If You Can Turn Your iPad On And Off, Jeffrey Wiener Can Teach You How To Draw On It

Jeffrey Wiener‘s resume includes drawing and painting art for major clients like Disney, Scholastic, and the New York Times.  If you want to learn to draw, using your iPad, he is the teacher you want!  Not sure of your skill set?  If you know how to turn on and turn off your device, you are ready to learn from Jeffrey, who taught these drawing workshops at the Art Students League of New York!  The Rickie Report shares an interview with him, as we explore the world of non-traditional drawing.  Jeffrey is offering classes on-line, so this is a perfect time to sign up for yourself or give a distinctive gift to someone else!

 

 

 

 

 

Jeffrey Wiener

 

 

The Rickie Report is enthusiastic about bringing you more options to stretch your knowledge and skills set when it comes to creating!  

 

 

 

Jeffrey Wiener speaks about Drawing on Your iPad classes:

 

 

 

Jeffrey Wiener and students at New Studio for Visual Arts

 

TRR: How did you get started doing this?

JW: 

I started out as an illustrator and print designer in New York back in the 1980’s. I came to the city with well-developed traditional art skills and worked in a “hot” design firm where my drawing and painting skills were in use 24/7, creating spot art and illustrations for major clients like Disney, Scholastic and New York Times. When the Mac was introduced to the world of Design, I started using Adobe’s Photoshop and Illustrator from the very start, and thus began my Digital Arts career.

TRR: Where have you given classes in the past?

JW: 

I started giving iPad Drawing Workshops in 2014 at the Art Students League of New York (https://www.theartstudentsleague.org/) and soon started getting asked to hold workshops upstate, and then down in South Florida where I winter. The last workshop I held was this last December – February (2019-20) and it gave me the opportunity to test my new methods for traditional artists to jump in quickly and integrate their iPads into their artistic process.

 

 

Jeffrey Wiener teaching a workshop with three students in Bethel, New York

 

 

TRR: What kind of experience does a student need to sign up for this class?

JW:

Not much experience is necessary for my classes. Obviously, owning an iPad and knowing how to turn it on and off is a requirement, as is downloading the APP “Procreate” to their iPad prior to class. But I take great joy in introducing a new art-making tool to traditional artists. They ALL find it exciting and creatively mind-expanding. Really!

TRR:  Are there classes for total novices/beginners/experienced people?

JW:

I find that beginners need to spend a little more time learning how to use the APPs basic features. This is a deep well, as a metaphor, and it’s easy to drown in all the options available for creating artworks. Students who use their computers often, and come to me with a little experience in Adobe Photoshop, tend to take off VERY quickly. I find that holding separate classes for those two artist-types works best.

TRR: What if I can’t draw much except simple shapes ?

JW:

I stress to my students that the iPad is a drawing tool, although quite a powerful one. Doodling and sketching is how I start my classes, because the freedom from having to be perfect is absent from the mind. It helps students focus on learning the features, instead of on the work they are producing. My advanced classes are focused on teaching artists how to mimic traditional techniques using familiar techniques such as shading with a broad charcoal stick or using cross-hatching to achieve volume. Fortunately, Procreate has many features that allow you to make simple basic graphic shapes easily. Let’s not forget that you can use Procreate to make awesome graphic design with imported photographs and typography tools.

 

 

 

Learning to use your iPad to draw

 

 

TRR:  What kind of program do I need on my IPad?

JW:

Procreate is the #1 application for drawing and painting on the iPad. There are other apps, but the difference in the features, the high-resolution files, and quality of the resulting art files is so glaring that it’s not worth using any other APP. My traditional drawings are similar to M.C. Escher’s in detail and tone, and I can produce drawings on my iPad that when printed, cannot be identified as a digital print. This is akin to being an old-world lithographer who draws on stone and produces fine drawings that must be printed out on paper to be framed and displayed.

 

 

Link to Procreate: https://procreate.art/

TRR:  Once I have some skills, how can I use what I’ve learned in your class?

