ART LESSONS


I love to teach, and if you want to learn, you've come to the right place!

If you want to learn to draw like this:

I can show you how!

"I recieved my first lesson today. It is absolutely great! Boy, am I impressed! It was far more informative and helpful than I expected. It exceeded my expectations. I have tried lessons with others but with poor results. When I'm finished with this lesson you can be sure that I will order many more. Again many thanks for doing a splendid job. It was well worth the wait. Yes, by all means you may quote me if you wish. I have nothing but praise for your lessons. For the cost per lesson, they are a bargain." -Tony Darren

Contact me.

DRAWING LESSONS-$300 ea. These are correspondence lessons tailored to you personally, not a generic one-size-fits-all. Please email me for an address to send your samples to me.


"I got the (figure drawing)lesson today. It is great! I like the way you answered my specific questions in depth, and I love the way you did the overlays. It helps a lot to see your advice applied directly to my own drawings in that way. I'm quite pleased with the lesson. Thanks, and I'll be back for more." -Glen Nunes

critique of figure for Glen Nunes(used by permission)

Click on image for a larger view. This was only a small part of Glen's lesson on figure drawing!

"Bob, I just finished reading through your feedback. You really put a lot of time into it and your comments are greatly appreciated. I was actually a bit blown away by the level of detail. It will take me a few weeks to absorb everything you gave me. I hope I can internalize all the useful information you sent. I'm really happy with this lesson. It was the best $200.00 I've spent in a long time! I'll definitely be doing it again. I experienced many critiques while earning a bachelor's degree in studio art at U.C. Davis. Your critique was without a doubt the most specific and detailed (not to mention useful) that I have ever experienced." -Craig Stephens

There are 10 different areas of figure drawing to learn. Do you know what they are?
1. skeletal anatomy (the major bones, how they're put together, and why you need to learn them to draw a good figure)
2. muscle anatomy (where the important muscles are, and how they look when they move!)
3. structure (putting all the parts of the body together properly-not as easy as it sounds)
4. Proportions (how to compare body parts so arms and legs aren't too long or short, or the head too big, etc.)
5. surface forms (how the skin surface looks-what muscles and bones are visible)
6. rhythm (how to draw figures that look natural and graceful, not stiff)
7. posing (how to move the figure dynamically and naturally and keep it balanced)
also, really more to do with inking in comics:
8. outlining (where and why to make the outline thick or thin)
9. rendering (delineating the surface forms-where to put rendering and where not to)
10. lighting (how light falls on the forms- do you know what the five main reasons are to make an area black?)

"I really thought the lesson was outstanding. It was 100 times better than anything I ever got in four years of college. The amount of detail and methods you wrote about was incredible. It was very much worth the money. I have begun working on the figure drawing already. Thanks for the critique. I had thought maybe you would write one page and instead you wrote 4 detailed pages of constructive criticism. And redrawing my page was very helpful." -Greg Vondruska

Click on this image for a better look at how to draw a dynamic pose

Iron Man copyright Marvel Comics
This is just one aspect of figure drawing I'll help you really understand and learn!

"The lesson arrived today, and I am a very happy customer! I am impressed with the level of thought and time you spent in tailoring it to me and my skill level. Thanks for cutting through the 'fluff' and telling me what (and where) I really need to focus. This is exactly what I wanted." -Craig Sisson

Each lesson is only $300. The reason I have to charge for lessons is because I spend several hours on each one, trying to teach you as much as possible. I simply can't afford the time to do that for free. I'd have to charge three times that much to really compensate me for all the time I devote to each lesson.
Rather than offer a generic lesson that may contain mostly information you already know, I tailor the lesson to your specific needs. A lesson consists of you sending me either one, two, or three drawings. I then critique your drawings in detail and make corrections on a transparent overlay. I draw some detailed examples for you of areas you're having trouble with, suggest some things for you to practice, answer any questions you may have(you can email me often with more questions if anything confuses you), and supply you with some study material for your weak areas. I'll teach you the correct way to compose a figure from your imagination. I can tell right away what your weak areas are, and tell you what you're doing wrong, and WHY it's wrong, and show you how to do it better, and why it's better. I'll tell you what NOT to do, too. I'll point out the things that will cause the editors to immediately decide you're not ready to get work. I'll answer whatever questions you may have about how the pros do everything, such as what kind of paper to use(and where to get it), what size comics are drawn, etc. Whatever level you're at, I'll work with you to raise you to that next level, without wasting time on things you already know.

"I've continued to go back to your critique. Each time I do I glean a bit more from it." -Howard Fargo

I can't teach you everything in just one lesson, but I'll cover as much as I can, depending on your level of ability and knowledge. You decide how many lessons you want to take, and really, after the first lesson, what you want to cover in each succeeding lesson. I want to teach you whatever you want and need to learn. I don't focus on any one body part in each lesson; rather,I focus on a few different things, depending on just what I feel you personally need to learn. So your individual lesson would depend on the samples you send me. Please email me for an address to send your samples to me.
For example, the first lesson for most people usually concerns structure, which includes becoming familiar with the skeleton and the muscle groups, as well as some general observations about do's and dont's in figure drawing. For beginners, this is a lot to absorb, and may take more than one lesson. I adjust the amount of information to your level of readiness to learn it.
A second lesson would follow up on anything you were still struggling with from the first lesson, and then maybe focus on rhythm or dynamics, or on how to draw sexy women, or better faces and hands and feet, or any number of things. I try to teach you everything you need to know to make up exciting figures totally from your imagination.

