Jonathan Hardesty's 9 Year Journey From Novice To Master Painter


What happens when one guy practices art every day for nine years? Since he first picked up a pencil, American artist Jonathan Hardesty has been logging his artistic growth on a website called Since September 2002, Hardesty has been posting his sketchbook online under the title "Journey of an Absolute Rookie: Paintings and Sketches" on a discussion board on the same site. Hundreds of images ordered chronologically and spanning more than 70 pages, this spectacular forum thread records his phenomenal progression from untrained to professional artist.

Those with plenty of time in hand can visit the original monster thread. The rest can watch the video below.

Born in Dallas, TX in 1980, Jonathan’s first artistic endeavour began at the University of Pennsylvania where he started basic drawing and figure drawing courses. At the age of 22, his drive for more rigorous and traditional training led him to apply to the classical realist atelier, Pantura Studios, to study under masters Hans-Peter Szameit and Sanna Tomac. After studying for nearly three years, Jonathan and his wife moved to Dallas, Texas where he began building his body of work and honing his skills. In addition, he is teaching traditional atelier methods to a small group of committed and talented students online at Classical Art Jonathan’s work is included in various collections throughout the United States and has been exhibited in invitational shows both nationally and in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

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  1. absolutely amazing :)

  2. He became really good, but he's still far from being a so-called 'Master Painter'.


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