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Introduce Yourself

  • Introduce Yourself

     Bluemidknight updated 2 weeks ago 17 Members · 33 Posts
  • Drawing America

    Organizer
    October 22, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    Please take a moment to let others know a little more about you. 

    • What part of the world you are from?
    • Why have you enrolled in an online drawing class?
    • Where can we see more of your work? 
    • Anything else you want us to know about your relationship to drawing. 

    We look forward to getting to know you. 

    Drawing America

  • Simon Levenson

    Member
    October 22, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Hello Everyone, 

    My name is Simon Levenson, I am the founder of Drawing America. 

    I am an oil painter and an instructor of drawing and painting in New York City. 

    Drawing has been an essential part of my life since I drew alongside my older brother when we were young children. My initial goal was to be as good as he was. That desire to learn and improve lasts to this day for me. 

    Perhaps more important than ambition and a desire for self-improvement, drawing is for me a type of meditation and a relationship that I have with myself. It can both excite and calm me but always it is a way to check-in and see how I am doing at any given moment. It is a daily practice.

    I hope you will share some of what makes drawing special for you in this forum. We are thrilled to have you here. 

    I teach oil painting at The Art Students Leauge, and drawing at The Morgan Library & Museum and The National Arts Club. 

  • Christopher

    Member
    October 28, 2019 at 4:56 am

    Hello everyone,

    My name is Chris Boitz,

    I am logging in from Portland Ore.

    I enrolled on here because after a hiatus of drawing for years I resumed regular figure drawing regularly this past Summer and can’t get enough. I am working on my skills to hopefully get yo a point where I like my drawings, then I would like to start painting. I stumbled on Will Weston’s teaching recently and have been wishing that I could go to Art Center and learn from him, but I am already broke paying off student loans from the first time I went to Art School! I was very excited to find out about these series. Already today, on day one watching the videos, I have worked out some issues that were at the top of my improvement agenda. I can’t wait to soak up more. Thank you so much for these! 

    • Drawing America

      Organizer
      October 28, 2019 at 11:08 am

      Hi Chris, Thank you for sharing your background with us. We’d love to track your improvement as you study. Please keep us posted. 

      • Christopher

        Member
        October 28, 2019 at 7:54 pm

        Will do. Thank you for the interest.

  • Thomas

    Member
    November 1, 2019 at 10:42 am

    I am Thomas Tzortzi a Designer from London, UK.

    I have enrolled due to a long term need to draw with more clarity and have seen a number of Will Weston’s instagram posts which break down the process of drawing in a ‘fun’ way. I draw for work but architecture and design is a very different drawing discipline to the organic forms of figures and landscapes.

    You can’t see much of my artwork out there’s  but I am hoping this forum becomes a great platform to share drawings and progress. 

    • Drawing America

      Organizer
      November 1, 2019 at 12:11 pm

      Hello Thomas,

      Thank you for sharing your information. It’s great to have designers, fine artists and those in the entertainment industry sharing this platform. We also hope it becomes a place for members to share their passion for drawing. 

      Welcome aboard… 

      Simon 

  • KC

    Member
    November 2, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Hello! I’m KC Weakley, a regular at Monday and Friday night sessions at the National Arts Club here in NYC. Here’s a pic of a drawing I did last night of the incredible model, Michael. This was about 1.5 hours of drawing time. Graphite on Strathmore Heavyweight. 24″ x 18″. Enjoy! 

    • Drawing America

      Organizer
      November 2, 2019 at 5:20 pm

      Hi KC, thank you for posting this image. KC drew last night with Drawing New York (our local chapter of Drawing America).  KC how long have we been drawing together now? 

      Simon 

  • Yuliia Zaporozhets

    Member
    November 3, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    I am Yulia Zaporozhets a 2d artist from Kyiv, Ukraine. I really enjoy that endless process of getting new knowledge and art skills. I’ve attached some of my anatomy drawings.

    Thanks and good luck!


