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Read Reviews & Endorsement by Malone A. Samuels
( Studied with BURNE HOGARTH, GLENN VILPPU, JOE KUBERT)
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The training included on the "Structure of Man” HD is nothing short of remarkable. I am not even halfway through this (stunningly) comprehensive series of anatomy drawing videos, and I would urge anyone with the slightest interest in fine art to invest in this training without hesitation. Taking the viewer from the basic formulas of human proportion to the creation of advanced skeletal and muscle structures (and beyond), Mr. Phoenix has been truly generous with his time and talent, creating a product that will surely stand the test of time as one of the foremost instructional resources on the topic of human anatomy illustration. In addition to his astounding artistic skill, Phoenix is also a fine educator, and I have already recommended this set to several friends and colleagues (all of whom agree that “The Structure of Man” has been of greater educational value than all of the drawing classes they took in college put together). What’s more, the teaching style that Phoenix employs can bring anyone with the proper motivation (with or without prior fine art experience) the knowledge required to fully realize the intricate concept of human invention - so much so that the formulas become as easy to recall as the language we speak every day. With lessons learned from this set, one will have the freedom and confidence to later infuse their own artistic sensibilities into the creation of the human form – and from any imaginable perspective and pose. “The Structure of Man” is a treasured collection in my multimedia-training library, and I look forward to any future projects that Mr. Phoenix has planned for the future. Thank you Riven.
Multimedia Producer/Visual Effects Artist
My name is Diane Kraus and I'm a freelance artist in Northeastern Pennsylvania. I've been seriously drawing and painting for about the last 15 years. I love figure drawing and portraiture. I have struggled for years to learn how to do exactly what your courses teach.
I just finished the first 54 hours of The Structure of Man yesterday. I am in awe of how well the lessons taught me the invention of the figure, and how deeply seated that information now is in my mind. I'm going to take a few days to let it settle and practice some figures with all the muscles before I move on to the next course, but for the first time in my life I'm able to draw a decent realistic human figure from my imagination without looking at any sort of reference.
Thank you, thank you, so much for that.
Like a lot of artists writing testimonials for your courses, I've spent thousands of dollars on figure drawing classes. I got very good at copying, but not so much at understanding. You finally explained the human figure to me in all its parts, in a way that I could put it back together and make a whole. I feel so liberated. Again, thank you.
I've written a blog post about my experiences with your course, urging other artists to try it out and to BUY it. The cost is nothing compared to what I've spent before, and for so much more knowledge and insight. If you'd like to read it over, and see some of my coursework drawings and some before and after drawings, it's posted at my website at http://dekraus.com/?p=173 . You can see for yourself how your teaching affected my drawing, even with my nice "copied from reference" drawings in the background.
I'm looking forward to continuing through all your courses, so I hope your website is not going anywhere soon! I've so appreciated the simple, straightforward approach, and your dedication and deep understanding of the artistic process and the subtle aspects of figure drawing. It's made more sense to me than years of classes with other teachers, so I thank you so much for sharing it with so many online.
I really can't thank you enough. =)
Many blessings to you and yours,
I am through lesson 92 on the Structure of Man Course. I have finished the skeleton and working on finishing up the muscles on the head.I just wanted to say thanks for making these courses available to everyone. I have taken anatomy classes at an art school and have been studying on my own before I purchased your courses. Both the art classes I took in anatomy/figure drawing and anatomy books have not come close to all the information you provide or the easiness to follow along and understand what is being taught. I noticed that my drawing skills have increased so rapidly in such a short of amount of time; both in amount of days I been drawing and the amount of hours in each day I that draw. Before using your Structure of Man Course I was drawing 5 or more hours a day for 2 or more weeks and would see only very small improvements in my drawing ability only after putting in that many hours (The old artist saying, if you want to get better at drawing you need to spend a lot of time drawing). Now I am able to see improvements in my drawing ability in a lot less time than before. You have provided me with so much hope, inspiration, and enjoyment with drawing again. I was really getting frustrated with having gone to art school and than being told by comic book artist that I need to work on my anatomy. It's like I paid the school just too sit in there seats and draw.I will definitely write you again after I am finished with the muscles section and let you know how much I have improved and I will be thanking you again for all that you have done.Thanks for giving me hope again.
I recently purchased your course set and I just had to write to tell you what I think. I've BARELY gotten into the first lessons at this point but I had to say that this is BRILLIANT to say the least. I am amazed that so much can be grasped conceptually from the beginning that can be put to immediate use and I know once I get these concepts down I can progress rapidly. GREAT concepts and approaches make for great results.
I am further amazed at the COST of these lessons - so much information at such an incredibly good price. These are a valuable set of lessons and tools for learning an interesting approach with so much solid information that any artist can benefit from the techniques shown. So just wanted to send you a note of thanks and that I'm glad I made this purchase. And I don't say that about too much of what I buy. THIS was a value beyond its price and will serve me well for what years I've got left. HOPEFULLY I can get some drawing done and put the information to its best use. And I HOPE others see the value as well.
Thank you again for a GREAT course set that are nicely done and very inspiring.
I just wanted to take a minute to thank you and send you immense amounts of love for the gift that you have given with the "learn to draw the human figure from your mind" training course. i just completed the course and have grown leaps and bounds through your guidance. your artistic talent coupled with the methodical break down of the figure was brilliant. and the fact that your spirit shined through so pure and beautiful really made me look forward to the next lesson. thank you for putting all of that time and energy into this project and offering it at such an affordable rate so that anyone could benefit. you are a true gem.
