“I was not looking to take an online course until I saw the quality of work in the monthly magazines. I then realized that on some deeper level this was exactly what I had been looking for. Sebastian’s teaching methods are superb with unlimited access to exceptional videos and printouts. A huge bonus is the content (textures, brushes, overlays, high-res images and much more) that is included in the course. Sebastian’s passionate delivery is uplifting and inspiring, making me feel like I can achieve a much higher level of artistry. The focus on awakening my innate abilities to be creative makes me believe that I can touch someone deeply with my art. I am so grateful for the increase in my confidence, so happy I made the decision to join something greater than myself. Thank you Sebastian.”
— Merrilee Soberg
“AWAKE is the best course I’ve ever taken, bar none. Sebastian made a lot of promises when he first advertised it and he has fulfilled each of those promises and much more!
He has built a community where members are supportive and helpful and many have become friends. He really cares about the members and answers all questions directed his way. All this is in addition to his hard work creating detailed videos to teach techniques and finding resources to help us all achieve our visions. He is innovative in how he helps us. The monthly magazine is just one, very visible, example of his innovations — he has created a stunning format for showing off the work of the members.”
— Vicki DeVico
“I rarely fish an email out of my spam folder, open it and read through it, especially the very long emails. But I did with Sebastian’s first email because I was searching for information on taking my images from the usual photo-realistic, well-processed digital image to something more artistic. And I am so glad I did. Sebastian’s course has been remarkable, he is an exceptional teacher and provides more information and bonus material for dollar spent than any course I have ever taken. (And I am a retired dentist who has both taken and presented more continuing education than I can describe). I highly recommend this course.”
— Larry Barsh, DMD
“I came across Sebastian Michaels’s Photoshop Artistry programmes by accident, and the concept of “pushing photography further” in the follow-up AWAKE series certainly appealed. The content, presentation and training in the AWAKE programme has been excellent, and my proficiency and artistic talents have been pushed to the limits. More importantly, my confidence has expanded to new heights, way beyond my initial expectations. Sebastian is a excellent mentor and good motivator and the programmes keep you busy; but the lifetime nature of the package does mean you can work at your own pace. Sebastian’s ideas of art are often significantly different to my art, but that does not preclude your enjoyment or full participation in the course and group sharing activities, indeed if everyone was the same, PhotoArt, indeed any art would be boring. The AWAKE programme certainly gives your photography, and the ensuing Photo Art, a satisfying sense of achievement with the added bonus of a new potential 'career' as an artist in your own right.”
— David Walker
“I am not a professional photographer. I am not a professional artist. I have a full time job that takes a lot of energy. I had heard about Photoshop and had purchased it, and played around with it on my own with sort of ho-hum results. So I didn’t start Sebastian’s course with any expectation other than I wanted to learn how to use Photoshop. Then, the first time I layered a texture onto one of my landscape photos and changed the blend mode to overlay, I was blown away. I couldn’t believe that I could make my photographs look so good! After that, I was off and running. I took Sebastian’s basic Photoshop Grunge course, and then followed it with the AWAKE course. The end result has been a budding small business creating unique, meaningful photo art for sale. I have developed the skills to take a collection of family photos and craft them into personal keepsakes. I have had the humbling experience of seeing my art bring tears to people’s eyes. I could have read a book, or followed an on-line tutorial, but it just wouldn’t have had the same magic as watching Sebastian deconstruct a work of Photoshop art and explain how it came into being. And the most important component of his courses is the commitment and energy Sebastian puts into the sessions, which gets transmitted to me every time I sit down to learn. … Then, all this creative energy gets shared, amplified, supported, and magnified on the private Facebook group for the AWAKE course. … As I write this, I realize that the small investment I made in Sebastian’s courses has returned results beyond what I ever anticipated. It has tapped into a vein of creativity that must have been here all along, but that lacked an outlet for expression. Once uncovered, it has a momentum which keeps me thinking creatively all the time, leading me to deeper, broader, fresher places. Thank you, Sebastian.”
— Mary Bratscher
“Enrolling in the AWAKE course was the greatest gift I gave myself in 2015 – I’ve learned so much, am so much more self-confident about my work, have connected with some wonderful fellow-students, and am continually inspired by the work and generosity of Sebastian and all the contributing artists. If you are intrigued by what Photoshop can do and want to express yourself as a digital artist and gain the tools to do so, this is definitely for you!”
— Julianna Zdunich
“Even though I was completely drawn to AWAKE in the beginning, I debated whether or not I should join the course, but I am SO glad I did. I am not even half way through the course and I can say that it has changed my outlook on life. If you are an artist, you already have that 'thing' that resides in your soul that makes you an artist even if you aren’t creating; but if you aren’t loving and developing that part of yourself, it will drive you mad. This course has allowed me to develop the artist within; not just the Photoshop skills but my artistic eye for beauty and art. Everything around me has become a potential composition or idea. For years, I have wanted to embrace my artistic talents and use them to make a living but that dream has always been just that, a dream. Now, I feel that dream is definitely in reach. My life has become drastically more colorful since I’ve been part of AWAKE.
Sebastian is a great teacher, motivator and mentor and believes in his students; his heart is what makes this course the success that it is. I love the course, Sebastian, and the entire AWAKE community!
— Brandi Atkins