Wade Goyens Studios
Hello, my name's Wade Goyens. I've been a professional artist for close to 20 years. I've had many jobs throughout my career but my areas of focus has always been comics & cartoons! I'm currently a working as a director and prior to that I was working as a storyboard artist.
In addition to my professional work, I've been teaching for about 8 years. I love accompanying people on their art journey & strive to shave off as much time as possible on their path to success! I have experience working with ages 9-50 with most of my students landing in the 17-35 age range. I'd love to help you out as you embark on your artistic endeavors :)
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
I take a highly individualistic approach with each student. The first step is taking some time to assess the skill level of the idividual. While I like to tailor every lesson to the specific student there are often fundamental principles that are lacking. My curriculum is based around these common deficiencies and it functions as a loose outline. I then work with the student to build lessons tailored specifically to address their artistic needs and goals.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I'm a professional storyboard artist working in animation. Storyboards require a strong knowledge of drawing principles including composition, drawing figures, acting, staging and posing.
Prior to starting my career I served apprenticeships under several top working professionals cartoonists. My primary mentors have included Joe Murray (Rocko's Modern Life, Camp Lazlo, & Let's Go Luna) Jim Smith (The Ren & Stimpy Show) and Stephen Silver (Kim Possible and Danny Phantom.)
How did you get started teaching?
I first began teaching by sharing knowledge I had accumulated over the years with friends. Over time that lead to teaching people I had met on social media via Skype and Google Hangouts.
What types of students have you worked with?
I work primarily with beginning and intermediate stage artists.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
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. (Pre COVID)
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
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.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
The question I always ask and encourage my students to ask of themselves is "What are you trying to accomplish?"