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  1. So the observant among you may have noticed no new mini WIPs from me this year. Since I'll be doing this stuff, I'll make a little WIP down here (and I'll be posting updates to my blog, maybe FB). I'm taking both Drawing 101 and Intro to Oil Painting Portraiture at the local art institute (Munson Williams Proctor, a Pratt school). The drawing is pretty much just still life stuff, probably not too interesting to folks here, I'm really just learning to draw. But the portrait thing is pretty cool, we'll be learning all the stages of building an oil portrait. I never knew there was so much work to it! We're working from a live model (who has a great jawline, which is awesome for my future Frazetta stylings, heh), I'll draw this guy at least 2-3 times before I even start painting! I was pretty much lost, everyone else in the class happily drawing and me all derp derp. Luckily, the instructor is great and really helped me learn how to construct the portrait, transfer measurements, etc (my drawing class is way more hippy 'there are no bad lines' kinda thing). Although most of the best looking parts are where she demonstrated on my drawing for me (since we throw this one away after the next drawing, heh). The woman next to me was a really good illustrative type artist, so I asked her a lot of questions, too (she reminds me of Frank Cho's work). However, when we got to the instruction on highlighting and shading a 3d subject, it was nice to be the one in the class who was just reviewing known material and the rest of them were lost. Yay for all the hard work pushing contrast and working on materials on minis! So hopefully having that conceptual stuff will help as I struggle with, well, everything else! Sorry for the ramble, here's the initial rough sketch (about 2 hours total on it):