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Learn to draw animals through gesture studies and more detailed observation!


Join Melissa Forman and Paul Richmond as they teach the fundamentals of drawing animals through quick gesture drawings and longer, more detailed studies.



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Learning the fundamentals of drawing is beneficial for all artists.


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Gesture Drawings of Birds
Gesture Drawings of Wolves
Gesture Drawings of Horses
Project 1: Sketch
Project 1: Ink Lines
Project 1: Final Touches
Project 2: Coat Paper and Sketch
Project 2: Shading
Project 2: Final Touches
Closing Thoughts
As professional artists and teachers, Paul and Melissa have met many artists who commonly face a lot of the same issues when creating their art. Learn how to use simple tools to create beautiful results. It’s never too late to get back to basics!

About the Instructors

Melissa Forman spends her time creating a richly visual world filled with characters created from an opulent, mysterious, and often eerie imagination. Her lovely, idealized figures seem lost in their own worlds, drifting between the 16th, 18th, 19th and 21st centuries. Melissa has been drawing and painting commissioned portraits since she was 14. She attended the Columbus College of Art and Design and graduated with a BFA in 2002. She now lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio. Her personal work has been shown in galleries around the world, from New York City to Seattle to Los Angeles to Berlin, Germany to Bristol, England.

Paul Richmond is an internationally recognized visual artist and activist whose career has included exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States as well as publication in numerous art journals and anthologies. His work is collected by individuals around the globe. He is a co-founder of the You Will Rise Project, an organization that empowers those who have experienced bullying to speak out creatively through art. He lives in Marina, California and is represented by Not Sheep Gallery in Columbus, Ohio.

In This Course...



What would this course mean for you? 

Learn on your own schedule. Students have lifetime access to the lessons, so you can revisit them as many times as you want. This class is for everyone - from beginners to more experienced artists - with an emphasis on foundational skills. As professional artists and teachers, Paul and Melissa have met many artists who commonly face a lot of the same issues when creating their art. It’s never too late to get back to basics!



You are welcome to work with any materials you'd like. Here's a list of everything Paul and Melissa will be using in this series:

• Sketchbook

 Drawing Pencils

 Kneaded Eraser

 Pencil Sharpener

 Micron Pens

 Watercolor Paper

 Paper Towels




Q. When does the course start?

A:  The first video lesson will arrive March 15, 2024. Subsequent lessons will be sent daily through March 23, 2024.


Q: What is included?

A: Students will have lifetime access to all of the video lessons in this course. 


Q: Who is this course for?

A: This course is great for artists at every stage, from beginners to advanced. Learning the basics is important because it gives artists a foundation to build on.


Q: Do I need to be in a specific location to participate?

A: No, this course is available to anyone anywhere who wants to learn about anatomy.


Q: Can I give this class as a gift?

A: Absolutely! Just type the name and email address of the recipient in the Notes section at checkout.



We can't wait to get started!