The Solo Artist Curriculum – Episode 10

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 00:44 CreateQuest Update
  • 01:03 Solo Artist Curriculum Overview
  • 03:00 Specific Details
  • 04:05 What We Love About it
  • 18:38 What Can Be Improved
  • 29:07 Visual Storytelling
  • 33:08 How to Align for You
  • 34:53 Don’t be Afraid to Skip
  • 37:34 Give it a Chance
  • 38:26 Addressing the Improvements

What is it?

Radiorunner’s Curriculum for the solo artist. https://www.brendanmeachen.com/soloartist

A curriculum built for the self-taught artist looking for structure and direction.

Based on a design and concept by RadioRunner

Hand Coded by Brendan Meachen. Released because I wanted an easy resource for myself and I thought the community might benefit.

“If you only learn the rules of your art, you won’t know how to explore it creatively. If you only focus on creative exploration, you won’t learn how to create effectively within the rules of your artform.” ~Moderndayjames

The curriculum is based on the structure of Marc Brunet’s “ARTSchool”, so if you like it you may want to check out his own course. Overall however, the Solo Artist curriculum has a much higher emphasis on Perspective and Draftsmanship.

9 terms, 3 units per term, 4 weeks per unit.

3 years and 2 months.

Proko, Marshall Vandruff, Andrew Loomis, Drawabox, MonderdayJames, Aaron Blaise, Society of Visual storytelling, Marco Bucci, Frank Reilly, Glenn Vilppu, Steve Huston, Mike Mattesi, Scott Robertson, Marc Brunet, Schoolilsm, Kim Jung Gi, etc…

Structured curriculum, with amazing resources linked and challenges for every unit to ensure that the knowledge is internalized.

What we love about it?

  • Democratized.
  • Logical structure. 
    • Only after years of study do I now know the logic behind it.
  • It’s aligned with what I want to do, where I want to go in the future.
  • Combines all of the contemporary artists I love.
  • Deep focus on the fundamentals that all representational artists need.
  • I don’t ever have to think about what is next. Just show up and work hard to internalize the wisdom.
  • It got me to see the power of digital art.

Where does it fall short?

  • No information for students on how to keep going.
  • Required artists with the willpower and motivation to keep going patiently for years.
  • No examples of people that have gone through it and improved. (that I know of)
  • Links are old.
  • Getting all the classes could be expensive. Much cheaper than 90% of all other schools.
  • No one to provide feedback.
  • Could be too analytical, for some.

How to align for what you need?

  • Deep focus on fundamentals that can work for every representational artist.
  • Understand that regardless of the medium the fundamentals translate.
    • Big mindset change for me around digital art.

Don’t be afraid to skip

  • There are some things I’ve already worked hard on for the past 9 years.
  • There are some artists that focus on paths that I don’t want to go down.
  • Remove any assumptions and preconceptions and try things for a set time period anyway.

Resources Mentioned in this Episode

The links to the curriculum

Courses used in the curriculum

Artists featured in the curriculum

Chris Beaven

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