I wish I could give here big titles, lots of art shows and things that made me who I am. But, I have to say that my major arts learning have been thanks to my Portraiture teacher ♥ and some spare courses along the way.
A bit of history...
I studied first a whole computer’s programming career. Yes, computers. I love computers. I taught for many years at the university how to make programs. I loved that.
Then life happened and I kinda of ended without that job. Kind of, because I wans’t without a job at all, but for sure I was without the job that gave sense to my life at that point. Just teach how to use the operating system from there on. That’s ok, but wasn’t my passion. My meaning in life.
So, I focused myself and asked the big question “what else do I love as much as computers?” and my heart answered quickly, drawing and making stuff!
So, I entered to the only school related to visual arts in my town, that has a bit of visual arts lessons and lots of other stuff related to school teaching itself, pedagogy, such things.
I did the whole first year of it, and learned lots.
Second year was disappointing for me as lessons stopped being useful for me. But then, I found my mentor in arts, a local artist well known in the community, my Portraits Drawing teacher, and started taking private lessons for 4 years. And that was a key point in learning arts for me.
I not only had all these drawing lessons but I also got to help in my teacher’s atelier, and I did learn lots of things related to art in general.
After some years searching, drawing digitally, finding and learning academic portrait drawing, re finding myself in digital illustration, I’ve found also some online courses that are worth it.
But I do owe most of my progress to my mentor (my eternal gratitude ♥). Learning to draw Portraits (or learning how to draw) make wonders in all your other art areas. You really train your eye and hand in such a big way. Drawing is the key foundation to arts for me.
Online courses and people I do appreciate are Will Kemp (from UK, acrylics mostly, he is amazing painting, has some courses in his own website, and also some in Lynda.com for those that are members)
Lynda.com has been also a nice place, with some good courses in Photoshop for example, even if I took that when I was already using Photoshop for about 10 years, I learned lots of tips anyway.
Aaron Blaise has some other amazing courses in his website that I did, he is well known in the animation industry, has worked for about 20 years with Disney, won many things, famous guy, outstanding artist.
My most recently finding has been the SVS Learn online school, with Will Terry and Jake Parker as their founders, they are illustrators mostly in the children’s illustration area, teaching mostly things you’d need to know if you wanna work on such area. Some nice stuff in there, I already know some of it, but for me is always good to refresh and deepen the knowledge in arts, is a forever learning state, always trying to realize and comprehend a concept and be able to introduce it in your artworks, to make it your own. But even if you are a beginner they teach things from basis things too, so, really a good place to go. Plus, they are fun to hear. I always end up laughing and learning with them, what else I could ask for? haha
A funny picture of the very first portrait I made before taking drawing lessons... she was supposed to be Angeline Jolie. I made it before I went to meet my Portraiture teacher for the very first time, as a way of showing where I was. I must admit I was even a bit proud of it (I'm so sorry Angeline :D I should re make one of you now haha) and the second one, the Salvador Dali, was a portrait I made after 3 years of portraiture drawing lessons.
Thanks God, yes, you can improve haha. So, is not an easy path at all. You will need to breathe in and breathe out, you will have to start over and over again. But let me tell you, you may amaze yourself of what you can achieve in the end. Great places don't have shortcuts to reach them. Right? hard work always pays off. So, Be determined.