First, I would like to say that this is THE BEST Art Class I have ever taken at Fullerton College!!! WHY? -Because of the work we got to do, things we got to learn, and meeting an awesome teacher named Marshall Vandruff!
This guy can really teach! He's really really really into art and his teachings... why would anybody not want a teacher like that!? I can't say enough about this guy, just take his classes! He has taught me more than anybody out there. Plus he is a pretty cool dude and has a lot of cool stories to tell (which most have lessons that are valuable to any artist).
Besides meeting Marshall, I also met some other great art students as well: the incredibly hard working & talented Christie Tseng, Josh Naehu, Carla Gomez, and Donald Kirby. Meeting these people have been great since we share similar goals and are highly determined to meet them. Some of us even had a few other classes together.
And...besides making new friends, I also discovered many great Art Masters of the past and present. We learned about them through Marshall's lectures, side stories, excercises, studies and even DVDs. We did so much in those relatively short 4 hours!
Here are some of the things we did: We usually started the class doing gestures for an hour, with each slide lasting anywhere from less than a minute or longer.
These are from John Tenniel's Alice In Wonderland illustrations (above).
The next two are A.B Frost's work.
The following are some gestures we did of Leonardo Da Vinci's drawings.
The rest are from Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes comic, George Herriman's Krazy Kat, and E.C. Segar's Popeye.
After doing gestures, we would spend another 20 to 30 minutes of a longer study from one of the images we just drew from. Penciled things in first then inking with pen and ink (the kind with replacable nibs and ink to dip it in...yeah, cool stuff yo!).
There are a few artists that I didn't get to mention, but one that everyone should know about is Heinrich Kley. His work is just crazyzamazing! We got to do studies from him too. ;p