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  11 November 2005
Also trad here. I draw a good bit and the classes that have helped me the most are life figure drawing. That class helps you plenty imo. Once you have the idea of gesture you can gesture everything in the world and later detail it. I use to go into details first all the time and my works ended up badly. Figure drawing is a course to take. Another class is color theory. Color theory really helps you understand how colors act side by side and also helps you on setting up a composition based on color. Atm I do not have space for much trad so I paint mostly on my PC... Which is good I needed more practice painting in digital.
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  11 November 2005
On top of the digital stuff I do, I try to put in a few hours on my watercolors every single week. I buy good paper, I buy decent brushes, I pay for classes... and the price of painting still doesn't apporach the cost of my computer, wacom tablet, etcetera.

I like that watercolors forces me to think in a different way than Photoshop does. And when I'm all done, there's a really cool feeling you get from holding in yourt hands the single, solitary copy of a piece, not one of an infinite possible number of hard-copies. Makes me appreciate the piece more. (You can sell it for more, too! )

-mike
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