Becoming A Better Artist
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Robert Chang’s “Becoming a Better Artist” has been one of the most popular courses we’ve ever run at CGWorkshops. Why? Because no matter what area you specialize in as a visual artist (3D, 2D, film, animation, comic books, games, illustration, visualization), this course will teach you the most critical knowledge, techniques, and creative approaches that today's artists working in highly competitive industries must know in order to function as a confident and authoritative creative force.
Have you been feeling frustrated and helpless in your artistic growth and career development, as if you’re stuck perpetually in one spot and cannot move forward? Has hoarding all kinds of instructional material been mostly unhelpful, because you don’t know how to utilize all that information, or which ones to trust? Were you disappointed by the past classes you took, because they didn’t teach you what you really needed to know to excel as a visual artist? Do you know a lot of theory and can critique other people’s work, but your own work doesn’t seem to be getting any better?
This workshop was designed to lead frustrated artists out of the dark, regardless if they are professionals or beginners. Past students ranged from working art directors, concept artists, technical directors, 3D production artists, animators, illustrators, fine artists, comic book artists, graphic designers, photographers, to aspiring artists, hobbyists and total beginners, and this course has helped them attain the kind of breakthrough they have struggled to achieve for years with no clear results. Many past students have described the workshop as an intense boot camp—one that trains you in creating artistically and technically excellent works, as well as teaches you how to develop a compelling creative vision that more than just entertains, but also evokes emotional and intellectual resonance. This course will also help troubled artists who are suffering from unhealthy biases and emotional/psychological baggage due to feeling lost and insecure for so long, and give them back the joy of creativity so they can enjoy their passions again.
Throughout the workshop, you will learn highly flexible and powerful techniques you can add to your creative arsenal, and the weekly assignments will push you to restructure your mind with eye-opening insights that will forever change the way you approach creative problem-solving in visual art. You will also learn to overcome insecurity and gain confidence in your abilities, break free of bad habits and develop positive ones, and learn how to separate effective, practical truths from time-wasting misinformation. You will learn exactly how and where you should be spending your time and energy in your artistic development, and how to avoid pitfalls and traps that will have devastating effects on your artistic growth.
A very special bonus perk unique to this workshop, is the Better Artist Lounge, created especially for the alumni students of the workshop. Once a student finishes the workshop, he'll be granted access to the private forum, where Rob will continue to mentor the students by answering questions, giving critiques, as well as continue to expand and update the workshop course material to the latest version that is being offered to future students. All of this is offered free of charge, and with permanent access. Alumni students will also enjoy the privacy of a small but tight-knit community of like-minded artists, and being away from the public eye of large open forums makes it a great place for intimate friendships, honest discussions, as well as mutual support. You will never be ignored the way you might be in large open forums.
In Rob's own words: "If you become a student of mine, I remain your mentor for as long as you still need me, even long after the workshop has ended. I have made this promise to all of my past students and I have kept that promise. There are students from the earliest runs of the workshop that I still help regularly today.”
“I did not expect what I got in this workshop. I will be completely honest. I was expecting a workshop of advanced knowledge techniques that really got down to the knitty gritty. Instead I got my brain ripped out, organized and jammed back in with a comprehension of a world I had seen before but never truly understood.
Rob, you were not what I had expected. In addition to your educated and informed critique you gave support, constant day by day support at that, to each and every one of your students. Something that puts most college teachers to shame.”
- Abbey Termeer, student May - July 2011
"This course value just paid off, in my opinion, after the first week alone."
- Jacek Krzykowski, student June - August 2010
“I also really like and appreciate the way Robert put in a humane and spiritual edge to things, such as when he mentions how this course can stop people developing "unhealthy biases and emotional/psychological baggage due to feeling so lost and insecure for so long."
This is what had happened to me, and this course has given back to me the enjoyment and love of creating meaningful and beautiful art. You're a great guy Robert, coming straight from the heart, and giving such a great gift. Thank you. "
- Jason OHara, student July – September 2012
“I want you to know that I enjoyed every moment of this class. I am so grateful that I came across it and feel lucky to have taken the chance of enrolling in it. I have not had good experiences with online classes because they were so impersonal and never felt like I got anything out of them. This class was the total opposite. You can really tell that you care deeply about the course and all of your students. You gave us all your very best in constructive critique. I had mentioned in an earlier week that your critique alone was worth the price of the course. Week one alone was a mind blowing experience for me and will forever change the way I think about my work. "Becoming a Better Artist" has done exactly that, made me a better artist! Thank you very much Robert for an unforgettable experience.”
- John DeRosa, student February - April 2012
"I've had more "eureka!" moments in the last 6 weeks than I've had in the last 6 years. I'm not even joking. I came out of my public university art school degree knowing a little more than I knew when I went in, but not enough to have a good working process and definitely not enough to have a career. I was in a huge rut for at least the last year, filled with crippling self doubt because I wanted this so much, but all I could draw were girls floating in space and I didn't know how to make myself grow. I was considering dropping 60 grand on a master's degree at a private art school, but I really really didn't want to get into so much debt, and there was no guarantee I'd come out of that as a "master". I feel so much more confident now that I can teach myself and improve all on my own, it's great!
Robert, I can safely say that this one course has changed my life, and I'm filled with the utmost gratitude to you for that. The material in this course has been absolutely priceless. (Plus, the tuition fee was a drop in the bucket compared to what some of those art schools charge.) "
- Effie Rodriguez, student April – June 2012
“I was immediately taken aback by how very different this was to everything I was led to believe an art course was. The more class notes I read and the more videos I watched, the more I began to see just how very brazen this course is; it promises nothing it cannot deliver and it does so with an attitude not maintained as a formal facade, it's very honest and the language used is that of someone who is genuinely interested in what they do, trying their best to communicate to you how you can ultimately improve yourself.
...To everyone even glancing at this course, take it. Your expectations cannot be fully trusted, you have more to gain from this course than you can possibly know without already being a part of it. If you want to understand what it means to truly begin your journey to being a great artist, this is the best place to find that beginning. It doesn't matter how lowly or advanced you may consider yourself, there is much to be gained from starting anew here"
- James Filippone, student June - August 2011
Robert’s broad, multidisciplinary background makes him a great lecturer for this course, which approaches the essential foundations and advanced concepts of visual art from refreshing and unique perspectives unlike any you’ve seen, and show you how to utilize them in a rapidly changing professional environment.
Please Note: The heart and soul of this workshop is the mentoring of the students by the instructor, through direct interaction, in-depth critiques and discussions, answering of difficult and complex questions asked by students, and careful monitoring of the students’ growth and development so the mentoring can be catered to each student’s specific needs and personality. This is the most important aspect of the workshop, and it is what made this workshop so popular.
The lecture notes and videos are the two other aspects of the workshop, and they tackle different areas of each week's focus. The videos are mostly supplemental and aimed mainly at beginners, while the lecture notes are the main focus and contain the most sophisticated and advanced concepts. The interaction between students and instructor in the form of in-depth, thoughtful critiques for the assignments, is what takes the lessons from theory to execution, and in turn, allow the students to really absorb the knowledge and utilize them effectively.
Students will be given assignments each week that push them to think creatively, experiment, and try different approaches to solve problems and find the most effective way to communicate their visual ideas. Through extensive feedback and thoughtful critiques, the students will make great strides in ways they could not have on their own without a mentor to guide them through the journey.
Robert "Lunatique" Chang is an artist, writer / director, composer / songwriter, and photographer whose work has been featured in...Read More »