About

About

A picture of pencils in a drawer.

 

This site is about learning to draw and improve your drawing. It is built on the belief that drawing is an acquirable skill that anyone can obtain with effort and practice, and can become a lifelong avocation or vocation providing years of satisfaction.

This site was created and coded by myself, Ben Rathbone. I've found enjoyment, escape, frustration, enchantment, despair, and satisfaction in drawing and art my entire life. After childhood drawing classes, my first formal adult art classes were at the Art League School in Alexandria, Virginia. My serious art training was at the (now closed) School of Representational Art in Chicago, Illinois. I completed the School's four-year, full-time, highly integrated curriculum of training replicating the Atelier method of art instruction modeled after the academic painting schools of 19th century Europe. The instructors at The School of Representational Art were part of a lineage of instruction that goes back to Richard Lack in Minneapolis, R. H. Ives Gammell of Boston, William Paxton, of Boston. Additionally, I studied at the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto, the Palette and Chisel Academy in Chicago, and I have a Bachelors of Individualized Studies from George Mason University with a concentration in Classical studies.