Autumn 2019 Student Testimonials:
Super course. Absolutely excellent models, poses and photography. Well-structured with lessons and feedback and practice. Good personal feedback from Kenzo … I highly recommend this course and as a former university lecturer I commend its teaching value and personal touch
I have really enjoyed this programme and have learnt a lot from it. It is difficult to single out specific areas that have been most useful because all of it has been so useful. I have never done gesture drawing before so this has been particularly helpful and will help me to have a more focused approach to short poses when I go to life drawing sessions.
The lessons were well presented and the time commitment for the programme was very manageable for me. I found the Tuesday feedback video and Kenzo’s feedback from the drawings I posted in the community area extremely helpful and I learnt so much from these.
I would be prepared to pay a subscription to have feedback on my own drawings in future if it were ever possible to provide this in the future.
I would recommend the programme to anyone who is interested in developing their life drawing skills or just want to develop their general drawing skills as so much of what is covered can be applied to all areas of drawing.
Kenzo and Mayko and the LoveLifeDrawing community, drawing people and figures, hands, feet and heads has always been something I avoided. I never liked the outcome and was embarrassed for anyone to see. I am so glad I found and took this class. It has helped me to understand where and how to start, filter out the tons of data an image presents and build a structure on which to layer the important parts of the drawing. Understanding the process is what I never was able to grasp from books and other attempts to draw figures.
Kenzo, I appreciate the amount of effort you put in to produce the lesson and feedback videos and liked the style and tone of the feedback … not overly positive or critically negative, but finding the good and highlighting how to improve in an encouraging way. Thank you. I look forward to taking more classes with you and the LoveLifeDrawing community.
Thank you for all the effort and work that you put into the course. The individual videos, the group but above all your personal, appreciative feedback, helped me a lot and I’m really glad that I signed for the course. I just watched the last feedback video and I felt really sad that there is no new lesson waiting for me tomorrow! I hope that I will still continue drawing regularly and make progress.
Thank you again for everything.
I thought it was a fabulous course which I enjoyed tremendously. It’s really helped me build a foundation from which I can progress. I shall miss it – what am I going to do on Saturday and Sunday afternoons now!
( And I’m still waiting for my bonus points for being the first to sign up 🙂 )
Class was organized and well planned. Liked it how it was wouldn’t change it
Kenzo and Mayko have treated us as family members. So loving in behavior , so living in their passion, and so rich in drawing techniques. That’s what Love Life Drawing is all about. – Mohamad
The course lessons were clearly presented well structured and every lesson had purpose but the best thing was Kenzo’s regular, positive, consistent criticism and almost immediate well thought, on-line and video feedback aimed at individual drawings every week.
Posting work on-line twice a week was a little daunting to start with especially being pushed out of my comfort zone in the lesson, however the community feedback, comments and criticism created a positive, encouraging pressure, this made me think about how I was drawing all the time … and now I am excited to make the time sit down and draw.
I feel a little sad the course is over however I will definitely join the community challenges and keep practicing with Mayko and Kenzo’s lessons in mind. (Kenzo’s chilled voice has now been installed in my subconscious and kicks in as soon as I lift a putty rubber or a bit of charcoal!)
When you have an advanced course I will definitely join up!
I felt like this course was a good risk, because I knew from Kenzo’s YouTube videos that he spoke about drawing in a way that made sense to me. But I did not know the full breadth of what I would be learning. From basic guidelines that make it much easier to form all part of a body with realistic proportions to guidance on how to see shape, shadow, and gesture in a pose. The mix of guided drawing with practice sessions and feedback made it easy to learn new skills and see improvement weekly. Kenzo not only has a great way of explaining complicated drawing considerations simply, he helps you set reasonable expectations for yourself and I never once had that awful “I’m letting the instructor down” feeling that a number of other art classes have given me. He has a very clear picture of what a learning artist needs, and he makes sure to provide it. Prior to this class, I found the whole human body quite overwhelming. So many shapes! Such complicated junctures! But now I have a system for approaching a pose with confidence. Even if it doesn’t turn out flawlessly, my skills have improved significantly and I have many, many more tools to take into my future drawing practice. I also really appreciated the fact that there were no “beginner” poses. Often I’d see what we were going to be drawing and think “oh, dear god, why?” But on a deeper level, I appreciated that Kenzo had faith in our ability to rise to a challenge. I also appreciated the diversity in body shapes that were represented. We definitely didn’t run the risk of having only drawn muscular men and willowy women, and therefore not being able to adjust our minds for a model that ran against our practice and expectations. I will definitely be recommending this class to my friends… THANK YOU for this class and your YouTube videos. Your approach has made a very big difference for me, and I appreciate the supportive community you have so carefully built.
