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Foundations of Form & Covid Pt. 4

Continued Adventures in Covid Isolation!

Ready for the final section?

you probably heard by now that,

there’s

A BRAND NEW COURSE IS IN THE CAN!

Foundations of Form

It’s all about learning to break things down into their basic Primitives (simple 3D forms) and then how to draw simple and complex objects from reference at any angle using simple perspective tricks and forms!

Right now and over the next couple of weeks the lessons will drop into the course.

Subscribers should check their Dashboard to jump into it!

The fourth final section is up NOW!

I’ll skip a few things here for later, but I finally finished the first section and since there are 5 days between classes, I took a little break and went to see some Fall colors in northern Georgia around the town of Dahlonega. Totally gorgeous.
 
I had a secondary purpose for that trip too. To test out my rig for a micro camper. At this moment it’s a no build set up. Just a mattress, window covers, curtain, assorted belongings and custom 12v water pump.

The ultimate plein air landscape painting mobile! I’m hoping to convert it totally during the next semester!

I finally finished recording all the videos that the students needed to complete their course material. One of the things I love about freshmen is that they have no prior real training (for the most part), so the fact that this course is completely different than what they would normally get anywhere else is completely invisible to them. It’s just challenges and information that must be dealt with now.

But, back to making this course. One of the things that must differentiate the course I made for my students and the one for here is that my university students and I meet each week for feedback. The one that resides here has to be able to exist independent from that.  You will want to be able to follow along, know the expectations and results without every needing to speak to me. Luckily my experiences with the students also helped answer that challenge.
 
However…when I sat down and looked at the over 120 lessons I prepared for them and realized it would simply be too much for a single course. Especially now that I need to backfill in some of the gaps and finish the final projects. It may get to around 150 lessons…
 
Looking over it, I realized that it would work really really well as a set of 5 sequential courses. Beginning with the current one, Foundations of Form.  That one is now complete.
 

So, if you haven’t yet, do check it out!

Current and future subscribers now have access to it!

For people new to the site you can sign up for a 3 day free trial to see all the courses before you need to pay for it.

For those that already took advantage of that in the past, I’ll leave a few of the lessons in the Sample Lessons. You get a link in your email to access that if you haven’t yet after you sign up for the myartprofessor newsletter.

I’m really excited about this course and the series that will follow over the next couple months as I go in and finalize projects, insert extra lessons etc to bring it all to finish.

Their working titles are:

  • Moebius Garden
  • Rhetorical Rooms
  • Isometric Diorama
  • Perspective, Lenses, & Composition

I’ll share more about them in the future.

You’ll see some other changes here on the site too as I come up for air that I think will simplify and organize things as I add more and more lessons here.

Foundations of Form and Covid Pt.3

Continued Adventures in Covid Isolation!

Where are you at in the new course yet?

Either way more about my adventures in isolation begin below.

oh you haven’t heard?

there’s

A BRAND NEW COURSE IS IN THE CAN!

Foundations of Form

It’s all about learning to break things down into their basic Primitives (simple 3D forms) and then how to draw simple and complex objects from reference at any angle using simple perspective tricks and forms!

Right now and over the next couple of weeks the lessons will drop into the course.

Subscribers should check their Dashboard to jump into it!

The third full section is up NOW!

This course (and the FOUR to follow!) are based on a course I  put together for my design drawing students at my new university. I’ll chat about that here on the blog over the next few weeks as each section of Foundations of Form makes its way onto the site!

Covid Adventure Notes!

So that surge, Florida reported 10,000 then 15-16 thousand cases per day. Lots of universities announced their plans to go online, do hybrid courses, or attempt 100% in-person on campus classes with various safety measures. Mine decided on a mixture of those three eventually, but in July everything was up in the air. Kinda chaotic.

I decided to go with a hybrid class. I did learn that the repetitive nature of the course material on-line and presenting to students over a 3 hour period on Zoom exhausted both the students’ attention and my energy. Plus Zoom recorded each session and the students could access that. I thought, why not do a hybrid style class where their primary instruction would come from prerecorded demos and activities that they could access on their schedule and then meet with them in the classroom in small masked groups of 4 for critiques, Q&A, and demos.

