Hello all. I've been painting for only about one month, and was thrilled to stumble onto DMP videos on YouTube over the weekend while home sick with a cold. As I strive to learn basic techniques and put them into practice, I think the methods that Mark teaches, as well as the community that exists on this forum, are exactly the tools I need to truly improve my art.
That being said, I have a few questions I was hoping someone could help with. I have most of the basic materials to get started with Mark's method (color checker, proportional divider, recommended colors, etc.), but I do not have a shadow box. And I'm afraid my apartment is really too small to hold a shadow box or to setup a proper studio. How vital are these elements? Will I be significantly disadvantaged by painting still lifes without using a shadow box?
One additional question, aimed particularly at anyone who may have started using Mark's techniques as a very novice painter. When attempting a first painting using the DMP as a guide, do you recommend copying exactly what Mark does in the "Learn to Oil Paint Video"? That is to say, should I also be painting a silver cup on a table, or is he just using that as an example? Should I copy his intructions/techniques/colors directly from the videos in order to learn the methods, or should I setup my own still life and transfer his teachings to it?
Sorry for the lengthy questions, but I'd be very curious to hear the thoughts of anyone who really started here as a novice and has progressed. Perhaps I'm over-thinking it as well, but I want to make the best use of my time in order to progress as efficiently as possible.
Thanks in advance for your help, and I look forward to many further discussions.