Hello deviantart; my Fine Arts program is finally all done, and so I am back to a regular schedule. This is just a sort of recap journal, with no real point to it, so read at your own discretion.
First off: How did I like the program? It was a very interesting experience for me. It was very humbling as well... I learned a lot of stuff I had never really thought about, so that's always good. There were a lot of assignments that I thought were kind of silly at first... Lots of stuff about "developing your negative space"...really working your picture plane, and it took me a while to adjust to that, because if you look at my gallery right now, you will see that it's almost entirely just drawings of people/figures and either a white plain background, or a very simple shape or colour. Doing those assignments and studying actual painters made me far more conscious of how picture planes are set up, ie. dominant form, subdominant form, and subordinate form.
Art history was amazing. Mostly what stands out to me is the painters and artists that I liked when I first went into the program compared to what I liked when I was finished. It was a completely different set of artists and styles. (For example, I absolutely hated the work of Egon Schiele when it began, and now I adore him: www.wikiart.org/en/egon-schiel…
The drawing and painting courses were really nice - As well as learning about the aforementioned picture plane awareness, I also learned about typical compositional structures (basically where the horizon movement is located, and what other movements accompany the horizon. So a "high horizon vertical movement" image is something like this: www.pinterest.com/pin/34536986…
... Other composition structures would be things like "Triangular," "Strata," "Horizontal movement", things like that. Very interesting stuff, especially because the exact same fundamentals generally governed representational art and abstract art in the same way. I have an entirely new appreciation for abstract art now. I am pretty sure that I want to continue with hobby painting in the future. I don't think I could dedicate myself to it full time, but who knows... It is just such an interesting medium. We all worked with acrylic paint, and so now I'm dying to try oil paint, which I've never dallied in.
Digital art class was interesting. I mean, I've only really done my art digitally for so many years I thought that it would be a cinch, but we studied Illustrator for a while, which was new and challenging, and also I have never once used photoshop CC. Last time I used photoshop was CS 01, so it was very different and quite challenging. We had to do a photomanipulation project, which was extremely difficult for me. I'm so used to just drawing what I want, the idea of having to find photos that will do what you want is just crazy. We set up a student Behance account for digital art class, and I fully intend to add my drawing and painting projects once I'm able to take some good pictures of them, so take a look if you'd like: www.behance.net/crombiel10e29
All in all, I really enjoyed it. It was INCREDIBLY stressful at times trying to get stuff done within deadlines, but that's to be said about any course I think. The workload was nothing to scoff at though... I think students in more 'academic' types of courses might actually have an easier time of it, since a lot of stuff is more memorizing facts, and then just writing down your ideas in an efficient way. Trying to come up with good artistic ideas and then execute them, all the while completely out of your comfort zone, is one of the hardest things I've done. So...totally worth it.
I would recommend taking some kind of fine arts course for anyone who takes art seriously. Getting away from the world of online art...digital drawings, fan art, commissions, was really really good for me, and opened my eyes to possibilities I didn't know existed. Of course I still enjoy digital art and fan art and all that, but I have new perspective and appreciation for things that I wouldn't have looked twice at before.
That being said, I'm not positive what I'll be doing with this account in the near future, but I know that I will NOT be taking commissions through deviantart anymore... I'm just done with it. The cash I earned was very helpful, and I know that I learned a lot about professionalism and working with clients...and now I am done with it.
I'm thinking of closing this account and either leaving deviantart in favor of perhaps a blogspot page or twitter or something for my fan art and doodles, and then going to Behance for more personal and serious projects. If I do stay on deviantart, I think I will close this account and open a new one, just to start
fresh...But I won't do that until I choose a username I'm very fond of.
I'm sorry to those of you that follow me for Mass Effect/Sci fi drawings, but... I don't think you'll be seeing any of those from my anymore... or at least not for a very long time. I'm so done with sci fi right now... It's one of those things where I oversaturated myself and now I can't stomach it. I thought Andromeda might get me back into it, but it was such a disappointing piece of crap that I think it ended up being the final push away from Sci fi.
Instead, I just got through playing the new Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and I LOVED it. Plus I just re-read all of the Chronicles of Narnia, and watched some classic 80's fantasy flicks, and just in general I'm really loving the classic fantasy genre again, so it's safe to say you may expect fan art of that flavor from myself before too long.
And...That's it for now. I would love to discuss Art School/Art program things with anyone who's either thinking of taking post-secondary education in that field, or who has done it already...Just compare experiences or impressions, that kind of thing. Or if anybody has questions or wants to talk about anything in general... I love conversation, so please comment if you like.
Thanks very much for reading this far~