Instructor Stories: Alex Leon

Introduction

Alex Leon isn't new to Storyteller Academy. He helped Arree with Drawing 1 workshops and Illustration/Art Office Hours all of last year, and students have commented on how helpful his suggestions have been. Alex has also taught drawing, painting, and portfolio development to college and high school level students.

Alex graduated from Art Center College of Design and UC San Diego. His experience at Art Center, as well as his work in the animation and video game industry, has given him a broad perspective of what it takes to succeed in the art industry.

Alex is a painter and a designer with years of experience in the game and animation industry, working with companies such as Warner Bros. Studios, TitMouse Animation, Pixar Animation, BrainZoo Studios, Crowdstar Games, and Red Robot Labs. Movies he's worked on include: Cars 2 and Scooby Doo. The mobile games he's worked on include: Life Is Magic and Life Is Crime. He has also worked on a series of fine art gallery paintings.

And this term, I'm excited to take Alex's brand new Drawing 2: Drawing in 3-D. As you know, I always give away something for these Instructor Stories posts. I was thinking I'd give away a $20 Amazon gift card for this one so that the winner can order art supplies if they want. Or books. Or whatever. 

Drawing 2: Drawing in 3-D

This class isn't just for illustrators. It's for anyone who wants to learn how to draw with perspective. Alex will teach you how to draw with cubes, cylinders, and spheres. 

You'll start out with everyday objects. Then you'll explore different strategies for constructing and modifying a cube into more nuanced and complex objects.

In addition to everyday objects and more organic subjects (like the girl pictured above), you'll learn how to draw vehicles, like cars, trucks, and boats.

And finally, you'll be learn how to draw characters with backgrounds. In other words, you'll learn how to place objects and characters in a 1 point perspective grid and in the proper scale. You'll work with interior and exterior spaces. Camera angles and specific 1 point shots will also be explored.

In the last week, you'll learn how to do the same thing with a 2 point perspective grid. (For reference, check out the very first drawing in this post.)

And Alex prepared 42 step-by-step daily drawing assignments to help students master the skills you'll learn in Drawing 2. Drawing a little bit every day has been shown to help artists make progress faster than drawing a lot once a week. These short videos make it easy for you to set aside a few minutes every day to form the habit.

Amazon Gift Card Giveaway Details

To enter the $20 Amazon gift card giveaway, tell me your favorite thing(s) to draw. (I like to draw faces and plants.) For additional entries, you can share this post on social media and post a link to where you’ve shared in the comments (preferably as a comment to your original comment so that all of your entries are grouped together).

If you share your experience of learning from Alex, I'd be happy to give you another entry.

I’ll close the contest at midnight (Pacific Time) on January 25. Thanks for reading and sharing!

Blog Contributors

Myrna Foster writes and edits content for Storyteller Academy and the WriteRiders Newsletter for SCBWI Nevada. She has spent a lot of time teaching and coaching children, including five years as a preschool teacher. She's also worked as a journalist, and Highlights High Five has published six of her poems. 

Arree Chung is an author/illustrator and the founder of Storyteller Academy. Arree’s Ninja! series has received starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal. Kirkus also gave a starred review to Mixed, which recently won the FCGB award. 

Today Arree lives a creative life, making stories for children. Arree spends most of his time making picture books, writing middle grade novels, and sharing his love for art, design, and storytelling with kids and dreamers everywhere.

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37 thoughts on “Instructor Stories: Alex Leon”

  1. Dear Myra,

    Thank you for this post!
    I love to draw trees, buildings, children, and animals.

    Regardless of the give-away, I am ready to dive into Alex’s next course.
    Workshops with Alex are inspiring and the knowledge, invaluable.
    Ability to review teachings is helpful; hands-on with Alex online gives ah-ha moments.
    That said, I gained enough drawing skill and courage to add a website to the cloud.

    Looking forward to next semester.

  2. This drawing class sounds very cool and the video Arree did last week about drawing with shapes was super helpful! I like to draw birds and nature scenes like mountains with rivers, however, I’m seeing how it can be easy and fun to learn to draw with the shape technique so maybe that will change! It can definitely help me with my projects.

  3. Great lesson! Perspective is pretty tough to tie down and this was really easy to understand.
    I’ve always had a tough time with character design, but I’ve been working at it and it’s probably the most fun I have now. Thanks!

  4. Love Alex’s courses. Looking forward to learning more about perspective!

    So I tried to think about what I love drawing anything that is humorous, but I tend to default to fish or faces when doodling.

  5. Hi Alex,
    I really enjoyed your first course, Drawing 1, and have been doodling up a storm ever since. Now every time I visit a hobby store I come away with at least two new sketch books, lol. My favorite thing to draw is tow-headed little kids with wide smiles on their faces. I also like drawing insects laughing and smiling and interacting like humans. I would love to take this new class to practice drawing with perspective , but my plate is pretty full right now. I hope to take it in the near future.

  6. I am so excited about this class. With a story dummy in shape for illustrating, I am excited to learn and put my drawings into action.

    I was only able to attend one of Alex’s Thursday open hours, but that was a great evening. He gave me loads of ideas to help me take realistic sketches and make them cartoony.

    I love to draw anything in nature. Squirrels and deer appear in my sketch book a lot.

  7. Dear Myrna, your posts are always so full of insight and I am grateful for the heads-up on this new, awesome class from storyteller academy!

    My favorite things to draw are actually—children!! And cute animals 🙂

  8. Soooooo looking forward to this course! I really need a refresher on that two-point perspective. My favorite things to draw are animals and anything in nature. I’m warming up to drawing kids now, too, thanks to Storyteller Academy. 🙂

  9. I can’t wait for this class. Alex not only has a skill at drawing but also explaining and showing others how to improve in this craft. His examples are easy to understand.

  10. Chrystal Creswell

    My heart has always gravitated to drawing realistic/anatomically correct exotic wildlife, movement and random silly things like fighting jelly jars. 😄 I am looking forward to taking Alex’s class. I haven’t decided yet but I may devote my time to his class only this term. I have a strong desire to bust out some serious scribbles.☺️

  11. I love to draw my two characters Mimi (a girl) and Minty (a pig) and figuring out scenes to put them in. I’m looking forward to more drawing lessons!

  12. I like to draw flowers! And I’ve also been learning calligraphy, which the instructor said is not writing, but drawing letters! So interesting to think about all these concepts!

  13. Nicole Salter Braun

    I would love to illustrate my own picture books. I consider myself creative, taught myself how to paint but I have trouble w/ realistic representations, especially drawing people. My favorite things to draw are cartoon-like animals

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