Thank you all! Okay, here we go. First...
Here's my notes from today's session!
Yep, I surprised myself on the value scale this time. Usually I have problems with them but trying to do one in pen and ink worked much better than usual. Normally I get good values for the 5 to 10 range and a hard time with the lighter values, but this time I think it's fairly even!
Printed value scales are better. I only did it to demonstrate that 1 is white and there are ten values.
One thing I get out of doing these notes is so much practice making thumbnails! This one I was sketching from the memory of a painting I did and completely changed its composition by making it a more elongated rectangle and moving things around. Shows how memory can play tricks!
Four and a half pages today. I guess I'll start next weekend with a half page!
Okay - here are some Important Links!
The forum that all the class material is in: "WetCanvas Live!" - it's a subforum of Landscapes.
- Classroom Exercises Posting Thread: only post your assignments. Johannes asked yesterday for folks to post their chosen photo references that they took. So that's what's in it now. Next week we'll all be posting our crops in it.
Johannes Student Critiques. Post ART here to get critique from Johannes.
Johannes Student Discussion Lounge: notes from class, sign-ups, discussions of class material, questions about how to get in. This is where he posts the links to get in when there is something wrong. Today there was something really wrong, no one's previous personal links worked and no one's prevous registrations showed up. So we all had to register again on a new link. This is where he posted it.
This is the one to watch for any news about navigating and getting in as well as to discuss class material.
Bill, I hope that helps. Once you're used to that forum the threads are self explanatory. I might direct people to this journal thread too if they have trouble finding my notes, but I also jotted down the post number for them in the discussion thread so that I have it handy when people ask.
Thank you again for such an overwhelming response! I am so glad others enjoy my notes. Please do take notes even if you don't think they're as good as mine. What you write down for yourself, your hands remember, you remember it differently. When you try to draw the little thumbnails every time you do it you will get better at retaining his design principles.
I am not kidding. I am improving really fast because I do half a dozen to a dozen tiny thumbnails per class I've attended. If yours don't look good to start, just doing them and trying repeatedly that many times helps a lot. Especially if you try to jot just the main point and do it in a minute or two without worrying about mistakes.
Now if only I can get used to copying successful thumbnails accurately enough to keep the winning composition when I start painting it! That's a little personal gap of mine that I'll be tackling sometime during this course. I might have to resort to enlarging my thumbnails on the scanner and tracing them with a light box!