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New Master Academy Course Order/ Learning Path

I’ve decided to brush up on some skills, and so have joined the New Master Academy website. Unfortunately since its self-paced they haven’t really defined an ideal course structure.

Choppa790 on Reddit came up with this guide mostly, so a lot of credit goes to him. I’ve made a few edits to update an old post (it was 4 years old by 2020).

This isn’t a comprehensive list either. There are many courses on the site, such as sketchbook training and tips, that I left out. I tried to focus more on the “foundational” concepts such as constructing scenes and less on rendering said scenes. Also note that some courses borrow lessons from multiple instructors, so you may find repeated lessons.

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How long do you spend actively painting on each artwork?

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Art instructors encourage you to paint as many pieces of artwork as possible, claiming it will greatly improve your skills. This is true, to a degree. It depends on whether you are actively practicing new skills or just repeating the same mistakes. This post explains how I drastically improved my art by not following the trend of “paint as much as possible”.

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Common Costs of Building A Website

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A website isn’t free, but they aren’t outrageous expensive either. Depending upon the amount of products you sell, or if you just want a website to showcase your work, it may even be cheaper to host your own website than using an online online marketplace. Thankfully there are both free and paid services that let you set up a running website fast and cheaply.

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ArtistCommunity April Challenge

Red Panda Painting by Kat Skinner

This month’s art challenge was to paint a red panda to help raise awareness for the plight of the cute animal. Sometimes, as individuals, we find a cause to work towards that drives us above and beyond. This is especially true for many artists, as we have to so often connect with our emotional sides to be creative. If you haven’t found your own cause, there are plenty that need an extra voice; such as the conservation efforts of red pandas.

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Starting The Elephant Commission

Work In Progress Photo of Elephant Commission, by Kat Skinner

I’m working on this gorgeous photo of two elephants, for a custom commission. This is by far my largest artwork I have worked on to date. Most of my work is so detailed and time-consuming that I tend to paint smaller sized paintings (max 30x40cm – 12x16in). Whilst this artwork is far from finished, I thought it would be worth while to share some in-progress photos.

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Why Artists Need To Have A Website

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A website can be a great idea for any artist looking to improve their professional image, provide additional income streams and to showcase their artwork in general. In this article I will cover the pros and cons of owning a website.

Did you know, this post is the first of several – all of which explore artists and their need for websites!

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