2012

Teaching fun

One of the pleasures of teaching for Schoolism is that the school brings in people from all over the world and all levels of the art industry.  Many of my students are more skilled/talented than I am, and half of them already had impressive jobs in the industry, but took the class because they wanted to fill out one corner of their expertise a bit.  I love teaching, and helping anyone learn is rewarding.  But it's especially fun when an artist gets exactly what you're trying to say, and pulls off something amazing or unexpected with the limited criteria of an assignment.
Here are some of the highlights from the final assignment of last semester.  I gave the students line art and a lot of freedom with the lighting scheme, render style, surfaces, etc.:

by Dane Madgwick






by Colin Foran









By Claire Hummel


By Stijn Van Doorselaere

I've also had some impressive students in the self-taught class.  I don't get to interact with them as often, but I still enjoy seeing what they do and how they react to the lessons.  An artist named Johan Törnlund wrote a thoughtful review (with some criticism also, which is nice because now I can address those problems), herehttp://feedchicken.blogspot.com/2012/01/schoolism-review.html

14 comments:

  1. I gotta take that class

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  2. Wow. I'm taking this class now. I will be happy at the end if I can produce something a tenth as beautiful as any of these.

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  3. Wow. This stuff is very amazing!

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  4. Sam's class has been a truly rewarding experience for me, I recommend it to everyone interested in improving their craft. And thank you Sam for linking to my review!

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  5. These are beautiful, After reading the review I definitely want to take the class in the summer. Lighting is so important!

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  6. Wow those look really good ! The first one reminds me of Conan O'Brian for some reason, I can't figure out why...

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  7. Thanks for sharing these fantastic artists! I look forward to taking a schoolism class in the future!

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  8. These are fantastic! I've just applied for the next course and I'm so excited! ^^

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  11. Wow, your painting is excellent!!!

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  12. Well, that's one class I won't take. You'd have to actually be an artist, instead of a kibitzer. I like Colin's treatment best - the forest setting suits me. I've been taking some technical courses on line, and loving it. And I'd very much enjoy taking anything you had to teach, but - no talent here, my dear.

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  13. Sam! I'm drunk on your light play!

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  14. I was curious about your course and after reading the review, will hope to take it at some point in the future (think its great you've taken the comments made and 'improved' the course

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