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As yesterday was my birthday, I gave myself a weekend pass to Schoolism Toronto 2012 featuring workshops by such famed greats as Anthony Jones (God of War, Magic: the Gathering, etc), Jason Seiler (Rolling Stone, TIME, Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, etc), and Alex Woo and Louis Gonzalez (The Iron Giant, Monsters Inc., The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, etc). The event was sponsored by Autodesk (who also provided the swank digs along with probono copies of the awesome Sketchbook Pro) and Seneca College, and was MC'd by Schoolism's ridiculously talented Bobby Chiu.

Two words: Awe. Some.

If you ever get a chance to attend such an event, do it. You won't be dissappointed. In a few hours I feel like I've learned a year's worth. If you can't attend, Schoolism has an amazing online course system that sounds like it kicks - each week you learn from a professional, do a homework assignment, then wait while the instructor produces a custom video for you, where they draw right over your artwork and explain where to improve. It's like having a permanent copy of an in-class lesson (which, if your memory is anything like mine, that's good).

Many thanks to everyone involved, and a special nod to Chris Cheung from Autodesk and the inspiration himself Bobby Chiu, both of whom I hope to be working with again real soon now (it's kinda cool that all this is happening in my T.O.)

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