Learning Schedule: Content Index

My intent here is to deconstruct PAINTING, artistic DESIGN, and perhaps also DRAWING, reporting my learning process. I go for the self-taught way, based on resources that I find here and there.

The order of the content is based on my own interest, which right now is learning painting and the use of color with photoshop. I have been drawing all my life, and I love it. It transports me to another dimension where everything is possible. If you want to check what I’ve done in the past: here. But, at this point I am not satisfied with my current level, and I want to power up. My goal is to find the minimum resistance way to improve my skills to a level which makes me happy. What would be that level? For the moment, I’d like to be able to make stuff at the level of these guys:


If I could do stuff like that, I’d be happy enough (all are pros).

How will I do it?

After reviewing some basic material, I devised a simple table of contents, and exercises to help me improve. Next table may change with time and experience.

1. VALUE contrast

2. SATURATION contrast

3. V(alue)+S(aturation)

4. “EVERYTHING IS A MIRROR”, and basics of light
– Specular light/shadow
– Diffuse light/shadow
– “Ground light”
– Kinks and Borders

5. Value/Saturation–based LIGHTNING


7. V+S+H(ue)

8. NCS (Natural Color System)


9. THE FUTURE. Here, I may add additional sections about DESIGN. This is still quite far away, so I’ll leave it cloudy for the time being. If I ever complete the previous sections, we’ll then unlock this part 😉 Yes, we unlock it, exactly like a new level in a videogame. Same goes for DRAWING.

This index should be overtime expanded to include the exercises and experiments that I complete.

There are some rules that I’ll try to stick to:

  • One: Focus on one thing at a time, removing as much as possible every extra that adds complexity.
  • Two: Build on top of previous knowledge.
  • Three: Use the Minimum Effective Dose (do the minimum that yields the maximum results). I hate to do more work than necessary.
  • Four: Do small simple things. I don’t like complications. And I am impatient: I want results fast.

Finally, why do I document it? Two reasons:

  • Obviously, to measure and log my advance.
  • Secondly to, with time, create content that may be helpful for others.
  • Bonus reason: To create fruitful relationships with you people (and of course to have fun).

WARNING: For the time being I’m gonna be using photoshop. No traditional painting!


Posted on January 7, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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