JW:

I often challenge my students to think of the iPad as a Sketch Tool, where ideas can originate to become oil-paintings or sculptures. Several of my students use it to escape the work they do all the time and experiment in a risk-free fashion, doing abstractions or venturing into simple animations for social media like Facebook. Some of my students are designers who work with computers often, and wish to leave the desk-bound creative process and work at the beach or in the park. I love to introduce my students to using the iPad as a Life-Drawing tool, and use it in Starbucks to capture people. Most think that artists are surfing the internet, when in fact they are making observational drawings un-detected by their subjects.

TRR: Can you share a video with us?

JW:

Here’s a recent video where I teach how to draw a simple white object (coffee cup) with a “Charcoal” looking drawing tool.
 

https://youtu.be/3ehNpMd2ECY

 
 

About Jeffrey Wiener:

Jeffrey Wiener was born in Miami, Florida in 1961, and graduated from Florida State University in 1983. He has exhibited his surrealistic drawings and paintings in galleries from Miami to New York City where he resided for many years. His entrepreneurial ventures include Dangerous Media Productions, a multi-media internet marketing firm, www.YoungMindInteractive.com, a developer of educational software, ebooks and games, and www.TheGreatNude.TV, a Figurative Arts magazine featuring videos and articles about artists who are dedicated to The Nude. His recent workshops “Figure Drawing with the iPad” were held at the esteemed Art Students League of New York.

 

 

Jeffrey tells The Rickie Report, “I love designing great drawing environments, where artists feel at ease and I can engage with them as students informally. I like to provide life models that challenge my students, and I use good lighting, colorful props and music curated to put the brain in a creative work mode. Drawing together is a very communal experience for artists, and it should be as fun and rewarding as it is challenging.”

 

 

 

For more information about these classes, demonstration or artwork:

Artist Website:
http://jeffreywiener.gallery/

“Sketch with Jeff”:
http://jeffreywiener.gallery/life-drawing-classes/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.wiener.98

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/jeffreywiener/

LinkedIn:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffreywiener/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/JeffWienerArt

 

 

 

 

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Artist, Stephen “Shoosty” Shooster Is Featured At Weisman Community Center In Delray Beach. Meet The Artist February 23 And View “50 Years Of Making Art”

Artist Stephen “Shoosty” Shooster is featured at the Shirley and Barton Weisman Community Center in Delray Beach, in a retrospective exhibit, “50 Years of Making Art”.  The exhibit is a radical exploration of the mediums, techniques, and narratives of the artist.  Shooster will be presenting an Artist Talk on Saturday, February 23. The free event is open to the public and the exhibit will be on view through March 3.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  

 

 

 

Shirley & Barton Weisman

Delray Community Center

7091 W. Atlantic Avenue          Delray Beach, FL 33446

 

 

PRESENTS:  

Fine  Artist,   Stephen  ‘Shoosty’  Shooster

 

 

“50   Years   of   Making   Art”

Meet the Artist Reception/Artist Talk:

Saturday, February 23

4-6 pm

Exhibit runs Now through March 3, 2019

 

Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday 10 am – 4 pm

Closed Weekends and Holidays with exception of Artist Reception

For more information:  561.558.2149

 

Sculpture, “Warrior Looking Left” by Stephen ‘Shoosty’ Shooster

 

 

 

A prolific artist in multiple mediums, Stephen ‘Shoosty’ Shooster is eager for viewers to understand the background of each of his art pieces.  From sculpture, to painting, to digital art, the story brings even more life to these artworks!

 

Shooster tells The Rickie Report, “Creating harmony out of chaos is a driving factor in my artwork. I thrive on movement, activity and especially music. Painting allows me to share the beauty I see in nature combined with my mind’s eye. The simple act of painting slows my mind to let it rest. In this way, chaos and calm become interdependent and bring balance to my life and my work”.

