My name is Allen Grimes and I have been teaching drawings classes on and off for several years. Since the summer of 2020, I have been teaching online classes to select individuals. I enjoy teaching and helping individuals in their desire to draw, increasing their skills and to have fun with drawing! This is a new direction for me and my studio and look forward to doing these classes for years to come. As of now, I teach one on one classes with the student. I typically teach a student, well as long as they want classes. That can range from a typical school semester and or including the summer. I have some who have just continued on having classes since I have started teaching and doing online classes.
Currently, I have been teaching lessons on drawing superhero, comic book characters, cartoon characters, Star Wars and most of any pop culture fandoms. I also have done classes teaching animal drawing, along with just anything from nature. Out of all my classes I do focus on the basics and techniques of drawing. This includes drawing techniques like shading, composition, line work and drawing basic anatomy. The drawing class is basically a process where I show them how to draw a certain character or technique and they mimic what I draw. I help them out with form, anatomy, the details, etc. I still allow or want them to have their own style to their drawing. I do not want them to only copy exactly what I am doing. This is a good beginning but in time I believe the student if focused enough will develop his own style of drawing. I do teach a basic drawing class that covers all that I have mentioned. The basic drawing class encompasses featuring drawing shapes, line work, perspective, etc. We focus on drawing what you see. I do incorporate these principles in my other drawing classes as well, but according to the subject matter we are drawing.
Current Students - 20
(I do have a few spots open but also looking to fill up my schedule for 2023!)
My total number of students at any given time varies. I can only have so many so that I can fit everyone into a schedule and still be as flexible as I can. My total max students would be close to 25 or so. Of course this all depends on how long the student is taking classes and so forth. I will post when my schedule is full and I can't take on any more students. How many times a week or the amount of classes will be determined by you. I will try to accommodate with current and new students to the best of my ability. My goal is to be as flexible as possible.
I will try to explain in this section on how it will be done and what each student will need for the drawing class. I can go into more depth on information per student/situation, so please contact me for any questions you have. The classes/lessons cater towards what the students wants to do and learn to draw. Each class is roughly 1 hr long.
Basically, I need a way to see the student's drawing and if possible the student as well. The student needs to see me draw and hear me talk, but not necessarily see me. That would be helpful though in talking with them. There is not a specific brand or model of cameras, laptops or computers as long as we can see each other well enough for viewing the artwork and doing the lesson. I can recommend products but it can be as simple as the student holding up the artwork in front of the camera, that will be fine.
The software that I will use for the online lesson will primarily be Google Meet but can use Zoom. All you need to use Google Meet is a gmail account. It is free, unlimited and very secure. This is what I prefer, but like I said I can use Zoom. Both of these software programs will allow multiple windows to where we can accomplish the drawing lesson. I am flexible on how we can make this happen though. I want to be able to help out as much as I can.
Traditional Art Lesson
The traditional art lesson consists of the student drawing with paper and pencils and they would follow what I do online. This lesson can also involve pens, inks and different markers. I do like to start off black and white and then proceed to using color. Supplies for the lesson will vary depending on the actual lesson. The basics will be just a drawing pad and pencils. The lesson can advance into pens, markers and using color. At that point or if it is a specific class/lesson, I will let you know the supplies you need. Just be mindful that if you are using a laptop or table to view the lesson, that you have it charged. A lesson is typically 1 hr long.
Digital Art Lesson
The digital art lesson will be conducted through what software the student is using on either a computer or tablet, iPad, etc. Just a reminder that I will need to see their work during the lesson. The student will need to be able to share that screen on the online software for the lesson or be able to show the work progress to the camera. If at the very least holding up the artwork in front of the camera. You may use whatever computer, tablet or iPad for the lesson. As for the software, I will be working in SketchBook Pro, but you can use Procreate, Clip Studio, etc. This is a lesson to learn to draw, not focused on learning the software. But during the lesson, you can be exposed to learning more on how to use the software. I would recommend that you are familiar with whatever software you choose. Just be mindful that a drawing lesson is typically 1 hr long so I recommend having your tablet or iPad charged for the lesson.
Types of Lessons
As said before, I will cater to what the student wants to draw or learn to draw. I can start off simple and then advance to learn more techniques with a focus on improving the student's skills. This can be just doing black and white drawing lessons and then progress to color and so forth. This will also be best determined on the age and experience of the student. The age of my students I have range from 8 yrs to 25 yrs old.
My goal is to help out the student in their drawing by improving their skills, introducing new techniques, being creative and to have fun drawing!
Cost of Drawing Class
The pricing is based upon each class or hour of drawing.
Please email me for the pricing.
Q: What has been your favorite thing about the drawing classes and what can you say you have learned most from them?
A: I've personally grown exponentially thanks to your classes these past years. I've not only learned and grew upon the simple things, but even made the transition to virtual art! There are many ways your lessons have helped me through the years. Firstly and, arguably most importantly, my actual drawing skills have significantly improved! Not only that, but my confidence in my skills has also improved majorly! So much so, that for a small while, I was selling my pieces! I think personally my favorite thing about your classes would be you never judge or rush through the process. You encourage me when things go right, and wrong even! You show me the way and help me grow in my skills without being commanding while doing it! It's a really admirable trait about you and it helps me out in so many ways, and I'm just really thankful for that side of you! But not to mention, I also have a lot of fun in your classes as well!
Q: What do you prefer, drawing digitally or traditionally and why?
A: I have always had difficulty choosing between the two, because I grew up drawing traditionally. But recently, as I've mentioned I've made the transition into digital art. Both have their positives and negatives. But I think personally I like digital art better. For a few reasons;
1.) There is the almighty undo button.
2.) You can scale and change lines that you would have to redraw entirely traditionally.
3.) You have virtually infinite options for colors, where normally you'd only have about 64, depending on what your colored art supply might look like.
4.) It's just all around more convenient, there are a lot of cool shortcuts and tools to help with the process that you just can't get with traditional drawing.
Q: Would you consider an art career in your future or consider doing art as a hobby?
A: As a little kid that was my dream, to sell art. And I made that dream come true! For a little while. I sort of tested the waters with my shop on Etsy, and I had a few good sales! During that time, I had learned a lot about selling things I had made myself. I had originally imagined it to be a fun hobby, creating what I wanted to create, and make some money out of it! But sadly, what I wanted to make wouldn't sell and I didn't want to become a "doormat" and conform to my customers. So now, I see my artistic abilities as a wonderful hobby and I want to remain at that level. I want to keep drawing for myself, because I really enjoy making pieces on my own!
Check out Reilee's artwork below!
Reilee Chamberlain - age 16