Review: Private Coaching with Ole

by Roman aka jar

Hi Jungle,

another private coaching review dropping in. More to come soon!
This time Ole travelled all the way from Norway to take a face to face coaching with me.

Roman & Ole in strong atmosphere

I met Ole on my 2016's Beginners class in Arvika, Sweden
and was really happy when he contacted me in very early 2017 about this coaching. We settled on the main topic for this coaching and side topics:

- learning to understand and paint atmosphere
- painting the first bust ever
- learning to paint better metallics, leather, skintone and fabrics
... and much more that happened on the way!

Welcome to the Massive Voodoo studio, Ole!

Before we start diving into the coaching it is time for sunsets.
Sometimes you just need sunsets in life.

They can tell a lot about strong ambience and atmosphere if you learn how to read them ...

From now on I pass on to Ole himself who wrote up a review of this two day private coaching from his perspective. Thank you, Ole!

This is what Ole says:

"Early this spring, I was planning a trip to Germany. While making these plans, I thought, "What else can I do while there? Maybe get a painting class?" Having attended Roman's Beginner's Class in Arvika last year, I checked Massive Voodoo first, and saw that Roman was running classes near the time but I did not feel confident that my grasp of the German language would allow me to get as much out of it as I'd like. So I decided to go for the gold, and emailed Roman about a private tutoring.

A few weeks later we had settled on dates, and by a suggestion from a friend I had chosen my topic, which would be atmosphere. As I do a lot of painting for gaming, I asked Roman to show me his speed painting technique in addition to this.

Too hot weather can confuse people of the far north, but sunsets!

I arrived in Augsburg the day before the session on a very hot summer day, and showed up at the Massive Voodoo studio the next morning, rested and eager. Roman tells me to make myself at home - lots of people say things like this, most of them mean it, but Roman also makes it easy to actually feel at home. He is relaxed and easy-going and even though I've only met him once before, and that in a class room situation, it soon feels like hanging with an old friend.

I get settled in and we start to paint. Roman promises to make my mind explode, a promise he keeps. Working only by primaries, I do some mixing assignments, and like many others I am told to paint the wolf. Having no experience with 2D painting (I don't even freehand!), I completely dread this task, but Roman tells me to relax, and a little time later I am able to produce something I am actually happy with.

After some theory and another wolf, I begin on my bust. This was my very first time painting a bust, and I had chosen Romero the Cat, sculpted by Raffa. We paint, we talk, Roman gives me feedback, we paint more and talk and talk and talk. The hours fly by as we discuss life, love and painting. By the end of a very long day, it seems like Romero is likely to be finished by the end of the next day, something neither I nor Roman had expected or planned for. I go back to the hotel, dead tired, mind exploded as promised.

Romero, the Cat
Work in Progress, day #01 by Ole

Roman's explanation piece,
a germanic warrior by Heroes & Villians

Checking back with real worn out leather ... brought from Norway:

And some inventory of the MV studio

Explanations on painting eyes

Starting again on the following day, there's more talk and of course even more painting. Roman provides excellent feedback at all times, explains things in a easy manner and points out corrects mistakes I've struggled with for ages.

Ole focused on painting and painting and painting

Roman's chaotic wet palette

Two exhausted, but happy painters!

Finally Romero is done - both me and Roman are quite exhausted by this point, but we still throw ourselves at some quick zombies at the end of the session. While I would have loved to practice this more, I pick up the gist of the technique and there is simply no time and definitely no energy to do more. We call it a wrap, and head out for dinner and a beer before I have to leave. This time, we even manage to cover the topics of death and religion, meaning we have talked about pretty much everything worth talking about.

Ole's final result of Romero, the Cat.
A result that makes Roman an absolut proud teacher. Done in two days that were packed with theory and intense painting time.

I'd like to thank Roman once again for being a wonderful host, a great teacher and a good friend for these two days - I hope to come back for more.


Feel free to contact me for your private coaching!
Right now I am slowly filling up dates with two day MV private coachings and I am already planning into 2018. I am also planning weekend seminars in Augsburg in german and english language for late autumn and winter 2017/2018 these days, but as we have vacation time here in Bavaria I can not put down the venue right now, this will all happen early September. Stay tuned!


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