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  09 September 2006
Question The Curriculum? - Potential Team Project for Teaching the Basics of Art

Hi everyone,

I am curious to know if anyone would be interested in helping me put together a Curriculum Project where artists would compose Tutorials / Workshops that would help Beginners through the Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced stages of Digital and Traditional art.

Of course while the primary focus of any Tutorials should be related to the figure, I would like to collaborate on putting together Tutorials on basic things like basic shape shading, etc. - fundamental principles that apply across the board.

This is something that I'm interested in developing over time, it need not go forth all at once. There are always new people joining the forum, which is great, and it would be nice if new people could have a specific track to follow in order to better learn the basics of Traditional and Digital art.

I would be interested in really making this something polished and cohesive. Tutorials would have to be discussed and approved before being posted.

Any thoughts? Any willing contributors? All suggestions and ideas are most welcome here. I am interested only in people who have a genuine interest in helping out the community here.

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-Rebeccak
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  09 September 2006
Count me in Rebecca, I'll do something for Artistic Anatomy, Cross-Hatching, and Foreshortening!
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  09 September 2006
Originally Posted by Thomasphoenix: Count me in Rebecca, I'll do something for Artistic Anatomy, Cross-Hatching, and Foreshortening!

Awesome! One of the many people I definitely wanted to hear from! We'll just use this thread as an area for discussion / fleshing out Tutorials etc. I'd like to revise / revamp my old Tutorials and make them better / easier to follow.

The main suggestion I would have is to use a standard font and size of font for text - and to replicate any image text (text that appears on an image) in typed text in a post so that people can copy and paste key phrases should they wish to investigate them further.

I prefer a plain font like Verdana that everyone has in a reasonable size, depending on the graphic.

I'd be able to host Tutorial images but not videos.
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  09 September 2006
I think the only standards we need are for size of image - 800 pix width x appropriate length at 72 dpi.
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  09 September 2006
Im up for contributing as much as I can, although Im not really sure what I have to offer is something you would consider polished or cohesive. I tend work a little differently than most people and sometimes my workflow can be seen as a little "out there" at times, and this applies to both traditional and digital media. I know what works for me may not work for other people or even follow some of the fundamental guidelines, but if someone asks how I approach or make something, I'm always happy to share what I know. If they can take something from it and apply it to what they already know, then I'm stoked. Whether that can be seen as something that can help beginner's or not is purely subjective I guess.
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  09 September 2006
Originally Posted by MechaHateChimp: Im up for contributing as much as I can, although Im not really sure what I have to offer is something you would consider polished or cohesive. I tend work a little differently than most people and sometimes my workflow can be seen as a little "out there" at times, and this applies to both traditional and digital media. I know what works for me may not work for other people or even follow some of the fundamental guidelines, but if someone asks how I approach or make something, I'm always happy to share what I know. If they can take something from it and apply it to what they already know, then I'm stoked. Whether that can be seen as something that can help beginner's or not is purely subjective I guess.

Joel, I doubt that any of us work in a conventional manner - your contributions would be most welcome!

By polished and cohesive, I was really just thinking in terms of text standards, image size standards, etc. - though to be perfectly honest with you, as long as your content looks good unto itself, and is consistent, I probably don't care that much about everyone's tutorials looking the same. In fact, that might be rather boring now that I think about it.

This is just something in the beginning stages of thought. Any ideas and contributions you have are really welcome.
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  09 September 2006
HI rebbeca

...exellent project... I would be glad to help ...the only problem could be my english... i mean the tehnical vocabulary- but on the other hand they say that the picture shows more than words.. .....

maz...
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  09 September 2006
Originally Posted by mazalo: HI rebbeca

...exellent project... I would be glad to help ...the only problem could be my english... i mean the tehnical vocabulary- but on the other hand they say that the picture shows more than words.. .....

maz...

