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Just a quick snapshot of my second semester at the Academy of Art university!


The four classes I'm taking are:

i) Human Anatomy (upgrade from Figure Drawing last semester)
ii) Still Life Painting (seriously AWESOME fun! I love oil painting now!)
iii) Cloth Figure Drawing (that lecturer reminds me of Jack McBrayer! Seriously! XD)
iv) Perspective (you can see my homework progress on the last 4 photos)



So far all of my lecturers have been nothing short of impressive. They're passionate, exceptional in their technique and wonderful teachers.

On my previous semester I gained a high B average which is not easy to get in any art school, so I'm really proud of that. :D Nevertheless let's see how I go with this semester, because this is going to be my last one too. More on the why in future - but for now let's make the very most out of it! ;)



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My new oil paint set!! After Sheldon's demo in class I kind fell in love and just went for it! The next set of photos will show you what I did in 40 minutes.


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Grrrr!!! I'm all fired up in red!!


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And viola! A kettle and mug in grayscale! Seriously this was a lot of fun! I'm going to have to do this when I get back to Australia. And we didn't even work on colours yet! Imagine what we can do when we level up to colours!! I can't wait.


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Sheldon gracefully demonstrating Acrylic - the second part of the demo (the first being Oils). He's such a lovely instructor, love his pacing and willingness to help his students learn as much as possible in class.


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Look it's Jack McBrayer's cousin! He almost had the same accent I swear! XXD Super talented at illustration this instructor, not one to mess around when it comes to clothed drawing in class! 


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Very cute, especially the ballerina dancing! Nevertheless out homework for Clothed Figure Drawing class is to draw the 4 sacks in a particular pose to determine the MASS and VOLUME of each action you've chosen. If you want to do some exercises yourself (which will greatly improve your drawings of characters) go check out this link.


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Leandro's quick demo - amazing how he whipped this up real quick while explaining what we need to do for homework!


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I like this one alot! Reminds me of Sly Cooper! Oh and check out the F's - they DO exist!! Remember this class is all about how well you know about Perspective, so even if you're not strong on your drawing skill and details you can still get a passing mark if you understand the concept (like the Superman/Robot/Lady drawings). But, as always in art school, try to aim even higher than you can expect! 


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I also liked this one out of all of the student works presented from last semester (the one with the chooks). He/she did a great job with the line quality AND line separation. Notice how there are three levels of perspective?


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My current set up if I'm not using the Cintiq 21UX. Just working on my Perspective homework... Drawing drunk cats in a Speakeasy setting... Hmmmmmm....


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And to leave you guys with one last thing... Elson's thinking of bagels. *ba-da-tish!*




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glitcher Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Seeing this makes me wish I studied at your school. You've got some really cool homework there. My comic arts teacher in college was a clueless, obsolete nobody. I learned nothing from him, which is partly why I dropped out.
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
California and East Coast are the world hub for artists of all disciplines - fine arts, animation, illustration, multimedia, graphic design, film and television, audio, acting and teaching art. The same goes to Europe which had a rich history of the Resonance.

I know how you feel dude, Australia too lacked the depth, knowledge and technique that you can get over here - both students and the instructors. Totally different vibe, totally different level. I'm going to miss the rich appreciation for the arts in the US as I head back to Australia in June/July.

Anyways time to post my homework up! :D 

 
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KMTwiddley-Wings Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
Now I don`t know if I should go to the FIT DX

Your school looks amazing to study at!
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zaceryspud02 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
saw this and thought of you.

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hehe the golden ratio. =3

I see an isometric grid. Perspective can be tricky when you warp it and use all curvy objects.
It seems I know things these days but I'm just not well practiced in them. I haven't been a real artist in years. I've drawn and animated but I haven't been the same. It's neat to see your getting formally trained. congrats.
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MonochrOmegaStar Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wow! So that's whats going on in University Art Classes! :wow:
From what I'm seeing/reading in your journal, it makes me feel both excited and anxious (but still in a good way) about all of this. :excited:

And that's a lot of homework needed to be completed! :faint:
Like how you've planned out your perspective artwork piece, I bet it will look super outstanding once you've finished it. :clap:
I wish you the best of luck for last semester Elson! :handshake: =D
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ShaunClineVA Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist
I'm starting off college this semester. I'm taking MAT 171, PSY 130, ACA 111, and HEA 110. 
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool! Wishing you all the best in getting some top grades Shaun!
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Ashie-Kins Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Seems you've got quite a bit on your plate already XD And you've barely started the semester! Still knowing you, you'll be able to handle anything that comes your way. Getting low grades is nothing new, it just means you get to learn from where you went wrong and get experience out of it. ^^

I guess I should ask at this point too~ How did you like the work I sent you? I sent you enough material to work with easily XD
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The audio files you've sent me have archived already and I'll be checking them out tomorrow morning. :)

