Dynamic Drawing

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    Teacher Information

    Salgood Sam is a comics artist with over 25 years experience crafting sequential art for both love and money. He has worked as Work For Hire talent, in addition to serving as an editor, and in the art restoration of classic comics. In recent years, he has financed his independent graphic novels through grants and crowdfunding. He is personally familiar with nearly all aspects of the art form.

    Starting early in the 90s he was employed by Marvel and DC Comics as a freelancer on titles such as ‘Saint Sinner’, ‘Clive Barker's Nightbreed’, ‘Doctor Strange’, ‘Morbius: the Living Vampire’, ‘Ghost Rider 2099’, ‘Spider-Man 2099’, ‘Wonder Woman’, ‘Ghostbusters’, and ‘Terminator’.

    He’s best known today for his work on ‘Sea of Red’ (Image Comics) and the graphic novels ‘Therefore, Repent!’ (IDW/NMK) and ‘Dream Life | a late coming of age’ (Self Published/Kickstarter). He also lent a hand restoring Frank King’s classic comic strip Gasoline Alley for Drawn and Quarterly, and currently self-publishes his own comics anthology series ‘Revolver Quarterly’, showcasing a wide variety of drawing and narrative styles. As an independent publisher, he has run three successful crowdfunding campaigns.

    Additionally he helped found both the Monthly Toronto Comic Jam, the Monthly Montreal Comic Jam, the comics news site Sequential, and is the recipient of three grants in addition to serving on Peer Jury for the Canadian Council for the Arts, judging graphic novel grant applications. Salgood is also an experienced and popular teacher at Syn Studio.

    Course Outline

    Week 1 - Understand how to use your tools effectively, both the one in your hand and your hand itself! Learn the best methods for drawing moving subjects.

    Week 2 - Develop your mind-body connection with a lesson from a Tai Chi master before sketching him performing advanced moves with his Jian [sword].

    Week 3 - Learn about the anatomy of all things and the hierarchies of drawing so you know what to draw and in which order. Learn to interpret space itself so you can improvise freehand perspective and understand more organic ways of drawing that track the motion and energy of the subject.

    Week 4 - Learn to compose and explore the picture plane and receive an introduction to wet media.

    Week 5 - Apply what you've learned to create movement studies with a live model,while receiving one-on-one coaching from the instructor.

    Week 6 - Gain proficiency drawing bodies in motion during a sketching field trip to a dance studio.

    Week 7 - Learn to use shadows to build up an expressive composition, capture depth, lighting, drapery, and create the illusion of motion. Understand how to use the strengths of different mediums while doing quick 3-10 minutes movement studies of theatrical combat specialists, performing live in the studio!

    Week 8 - Learn to use rhythm in your drawing as you sketch a live band in the studio.

    Week 9 - Understand cubism and how to apply it to movement studies.

    Week 10 - Apply some planned compositions and posing to a final moving model study with props and costume.


    Wednesday from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    Date of first class: July 12th

    Duration: 10 weeks

    Language: English

    You can register at the bottom-left of this page.


    Are your drawings sometimes stiff and life-less? Do you struggle to quickly capture moving bodies, or convey the illusion of motion in your drawings? Do you want to be able to draw quickly, confidently, and dynamically in a fun, fast, and fluid way? Or just generally gain greater control over your drawing tools? In this class you will learn techniques to train your hand and eye for greater mastery over your tools, and study the body in motion.

    Dynamic Drawing is an intensive 10 class developmental program to show you how to become a quicker, more expressive and confident artist.The class has a strong emphasis on refining technique and intense practice. Building the foundations that lead to drawing with confidence, quickly and dynamically. If you attend, you will draw better. Invaluable if you are interested in animation, comics, illustration, concept art or fine art. Or, if you just want to have fun while dramatically improving your drawing ability.

    And we can promise you it won't be dull. Along with a series of practice exercises, and workshops on the mechanics of perspective and composition, and a lot of one-on-one mentorship from your instructor, professional artist Salgood Sam. Many of the classes will involve novel life study subjects. From slow motion theatrical combat performances, to a field trip to a dance studio! A live musical performance? A hands on introduction to the ancient art of Tai Chi, followed by a dynamic drawing session with the master and his Jian [sword]! You have never taken an art class quite like it.

    Four core areas of study are covered in this course:
    1) The physicality of drawing, from hand-eye coordination to how we use our tools, when to choose a particular tool and why.
    2) How we perceive things, interpret and translate them onto the page. What kind of visual grammar will you use and why?
    3) How we remember things and develop our visual memory bank to the point where we can draw from memory and visualize things long enough to render them on the page. And we can use the same tools to imagine new things to draw.
    4) Hierarchy. Which elements of an object do we select to draw first, or at all? How to order the process of studying the subject, drawing it, and knowing when it is done?


    This class is a level 2, or intermediate class. Drawing from Life or equivalent experience (having a foundation in the basics of realistic drawing, such as basic perspective, proportion and shading) is required.

    Language requirements: You need at least intermediate level English to take this class (the teacher will use many visual examples and there will usually be students in the class who speak French and can help you if you don't understand something).



    This popular second level/intermediate class usually fills up well before the deadline, so register early! $470$430

    The Registration Deadline is Wednesday the 5th of July at 11:59 PM


    • Learn five essential techniques for constructing your drawings
    • Understand how to represent movement
    • Overcome your perceptual limitations and develop a trained eye
    • Understand the three most common mistakes artists make when trying to draw moving bodies and objects and learn to avoid them

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