maz, it would be awesome to have your participation! I think you're right, pictures, especially for us highly visual people, are much more important. Your contribution would be much appreciated.
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  09 September 2006
What I propose is that people post their Tutorials here first for discussion before posting the final versions to the Tutorial Forum. I may see if we can get a dedicated sub forum, but I don't know if we need that or not.
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  09 September 2006
Hey I may not be able to contribute to creating the tutorials and text but i just happen to be starting next week on human anatomy study and figure design...so i could be the tester/ student along the way in both traditional and digital....if you guys would like some insight to your tuts you'd be posting? that way you could get an outside look from someone who would be following along the path of your lessons! I'm in many ways i'm just a beginner so maybe i could help out somehow with this? if thats possible? i dunno how long it would take to create the entire group of lessons but i could follow along the way. but anyways just a thought.
 
  09 September 2006
Originally Posted by yencaray: Hey I may not be able to contribute to creating the tutorials and text but i just happen to be starting next week on human anatomy study and figure design...so i could be the tester/ student along the way in both traditional and digital....if you guys would like some insight to your tuts you'd be posting? that way you could get an outside look from someone who would be following along the path of your lessons! I'm in many ways i'm just a beginner so maybe i could help out somehow with this? if thats possible? i dunno how long it would take to create the entire group of lessons but i could follow along the way. but anyways just a thought.

yencaray, thanks for this highly useful suggestion! I don't know how quickly things will or will not come together, but we will definitely look to you and to the community for feedback!

I think really everyone has something useful to contribute to this project.
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Last edited by Rebeccak : 09 September 2006 at 08:36 PM.
 
  09 September 2006
Potential Topics

I also think it's great if different artists write Tutorials on the same topics.

It never hurts to have different points of view! Amongst all the artists that frequent this forum there is a huge wealth of information. It will be good to assemble it in an organized way.

Suggested Topics (all please feel free to make suggestions):
*Please note that copyrighted reference may not be used for demos.

-cube, cone, sphere, cylinder shading
-Digital
-Traditional

-Light and Shadow
-Digital
-Traditional

-Drawing Principles / Fundamentals / Basics
-Digital
-Traditional

-Gesture Drawing
-Digital
-Traditional

-Figurative Drawing
-Digital
-Traditional

-Figurative Painting
-Digital
-Traditional

-Anatomy / Artistic Anatomy
-Digital
-Traditional

-Head / Neck / Torso / Pelvis / Legs / Arms / Hands / Feet
-Digital
-Traditional

-Skeletal Features / Muscular Features / Surface Features
-Digital
-Traditional

-Perspective / Foreshortening of the Figure
-Digital
-Traditional

-Proportion
-Digital
-Traditional

-Drapery / Clothing
-Digital
-Traditional

-Animals
-Digital
-Traditional

-Color
-Digital
-Traditional
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  09 September 2006
Some ideas: One thing we could do is create a request forum of sorts. That way someone can ask about how to specifically tackle an area they are having problems with and then a tutorial could be custom tailored for them. Or create a poll to vote for the next tutorial and then create a tutorial based on the most votes.
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  09 September 2006
I think that's a great idea Becca, I'll be happy to contribute in any way I can.

*Goes to read what is needed in more detail*

:edit: Think I'll start a draft of something on actual rendering/blending, is that an advanced thing or a beginner? I'm not sure come to think of it...

Last edited by Elsie : 09 September 2006 at 09:04 PM.
 
  09 September 2006
Originally Posted by MechaHateChimp: Some ideas: One thing we could do is create a request forum of sorts. That way someone can ask about how to specifically tackle an area they are having problems with and then a tutorial could be custom tailored for them. Or create a poll to vote for the next tutorial and then create a tutorial based on the most votes.

Joel, that's a good suggestion - there is this thread already to which a lot of good ideas have been posted:

Post Your Ideas for Tutorials and Workshops!

Originally Posted by Ailsa: I think that's a great idea Becca, I'll be happy to contribute in any way I can.

Ailsa, that's great to hear! I'm sure you will do some fab tuts!
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