Also I've submitted my voices files to Tyler's project - it's really awesome listening to everyone's take on the characters we love so much from the series! 8-)
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Ashie-Kins Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I saw that! XD I heard some of the voices and they're pretty good ^^ Surprised me that you tried for Charmy though. I didn't think you'd actually do it. XDD
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Meh, that one's done for archival purposes. :D My comment at the very end of the thread will explain the reasoning behind the submission of all the other voices. ;) I genuinely want to hear different people doing the voices but the only exception is Alan Quail! XD Still if there's someone out there who can do an Alan Quail that Tyler would much prefer I don't mind that at all. ^^ I'm very sure you'll get Matilda! I'm looking forward to listening to your takes of her in the final! 8-)
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Ashie-Kins Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I saw your comment and I can see why you did that. But so far I'm definitely loving everyone else's takes on the characters in general. We're all having fun with making the auditions and listening to everyone else's as well. ^^ Easily your Alan Quail is the best yet XD Tyler was pretty blown away by it from what he told me. Plus he appreciates you willing to help him out with sound effects and such too. ^^

It'd be cool if I do end up with Matilda, but someone else just posted their audition for her tonight. It's pretty good compared to my own o.o If I don't end up with the part then I won't be disappointed in the least~ At least I can try for Thorn once I get a good Scottish accent going ^^l
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the feedback Ashley! Alan Quail was a lot of fun to do! :D 

And I see you've got competition for Matilda! 

Yeah man, do give Thorn a shot! You'll never know! ;)
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Ashie-Kins Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome~ ^^ And yeah, I think Kathy would make a most excellent Matilda~ She's a pretty sweet girl and she had some real potential as a voice actress
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DragonBlitzStudios Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Professional Artist
impressive most impressive. good luck bro.
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cheers!
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CrimDa Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014   Digital Artist
Sigh. Those classes sound fun.
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HgCAW26 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014   General Artist
WOW!!! Those drawing & art expectations have really high standards (esp. the perspective portions).

A little surprised to hear that this will be your last semester at the AAU,
yet I sort of get the idea & personally understand from reading the comments below.

PS, I was really surprised and flattered to see my questions answered from Yardley!,
and as well as seeing my fan art from the deviations you have recently posted for the book.

Nevertheless, no matter what happens or the choices you make,
I have full confidence that you will strive successfully and confidently through
your times at AAU.

As always, BEST OF LUCK!!!
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks dude! And it's cool that you understand where I'm coming from. More about to be revealed when I have the time and energy to write it out proper! ;)

Thanks for your contributions to the book - I'm still awaiting a response from the printers to get my book printed, so news on that sometime during the month!
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CIC-Studios Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This school looks absolutely amazing! I would love to attend there! There's just so much i want to learn and improve on and it seems like this school is the right place! After i graduate my university and get a good job and make a good amount of money, i would love to attend this school!^u^ I can tell it's been a huge help to you Elson! You're improving so much and you seem to really enjoy it there! Your work is looking amazing as always! Keep up the awesome work! I can't wait to see more!^u^b~:heart:
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow, what are you currently doing in university? What program more specifically?

And yeah do it if you have the time, energy and money - that's exactly what I'm doing right now and so far it's been a fantastic ride. ;)
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CIC-Studios Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I'm getting my bachelors in computer animation as a 3D animator! I prefer 2D but it's good to learn different things! I know as far as studio and traditional work, i need to improve on and that school you're going to looks great!8D I really want to do comic books though!^u^

I can see! You look like you learn so much and have fun doing it!


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Mkbeesers98 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Student
Wow look like this art classes are hard I think I've fainted. I know you will do awesome on the perspective drawing assignment! 
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks man!
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Kovabomb Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Quite an impressive collection.  I know school is hard, but I trust you can do it.
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Heya Chris! 

I'll be quitting after my second semester at AAU because to put simply - I want to go home. ;)

School's been really awesome and insightful but I'm confident about not making a career out of the arts and continue to treat it as a serious and passionate hobby of mine. :)

Anyways, got something for you. www.behindthevoiceactors.com/m…

I have no doubt that you will get Bow the Sparrow's role if you're interested. Submit your voice files there, it'd be awesome to hear ya in that Sonic comic drama project! 

I'm thinking about doing minor character roles in that project (or any leftover characters) since I don't really have much time in my hands either with school and all. Food for thought. ;)


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Kovabomb Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
I just submitted an audition for Bow and Buck.  Thanks for the heads up.
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darkspeeds Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure Chris!

Eh? Really? lol I was JUST commenting about you on Shaun and Andrew's takes of Bow the Sparrow! :D 

I'm going to refresh and take a look! ;)
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Burritodude1 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But I'm right here.....Who be this imposter?

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