Have you ever wanted to become an artist, a real pro, but never had access to any structure whatsoever? So do I.
I spend years self-learning trying to improve my drawing and painting skills, but I always felt like I was missing something. A proper training, a structured environment was something I was longing for, but couldn’t have.
After trying several online resources, including Youtube and other sites I won’t mention here, I was a bit discouraged, starting to think I would have never found anything that could really fit me.
For a mere coincidence, in August 2016 I came across Proko, a site that I still visit and learn from, ran by the awesome artist Stan Prokopenko. I soon discovered he had studied in South California at the Watts Atelier of the Arts. That was cool, but I would have never been able to move to SoCal from my country. I visited the Watts site, and learned with enthusiasm that they had an online program.
It was (is) quite expensive, $99 for the drawing-only path, but it was like a Godsend to me. I quickly scrubbed through the course previews, watched Jeff Watts’ orientation video and realized that was exactly for I had been looking for since years.
If you are serious about art, I strongly recommend that you watch Jeff’s video, as it’s very enlightening on the possibilities on has, and the effort required to get the skills that will take you to a proficient level.
I have spent 200 days on the Watts Atelier Online Program at the time of this recording, and I didn’t regret my decision a single time. It’s simply the best one I have ever made in my life, and I hope this post will be helpful to anyone looking for unparalleled quality in training, to start their own journey at Watts. (And no, in case you are wondering, they are not paying me :D)
While the way they handle the site could be improved, the quality of each lesson is unquestionable, and if you are seriously willing to improve, you will.
I met great people over there already, and I can’t wait to get more and more into advanced lessons, as frustration never is a good deal breaker because of how well we encourage each other.