This is the first time I have taken a course in figure drawing. This course taught me a lot more than I thought it would. There are many aspects and challenges that it covers and still it provides excellent guidance in everything.
It gave us an opportunity to work on many different tasks while at the same time returning to some key skills that must be repeatedly trained – love it!
Kenzo, you are an inspirational teacher who manages to pinpoint what is both difficult and yet possible to overcome for all of us. You have given us both individual assessments and instructions and also comments and advice that we have all benefited from.
It has been rewarding that you also take the help of Mayko. It’s so good to get explanations based on not just a single point of view, this directly gives a perspective.
There is much more to say … But big thanks to you Kenzo! and so also to Mayko. Hope you will continue with these courses. I will follow you and both repeat the course parts and also see what new you offer!
greetings from Staffan
Kenzo – First, thank you for putting this class together and making it available. It is well thought out and is a valuable tool for those of us that only have online learning options.
Your teaching style matches my learning style and that creates a sense of comfort that opens the door to learning – for me as beginner starting out that is critical. You’re reminders that we are our own worse critics compliment that comfort.
I was not able to keep up because of my job, but having the videos available after the class means I can do them again. This availability is another positive part of the class.
Overall, I enjoyed your teaching style, the way in later videos you discuss the different approaches you and Mayko have and finally, your crits that are always positive.
Early on, Kenzo said he felt it was important for each of us to learn to be our own best art teacher. The course provided strategies to approach life drawing that I can continue to use in my practice to become a better artist. Kenzo got me to question myself, to critique my own work. Of course, he gave me feedback, but also asked how I felt the lesson had worked for me. Perhaps the strongest advantage that the course gave me was to question my draftsmanship, my expressiveness, and to grow my self-confidence in the face of a failed drawing, because I now know I will keep going. I won’t give up. I intend to continue to express myself through drawing, because it makes me feel free and joyful, and I am thankful to Kenzo, Mayko, and my fellow artists for their support.
This was my first online course for any subject and it was a great experience. Thanks for your help in my growth as an artist and for making a difference in my life.
My name is Danuta and I live in England. I am a retired professional nurse/midwife and I have always wanted to be an artist but somehow life always seemed to get in the way. I turned to art on retirement and began by teaching myself to draw, which is when I discovered Kenzo at lovelifedrawing.com and so it all began.
The course content and tuition was excellent, with just the right level of detail.
Kenzo has an amiable delivery and his empathetic nature is particularly reassuring for beginners and those relatively new to life drawing. Inclusion on the course gives the student access to a community forum; where it’s possible to display your drawings and get feed-back from fellow students. Each week focuses on a different aspect of life drawing and ends with an evaluation of work, which is helpful and instructive.
I was initially unsure about an on line course. However, on completion of the course, I have noticed a marked improvement in my life drawing skills which, in turn, has informed all other areas of my artistic practice. Therefore, I would have no hesitation in recommending this course to others.
I found the freedom to watch the lessons at any time especially important. I was on vacation the first two weeks of the course and only caught up two weeks after the course ended… I believe that I improved because I put more time in drawing. Having the goal of completing the course encouraged me to draw more often. I also like knowing that I can go back and redo any part of the course in the future. I am happy that I signed up for the course.
– Shirley M
I was looking for a class to build some solid foundations. This class was everything I wanted and more – it proved to be more personal, useful, and detailed than my in-person figure drawing class. The pacing and workload was just right, and I was able to draw consistently every week despite having a full time job… I loved that we had a whole community of like-minded, passionate artists that supported each other throughout the journey. It also allowed me to see the range of how everyone approached the same problem in different ways. Thanks again Kenzo for an amazing course and helping me find my way back to my love for drawing!
– Shirley X
This has been one of the best drawing courses ever. Although I’m not leaving yet, I wanted to say it’s been great to be part of this wonderful experience. I have learnt so much from you and I’m am grateful for all the help and advice you have given me. I found that your lesson on drawing techniques are clear, well presented and your tips on drawing were extremely helpful. Thanks to Kenzo and Mayko and to our community for making this a wonderful experience.
I found the program was really worthwhile and I learned a lot – I’m so glad I was able to finish it. I liked Kenzo’s enthusiasm and his positive approach when providing feedback – lots of detail and information here. I also liked the focus on enjoying the drawing process and not worrying too much about the end result. I’m so glad that I was able to access the material and complete the course after the the program’s official ending – even though I couldn’t get personal feedback about my work I was able to review feedback previously provided to others and that just was as valuable for me.
Thanks for the great program Kenzo.
