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The Art of Daniel Gerhartz

Daniel Gerhartz is a traditional fine arts painter of landscapes,people. and animals. I really like the way he applies the lighting to his subject matter, whatever it may be. Enough from me take a look at his work on his website Daniel and see for yourself.


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Don’t Bother With Art School

I never went to art school myself, so the following is conjecture on my part from what I have learned by reading other artists blogs, specifically watching the interview on with Noah Bradley. After all my research I have decided art school is not worth the aggravation, or waste of money. Read the rest of the article, and think about what I have to say, but do your own research before making your final decision.

If you do decide to go to art school you will be paying a hefty sum in tuition, …

“Tuition Rates for Art Schools

When it comes down to it, it’s pretty difficult to find an affordable option for art school. Most four-year art degrees come with hefty price tags. In fact, a report by the U.S. Department of Education confirms that several of the 25 most expensive schools are art schools, including:

Why is Art School So Expensive?

Although the schools listed above are the most expensive art schools, many other art programs have similarly high tuition rates. However, in addition to paying upwards of $30,000 a year for tuition, prospective art students also have to consider the other fees they’ll have to pay if they get into one of these schools.

Take Pratt Institute, for example. This private art college in Brooklyn outlines how much students have to pay in addition to their tuition. Here’s the breakdown of art school fees:

  • Academic/Activity Fees: $950
  • Technology Fee: $530
  • Room/Board: $11,600
  • Books/Supples: $3,000
  • Local Transportation: $1,200
  • Personal: $1,800
  • Health Services: $330
  • TOTAL: $19,410

That’s right — students at Pratt Institute pay nearly $20,000 in fees ON TOP of their tuition. That’s twice the cost of tuition at some state schools. With the cost of fees and tuition combined, the average net cost of attending art school is $42,000. It’s critical that students take these additional fees into consideration when they think about how they’re going to finance an art education.” (read full article)

… , and you will have to get a loan to afford it. you must ask yourself “Is it worth that much sacrifice for such little gain?”, even if you learn a lot, still you must ask yourself “Is it worth it?” In this modern age there are many alternatives for learning art on the internet with sites including YouTube, CG Cookie, Ctrl+Paint, Feng Zhu Design, Proko, etc…the list could go on for pages. Albeit not all of them are free, they are still vastly more affordable than the cheapest art school.You can also learn how to create art from books, either by buying them or borrowing them from the local library. This option my seem outdated, but you learn just as much if not more as you would online because there are fewer distractions.  It is just you and your learning materials.

The best part about both of these options is they can be completed in the ease, and comfort of your home. You can complete them at your own rate without being pressured by others, or stressed by other outside distractions. The only option actually requiring you to venture out is borrowing books from the local library, other than that relax at home and enjoy your learning experience!


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The Art of Life

Life consists of a multitude of choices and depending on the choices you make ( and unforseen occurrences) it will lead you down many paths. Including some that you might not have expected or wanted, requiring you to adapt to the situation at hand. As the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”

For instance, I have an Associates in Science Degree for Mechanical Drafting; although to date I have not been able to acquire a job in this field. As a result of this unexpected outcome ( natural and spontaneous change ) my career has gone down a completely different path. It has forced me to turn my artistic skills ( which I learned from my mother, high school art teacher, books, and the Internet ) into a career. I have also been able to use skills that I learned from my time in school to my advantage. Such as how to represent objects in three-dimensional space with CAD ( computer aided drafting ) software, thus increasing my spatial awareness helping me to better envision the objects I draw.This knowledge also made it quite a bit easier for me to learn Blender, and Inkscape.

I will end with a bit of advice:

Due to unforseen occurrences my career has taken a different path than I envisioned.  the skills I learned were not used in the way, or at the time I had planned. That does not mean the time I spent attaining my degree was wasted .It is quite the opposite, it actually helped my art career.You should continue learning everything you can, whenever you can to enlarge your mental library. The mere knowledge you acquire the more you have to draw on when completing any, in this case creative, task.

Talking about education here are a few sources I use:

  1. Proko
  2. Alphonso Dunn
  3. Feng Zhu
  4. Ctrl+Paint
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The Digital Painting Debate

Muga_Graphics_TabletFor a while now I have been studying various online sources to develop my artistic repertoire, and I have been seeing a lot of information about digital painting. That is something I have never paid much attention to, at one point (six years ago) I did purchase a Bamboo pen tablet but I only used it once. After watching a few tutorials from Feng Zhu, and Ctrl+Paint. Now I think I could really get into it, but first I will have to do a little more research before I make my final decision.

Audience Participation

If there is anybody out there who does digital painting, could you please share with the class, what pen tablet, and program(s) you use, your computer set up, or anything else relevant to the conversation you wish to add.

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Drawing Style

I have drawn since I was able to hold a pencil. So I know how to draw pretty well,that is not the problem, the problem lies in finding my drawing style. Well I guess it is not a problem, but more a stumbling block for me, In the end finding your drawing style is something that developes with time, and experience, or so I have been told. I may not have found my style yet, but I know which heading to take. That style is showcased brilliantly in both Borderlands, and Darksiders. Here are some examples.

What is your advice on finding ones drawing style?