That became the decision.

The main trick with a new course is really seeing the ending from the beginning while my notes started coming together.

During the summer there were a couple scares with flu like symptoms, but tests came back (18 days later back then…) negative. But it still interrupted me.

The Kratky garden continued to grow! That limited my need to get fresh greens from the grocer. The outdoor zucchini had some false starts.

I started recording in August. School’s beginning was delayed for students coming from other countries to have sufficient time for their visas and quarantines. Foundations of Form represents those first set of lessons for their first project. But it wasn’t quite ready to be on here just yet.

More next week.

Foundations of Form and Covid Pt 2!

Continued Adventures in Covid Isolation!

Have you looked at the new course yet?

Either way more about my adventures in isolation begin below.

in case you missed it,

there’s

A BRAND NEW COURSE IS IN THE CAN!

Foundations of Form

It’s all about learning to break things down into their basic Primitives (simple 3D forms) and then how to draw simple and complex objects from reference at any angle using simple perspective tricks and forms!

Right now and over the next couple of weeks the lessons will drop into the course.

Subscribers should check their Dashboard to jump into it!

The second full section is up NOW!

This course (and the FOUR to follow!) are based on a course I  put together for my design drawing students at my new university. I’ll chat about that here on the blog over the next few weeks as each section of Foundations of Form makes its way onto the site!

Covid Adventure Notes!

School ended in May and I hit the end of the semester like car folding over a tree. It was all very strange. I started a Kratky style hydroponic garden in my closet to grow bok choy and buttercrunch lettuce (look it up, pretty easy to do).  Even put the lighting on a timer to set it and forget it! The local gardening supplier was considered essential and were open. Also at this point I grabbed toilet paper whenever I saw it at the shops when I went out from my house every few weeks. Now I have an 18 month supply… I fully stocked my freezer and fridge.

I also had some new perspective. Figuratively and literally. I could see a lot more clearly what my students needed from their first semester course to benefit their second semester of figure focus. That got the brain juices flowing.  There’s a lot to consider and how do you fold the technical information with the conceptual into a practical step-by-step course. Notes were scattered all over, but as I laid it out, the noise turned into a pattern. That pattern turned into a process.

The big question came.

How do I get the students to shift from the inexperienced view of the world, to one that revolved around deconstructing what surrounds them into something that’s manageable, that anyone from any background can learn and follow?

But then the covid cases started to surge again in July.

Decisions had to be made…

More next week.

New Course Launching Today! Covid Part 01

Adventures in Covid Isolation, right?

I can’t speak for the rest of you, but it’s been an insane year!

– Oh you too? –

more about my adventures in isolation begin below.

but…there’s

A BRAND NEW COURSE IS IN THE CAN!

Foundations of Form

It’s all about learning to break things down into their basic Primitives (simple 3D forms) and then how to draw simple and complex objects from reference at any angle using simple perspective tricks and forms!

Right now and over the next few weeks subscribers will get access to this new course.

Subscribers should check their Dashboard to jump into it!

The first full section is up NOW!

This course (and the FOUR to follow!) are based on a course I  put together for my design drawing students at my new university. I’ll chat about that here on the blog over the next few weeks as each section of Foundations of Form makes its way onto the site!

Covid Adventure Notes!

Let’s begin!

When Covid hit the US back in March and I had to take my figure drawing class online for the second half of the semester. It represented a radical shift from the way I delivered figure drawing to my students in the past. I teach a step-by-step method for drawing the figure that brings together the amazing lessons I learned from my best instructors along with insights I received since. My students just completed that process and they just started doing long poses for it when we went on Spring Break in mid-March. We all watched as this mysterious disease made it’s way out of China and across the world. During the break I stopped into my office and saw my area head. I asked…are we coming back after spring break? 

He just sighed.

The next day they announced that all classes were going online and students who had left to other countries and states would not return to campus and that the campus would no longer hold classes in person.

We were all going on Zoom.

Not just here, but everywhere.

