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Hello everyone, my apologies for this extremely LONG absence of updates. I'm in my last months of school, so that's what's been keeping me away and unable to keep up with the group for the time being and the past year+. I graduate in March, so I aim to open the first new semester in the summer of 2015! :D

But in the mean time I have some unbelievably AWESOME resources for you. This is not thanks to me though, it is thanks to the very gracious :icontheotherkilroy: who contacted me.

Please know that becoming a stronger artist comes from building resources, applying what you learn from those resources, and constant practice. This practice includes quite often leaving your comfort zone. Through practice and using the resources you find you build up your visual library. You can have a visual library where you keep stock resources for drawing reference or maybe a folder filled with helpful tutorials you found on DA or elsewhere on the internet, but your visual library is the one you have in your head, that from time to time and more often in the future you can tap into without using picture reference on your computer and apply to your artwork.

I have been told many times from my teachers at my university [in regards to the strongest method of building your visual library], you gain a visual library THROUGH LIVING. Go places, do things, with friends OR alone, and experience life. You can become an artist sitting in a dark room and drawing all your life, but only through the process of actually LIVING and EXPERIENCING the world around you can you create art worth experiencing, that is tangible and relatable for the audience who views it. No matter your subject or the message you're trying to get across, being human and living, loving, experiencing the full spectrum of emotions that are wonderful and terrible, is how you learn to be an artist.

My tangent aside XD - Here are some incredible resources for artists:

Remember not all tutorials are 100% correct, but they are a great starting point. Find what works for you.

Tutorial Master Post: norisus.tumblr.com/post/413105…

Wrist Health Links [found at bottom of above link, but so important to artists I'm putting them here as well]: susiron.tumblr.com/post/595612… susiron.tumblr.com/post/561753… susiron.tumblr.com/post/772464… susiron.tumblr.com/post/672992…

Artists Toolbox Tumblr: artiststoolbox.tumblr.com/

Figure & Gesture Drawing Tool: artists.pixelovely.com/

More Helpful Links from :icontheotherkilroy:: theotherkilroy.deviantart.com/…

Thanks for your time,
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Jiratai Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I found out I was on a poll here somewhere ;D had no idea, any idea where I can fine which poll~~<3? (I can only find the journals ;; ff)
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DrinkTeaOrDie Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Student Filmographer
Sorry, but if you ever were it would have been a long time ago when there was a different founder so I have no knowledge of or access to this info.

I might be able to find out if we were a super group [by looking at previous polls], but we currently don't have this status. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful. :)
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Jiratai Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I finally found it ;3 I got the wrong group! the name was so similar though, thank you anyway~<3
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DrinkTeaOrDie Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Student Filmographer
Oh haha, got it. :)
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Jiratai Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
scratch that I think I got the wrong group ;; sorry~~
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kurimaki Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Excuse me. I sent you the Teacher Sign-up form by note. You haven't replied yet. Plese reply as soon as you can.
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Law-of-Murph Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This group looks pretty interesting.^^
I'm almost tempted to sign up as a teacher. xD
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DrinkTeaOrDie Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Student Filmographer
Yo certainly can, but it may be some time before a new semester begins. :)
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Law-of-Murph Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, cool.^^
A couple questions, though; the things I'd like to teach would be Basic Traditional Media, Anatomy and Fantasy Creatures. Are they still available?
Also, since I'm pretty shy, I'd be a lot more comfortable making a chracater to teach as. Now, would I be able to make this character non-human? As a sort of creature? Such as a cuddly little mouse, perhapse?
Thanks.^^
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DrinkTeaOrDie Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Student Filmographer
I suppose the classes the group will offer will be based on who is interested in teaching what. Technically at this moment in time all classes are available, but in no way am I reserving any teaching positions for anyone at this time.

As far as teaching a class, the process of selecting a teacher will be much harsher. The only way to become a teacher of a class is if you submit a lesson plan, present at least one complete lesson [as an example for judging admins, it can be subject to change for the semester], and clearly show signs of understanding what you want to teach. It's great if someone wants to teach color theory, but if they don't even know what a complimentary color is they definitely can't teach the course.

As far as having an avatar of who you are as a teacher would be acceptable, but that really doesn't take any role in actually teaching. So that'd be something you do for yourself/fun on the side. The group was once attempting to be a role playing group as well as a free online university, but there will be no roleplaying once the new semester starts.
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