Paul "Matocikala" Lee
I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to create these lessons. The structure of man learning to draw the human figure from your mind has really helped me. I thought I would never be able to draw anything but crude doodles and now I am starting to increase my skills. I have a long way to go yet but the skills I have achieved thus far to me is amazing. If anyone ever tells me that they would love to learn how to draw I would not hesitate to direct them to your site. This is the link to my deviant art page http://matocikala.deviantart.com. Where if you like you can see some of the practice pieces I have done so far. Keep in mind I have only been taking your lessons for 4 months or so while working a full time job to pay for the mortgage. Which brings me to another thing. The price for these lessons are so well worth it. Affordable plus highly instructive. Thank you so much for your time and effort.
Paul "Matocikala" Lee
I wanted to express my appreciation and gratitude for your contribution through these videos. I have been trying for years to understand the principals behind sketching, I had found that bringing pen to paper was as frightening to me as jumping from an airplane. I had begun to do 3D graphics work as I had found that to be an easier medium to create with. After toiling with trying to create these images I found myself constantly wishing I had a concept artist to make my job easier. Eventually I came to the realization that I would need to do these sketches myself. So I began my search looking for material on how to draw, I found books too impersonal and lacking in the ability to truly express the concepts behind the "how to". After watching only your first two videos I found myself grinning and thinking to myself "This is just too simple, why didn't I see it?".
I caught myself during the second video placing my hand down next to my hip just to see how your dots lined up. I laughed as I noticed your wrist dot lined up right along where it did on my own body. The concepts you present in your videos and the method you approach on how to learn are absolutely astounding. I am one of those analytical type people, I spend more time seeing things in black and white or better put; too left brained. When you started your sketches out with a simple line with 8 dots it turned on a light, I could see how simple it was and how someone like myself could use structure to let creativity flow. Again thank you for such a wonderful donation to those who aspire to be an artist.
-Joseph -Nailo- Rick
Lead Graphics Designer: DNA Studios Online
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"...the greatest instructional series that I have ever seen"
"I learned more usable knowlegde in the first 7 lessons than all other books combined"
- Bryan bay
"'The Structure of Man' HD is nothing short of remarkable"
- Jimmy S/Visual Effects Artists
"I'm speechless, i'm amazed of how fast and good I've become in drawing in such a short period of time"
- Lukas Grochowski
"This Course set, has likely been one of the best investments I have made in a long time"
- Christov Badenhorst
"...these lessons provide an amazing way to learn that books can't do"
- Ian Beaubien
"I have no idea but you have opened up a door for me that leads me to infinite Possibilities"
- Greg Becker
"...you will learn how to draw the human figure correctly and Efficiently."
- Jonathan Tran
"...the method you approach on how to learn are absolutely astounding"
"the amount of detail that you teach within the courses are simply Gold"
- Mike liu
"Your method makes it possible for me to learn and conquer this realm of knowledge in a realistic time span"
- Niels Heijenbrock
"...accomplished so much in such a short period of time without ever taking a life drawing class."
- Matthew Hoare
"It was truly a pleasure to learn from someone so enthusiastic and eger to teach and help"
- Eric Lacroix
"...drawing that would have taken me hours to 'get right' I can 'rattle off' in just minutes."
- Georgia Salmon
"The Structure of Man HD are by far the best there is to offer"
- Nigel Mcconnochie
"My speed has increased considerably. Your technique does just what you said it would"
- Carl Loar
"I strongly recommend this course for anyone..."
- Per Eriksson
"Don't hesitate to try this fascinating experience, you have nothing to lose and everything to win!"
- Jean-Philippe Rivard
"Im currently on the structure of the human head and let me say this collection is priceless..."
"Create a foundation in which you can draw figures freely from the imagination then these are the courses to buy!"
- Gavin Banns
"It was like having my own personal figure drawing tutor"
- Michael Bradford
"...I'm just getting into the structure of the head, its going great I'm improving so rapidly and learning things i had no idea existed"
- John Riley
"I wanted to email to thank you for all the work that you've put into your courses. I recently bought the Structure of Man set and I'm more than impressed with how much I've already learned."
- Jim Herron
"My daughter (15) is a huge fan of your course set, and her artwork has just improved by leaps and bounds. She's only on course 102;
- Jim Erskine
"I purchased your Structure of Man HD set and am very pleased with them. I am watching them over and over until I "get" each lesson. So far, the improvement in my figure drawing has been remarkable. Thank you!"
- Mike Rhodes
"My name is Robert and i'm 21 years old !! I'm just taking a minute of my life to thank you for what you have done !! It helped me so much you can't even imagine !!"
- Robert Guimond
"I really want you to know that what you did is really helpfull for all the artist community, and if you release another course set i'll don't hesitate to buy it."
- Dala Walid
"Thank you very much for your extraordinary, in-depth instruction. I've been looking for something like it for years without success"
- Ron Kempke
"...Since I started the structure of man lessons, my figure drawing has taken a quantum leap forward..."
- Murray Bernard
"I will never be able to thank you enough, and I feel as though you are too kind to share this much information with an artist, for so little. It is by far the best artistic investment I have ever made."
- Travis Wasko
"...I had no idea that I'm able to improve my drawing skills so much! It's just incredible and I must thank you for those course sets."