Now you can see what we’re talking about with composition! Art: Felix Scheinberger

One of Danny Gregory’s biggest idols is back. Felix Scheinberger, illustrator and author of Urban Watercolor Sketching and the upcoming Dare to Sketch taught one of our most popular watercoloring klasses. This spring he’s back in our new kourse, Exploring, this time teaching composition. In this blog, Danny writes about how excited he is to take Felix’s upcoming klass and shares a video he made of Felix drawing.

Have you ever met one of your idols in person? That’s one of the best things about my job as Sketchbook Skool’s co-founder. I get to go from being a fan to being a friend of the artists I admire.

For years, I have loved Felix Scheinberger’s work. It has a looseness and a wit that I hunger for in my own work. But Felix isn’t just a cartoonist and an illustrator — he’s a skilled reportage artist who records the things he sees in front of him, from the nightclubs of Berlin to the back alleys of Jerusalem.

I have known Felix for years. He appears in my book An Illustrated Journey, he taught in Expressing at SBS last year, and I’ve hung out with him in Berlin. But I’ve never seen him draw in person — until recently.

When Felix came to New York a few months ago, he wanted to draw my dogs, Joe and Tim. He pulled out his travel sketching kit and knocked out a wonderful spread in his journal. I made a little video of him at work; click here or on the image below to watch it.

If you look at Felix’s drawings for a while, you’ll start itching to draw. That’s because the way he draws seems so do-able. It’s free and simple and imprecise, but with loads of character.

The more I study Felix’s work, the more I realize how crucial composition and design is to his pages. Even though his drawings feel manic and ferocious, his pages seem considered and planned. He uses white space and places his hand-lettered captions so skillfully to make his rough lines feel dynamic and balanced. Wouldn’t you love to know more about how he does that? I would.

If this video whets your appetite, you’re in luck. We’ll get to see Felix draw a lot more in our brand new kourse, Exploring. It starts on April 17th. We’ll also get to share his compositional secrets and learn to make pages that are as energetic and powerful as his.

I can’t wait to take Felix’s new klass with you. If you haven’t already enrolled, I hope you will. Click here for more about Exploring.

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