As a kid, growing up in a tiny town north of Montreal, I was at the library a lot. I was using every last comic book, graphic novel and book on Illustration to teach myself to draw. Commander Mark on PBS’ Secret City was a big help too. There weren’t any classes for Cartoon Drawing. As I got older there were a few community classes here and there, but they were always level based… Level 1, Level 2, Level 3… then what?
The classes were done but I wasn’t done practicing and Learning. Why couldn’t Cartoon Drawing classes be more like Karate and Music? A never ending discipline routed in the repetition of principles and foundations that make great character designs, backgrounds…Worlds!
After my time in the Sheridan College Animation Production program, I worked as an animator for a number of years, then I became an approved Disney Publishing artist and worked for Joe Books as a creative manager for their Disney and Dreamworks licensed monthly comics.
Watching my daughter grow as an artist, I began to think back on my days at the library and with the support of my loving family and friends I decided to create Cartoon Coach. It started in October of 2017 in the front lobby of Toronto’s Red House Music Academy (thank you Mike) with 2 classes – 7 students, a couple of folding tables and a drawing easel and now there are on average 50-70 students depending on the time of year, 14 classes a week (On-line and in-studio), we even have students from Western Canada, the US and Germany!
I am so proud of our achievements at Cartoon Coach and so very grateful of the support we have from our community!
Cartoon Coach is a pleasure and a privilege.