Painting Responsibly at Tevakanui | ULOG #TWENTYFIVE

Last weekend I was asked to do a Painting event at Tevakanui Dance Studio. This is the first time I have ever tried doing something like this.  When I have taught in the past, the classes were pretty small.

The purpose of the event was to raise money for costumes for the upcoming Tahitian and Hula performances of the children.  My kids train here at this school.

I attended one of these things at Town Square so I could get an idea of how to do this. I'm the only artist/painter dad out of all the kids and I got volunteered to teach. It didn't seem so hard at Town Square. I figured I could manage.

This was surprisingly fun.  It's a big change of pace to teach people who are there to have fun.

Lots of people came out, many who I had never met.

It was cool, to teach to people who were there to paint and enjoy themselves, not stress out over their grades.

It made me happy to see so many smiling faces. It's been a while since I've seen that in person.  Since I've been teaching online these past few years, I never get to see how happy or how miserable I make my students in person.

There were also people who were concentrating deeply on their painting.

Even the kids had fun.

There was also a bunch of food for sale in the lobby.

I didn't get a chance to eat much because I was busy talking and painting.

Luckily my wife got me some Butter Mochi and Banana Bread to take home.

Lots of sweets, but I was hungry for kahlua pork. Maybe next time.

My son took all these pictures and video.  I'd show the video, but it's shaky as hell.

This was hard on my legs to stand for so long.  Next time I will run the event for a shorter period. I probably ought to do some sit-ups.

I brought my Dad and my wife and they really got into it.

No one was clowning around.  Everyone was super serious and had a good time.  It might have run a bit long for the kids. I will run the next event shorter for them.

My Dad's painting turned out pretty well.

I stuck the Iron Giant in my demo painting.

The easels were great. Easy to set up and break down.

That's my painting on the left, that Keahi is holding his painting on the right. Paintings seem to turn out better when you're enjoying yourself.

Great fun for all.  Looking forward to the next event which should be coming up soon!

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Repost - Please Ignore | ULOG #TWENTYFOUR

I'm just reposting this video for my students on the process of dealing with client changes. Apologies if you have seen it before.

I'll be posting more videos, screencaps and tutorials.

I have a bunch of videos recorded, but not edited yet. I need to get going on these.

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Digital vs. Traditional: My Experience Part 2 | ULOG #TWENTYTHREE

This was my 'breakthrough' in digital painting.  It may not seem like much, but this 'clicked' something in my brain. This was the first painting I did where I was able to get over my fear of working completely digitally.  I painted this as one of my pages for that children's book job. About 15 years ago.

This was my next breakthrough.  That first one loosened me up.  I did the initial sketch in my little Moleskin as tiny drawing, about 3"x 5" inches.  I scanned it and started coloring it in ArtRage.  It went by super quickly for me.

ArtRage was the program that kind of started me thinking about changing up my process.

In fact, my life drawing in tradtional materials improved.  This was a quick demo for a student where I sat and drew for him as I explained while I was drawing.  This maybe took a minute.  It went quickly for me because the thought of making mistakes never entered my mind while I was showing someone something.

When you are trying to teach a child how to make a free throw in basketball, do you think about missing the shot yourself? No, you keep taking the shot until you miss less and less.  You can feel when you're going to miss when the ball leaves your hand.  When you draw, it's the same way. Don't think about missing. Think about making the shot.

This was the old way.  The ideas behind it still work but it can get tedious and time consuming and messy. However strong the foundation is, it became a drag and not fun.

I discovered that I was having more fun, playing in class doing demos for my students.

ArtRage really opened the conceptual door for me to start playing and having fun. It was like I had a huge mental breakthrough.

The software was so easy that I felt like the interface was not in my way.  It was like I didn't have to learn anything new.

This image below on the left was a quick scribble scribble to get students to understand how to think about gesture. I think I used the marker tool on a textured paper.

The image on the right was just me switching tools. Here I'm using the palette knife.

The drawing on the left took about 5 seconds to do.  The drawing on the left was like about 2 minutes.

I wanted my students to understand how fast and free you could be painting digitally. So many of them were uptight.  It didn't matter if they were working with charcoal on newsprint or on a Wacom Tablet. The point was was to just get over yourself and abandon your fear.

Fear, as much as if not more than anything else, will stop you from becoming better. When you can relax enough to play, that is when you start to grow.

All of this, is just me purging my old stuff. I feel like I have to get all of it out there, out of my system before I can proceed with new stuff.

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