Hello to all those thinking about Chris Oatley's Painting Drama , whether you think the course may or may not be for you or if you just teetering on the fence, I thought I would share a little of my Painting Drama G4 experience.
'It's not what you think it is!'
Surprisingly you may notice my site doesn't have much in the way of 'Painting', I think the main thing that Painting Drama has hammered home for me is I'm not a painter, I love story and visual storytelling but not so much the stroke of the digital paintbrush.
However if you find yourself like I did thinking 'I have a passion for drawing, I love lines and the rough expression of a sketch, but I have no idea about composition nor do I have a favourite fine artist....' Then apply!
Apply because it will honestly change the way you create all forms of art, if you think yourself 'just' a drawer then it will help you so much. I approach my work differently, I create personal artwork differently and I have a genuine appreciation and understanding of the masters of old. Finally after a lifetime of art school one man has broken down composition and painting, so much, that I now understand what all those old painted eyes staring at me are trying to say and its fascinating! It has even transferred over to the way I write, think about and construct story.
Now to the course, it's got its moments (lol yeah 'that' week!). It's full on (you will see that in the application process) it's a lot of work, Chris is supportive, honest and loves a rant (which are amazing!), you will laugh, cry then hysterical crylaugh with your classmates. With out sounding cryptic it was nothing like I expected it to be, but it was jam packed with information I needed, information that leaves you wondering 'Why does no one teach you this at school??'. Also if you can get to the hangouts (being in the UK I was in nobodies time zone so found it difficult at times) do! Your classmates are amazing and they are invaluable. The course is worth it for those people alone.
In short, would I recommend Painting Drama? Yes
Would I do it all over again? Yes
Do I think you should apply? YES!
Good luck PD G5!