Thursday, 26 June 2014

Top 10 Questions (and Answers)

I've received a ton of questions about the Academy this last week.

In order of most popular, here are the top questions and answers...


    Q10. How does the Watercolour Academy differ from Watercolour Secrets?
    A. It's completely different. Watercolour Secrets only covered landscapes. Watercolour Secrets had no exercises and no community support (more on that below). And in Watercolour Secrets I wasn't able cover  the breadth of foundation techniques that we're able to demonstrate in academy lessons - such as colour mixing, strength of paint and timing.

    Even the Landscape Module in the new Academy is completely different to Watercolour Secrets with brand new, high-definition content.

    CLICK HERE to see a full list of the lessons in the Academy >>>


    Q9. Can I take just one Module from the Academy or do I have to take them all?
    A. We've designed the Academy so that Modules build on top of each other. In other words, there are techniques you'll learn in, say, the Landscapes Module that will benefit you going into the Portraits Module. In you're a newcomer, and you jump straight into Animals, Figures or Portraits, you might struggle.

    Having said that, it's entirely up to you how many Modules you take and in which order.

    I strongly recommend you always start with the Foundations Module first but you could then jump to any other Module you like.


    Q8. When is the Academy going to be available?
    The Academy goes live next Tuesday (1st July). I'll be sending a link to enrol as soon as it goes live, but only to people on the Priority Notification List. If you're reading this, it probably means you're on the list already.


    Q7. What are the exercises and download files?
    When you watch an instructional video or live demo (whether it's art or anything else), you only take in a certain amount of the information. The Watercolour Academy uses short, fun exercises that you complete after watching videos that helps make the techniques really sink in!

    It's no good just copying full pictures all the time (which is what most DVDs get you to do). If you want to create beautiful watercolours that delight you, you need to practice the building blocks and our exercises get you doing that.   


    Q6. What is the support community you've spoken about?
    We've set up a Watercolour Group and Gallery where you can ask questions and share your progress through the Academy. You'll be able to see the progress of others too and it's a great way stay motivated. I personally visit the group on an almost daily basis, and if I'm not around to answer your questions personally, another member of the community will be.  


    Q5. What is the Certification program you mentioned?
    When you complete all the exercises in a single Module, you can apply for an eCertificate of Completion. These are not to easy to achieve but you'll have bags of fun along the way and it will bring a real sense of achievement.

    If you go on to complete all the Modules in the Watercolour Academy, we'll send you a Certificate of Mastery in the mail and add you to our Hall of Fame.

      

    Q4. Is there a set schedule for taking Modules and lessons?
    When you enrol, you get access to every lesson from day 1 and ultimately it's up to you in what order you take the lessons. However, we've created them in a very specific order that will help you improve as much and as fast as possible.

    I strongly recommend you follow the lesson order we've set out but you don't have to watch one lesson to 'unlock' another.


    Q3. Do you cover Acrylic and Oil painting as well?
    We are in the process of creating Academies for Oils, Acrylics, Pastels and Colour Pencils. I'm going to offer a huge bonus to anyone that enrols on the Watercolour Academy next Tuesday... you'll get access to every other Academy when we release them in future.


    Q2. How do I enrol on the Academy?
    I'm going to send you a link on Tuesday (1st July) to enrol. We'll only be taking a limited number of students this time to make sure we don't over-stress the website, but because you're on our Priority Notification list you'll be at the front of the queue, so to speak.


    Q1. How much will the Academy cost?
    We've priced the Academy so that almost anyone can afford to enrol. To get 24/7 access to every Module and every lesson, all the exercises, the certification program, the community group and free access to other Academies as we release them (Acrylics, Oils, Pastels and Colour Pencils) is just $14.95 (about £9.00) per month...

    There are no minimum subscription periods - you can join for one month and then cancel if you want to. You could can easily complete 1 or 2 Modules in a month (more if you have spare time). And here's the best part...

    You can join, leave and then rejoin as often as you like, with just a few clicks of your mouse. AND your progress and content will be waiting for you when you get back.

    This puts YOU firmly in control so that you can complete Modules in those months you have more free time.


    Questions not answered?
    Please leave your comments below and I'll do my best to answer each one.

    Tuesday, 24 June 2014

    How To Photograph Your Pet


    Here's a quick lesson from the Animals Module.

    Glynis covers some tips for photographing your pet and working from photos of other people's pets.

    In this Module, she paints 8 animals in full:


    • Springer spaniel
    • Tabby cat
    • White horse
    • Chimpanzee
    • Golden eagle
    • Rhinoceros
    • Panda bear
    • Bengali tiger




    ENROLLING IN THE NEW WATERCOLOUR ACADEMY

    These lessons are just a small taster from our brand new Watercolour Academy. If you'd like to see the full lesson list and get more details, add your name to my Prioirty Notification list below. You're NOT committing to anything - you're just requesting a bit fo extra info...

    Priority Notification List:

    * indicates required



    How to mix skin tones in watercolour

    When you can paint portraits in watercolour, you can paint anything, in any medium.

    We all know that painting a portrait is tough. But is also immensely rewarding! Nothing will give the same sense of pride and accomplishment as painting the face of a friend of family member… that looks like your friend or family member!

