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on: April 03, 2012, 10:39:21 PM
Please give me your feedback about what you thought about the class:
1) In general - info given etc. as well as
2) of the format of this class - using the computer graphics to explain the concepts

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Reply #1 on: April 03, 2012, 11:06:58 PM
Hi Nolan,
You're a GREAT teacher!   I never saw how digital art worked before and you seem very skillful using it to your advantage as an instructor.  I sent another post, but it ended up somewhere else re how the chat feature works.  It is my first time doing an on line class of any kind.  I was afraid to touch any button that would cut me off from you!
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Reply #2 on: April 03, 2012, 11:34:51 PM
The class was awesome Nolan. I enjoyed it very much and learned a great deal from it.
The concept of digital manipulations of photos may be a bit daunting to learn and, people may be undecided on what programme and how to use it. Perhaps this could be an idea for Step-By-Step lessons for beginners to 'Digital Photo Manipulations & Digital Art' classes.
I mentioned that I'd taken a Photographic course on the chat box. This was about 10 years ago through BPA in UK. I can tell 'ya now, I learned more from your lesson than the whole of that course! That stands testament to your tutorial Nolan.  :clap:
Thank you for a great class.  :thankyou:
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Reply #3 on: April 03, 2012, 11:41:12 PM
Nolan You did a very good job.  O0 A lot of info. I have no idea how to use photo shop. What is on my computer is Corel paint shop pro x3. It looks confusing. I have messed with it. But not very much success though.
But I still enjoyed the lesson. I will really enjoy the painting lessons though.
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Reply #4 on: April 03, 2012, 11:53:53 PM
  :clap:  :clap: Great class !!  A lot to absorb.  The digital manipulating was awesome. There is a lot of studying to be done on that class by me. I am sure I will go back to itmany times.
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Reply #5 on: April 04, 2012, 12:36:38 AM
 :thankyou: Nolan, as usual your class was enthralling to say the least  :clap:  You were born to teach :smart:
I am not into digital photo manipulation,  but the general idea of rearranging a photograph is for me  an important step into learning to  disregard useless details rendered by a digital camera   :sweat:
Although I have more on my plate than I can handle,  I am booking the six-week course  because you are the best in the business.  Furthermore, I will have my video reference  to handle at my own pace.   ;D 8)

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Reply #6 on: April 04, 2012, 12:43:14 AM
Nolan -

I thought today's class was exceptionally well-presented and your organization superb.  What I found inspiring was that within your topic, you tied many points we've previously learned all together and demonstrated their application.  Your pace and progression was wonderful and your use of the digital software was masterful.  Your ongoing checking in with us makes this a very dynamic "environment" and your easy-going style makes what might be intimidating material seem so digestible.  Thank you for all the time and effort you clearly put into this for our benefit.  It is greatly appreciated.  :thankyou:


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Reply #7 on: April 04, 2012, 01:52:12 AM
Nolan today's class was very informative. Lots of information for us to absorb, I made lots of notes.  Teaching us how to paint is one thing but now I hope you offer a class in how to use the software so we can manipulate our scenes as well.  Wow it was so interesting to watch..Loved the class :thankyou: :thankyou:


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Reply #8 on: April 04, 2012, 01:52:41 AM
 :'(  :'(   I missed it  , entire day was busy with work ....... Totally forget that I have a class to I have to wait for replay.


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Reply #9 on: April 04, 2012, 01:57:10 AM
Hi Nolan. I found the class very useful. I must admit that at first I just wanted to PAINT (yep, I'm rather impatient), but the information regarding the use of and manipulation of composition of photos, as well as the copyright issue most informative. I studied for 18 months under a tutor here in the UK, but she was vehemently opposed to the use of photographs, as if they were the work of the devil, insisting that everything should be drawn freestyle.  I found that rather difficult, as my drawing skills are not very good, and I find that photos and gridding are the way for me. I eagerly look forward to next weeks installment.  :thankyou: Mahlstick


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Reply #10 on: April 04, 2012, 02:18:53 AM
Anyone who strictly opposes the use of photographs as a help and guidance is actually living in a fantasy world and out of touch with reality. No professional artists, like us, will ever be able to earn a respectable living that way.

Having said that, If you try and master freehand drawing as well, you will highly improve your ability to paint.

In the near future I will be giving a free class in the use of a sketch book

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Reply #11 on: April 04, 2012, 03:09:34 AM
Dennis, I'm very much looking forward to that class.   :)

Nolan, to my estimation, this was one of the best teaching classes yet, right up there with the color mixing class.  Of course all your classes are just fantastic, but these are basics that I find to be of great value.

You presented information that was excitingly new and some things you taught today I'm sure many of us already knew but it was reinforced with your expert handling of the digital program.  I had a few real ah-ha moments as things became cemented in my mind.

A program such as Photo Impact is a wonderful tool.  I know it would take me some time to master it.  If it's not too much trouble, I too would appreciate a little teaching on how to use it or one like it.  Perhaps there are some generic functions of the various programs that wouldn't be too difficult for you to get across to us?  Then, maybe this would be out of range for you as you may not be familiar with other programs?  Please don't stress over it, you already work so hard for us.

I have booked the replay of this class and I'll definitely be visiting it to refresh my memory.  (Things don't always stay cemented.   :2funny:

All my thoughts are contained in the previous posts.  You're getting some great input here.

Thanks for laying the groundwork so thoroughly for us.  If we can develop our skills from this, we'll all become the artists we long to be.
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Reply #12 on: April 04, 2012, 06:49:54 AM
I just want to add my 2cents about the instruction of using a photo manipulation program - I really think it would be a bit hard for Nolan to compile something like that, not all programs work the same, so what works for one and the buttons/functions you use would not be the same in another program and also I think he would not expect people to go run out and buy such an expensive program - however one could look at a free good program that all can use and work from there, what you think?

My take on the class: it was really excellent, I am computer nerd so I love creating things. I use the blender program to make 3d animations, excellent stuff - anyway

the class was great, learned heaps and heaps of great stuff, very important stuff! Thank Nolan that was really a jam packed lesson with lots of information.  ;)
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Reply #13 on: April 04, 2012, 10:00:44 AM
There is a free program similar but not quite the same as photoshop that will do most of what the ordinary artist needs.
It is called GIMP. 

Maybe some will like to try it out. There is an online manual under the HELP button. Like most programs one need to play around quite bit with them before it starts to make sense. After all - it is FREE.
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