    • Drawing America

      Organizer
      November 3, 2019 at 10:23 pm

      Hi Yuliia, These are terrific. Did you copy them from a book? If so which one. I think we could all earn by copying drawings like these. The last one looks like Gottfried Bammes who is one of my favorites. Thank you for posting. Simon

  • Ryan Malm

    Member
    November 4, 2019 at 2:02 am

    Hello! My name is Ryan Malm. I make my living as a software developer and graphic designer for the US Air Force. At home I draw and paint for my own amusement and self-improvement, consume new training materials when I can.  I’ve been following Will Weston on Instagram for quite some time, and was elated to find out he had new online courses available here, so here I am.  You can see my personal art at http://www.instagram.com/Ryan.b.malm.  I’ve always loved drawing, it’s part of who I am and the creative charge and sense of accomplishment I get from filling sketchbooks fills my bucket.  

    • Drawing America

      Organizer
      November 4, 2019 at 2:29 am

      Welcome aboard Ryan. What an interesting job you have. This series of drawings look like you really have a feel for the materials and design. 

  • Aleksey Nisenboym

    Member
    November 12, 2019 at 3:47 am

    Hi everyone I’m Aleksey,

    I’m in NYC. I signed up for Will Weston’s classes because I follow his instagram and find his explanations easy to follow and understand. I’ve always wished I could afford art school so this is amazing. I’m currently working retail (for the last 7 years) and it’s awful. I would like to become a professional illustrator, comics and cartooning are my dream. More of my art can be seen on my instagram (@artofaleksey) I also have a website (alekseyillustration.com) but have yet to receive any paid offers. Once my art improves from watching Will Weston’s courses, I hope to update my portfolio with stronger pieces.

    • Drawing America

      Organizer
      November 12, 2019 at 2:01 pm

      Hello Aleksey, Thank you for sharing your work and a little about your story. In addition to your technique already being good, I really like the sense of humor in your pieces. That is as strong as your drawing skills. Also, love the full-color work. 

      • Aleksey Nisenboym

        Member
        November 12, 2019 at 2:07 pm

        As strong as my drawing? Are you saying I have a bad sense of humor? (Kidding) Thank you for your kind words! I am still experimenting with colors, thank goodness for photoshop. Glad to be here 🙂 

  • Edward

    Member
    November 24, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    Hello Everyone,

    I am Edward Evjen, I am an Animator in the Vancouver area.

    I am here to improve my drawing skills  because I want to work in animation preproduction in addition to production. I am particularity in storyboarding.
    My work is on my website, animatoredward.com. I am also on instagram, @animatorEdward.

    When I can I join lifedrawing sessions every evening. If you live in Vancouver and often go to cafes, there is a high probability I have drawn you. 😉 You look great.

    • Drawing America

      Organizer
      November 28, 2019 at 12:55 pm

      Hello Edward, thank you for sharing your work with us. It looks like there are a few things you are doing, life drawing, studies (of hands etc.), animation style scenes and then real-life scene. The real-life scenes seem to fall into two different types, near (as in cafes) and far (as in the bridge). I wonder if you can tell us which you are most confident in and which you want to work on more? Also, Will is coming back to Drawing America in January to discuss how to get your portfolio in order for jobs, school, etc… We are hoping to stream it but aren’t sure yet. 

      • Edward

        Member
        November 29, 2019 at 5:41 am

        Hello DrawingAmerica, 
        I am more confident in close scenes because I have studied Forced Perspective by Marcos Mateu-Mestre. This is also the area I would like to study more as it is more relevant to storyboarding. 

        • Drawing America

          Organizer
          November 29, 2019 at 12:03 pm

          Wow! Thank you for sharing about Marcos Mateu-Mestre. I had never heard of him, likely because I am from the fine art side of things. His books are really highly rated and others can see them here https://amzn.to/2OwWoGo Thank you again Edward!

          • Edward

            Member
            November 29, 2019 at 6:54 pm

            My pleasure! I am happy to signal boost Marcos.

  • Misha

    Member
    November 26, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    Hello! My name is Misha Ignatov, I’m a concept artist currently living in Japan. Like many people here, I was captivated by Mr Weston’s blackboard posts on Instagram, especially by his systematic breakdown of approaching design (be it environments, characters, or composition in general), and couldn’t resist seeing the man himself explain his approach on video! Being self-educated when it comes to art, an access to this kind of resource is invaluable.

    Oh, and my work can be seen on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/mignatov/)   or ArtStation (https://www.artstation.com/misha).

    Nice to meet you all.

