General Guidelines

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Positive User Experience

  • Try to meet the expectations of the users, ask them if you are unsure
  • Be courteous in all communications
  • Resolve issues quickly. We can help you if you need it.
  • This is about Art, please no religious or political comments
  • Reply as promptly as possible, always respect your posted reply time

Content Quality

  • Provide clear explanations in good English
  • Explain techniques and methods that could be useful
  • Write the WHYs and HOWs, not just what to fix!
  • Add media: annotated images, examples, etc.

Honesty and Transparency

  • Always be truthful and forthcoming with users
  • It's OK to say you don't know...
  • You can refer a user to another teacher, what goes around comes around!
  • Try to be concrete in your communications, avoid metaphysical explanations.

Image Markup and Annotations

Whenever possible, return annotated images to users along with your comments. It is very simple and can be done from mobile devices, laptops, and desktops. Here are some suggested apps.

You can find many apps to markup images from the App Store but the built-in markup tool in IOS is easy and practical. Note: to save an image from a web site in an IOS device, you must use Safari.

1-From your Message Centre, click on the attachment link sent by the user
2-Select the action icon , then save
3-From you device photo library, chose the image you just saved and click edit at the top
4-Select the more icon  at the bottom and you will see the markup tool 
5-Select the colour icon , then your tool. You can use arrows and shapes by selecting the + sign.

Once you click Done, the image will be ready to be uploaded along with your reply to the user.

Steps vary depending of the device and the OS but these work for most.

Tablets

1-From your Message Centre, click on the attachment link sent by the user and open the image
2-Select the more icon , then click Edit at the top of the screen
3-Use the Drawing function  , change Pen settings, colours, etc.
4-Save (Top right) when you are done and your image will be ready to be uploaded along with your reply to the user.

Smart Phones

1-From your Message Centre, click on the attachment link sent by the user and download the image but do not open in the browser.
2-Go to your device Gallery, check your Downloads Albums and click on the image
3-You can now use the markup tools
4-Save (Top right) when you are done and your image will be ready to be uploaded along with your reply to the user.
 

You can use Photoshop or similar online tools like the free Pixlr Editor but we like Pixtick for its simplicity and ease of use. 

Using Pixtick

1-From your Message Centre, click on the attachment link sent by the user and download the image
2-Go to Pixtick and chose the image from your Downloads folder
3-Click ADD then YES to “set working canvas as image size”
4-Markup the image, click on the Finish tab and Save, your image will be ready to be uploaded along with your reply to the user.

Reply examples

Dear Jane,

You have an excellent start with your drawing, just a few things to improve at this stage.

  1. The overall proportions need a little adjustment. The width of the head is a little narrow compared to the height. When I superimposed your drawing on top of the reference, you can see this with the ear.
  2. Check the directions of the lines at the top of the dress. It is easier to start with simplified straight lines and refine them later once your nave nailed the pattern.
  3. I have marked a small correction on the corner of the mouth, the rest of the features are spot on!
  4. As you advance your drawing, keep in mind that the skin fold in the neck, as with every anatomical features, should have slight in and our curves. There is virtually no straight lines in the human body.
 
Diane
 

Let me know when you need my help again! 
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drawing annotated
child portrait

Dear Xavier,

Your portrait is moving along very well, the likeness is much improved. Here are my pointers to improve it further.

  1. The nose receives more direct light, though be careful to make it less dominant than the light hitting the head as it is closer to its source.
  2. The ear also should get a little more light.
  3. The eyebrow is a little thicker on your reference photo. Try to find where the line changes direction, it could a little more angular.
  4. Just a reminder because you are probably not done on that part, but the hairline on the side of the head will have move forward.
  5. The hair makes a dark shape all around the skull. Because of our angle of vision, the hair will appear denser there.

I think you have done an awesome job so far, try to always take note if you are working in the light or in the shadows, these two families should be clearly differentiated to make a great 3D form. You can see that more clearly by squinting your eyes, try it!

Irene

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