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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

September Landscape Sketch Outing

Here’s my upcoming seminar on September 19th, 10am-3:30pm:

We’ll meet at Chantry Flats, a new location, beautiful and tree covered stream, rock walls and a waterfall. We'll do some field sketching and small comps while discussing the elements of good composition.

*Suggestions for this outting:There is nothing challenging about this path but, nonetheless, be safe and bring good walking shoes for some of the more difficult areas. Bring a wet and dry sketchbook, several dry drawing tools, perhaps some ink and ink wash tools as well. A backpack or over the shoulder bag will be useful, possibly a light weight folding chair. And be prepared; have a jacket or sweatshirt.

Call me for registration, and not AAI. You can reach me at 323-913-7064

For a list of the remainder seminars for 2009, go to

I'm Teaching At the New AAI Location

1105 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505

We're no longer a hole in the wall operation. Check this place out, and check out my new classes for the fall term:

Registration now available: call (818) 845-7000


12 Mondays, SEPTEMBER 14 - NOVEMBER 30, 9:30am - 4pm. Fee: $300.
This course deals with the fundamentals and development of head and figure painting. Attention will be given to anatomy, structure and form followed with emphasis on character, mood and action. We will examine and explore different theories of color, the value scale, direct and indirect light and procedures used by various artists throughout history. There will be a running dialogue about composition and it's importance. I will give a one day lecture tour of a Los Angeles museum. Finally, a look at personal approach, inviting the student to challenge established norms and limitations.

12 Fridays, SEPTEMBER 18 - DECEMBER 11, 9:30am - 4pm. Fee: $300.
This intensive class will help you kick your figure drawing skills into high gear. Dynamics are the key to making a truly powerful drawing. Using a variety of materials with fundamental and advanced techniques, we will cover key drawing concepts, analyze old master drawings and discuss how to observe ond organize form. The study ranges from quick sketch to modeling form with special attention given to composition and anatomy.


12 Monday nights, SEPTEMBER 14 - NOVEMBER 30, 7 - 10pm. Fee: $180.
This class is designed to intensify the fundamental understanding of structure and form developed in earlier classes. The objective is clarity of expression. Attention will be given to anatomy, conceptualizing form and troubleshooting difficult poses. We will work on the description of form and design with tone in longer, more complete drawings with emphasis on integration of the parts, compositional structure and anatomical relationship.

12 Wednesday nights, SEPTEMBER 16 - DECEMBER 9, 7 - 10pm. Fee: $180.
Principles of story structure and visual storytelling for television and feature animation. Exercises stress invention and creativity within the context of a given structure, story mechanics, continuity, staging, gag structure, character, etc. Three storyboard assignments cover a complete range of variables a story artist might encounter. *Some understanding of visual perspective is advised.

12 Thursday nights, SEPTEMBER 17 - DECEMBER 10, 7 - 10pm. Fee: $180.
A basic foundation figure drawing class. Emphasis on fundamentals of observing, interpreting and describing form. Procedures used in quick sketch, construction and fundamentals of volume and structure. The goal is to develop the ability to draw with skill and imagination.