    Take a look at these images for a moment:

















    I’m sure you’ll agree that these are visually stunning pieces. You’d love to be able to paint like that, who wouldn’t!

    But answering honestly, do you think that level is beyond you?  Do you think it takes years and years of dedicated practice?

    Well, you’ll be shocked when you see how even the most complex paintings come down to smile, repeatable steps. Steps that you absolutely can replicate.

    Sure, you’ll need to practice the exercises we give you, but the process of seeing real, measurable improvement in yourself is so much fun!

    In my next email, I’ll answer the questions I’ve been sent (including what day the Watercolour Academy is launching). For now, here’s a skin tones video from the Figures Module:





    CLICK HERE to see the full list of Watercolour Academy lessons >>


    Best wishes,

    Bob.
    P.s. I promised a lesson from the Animals Module too. Here's one of the first lessons that talks about photographing your pet for a painted portrait.



    Eye-Popping Watercolour Florals Made Easy

    Firstly, thanks for all the comments on the blog. I've tried to acknowledge every one but there's hundreds and I'm struggling to keep up.

    If you have a specific question, it's still not too late email me using my private email address (don’t reply to this email as the reply-address isn't monitored):

    questions-for-bob@paintboxartmedia.com  

    Today’s lesson comes from our Floral Module. It's just one of about 35 lessons...




    (Actual images that you'll learn to paint in the Watercolour Academy)

    I think there are more techniques and tips packed into this Module than any other. Even if florals isn’t your thing, the range of experimental techniques Si├ón, your Module tutor, reveals is truly staggering!

    Here’s a video lesson from the Floral Elements section of the Module. She’ll walks you through 6 interesting methods for painting leaves and stems:




    REFERENCE MATERIAL
    (RIGHT click the links and choose 'save target as' or 'save link as' from the pop up menu) 



    ENROLLING IN THE NEW WATERCOLOUR ACADEMY

    These lessons are just a small taster from our brand new Watercolour Academy. If you'd like to see the full lesson list and get more details, add your name to my Prioirty Notification list below. You're NOT committing to anything - you're just requesting a bit fo extra info...

    Priority Notification List:

    * indicates required





    The final taster lesson tomorrow comes from the Figure & Portraits Module. I’ll also try and squeeze a lesson from the Animals & Pets Module, maybe something on how to photograph your pet.

    Very best wishes,

    Bob.
    P.s. don't forget to leave a comment below...

    Monday, 23 June 2014

    How to Paint a Ripe, Juicy Apple


    Would like to learn how to paint still life images like these in watercolour?


    (Actual images you'll learn to paint in the Module)

    In the still life Module, you’ll start off by painting simple objects like an apple and tomato, and gradually build up to metal jugs and water in a glass.

    The lesson below is taken from near the start of the Module and shows you how to paint a simple 2-colour apple.


    QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

    I’ve started receiving a number of questions about the Watercolour Academy. You’ll probably have a few of your own...

    I’ve set up a special email address that comes through to me personally that you can send your questions to. I won’t be able to reply individually, but I will read every single one. I’ll then write an ‘Answer’ email addressing the most common questions.

    Here’s my private email address…

    questions-for-bob@paintboxartmedia.com


    On to the freebie lesson…





    ENROLLING IN THE NEW WATERCOLOUR ACADEMY

    These lessons are just a small taster from our brand new Watercolour Academy. If you'd like to see the full lesson list and get more details, add your name to my Prioirty Notification list below. You're NOT committing to anything - you're just requesting a bit fo extra info...

    Priority Notification List:

    * indicates required





    Tomorrow, I’ll publish a lesson from the florals Module.


    Best wishes,

    Bob.
    P.s. keep those comments coming below!

    Saturday, 21 June 2014

    How to Paint 3 Landscape Buildings in Watercolour

    Here’s one of the lessons from Module 2 (Landscapes) of the Watercolour Academy.

    I chose Rob Dudley to teach the Landscapes course because he’s one the best watercolorists I’ve met and, in my opinion, the best art instructor on YouTube.  

    The lesson below is 1 of 39 lessons in the Landscapes Module. Every lesson is completely different from my Watercolour Secrets course but it has the same step-by-step structure.  More importantly…

    Each lesson comes with a downloadable exercise and reference photos so that you know exactly how to apply what you learn. This module is the reason why I took Watercolour Secrets off the market last month.

    (Actual images that you'll learn to paint in the Watercolour Academy)



    REFERENCE MATERIAL
    (RIGHT click the links and choose 'save target as' or 'save link as' from the pop up menu) 



    ENROLLING IN THE NEW WATERCOLOUR ACADEMY

    These lessons are just a small taster from our brand new Watercolour Academy. If you'd like to see the full lesson list and get more details, add your name to my Prioirty Notification list below. You're NOT committing to anything - you're just requesting a bit fo extra info...

    Priority Notification List:

    * indicates required





    Tomorrow, I’m going to send you details of Module 3 from the Academy.  Module 3 covers still life.

    Best wishes,

    Bob.
    P.s. if you get chance leave a comment below. I try to check them regularly...