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Coreyartus

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I am an Artist and Costume Designer from San Diego. I teach at a local university, where I design and build costumes for their Department of Theatre. I also work on my own professional digital illustrations and my Wearable Art projects (such as my Fairy Tale series of women's vests found in my Gallery). Other projects have included everything from wallpapers for one's desktop to crepe-paper display heads.

In my gallery I have a couple collections of my illustration work. Most of it is digital and figurative in nature, but there are a variety of photo-manipulations as well. More can be found on my art website: www.coreyartusimagery.com/

I also have a small sample of my Costume Design work and Wearable Art pieces from multiple shows and projects. More can be found on my theatrical portfolio site: coreyjohnstondesigns.com/

I consider myself both a theatrical Costume Designer and an Artist. Currently I am exploring my artistic capacities toward a number of different fields and applications, including licensing, freelance commission work, and prints.

I have a vast collection of poses and rendering examples in my Favorites collection that I am gathering as inspiration for my various costume designs and personal artistic development. I sometimes favorite individual examples so I can link back to the artist's page. While some digital rendering methods are far too detailed, time consuming, and specific to be practical for illustrating theatrical costume designs, I've found that many works provide wonderful examples of stylistic ingenuity. They sometimes suggest ways of conquering specific illustrative quandaries that I find inspirational and informative for my own endeavors.

So that's why I'm here. Thanks for letting me favorite your stuff and share my own!!! :)

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So I bit the bullet and decided to enroll in an online self-guided art curriculum.  I decided Schoolism.com was the choice for me, as the teachers are all leaders in a variety of art industries, and all of them are in the business of telling stories visually.  And that's what I want--the capacity to tell stories with visuals.  So I'm in week two of the Drawing Fundamentals class (taught by Thomas Fluharty) and it's progressing well. 

I don't get any real feedback, and there are no forums to join to get peer reviews (which is something I, personally, would like), but the amount of feedback he gives to those who pay for it is really substantial.  There are others in the past who have taken this course and turned in their homework to get feedback, and those recorded videos are posted in the course materials and are available to watch.  For $30 a month, this is a good deal.  We're talking 4-5 hours of Mr. Fluharty's recorded constructive criticism as he works over his students' homework to explain things they need to watch for.  It's really invaluable.

So I'm diving in.  I am forcing my part time job to be part time, and indulging in my own artistic education. Even though it's going to be an impossible endeavor (my job is SO NOT part time) I am confident I will be learning a lot.

Ultimately, it's all about making an impact on the viewer by telling them a visual story.  I am very excited about that. 
Got some news recently that has re-aligned some of my world, and forced me to look at things in a way I haven’t before.  While I felt at first it wasn’t good news, I see now that it was actually a catalyst to help push me forward.

I’ve long thought about what it would be like to have a career in art and illustration.  In recent years I’ve found the websites of a handful of theatre designers who manage simultaneous careers as fine art painters or freelance illustrators. I’ve decided to pursue that path now as well, because I have been assured a part-time position for 3 years in a row where I work (this is better than the yearly contract I had), which provides me a steady income while at the same time enabling me to dive into my personal art education over the long term.

The internet being what it is, I can now find a variety of vocational-oriented curricula provided by many on-line programs.  There are several focused on concept art for gaming and movies.  There are several more that develop one’s fine art skills.  None of them are accredited, but much like the artistic field I’m already in one doesn’t need a degree to be an illustrator or an artist.  Instead I am looking for a structure to learn within, to be guided by expert mentors while partaking in a vibrant community, and draw out the inner creative I feel is lurking inside me.  Any suggestions?

I have created a website to collect my illustration work since January, (www.coreyartusimagery.com/) and developed other social media “presences” that are predominantly about expanding my identity as an artist.  I am not stopping my work as a Costume Designer by any means, nor leaving the school I’ve been teaching at for the last 20 years.  But I am legitimizing and making room for my artistic journey which will help me discover new ways to contribute to the culture I live in.
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I just needed to put this out there. I am incredibly optimistic about finding the right avenue and audience for my expressions, as well as developing new capacities I have never had before.

I am not going to ask you to invest in a Kickstarter or a Patreon account or buy me a really expensive “cup of coffee”.  I just ask that you consider defining yourself not by where you work or your job title, but by the contribution you’re making to solving the problems you see around you.

I’m going to try to solve some problems by making pretty things that inspire us to think and feel things.  Things that—to some small degree—ennoble us as human beings so hopefully someday we will eventually stop killing each other.  

You know, the University of San Diego campus is ranked as the #1 Most Beautiful Campus by the Princeton Review.  A LOT of money goes into creating a beautiful environment in which to learn, the thought being (in part) that if you are surrounded by things that uplift and pacify the spirit, you’ll heart can open up to goodness and truth.  

I hate the amount of money they spend on landscaping at USD.  But I can’t argue that working in bucolic surroundings hasn’t influenced me.  And I'm going to help provide that to others.

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ArtNM13 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for watch. Love 
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Dragonflyrina Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the watch! :) (Smile) Good choice on learning through Schoolism. They are excellent!
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DAGuertin Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
nice job on the outfits for Dog Act!
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Coreyartus Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2018  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much!!  They were a lot of fun!
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Dragonflyrina Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the watch! Wishing you much success in your endeavours. Schoolism is a good choice! I have also taken and I am continuing to take their self taught online classes. They are very good.
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wanderingstreet Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch :) (Smile)
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VivecaLaMoreaux Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2018  Professional Writer
Thank you for the watch :sun:
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Kinnebrand Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the watch! >vo <3
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RDutch Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2018  Professional General Artist
Hey Corey: Much thanks for adding me to your watch page. As one costume designer to another, you have a great gallery. I especially love your presentation boards. Wishing you lots of success.

RDutch
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the-wintermute Featured By Owner May 27, 2018
Thank you for the Fav! :-)
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