Artwork by Jamie Malone
I am a former antiques restorer, illustrator of children’s maps and current secondary school art teacher who has just turned 40, who fell deeply in love with classical art about 5 years ago upon seeing Charles Bargue plates for the first time. From that initial awe-inspring moment of witnessing the gracious, angular contours of Bargue’s casts and clear divisions of light and dark, I was swept forth into the beautiful historical winds of classical art. I find now, that the more I study, the greater the gale that blows and stirs my longing and desire to become more adept in classical processes and traditional methods of art. I have just read ‘The Lives of the Artists’ by Vasari twice, I loved it even more the second time and I will most likely absorb it further by reading it a third time.
I live to draw and paint, to observe nature, to respect the art of the past and present, but I work full-time (5am wake up, I have a long commute, long day 5pm return commute) my job prevents me from spending as much time creating personal art as I would like, and it also stops me from attending traditional art courses in the physical sense, but I do create or study art every day as a discipline, no matter how tired I am, so when I saw this opportunity, I visualised how perfect it would be to go through the course slowly online.
I am a late-comer to portraiture and the figure, but I attend life drawing classes one night a week with the focal point of improving over time.
I am currently working on the difficult challenge of memorising the planes of the face and skull, and also bones and muscles, I know that your online academy has a great wealth of learned information on the best ways to approach such things, therefore, I know that I am seeking the right kind of help by visiting your site. I want to become fluent at constructing nature from life and memory (to aid imaginative creations). My ultimate goal is to recreate Greek mythological scenes in drawings and paintings.
The Old Master’s Academy is clearly a highly reputable and entirely unique presence in the vastness of the Internet, offering meticulous and precise methods that might otherwise be under apppreciated or at worst, lost. I have bought some of Vladimir’s books and gained many insights from them. I watched trailers of the Old Master’s Academy and feel that their teachings makes sense to me, visually, verbally and structurally. I love the work of all of the tutors and creators (namely Natalie Richy and Vladimir London).
I hope that people vote for me, but it comes as a great difficulty to request this, as I suspect that many people/artists have busy lives and most likely similar stories.
Thank you for reading and good tidings to you.
P.s the attached image is a charcoal drawing of a sculptural relief at The Louvre