I’ve started taking Chris Oatley’s Magic Box course online. It’s a go at your own pace digital painting course, and I’m really liking it so far! It’s challenging me to draw things I normally wouldn’t, and I’m learning a lot of new techniques already.

My first assignment is ‘Fancy Animals’. We are taking an old portrait painting and combining it with an animal of our choosing to practice atmospheric lighting and color comps. I’m still in the first stages of the assignment. I’ve done my study sketches, and taken a first stab at making the drawing I’d like to eventually be painting. I’ll be posting in the forums for the class to get critique and keep updating along the way to show progress! Enjoy Professor Tuffleton, Fancy Shih Tzu.

~JC

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