And I had a week to prepare the new content based on the new set of circumstances. Personally I felt disappointed that all this work would be wasted, I had this track of study all laid out in my head. The students responded really well to it and they were on track for amazing new work.

The thing is…

The second part of this course, the part after the process had been studied and mastered, takes them through a number of exercises to help them actually use the figure in more practical and professional circumstances.

I love figure drawing just for figure drawing, but as a teacher I learned that not everyone does (sadly…), but that people do seem to get more invested in things that really serve a longer term personal goal. For many of these students drawing isn’t there just for drawing, but for communicating with clients and for organizing, presenting, and selling their ideas. They adapted beautifully and by the end produced some great illustrations based on processes that will eventually come here too!

But, this also got me thinking about the Fall drawing course for freshmen and the months ahead of me that were needed to prepare. A drawing course very different than any I ever taught or been taught. One that brings a lot more purpose, concept and ideation to drawing.

I’ll talk about that more next time!

See you then!

20.05.31 Updates!

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Been a while! At the moment I’m still sporting my covid haircut!

You may have not have noticed, but the world went crazy there for a moment and appears to want add more fuel to the fire. I personally, like many of you, found that I had to adapt a lot to the new circumstances, especially when I had to update all of my university courses to teach them online over zoom and across multiple continents. Fortunately for me, I have experience teaching online through my efforts here, even so, I learned a lot of new things helping out my students. Experiences that I can apply here.
 

While I have not updated this blog in several months, there have been ongoing updates to the course materials since the last January update.

I completed the 2pt Perspective Course in April! All the content you need to master 1 & 2 Point Linear Perspective, well, it’s up and ready for you to dive in deep with!

And the MAPMonthlies (April & May) are now up to date as well, soon to be followed up with the June edition in the next week or so!

Along with these updates, I’m hard at work on organizing and preparing to build the next set of courses during the summer break. I’ve also been really active over on the rainlandstudios instagram account and now I’m nearly at 50 thousand followers!

Please let me know if you have any requests or questions!

You haven’t subscribed yet? Do check out the subscription options up above!

More to come!
Best,
Professor Sakievich

20.01.22 Updates! Happy New Year!

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Happy New Years, Students!!
 

The January MAP Monthly was added a couple weeks back! I used a popular instagram post as the subject and I walk you through the whole process of developing the image and finishing it! Check it out, follow along, and let me know what you think!

I kept pretty quiet over the last month as I’ve been pushing through on finalizing the 2 Point Perspective course. Well, since the last update I completed and added the traditional media series & two of the Follow Along sections to the course. 

That is…I’ve added 30 videos over that time period. Yeah, just checked the exact count. 31 if you count the January MAP Monthly.

What do all those include?

The Architectural Projection project and Building Construction (exterior & interior combined). The image above comes from the Building Construction project. It’s not that scary, trust me!

Just one section left! Then I can move on putting together some other new courses! I’m thinking about working on two at the same time, but I do need to think through it a bit more. I also added update posts to the top of the 2 Point Course to make it easier to keep track of what I’ve added and so you can check out the new stuff if you’re all caught up! That will go away once the course is complete.

Do check out the subscription options up above!

More to come!
Best,
Professor Sakievich

19.12.26 MAP Monthlies Updated!

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Happy Holidays, Everyone!!
 

All MAP Monthlies are now updated with content for October, November & December!

 
Things have been quiet on my end over the last few months as I’ve moved across the country, settled into the new teaching position, working some great private students, and doing freelance! All is pretty quiet now as many people are spending time with families and making new memories.
Here’s what we have for the MAP Monthlies:
  • October – an overview of my Inktober! How to set up a challenge, manage your goals and narrow them so that it can be more successfully accomplished. Check out my Inktober Challenge on my instagram for the month of October!
  • November – a watercolor and ink sketch of another imagined vehicle and how you can think through that process.
  • December – one of my pareidolia (patterns seen in random shapes) monsters and how you can set up and plan without planning so you can craft one of those fairly quickly!
 Plus! That December one is now included in the free lesson materials for anyone that’s made a free account! Do check it out and let me know what you think!
 
