Hey everybody! My name's Wade and I love drawing, cartoons and visual storytelling. I'm a professional storyboard artist and drawing instructor. When it comes to teaching, I'm passionate about helping beginning and intermediate artists delve deeper into the craft of drawing by guiding them through necessary foundational concepts that are often overlooked or neglected during beginning stages of study.
I consider myself a lifetime learning and I've spent well over a decade studying and working under leading professionals learning how to excel at my craft as well as how best to convey the core principles of drawing. My relationship to most all my instructors has been in private, one on one settings so I truly understand the value of providing undivided attention to students and what benefits that can yield.
Since 2017 I've been providing drawing lessons primarily via Skype and Google Hangouts although occasionally in person as well. I strive to be a thorough and patient instructor. I'm a firm believer in there being no such thing as a dumb question and will do my best to help guide you to a solution.
Prior to that I founded and ran a small, independent animation studio where we developed and created cartoons as well as provided drawing lessons. Part of my responsibilities included organizing and developing a cirriculum in addition to running a class of 6-8 students.
These days I mainly hangout on Instagram. You can find me and examples of my work at https://www.instagram.com/way_duh/
I think everyone should draw. Drawing is such a great way to communicate ideas and express emotions so being able to assist in imparting the foundational skills needed to get those thoughts and feelings out brings me a lot of joy.
Where I have a hard time understanding and getting things down in my head. Wade has been very patient and very compassionate in his teaching methods. He has truly been helpful and once i have learned the methods I’ve been easily able to pick them up in frames and storytelling cues. I am currently still learning from him and will continue to do so. With him I truly think I can pick up a career in storyboarding even though I’ve never went to school for storyboarding/art. I truly feel it is possible.
I thought taking lessons would kill my enthusiasm for drawing, but I've had the opposite experience with Wade. He takes the time to understand what I need and what my goals are, and he works closely with me and helps me achieve them. In between lessons, he not only makes sure I follow through on assignments, but he also corrects me and gives me lots of tips to keep me moving forward. I've been enjoying drawing more, and I look forward to continue working with Wade.
He has sat down and taught me via Skype the importance of tracing and creating points of actions. He has also instructed me to shape parts of bodies and objects in 3D form. Through our talks I can tell that Wade would make for a great instructor and hope to see him become one.
I take a highly individualistic approach with each student. I generally like to take some time to assess the skill level of the idividual. While I try to tailor every lesson to the student I have noticed patterns with many past students typically struggle with so I have developed a cirriculum based around these standard deficiencies that functions as a loose skeleton which I work with the student to build lessons tailored specifically to there artistic needs and desires.
Currently, I'm a freelance storyboard artist which requires a strong knowledge of drawing principles including composition, drawing figures, acting, staging and posing.
I have apprenticed under many top working professionals the majority of which were on an ongoing, long term basis. My main mentors have included Joe Murray (Rocko's Modern Life and Camp Lazlo) Jim Smith (The Ren & Stimpy Show) and Stephen Silver. (Kim Possible and Danny Phantom)
At this time I do not have a standardized price.
I first began teaching by sharing knowledge I had accumulated over the years with friends. That eventually spread to teaching people I had met on social media via Skype and Google Hangouts.
I work primarily with beginning and intermediate stage artists.
I recently got together with some of my animator buddies to sit down and exhange war stories. I'm always fond of events like that.
Find someone who not only trains you but inspires you; someone who will take the time to ensure you comprehend the concepts they're trying to impart.
The question I always ask and encourage my students to ask of themselves is "What are you trying to accomplish?"