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What is the Byzantine Iconography Video Tutorial Project?
Having often been asked by people all over the world if I teach iconography workshops I realised that there is a need especially for people who don't have access to workshops, so in September 2017 I decided to undertake the mammoth project of producing affordable video tutorials that would start from the basics of drawing (something that is unfortunately completely ignored in most workshops to the detriment of contemporary iconography) and then progress to painting in traditional tetrachrome (a limited palette of 4 colours) with both the proplasmos and underpainting techniques. Once we've learned the basic "tools of the trade" we will progress to painting a variety of icons from simple to more advanced.
This is not a standard weekend iconography workshop where you simply learn to trace an icon and "paint-by-numbers". It was never the tradition of the Church to make "photocopies" of old icons, but sadly this modern "tradition" is destroying the creative tradition of the Church. Every period of iconography from the Comnene to the Paleologian periods to the Cretan School has it's own style within the Byzantine system of painting and the iconographic tradition of the Church. In these tutorials you will be introduced to the Byzantine system of painting and given tools that will allow you create within the tradition of the Church.
While video tutorials can't replace live classes, where available, they do have the advantage that the student can watch the technique over and over as many times as needed. I also undertook the immense time-consuming task of adding sub-titles to the tutorials so that they would be accessible to the deaf who would have difficulty following even in a live workshop. Once each series of tutorials is completed they are uploaded to Udemy.
These videos require a great deal of time, effort and expense and like all artists I still need to pay my rent and bills. That is where Patreon comes in. If you enjoy and benefit from these video tutorials you now have the opportunity to support this work and keep it going by coming a Patron. This will help cover the costs of materials and equipment and will allow me to make more videos.
Both my computer and my tablet are on the brink of death and if they die it will put the whole project in jeopardy and I simply can't afford to replace them.
There are several reward levels with different benefits to suit Patron's needs and there are two categories of Patrons with different benefits: Students (for those who want to learn iconography) and Supporters (for those who simply want to support this project).
The basic rewards for each level are:
$1: Access to sketches
$5: Early access to tutorials
$10: Early access to tutorials plus a PDF with the tutorial sketches and other resources
$25 Student: Previous benefits and a digital timelapse sketch video
$25 Supporter: Early access to tutorials, PDF and monthly laminated icon print
$50 Student: Early Access to tutorials, PDF, digital timelapse sketch video, Monthly assignment for correction and critique.
$50 Supporter: Early access to tutorials, PDF and 15x20cm hand painted icon after 1 year of support.
$100 Supporter: Early Access to tutorials, PDF and 22x28cm hand painted icon after 1 year of support.
In addition to these benefits, depending on the amount of lifetime support, Patrons also get free coupons for the tutorials on Udemy.
Since starting this project, by God's grace, I am now working on the 19th tutorial and there are currently four series available on Udemy. It is such a blessing to be able to see students progress as the work diligently on the assignments.
So please consider supporting this project on Patreon to keep it going and share this with anyone interested in learning Byzantine Iconography.
The latest tutorial in Series 4 on drawing the full figure will be released for early access on Patreon on 4 May! In this tutorial we will be studying the vestments of priest saints and drawing the newly-glorifies St Amphilochios of Patmos!
Without the support of my Patrons this Iconography Tutorial project would be impossible so please consider signing up as either a Student or a Supporter to keep this project going.
Painting St Mary Magdalene
This icon of St Mary Magdalene is a Patreon Reward for one of my $50 Supporters. Without the support of Patrons my project to make iconography tutorials available would be impossible so please consider signing up here.
Prints of this icon are available here.
Support my Byzantine Iconography Video Tutorial Project on Patreon.