    • This reply was modified 7 months, 1 week ago by  Misha.
    • Drawing America

      Organizer
      November 28, 2019 at 12:46 pm

      Hello Misha, Welcome to Drawing America. It is great to meet you. Your work is strong. It seems like you are looking at a lot of different styles and trying them all out. Can you tell us about your influences? Thank you, Simon 

      • Misha

        Member
        December 2, 2019 at 2:30 pm

        Hello, Simon. Thank you for the reply and the kind words. In terms of influence, wow there are too many to list, really. John Singer Sargent, Richard Schmid, Sorolla, Repin and Fechin and a bunch of other Russians, Frazetta, Craig Mullins, Iain McCaig, Mike Mignola, Toppi, Bridgman…all over the board really, and the list goes on and on! In fact, that may be to blame for the schizophrenic style swings. But really, there are so many artists that are so inspirational, that when I see their work, I just want to stop everything and draw/paint exactly like them. I’m sure others on the forum know the feeling Wink

  • Alexandra

    Member
    December 7, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Hello!

    My name is Alexandra Lavrentiev and I am from Israel. 

    I started taking drawing seriously about 2 years ago, after 2.5 years of being a physics student in the university (hated it) and going through the army.

    We don’t have here good art schools so online courses are a blessing 🙂

    You can find me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexandra1.lawre/?hl=en

    Nice to meet you all!

    • Simon Levenson

      Member
      December 9, 2019 at 12:44 am

      Wow, Alexandra, Your works are pretty awesome. I hope others will go check them out on Instagram. Welcome to the group!

      • Alexandra

        Member
        December 10, 2019 at 6:08 pm

        Thank you so much! 

  • Bernadette

    Member
    April 8, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    Hi there! My name is Bernadette, I’m Filipino (living in America) and I’m here with the main goal of improving my abilities. It’s been an up-and-down relationship with my art, since I tend to have periods of dry spells when I feel like I’m not learning or improving, and this frustrates me. Before this, I’ve never had a formal art class, everything I’ve learned was from YouTube or watched how other artists drew. I hope that by joining this online course, it will help mitigate those periods of creative fluster by having actual instruction and by gaining solid critiques from knowledgeable people. Here is the Instagram with all my art : https://www.instagram.com/idylltea/.


    Thank you so much for reading!

  • Rens Tillman

    Member
    April 21, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    Hello 🙂

  • JUSTINE

    Member
    April 27, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    I am Justine Limpus Parish from Los Angeles, CA. I am the daughter of a fashion illustrator mother and furniture designer father who both worked in NYC. I have been drawing since I could hold a pencil.

    I was a fashion art director, illustrator and designer but now teach and continue to enjoy drawing from live costume model drawing sessions.

    I currently teach at ArtCenter College of Design – Wearables design and illustration in the Product Design Dept, and Costume Design in the Entertainment Design Depts.

    These images are some of my class demos

    You can follow me on Facebook and Instagram

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 1 week ago by  JUSTINE.
  • Bianca

    Member
    April 27, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    Hi! My name is Bianca Dunn and I’m a freelance artist/illustrator currently living in New York City. I’m originally from Sacramento, CA.

    Drawing has always been a joy to me. It feels great to enter the both meditative and super focused flow state. Love being able to just zone out when I’m drawing. On top of that, I’m all about comics, animation, anime, fashion illustration, water color, pen and ink, and more.

    Figure drawing has always been very relaxing and centering for me so I decided to find a drawing group when I moved to NYC. I’ve been to Drawing New York sessions through the National Arts Club here ‘n there over the past year and I’ve really enjoyed the community and learning environment from the group.

    I used to work in microbiology research but I realized my passion for drawing/illustration was too strong to ignore! Now I’m focusing on doing freelance illustration full time. 🙂 yay

    To see more of my work:

    my website: http://www.biancadunn.com

    Instagram: @bianca_illustration

  • Roxanne Jean

    Member
    June 15, 2020 at 6:53 am

    Hi!

    I’m Roxanne based in the Philippines.

    I joined here to attend Jennifer Gennari’s class. I just love pets and I started painting pets when the quarantine started.:) Would also love to connect with more artists around the globe. Can find my works at @petartbyroxy http://www.instagram.com/petartbyroxy

  • Bluemidknight

    Member
    June 20, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    Hi I’m Blue, and I draw stuff. Focusing to improve everyday. Taking will’s anatomy classes. Glad to be here.

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