One of the earliest art instruction books I had was this gem. The Easy Way To Draw was a fun learn-to-draw book which had Woody Woodpecker and his friends teaching kids how to draw. I lost my copy years ago but I found another on ebay.
|A sample page|
Another inspiration was this August, 1963 issue of National Geographic. This issue had a great feature on Walt Disney which included a section on how to do animation. I still have my dad's copy plus I bought a few extras at several used book stores. I was and still am a big Disney fan.
As a 6th grader I took art lessons at St. Johns Art Museum in Wilmington, NC. The instructor was Hester Donnely. I also studied with Hillary Worthington at his home and Robby Nurnberger also at his home.
Here is an example of what I was doing when I was 16. The shop where I was showing my art work framed this for me. He used old barn siding he had.
I later studied at UNCW with Claude Howell, http://www.galleryc.net/claude-howell.html
I also studied with many gifted artists at East Carolina Univeristy http://www.ecu.edu/soad/ including Mr. Ed Reep, http://www.pbs.org/theydrewfire/artists/reep.html , Mr. Clarence Morgan http://clarence-morgan.com/ and Mr. Paul Hartley http://www.cityartgreenville.com/paulhartley.html..
My senior poster at East Carolina.
I have reviewed my portfolio of art work from East Carolina and found a few items which I will post here. The drawing above is from a series of figures (and their muses) from art history. I actually forgot who this was, maybe someone from the Dada period from the early 20th century. I forgot that I even did this piece.
This drawing is from an old photo of my great-grandparents which I cut up and spliced back together. This is also from my days at East Carolina and below is the second effort.
And the third.
A watercolor on Arches 140 lb paper.
A watercolor with color pencil on 140 lb Arches paper.
A drawing on Arches paper.
A drawing from figure class.
My teachers from art school in western wear. Ed Reep (with cigar) is still alive and he was a WWII artist. Paul Hartley recently past away (2nd. from right)..