 

“My media changes according to the pace at which I wish to work. I keep many projects in motion at the same time. I stagger the works according to completion times ranging from hours and days to months and years. It takes long periods of time to get the big projects completed. Big projects need time to dry between coats, and patience to resolve composition, form, and colors. It helps to have small wins along the way to keep your mind sharp and cheerful”.

 

 

He explains, “I’m constantly evolving, experimenting with the latest technology while on a daily basis experiencing the hand tools and materials used by the Masters. It is critical to understand the nature of different forms of paint, brushes and skills when approaching technology. Every medium, as well as what I listen to and what is happening in my life, affects what ends up on the canvas, especially the dog hair if I’m not careful”. 

Most of Shooster’s work starts with an intimate drawing. He uses standardized on 14” x 20”, Fabriano, Acquarello, cold pressed, 100% cotton, grana fina, 140 lbs. watercolor paper. “It may sound quirky, but I always cut the last inch of the watercolor paper off, so I end up using 14” x 19” sheets, a size that feels right to me. I start by drawing whatever I see. Musicians are my favorite models. I look at my subjects very carefully while drawing. I pay extra attention to the lighting, especially the nuances that happen to occur. There is always something that I didn’t expect. I believe you can’t really see what you’re looking at until you try to draw it. It takes patience, but if you take the time, you will be rewarded. Whatever you are looking at, in time, will unpeel itself and reveal its essence”.

 

 

“After the initial drawing, I intentionally practice letting go to see where my mind can take it. My inspiration might be anything. I continuously study all kinds of art and visit museums the world over.  As a seasoned artist, I can also lean upon an extensive personal library of completed works and concepts for ideas. For instance, I recently did a drawing of trees with Spanish Moss hanging over them in North Florida. The following day I went to a music concert, brought the same drawing pad and did a drawing of the musicians on top of that landscape, then I integrated the two. The result is a dreamscape, called Gypsy Tears”. (http://www.shoosty.com/portfolio_single/236)

 

 

This exhibition features Shooster’s original artwork as a detailed overview of the artist’s portfolio from the last few decades. Shooster’s bold use of color, brazen brush strokes and surreal sculptural composition explore the artist’s inspirations ranging from his Jewish heritage and studies, to the impact of music and his unique personal perspective.

 

 

 

Shooster says, “Art is fundamentally about exploration. Through my life’s work, I bring the realm of possibilities to the forefront of my mind. This exercise loosens my thinking, like yoga for the body, so that when I approach a problem, I keep the solutions broad. It makes a big difference to approach challenges in your life with an open mind. By imbuing my lifelong love for learning into each creation, I create my work to inspire. If I had to describe my work in one word I would use the verb, ‘curative,’ meaning, ‘to make better,’ as in, let’s make the world better”.

 

 

While Shooster’s influence hones in on cultural history and primitive aesthetic, his evolving practice is anything but stagnant. Utilizing today’s advancement in technology as a medium in and of itself, the artist showcases with a mix of handcrafted skills and digital innovation.  

 

 

Stephen Shooster, known as ‘Shoosty’ was born in 1958 in Chester, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in Architecture, in 1986 at the University of Florida.  Shooster has enjoyed a successful corporate career by day and a prolific painting career by night.  He is also the author of ‘The Horse Adjutant’, a story about a survivor of the Nazi Holocaust, and is featured in Marquis’ Who’s Who in American Art.

 

 

 

You can see more of his work at  www.shoosty.com​

 

 

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Multi-Medium Artist Jeffrey Wiener Offers Digital And Traditional Drawing Classes For Second Year In Southeast Florida

Multi-medium artist, Jeffrey Wiener will offer Digital and Traditional Drawing Classes for a second year in Southeast FL.  His Life Drawing workshops offer individual and group classes in Landscapes, Still Life, Figure Drawing, Mobile Photography, Life Drawing with traditional tools and digital tools like the iPad. He will hold his first workshop of 2018  at Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery in Lake Worth on January 5th entitled “Life Drawing on your iPad”.  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to sign up now!  What a great gift idea!!!!  Jeffrey will also be selling his own artwork at the gallery, so stop by.  Wine, nibbles, art…

