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Banes at 12:00AM, June 14, 2018


Recently I began two training programs: one for writing and one for drawing. Both have teachers that are very impressive.

The art program in particular is cool, because I've done almost no study of art or drawing other than some lessons in elementary and high school classes.

I did have some books throughout the years, notably the classic “how to draw comics the Marvel way” by Stan Lee and artist John Buscema. I knew the basics of perspective from general art classes in school. Mostly I've done pictures, sketches, and later comics just casually and for fun. I only did it more regularly when I started my comic here on The Duck.

It's been great fun to do, and I've just GOTTA get back to it soon. Yeesh, it's been too long since I've updated!

And recently I decided to try and get it looking better, art-wise, so I began this drawing course from

In the first chunk of lessons, I've already noticed a huge improvement actually - the fundamentals of line, form and light/shading are something I've never been introduced to, and really tapping into OBSERVATION and getting details right is something I've never bothered with.

It's very exciting!

There's another course on Anatomy that I have in my queue, too, but I haven't done any of it yet.

It's a fantastic time we live in, with the Internet as this huge pool of knowledge and expertise we can tap into!

Have you ever done any formal training in art? Where did you train? Would you recommend it?



bravo1102 at 11:05AM, June 15, 2018

In all classes there has always been one or more epiphanies where things came together under the watchful eye of the teacher and I got better. To be a good student you have to know how to listen and to acknowledge that you do not have all the answers or even are aware of all the questions. There is no such thing as a stupid question merely people who don't listen.

ozoneocean at 11:21PM, June 14, 2018

Your style is always improving, it's great to see 😁 drawing lessons never helped me much, I just don't react well to that type of training.

Tantz_Aerine at 5:55PM, June 14, 2018

Good going man! Makes me look even more forward to your updates.

Gunwallace at 5:00PM, June 14, 2018

Also looking forward to seeing what changes in your art we get from this. Shoot for the moon! I started drawing at the age of 44, after being told at 14 that I was hopeless by my art teacher. As you can tell from my style I have no formal education.

Avart at 12:06PM, June 14, 2018

Excellent Banes! I personally haven't study art or drawing, but it's something I would like to, either for polish my style or learn something new that could be out of my sight in this moment.

Banes at 7:25AM, June 14, 2018

Haha, you're right. Damn...maybe I shouldn't be raising expectations here...

KimLuster at 6:35AM, June 14, 2018

Yeah, Yeah... I hear ya talkin' - time to show it!! :D Seriously, looking forward to you putting these new skills in action. I've never actually taken an official art class but I unofficially have, in that I've read quite a bit about it!!

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