Spring 2019 Student Testimonials:
I really enjoyed this course and I can definitely say that I see an improvement in my drawing. I’m not so afraid when trying to draw what looks like a difficult pose. All of the feedback I received really helped me so much and seeing everyone’s drawing inspired me.
I have never had art classes/formal training before, so this is my first class. Kenzo and Ms. Mayko are wonderful teachers, the teaching style that Kenzo uses is more like a friend then an instructor. While some students were more advance in their art, Kenzo never treated us non advance students as less then. All of his feedback was encouraging.
All of the students were also very kind. No matter the skill level, everyone was encouraging and were happy to share tips or advice when able.
Overall I would say that this was money well spent.
Thank you Kenzo and Mayko. You have been beyond generous with information, feedback, encouragement and examples. The alternation of lessons and practice sessions reinforces your message that learning to draw is about doing it. For a person (like myself) who has relied on a careful and systematic approach to drawing the figure, your many strategies for introducing gesture were non-threatening, fun, and inspiring: I was completely won over. Yes, drawing takes effort and concentration, but your program also provides the counterbalance of freedom and spontaneity. It is clearly the product of much clear thought.
I was trying to find a suggestion for improvement, but it’s hard. It’s amazing how you could cover so much in so little time. I’m very happy of the course because it taught me a lot and made me understand where I can improve my lines and my whole approach to the figure drawing.
Thank you again for the course!
This was an awesome experience for me. I knew I could draw but I wasn’t confident of my growth. This course helped me analyze things analytically and also do quick gestures. I feel more confident now but of course just like with everything else the more we practice, the better we get. The comments were very helpful from Kenzo and the other artists as well. The videos being 30 mins were extremely comfortable for me due to my work schedule and I usually take some time to register the lesson. I checked how I used to draw before and now. It has improved greatly.
I am very happy that I chose this course and very grateful to be part of this community.
Thank you so much Kenzo and Mayko.
I absolutely loved the course! I could tell you poured your heart into it.
I’ve taken a few drawing courses online before and this was nothing like what I’ve experienced before. Most courses I’ve done were just a collection of videos you pay for. Not this one, and that’s because you gave feedback and were actually very, very active in the forums.
I felt really challenged and struggled a lot, but that kinda was the point. Everybody in the community was so supportive.
This program really helped me with my figure drawing. I noticed that my simplification (though never easy) has gotten better… Depending and if and when this course will be offered again – I will sign up to participate. Thank you Kenzo and Mayko for a well designed and prepared figure drawing experience.
I thank Kenzo and Mayko of Love Life Drawing for their wonderful course and my classmates for their support and comments. Kenzo’s teachings are inspiring and encourage creativity.
It was my first online course and was skeptical when I registered. Today I can say this course was GREAT and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in gesture drawings (beginners or advanced artists).
I’ve taken a few short courses online earlier this year related to figure drawing, and what separates this one from the others is the emphasis on analytical drawing early in the program. After going through the analytical lessons I noticed that my drawings started to tighten up, and noticed that my ability to perceive accurately increased. I felt that I was making real progress and had lots of fun in the process, and for this reason I highly recommend this course to any aspiring artist.
Pace was perfect with very nice guided sessions. Enjoyed thorough, interesting and focused practice sessions.
It’s been a great course; very challenging at times. I think it explained a lot that I didn’t understand, and has given me a great deal to go on working and thinking about, because it has demonstrated how much room there is for improvement. One of the major pluses has been the community among the participants, which you may not have planned for, but which I’m sure is helped enormously by the teaching style, and your encouragement. Very warm thanks to both of you for this course, and for all your personal support.
As a complete novice I found the course inspiring and it gave the structure and purpose for me to have the confidence to make a start and to make some marks on paper. I feel I have made real progress and have even attended a life drawing session locally where I could put my work into action. the course has been a revelation to me and opened a world I didn’t know existed.
Thank you Kenzo for all your hard work, for imparting the knowledge to build the skills and for the motivation to keep at it.
This was an amazing journey for me. This has helped me in very many ways. I never had a consistent drawing routine. After … drawing almost everyday I am inspired to continue it and I am happy that I have now developed a daily drawing schedule.
This program gave me confidence in my drawing skills and immense encouragement to continue this creative journey.
Thank you so much Kenzo for being such a great teacher, being so meticulous in going through our work and giving all of us so much of inspiration and guiding us patiently to go deeper into our practice.
As I said this has been my first ever drawing course and though it was a ‘virtual class’ I never felt so. Though there were moments of despair and frustration I enjoyed every moment of this journey. In the city where I live there is no opportunity to attend a live drawing class. So I am so grateful that I got such a wonderful chance. I consider this program to be a turning point in my life, lending more beauty and meaning to my life. I have been wishing for a long time to focus and improve my drawing skills and LoD has been a successful launching pad for this.
