School of thought
Further education Bobby Chiu counts himself as a student at his online art resource Schoolism
There was a time, Bobby Chiu says, when the quality of art education depended on the standard of the school an artist could attend. He set up Schoolism to help change that, though his motives weren’t entirely altruistic.
“I created Schoolism to help further my own education,” the founder of Imaginism Studios says. “I think that's what’s made it great. I only invite teachers that I feel can teach not just students but professionals.”
Schoolism offers online courses led by Bobby and a roster of big-name artists from the entertainment industry, such as Alex Woo, Sam Nielson and Nathan Fowkes. Students choose to learn at their own pace – with 100-day self-taught programmes – or with the additional help of personalised video feedback from instructors.
September sees Schoolism go on a world tour, offering live workshops in nine destinations across three continents. “The benefit of the live workshops,” Bobby says, “is that you get to meet teachers and ask them questions. It's a whole other experience to learn from the people at the top of their industries. Even for someone like myself, who’s been going to these workshops for years, it's inspiring and motivating.”
To find out more about the courses on offer, visit www.schoolism.com.
Students can learn the fundamentals of lighting or lighting for story and concept art from Sam Nielson. Imaginism Studios’ Bobby Chiu, who’s also worked at Disney and Warner Bros., leads courses in digital
painting and creature design. Andrew Hou presents a course entitled introduction to digital painting, in which he takes students through Photohop’s core tools and painting techniques.