"As you saw from the last lesson, I can look at all the books and videos in the world, but I still need someone competent to look at my drawings and give feedback. It's hard to pull all the info from all the different sources together into a coherent whole, and you help with that bigtime. Plus you provide info not in the books." -Glen Nunes

If pencilling comic books is your goal, you first need to know how to draw from your imagination, so I'll teach you all the fundamentals of drawing you don't already understand.
   a. design & composition-what's the difference? What are positive and negative space? I'll explain it all clearly.
   b. perspective- you'd be surprised how many top comic artists don't understand it!
   c. anatomy- as it pertains to drawing, not as it pertains to becoming a surgeon
   d. figure drawing- how to draw better figures than many of the artists working in comics.
Here's an example of something none of the books on figure drawing show you-
Click on the image to follow along as I draw a superhero in action from a blank sheet of paper to an inked figure!

Thor copyright Marvel Comics
If I'm showing you this much for free, imagine how much more I'll show you in your lesson!

"You've been very generous with your time in answering questions after the first lesson, and in emailing me additional attachments, and I'm grateful."- Glen Nunes

Each of these areas might really require a separate lesson, depending on your needs, but you can take any one or all; it's up to you.
1. How to read a script or plot to decide what needs to be drawn on the page. (Many writers give you much more than you need, and you have to edit out what's not necessary, for example).
2. Composition and design. How to design panel arrangements on the page. What size and shape to make the panels and why. Where to put everything in the panel and why or why not. Common mistakes and how to avoid them.
3. Dynamics. How to pose your figures for maximum impact and power. How to make a person just sitting in a chair look more interesting, etc. (This can also be covered in the figure drawing lesson above).
4. Storytelling. When to use a long shot, close-up, up shot, down shot, etc. How to pace a scene, choreograph a fight scene, etc.

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO LEARN? I WANT TO HELP YOU LEARN IT!

"I'm very pleased by your frankness."-Michael Greczek

I send you some xerox examples, some hand drawn examples, a thorough critique of your samples, and a lesson of some kind for you to try (I'll send you sample plots or scripts to draw from). My lessons are really different for everybody. We'll work on YOUR specific needs. I spend hours on each lesson, and everyone has always agreed they got much more than their money's worth. The number of lessons you take is up to you. I will keep helping you as long as I think I can still teach you something, or you can quit after the first lesson, if you like.

INKING LESSONS-$300 EA.

"Wow! You really went into great depth on spotting blacks. Well worth the money. Makes me feel embarassed to admit to buying the (big name artist's) course. He probably knew everything you mentioned, but he didn't bother to pass it on." -Michael Greczek

Do you know what the five main different reasons are to make an area black? In your lesson, I'll tell you and clearly explain when to use each one.

Think about it, then click on the image to see where I suggest blacks
In your lesson, I'll show you this whole page(and others) and explain in detail why the blacks should go there

Each lesson is only $300. The only reason I charge for lessons is because I spend hours on each one, trying to teach you as much as possible. I simply can't afford the time to do that for free. Please email me for an address to send your samples to me. As in the pencilling lessons, rather than offer a generic lesson that may contain information you already know, I tailor the lesson to the individual. So I ask you to send me 1-3 examples of your inked art (mail or email) and tell me what you're hoping to learn. I'll answer all of your questions to the best of my ability. I can tell right away what your weak areas are, and tell you what you're doing wrong, why it's wrong, and show you how to do it better, and why it's better. In the first lesson, I get you started practicing some exercises to gain control of the pen and brush. You need to practice control continuously throughout the lessons. I'll tell you which pens and brushes and other tools are generally used by the pros.

I work with you on the 5 key areas of inking:
1. Outlining (there are 3 basically different approaches to outlining in mainstream comics)
2. Spotting blacks (where to put blacks and why, and where not to, and why not)
3. Light and shade (how and where light falls on the human form and other forms, and how to use lighting to enhance the composition and help create more form and depth).
4. Feathering/Rendering (Where and where NOT to use it and why, and how to do certain techniques.)
5. Textures (how to render water, wood, hair, metal, rock, trees, etc.)

Each of these areas can require a separate lesson, but you can take any one or all; it's up to you. I send you some xerox examples, some hand drawn examples, a thorough critique of your samples, and a lesson of some kind for you to try (I'll send you xeroxes of pencil pages to ink over). My lessons are really different for everybody. We'll work on YOUR specific needs. I spend hours on each lesson, and everyone has always agreed they got much more than their money's worth. The number of lessons you take is up to you. I will keep helping you as long as I think I can still teach you something, or you can quit after the first lesson, if you like.

click here to see some pages before and after inks!

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