I am excited to hear about the new community platform and am looking forward to it.
I would certainly let you know my views and suggestions for improvement for future programs.
Heartfelt thanks to Mayko too. I am literally mesmerized watching her figures coming to life.
I haven’t yet come to terms that this program has come to an end!!! But I know every ending is a new beginning.
Good luck for all your efforts, Kenzo.
I am so grateful to have found you. It was a coincidence. You are an excellent teacher. I wish you teach everything I need to learn, not only art! 😉 The way you talk about my work, helped me change my inner voice and had an effect on my life in general not only in my artistic endeavours… I can see how much I progressed.
Even though I revolutionised my inner critic, I am going to miss yours and all my classmates’ encouraging comments whenever I draw something.
Thank you both for the course. I have learned a lot of tips and have had an opportunity to improve my skills. I have also identified areas which I haven’t grasped and appreciate that I can go back and redo these.
Great course! A lot of practical work, it was this work that gave the most desired effect in training.
Most of all I liked it when Kenzo did a review of my work and gave advice on improvement and advice on what and how to work…
Kenzo, Thanks for the great course!
I absolutely loved the class. The pacing was spot on and I thought everything was well covered. As a beginner -I’d only been drawing for a few months- the class was ideal. I’m primarily interested in figures and week 1, lesson 1 is right into figures rather than coffee mugs, spheres, boxes, and whatever else most classes use as a starting point. Additionally, while many programs claim to be geared toward beginners, one quickly finds they are not, even if only in terms of jargon. Feedback in the class is helpful and constructive, but also positive and supportive. For me, this was the perfect place to start life drawing.
I honestly did love this class and I’m bummed it’s over. Hopefully they’ll be something to follow up on in the future. I enjoy pastels and Mayko seems to as well, that would be an amazing class.
Grace and Peace,
I would have occasional success with my drawings and it was very difficult to get a drawing done unless I spent a lot of time on it. This program gave me path to execute better drawings and visualize them faster with the many systems it put together. I finally have a path to follow. My drawings have really improved but it still is a work in progress. It was so much fun communicating with Kenzo and the other artists. Kenzo and his mom were very inspiring and it was a great way to concentrate on the classes. Everything has improved in my drawings and I saw even really good artists as well as beginners make improvements as well as myself. I’m definitely in the next program they put on, what a bargain.
Overall I really loved the program. It was long enough to cover many topics but not too long as to get burned out. Kenzo has a pleasant voice and demeanor. He conveys the lessons confidently and effectively. I do believe I have improved, my proportions are more intuitive and lines more confident. Much more practice is required butt I now have a better base to go from. I love how Kenzo always has positive things to say on every drawing regardless of the artists skill level. The criticism is always very constructive. I look forward to taking more classes in the future. Cheers.
Excellent course, especially for me as a I am just starting out in drawing and in figure drawing, and learning as an older person. I am amazed at how well Kenzo provides excellent instruction and feedback to accomplished artists as well as someone like me who is just starting out. Although, due to personal issues, I was unable to keep up with the course on a weekly basis, I found the discussion and camaraderie of the other students incredibly encouraging and helpful. The feedback videos for the other artists, who requested feedback, are wonderful, they really helped me to focus and identify areas that I could work on as well. I have no hesitation recommending this course to any level of artist. Anyone who is starting out or anyone who is accomplished will gain from this workshop!
Being new to drawing I was looking for some basic easy to understand and follow instruction. I found it here with Kenzo. The lessons are always well written and presented. The content follow a logical flow which makes it that much better. Overall it was time very well spent. Thank you Kenzo for all your help.
Hi Kenzo, firstly thanks for such a great [program] which for me was paced just right. Starting by building skills on each part of the body then bringing it all together in week 5. After the break the lessons continued to provide challenging content and really helped me get to grips with gesture.
On a personal level thank you and Mayko for a fantastic ten weeks in which I have grown as an artist along with my peers. I look forward to more of your videos in the future.
Thank YOU Kenzo. I had a great experience … Although I regularly attend a live figure drawing group, it had been hit and miss as to how I managed to eek out a drawing. Now I feel like I have tools to work with, and my drawings are starting to show improvement even with the live model. I appreciate that you are able to break things down for easier consumption, but also kept in mind the bigger picture. Your gentle encouragement without pandering to us was the perfect motivator.
So thank you ever so much for making this lesson possible, via online and then affordable too. You’re a gifted teacher!
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