More to come!
Best,
Professor Sakievich

19.09.11 September MAP Monthly Added! (6 part video series)

6 NEW VIDEOS ADDED
 
All Caught Up!
I decided to go with some of the type of content I’ve been producing over on my rainlandstudios instagram. The illustration that has unexpectedly become my sketch/study page.  This is a process I use there all the time and I get tons of questions about it during live streams. It’s a very simple process and I’ve put together a video series in the MAP Monthly for September that walks you through it. I even provide the original reference shot in the lesson to follow along with!
 
Also!
 
A new live course is starting on September 14th! Check out LIVE CLASSES above and sign up. Bring a project/skill/portfolio pieces that you need to push your career goals forward!
 
Also Also
 
Back live-streaming regularly on my rainlandstudios instagram and Dlive, Twitch, & Youtube under myartprofessor. I’m also trying to regularly record my demos while teaching my university courses and those are showing up on my instagram for myartprofessor!
 
Thanks for checking in!
 
Best,
Professor Sakievich

19.09.04 15 MAP Monthly Videos Added

Apologies for the deafening silence over the last few months!
 
15 NEW VIDEOS ADDED TODAY
 
Here’s what’s been going on…
Back in May, I started up the MAP Monthly series. At the same moment I completed that initial May chapter I became inundated with so much freelance work, that I could barely breath. For Months. After the beginning of the new year, I divided my efforts between completing this site and creating new portfolio pieces that I then spent about a month sending out to potential clients. That resulted in that flood of work. 
 
That flood put all of my lesson making plans on hold, while I tried to keep up with clients needs. I worked with 5 totally new clients.
 
Three were concept clients for different companies, one was an AR company, and one is a creative studio.
 
Then in June, I interviewed with the famous Ringling College of Art and Design, where I recently accepted a position and moved to Sarasota, Florida. I’m teaching first year foundation courses, which really are my most favorite subjects.
 
Now What?
Due to the recent threat of Hurricane Dorian, the Labor Day weekend, and that my schedule has settled with the new semester of courses, I had some time to sit down and complete the series of “shorter” MAP Monthly lessons. And I’m all CAUGHT UP!
 
I actually didn’t intend to make so many videos, but as I went through each one, it just made sense. So, there they are.
 
Next up is September and then onto the practical demo lessons for the 2 Point Perspective Course. The next courses are also in a state of planning once that is complete.
 
It’s so great to be back making this content. I hope you enjoy it. I also enabled comments on the MAP Monthly pages. I’d love your feedback on those along with requests for future topics. I think I’m gonna take things outside for September, but we’ll see.
 
Also!
 
A new live course is starting on September 14th! Check out LIVE CLASSES above and sign up. Bring a project/skill/portfolio pieces that you need to push your career forward!
 
Also Also
 
Back live-streaming regulary on my rainlandstudios instagram and Dlive under myartprofessor.
 
Thanks for checking in!
 
Best,
Professor Sakievich

19.05.06. MAP Monthly & More Lessons

First off, Thanks again to everyone that follows the news here! Behold my grumpy fish!
 
9 New Videos Added Today!
 
The Practical Follow Along Project for 1 Point Perspective
First of all, I added in 4 more lessons to the practical follow along project for 1 Point Perspective! These will help you work with circles and ellipses, cones and arches as you add them on to the house! I also added the relevant follow along lessons to the free sample course(3 of them)!
 
MAP Monthly
MAP (My Art Professor) Monthly is a new monthly tutorial series available by a separate subscription, but is ALSO included at no extra cost with the lesson subscriptions! Current (and Future) subscribers should already see it in their Courses List! Each month, I’ll make a new lesson that’s about a specific subject related to popular instagram posts, frequently asked topics from subscribers or from my live-streams, or about a some narrow process or subject that doesn’t fit easily with other lessons.
 
The first one is about the watercolor, ink and gouache concepting silhouettes I make using organic randomized remixes of shapes and patterns I reference from real things or make up out of thin air based on the happy accidents available to the materials. There are five videos in total, along with hi-res scans of the silhouettes, and links to the materials.
 
Best,
Professor Sakievich

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