 

 

 

 

Jeffrey Wiener, a Miami-born New York-based artist/designer/publisher

Offers Classes and Workshops in Southeast Florida

 

 

“DRAW  with  JEFF”

Friday, January 5, 2018

Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery

15 South J Street    Lake Worth , FL

 

Register HERE:

http://clayglassmetalstonegallery.com/donate/

RSVP to joyce@flamingoclaystudio.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Chelsea High Line” by Jeffrey Wiener

 

 

 

Jeffrey Wiener, a Miami-born New York-based artist/designer/publisher, is again offering his Life Drawing workshops to the artists of Palm Beach County. Through his website, “DRAW with JEFF” offers individual and group classes in Landscapes, Still Life, Figure Drawing, Mobile Photography, and Life Drawing with traditional tools and digital tools like the iPad. He will be holding his first workshop of 2018 at Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery in Lake Worth on January 5th entitled “Life Drawing on Mobile Devices”.

 

 

 

 

An “Evangelist for Life Drawing”,  Jeff teaches artists to amplify their creativity by refining their skills of observation and then translating that into improved techniques. In 30 year’s as a professional designer and illustrator, Jeff has mastered dozens of traditional and digital skills for his design business’ clientele. “Drawing is the basis for that first visualization of a concept. Animators and designers in my NY workshops are always taking life drawing classes to improve their skills, and often using digital as much as traditional tools!” But Jeff promises that his mobile drawing workshops use APPS that are “easy to learn and a blast to use.”

 

“Red Sara Seated” by Jeffrey Wiener

COMMUNITY ART PROGRAMS:

Communities can have customized weekly art programs designed for their residents at a location of their choosing. Focus on specific classes, learn a little Art History, whatever you please. Email Me to discuss customized programs available ONLY to Community Groups.

 

PRIVATE SKETCH PARTIES:

Want to hold a SKETCH PARTY in your own home? Invite your friends over and we’ll do the rest. For a FLAT FEE, we will provide the Art Supplies, book the Model, and we can even bring great SKETCHING MUSIC. Email Me to discuss how an Art Party would work in your own home.

 

STUDENT RATES:

Advance your skills while in High School, preparing for College, or Advanced Education by learning how to master digital image editing and video editing software like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere and Procreate for the iPad. Email Me to discuss how to develop a curriculum designed for what you need to learn.

“Laura at Naples Beach” by Jeffrey Wiener

The fee of $40. for a single 2 hour class (session) includes your drawing supplies. 4 Classes is $120. Group rates are also available. See the http://jeffreywiener.gallery/life-drawing-classes/ for more details and to book a class.

 

Jeffrey Wiener Drawing with iPad 

 

Jeffrey Wiener was born in Miami, Florida in 1961, and graduated from Florida State University in 1983. He has exhibited his surrealistic drawings and paintings in galleries from Miami to New York City where he resided for many years. His entrepreneurial ventures include Dangerous Media Productions, a multi-media internet marketing firm, www.YoungMindInteractive.com, a developer of educational software, ebooks and games, and www.TheGreatNude.TV, a Figurative Arts magazine featuring videos and articles about artists who are dedicated to The Nude. His recent workshops “Figure Drawing with the iPad” were held at the esteemed Art Students League of New York.

 

 

Jeffrey tells The Rickie Report, “I love designing great drawing environments, where artists feel at ease and I can engage with them as students informally. I like to provide life models that challenge my students, and I use good lighting, colorful props and music curated to put the brain in a creative work mode. Drawing together is a very communal experience for artists, and it should be as fun and rewarding as it is challenging.”

For more information about these classes, demonstration or artwork:

Artist Website:
http://jeffreywiener.gallery/

“Sketch with Jeff”:
http://jeffreywiener.gallery/life-drawing-classes/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.wiener.98

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/jeffreywiener/

LinkedIn:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffreywiener/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/JeffWienerArt

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986