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I've been a huge fan of ProkoTV's figure drawing videos on YouTube ever since I first watched his amazingly helpful "Draw a Head at Any Angle" tutorial, which I still look back on for reference to this day!

For those who don't know him, ProkoTV is hosted by artist, Stan Prokopenko, a talented portrait artist who teaches at the Watts Atelier of the Arts

I enjoy the way Stan's videos appeal to my visually-minded nature with comparative examples and his very lighthearted and entertaining teaching style.  Rather than focus on the science of anatomy, his videos teach how to break the body down into simple shapes and emphasize expression over 'correctness'.  If you've read Michael Hampton's Figure Drawing: Design and Invention, Stan's methods are very similar. 


Lately, all of my portfolio reviewers have pointed to the same thing that keeps holding my work back - anatomy.  Sure, I know how to draw a human figure, for the most part.  But my anatomy is missing that special something, that secret ingredient! 

I notice that when I start adding detail, some of the energy and life drains right out of my figures.  My rendition of the joints of the figure also lack definition and understanding, leaving my figures feeling too smooth and ultimately unconvincing.

You might be asking why would someone who's not a beginner want to purchase a 'fundamentals' course?  Now, I've read and looked at many an anatomy book in my day in college and for my own study, but I find that I just can't remember anatomy.  No amount of drawing the skeleton and muscles and labeling the parts really helps me retain how to draw the figure. 

My brain needs spatial geometric understanding and hands on training (being the kinesthestic learner that I am), which makes the structure of Proko's course appealing with its simplistic approach and many, many extra examples for tactile learners like me.  Also, as an artist, I am never done learning.  There is too much to know about anatomy to ever be done learning!

And so it was I decided to invest in Stan's Figure Drawing Fundamentals course for $79, including two pose photo packs (one male and one female) at $10 a piece (spending a total of $100).  These packs are a great value considering they include 300 poses in each one.  The poses are very well-lit and professionally photographed.  Once purchased, the pose pack download page includes a convenient link for you to download your choice of a .zip containing high res or lower res versions of the photos, for those of us studying with tablets which benefit from smaller file sizes.



Though Stan offers his figure drawing videos for free on YouTube, his course includes the longer premium content versions of his lessons.  For example, his first lesson on gesture is only 9 minutes for the free version, while the premium content version is 27 minutes.

Here's a look at the download page for just ONE of the lessons (of which you an view the full lesson list here).  I am impressed by the sheer amount of demos available to help students wrap their brain around how to apply the technique to various poses.


Also included are critiques of student homework, which is useful for learning not only what is correct, but what is incorrect along with the common mistakes that most people make in their figure drawing techniques.  As icing on the cake, Proko also brings in other experts, such as Marshall Vandruff and Glenn Vilpuu.

Under each video is a download link, allowing you to store the videos for your own reference or carry them with you for study on the go.  This is priceless and encourages me to invest knowing that even if for some terrible reason Stan's site goes down that I will still have access to my lessons.  Once you pay for premium content, you are granted unlimited access to your poses and lessons for the foreseeable future.

I've only just started this course and am looking forward to seeing how this affects my work!  I'll be sharing my progress and studies here with you, as well as a follow-up review of the overall course when I am finished with it.  So far, I am very impressed by the thought and care put into providing such well-priced and detailed learning resources for artists and I expect to learn a lot from this course!

Till then, go watch some ProkoTV and tell me what you think!

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AngelaSasser
Angela R. Sasser
Artist | Professional | Varied
United States
Currently based out of Atlanta, I grew up in a multicultural family and spent much of my life traveling as a military brat. It was overseas in Germany at a young age that I fell in love with my first taste of fantasy in the collected stories of the Grimms Brothers and Hans Christian Andersen.

I grew up with the dream that one day I might be able to follow in their footsteps and tell stories to awe and terrify future generations, to capture that sense of danger, triumph, and hidden magic.

I’ve earned three degrees, a BA in English, a BA in Studio Art, and an MA in Arts Administration. I could never choose between my love of writing, of illustration, and for helping other artists.

Nowadays, my art instruction book, Angelic Visions, is out on the shelves of a bookstore near you!
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Red Line and Critique
Red-line-example by AngelaSasser
View the full example image plus its detailed critique here.

I will use an image provided by the client to create a detailed critique in the form of a red lined image meant to aid in improving the work with the concerns of the client in mind. A detailed image and descriptive text critique will be provided.

You will receive:

- A .psd file featuring a layer with your original image plus a redline with suggested corrections using corrective line drawing.

- A full write-up detailing each element which was critiqued and suggestions for improvement.

* Note: If you intend to include a red line I have done in your paintings as a direct base, I request that you credit me in the description of your work. This is optional, but appreciated!
Detailed Paint Over and Critique
Paint-over by AngelaSasser
View the full image with its detailed critique here.

I will use an image provided by the client to create a detailed critique in the form of a paint over meant to aid in improving the image with the concerns of the client in mind. A detailed image and descriptive text critique will be provided.

You will receive:

- A .psd file featuring a layer with your paint over plus any layer masks, adjustment layers, etc. which were used in your critique.

- A full write-up detailing each element which was critiqued and suggestions for improvement plus links to resources which I believe might aid your future work.

* Note: If you intend to include a paint over I have done in your paintings as a direct base, I request that you credit me in the description of your work. This is optional, but appreciated!

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:iconroseprincess1:
Darlin! BIG favor! could you come take a peek at the one i just up loaded! i would LOVE your opinion! 
if you can i mean. 
thanks !
RP 
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AngelaSasser Apr 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
You know I'm always a fan of touching couples portraits. There's always an engaging narrative that forms when we see two characters together in such an intimate way!  Very bold of you to try it too!  All the better that it's mermaids.:D

Unfortunately, I can't go much more in-depth than that due to time, but if you would like more personalized, in-depth critique, I do offer that here via dA's commission front here:
www.deviantart.com/commissions…

Keep on going! You're on to some really amazing themes and narratives and those are *always* the best things to develop first as an artist.
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:iconroseprincess1:
thanks.. no i understand I just really wanted a professionals opinion even if its just a couple of words! thanks so much ::HUGS::!! that means a ton! 
thans for cluing me into the link too!!
thanks again!
and t hank you.. i will ::HUGS again:: 
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AngelaSasser Apr 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
You're welcome. Best luck!  :hug:
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Stephanie-Chivas Mar 15, 2014  Student General Artist
Thought you might like to see my finished piece. It's soooo long overdue but I thank you very much for the redline so long ago. I really doubt I would have even started painting this if you didn't help me out :) stephanie-chivas.deviantart.co…
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