Welcome to DrawingFORCE.com, where Mike Mattesi, author of the FORCE drawing books and creator of the FORCE drawing theory teaches you to understand the drawing method. Learn how to draw starting with figure drawing, using hundreds of video drawing tutorials, a friendly forum and mentorships.
Mike went to the School of Visual Arts in New York City to work in the comic book industry and to found his way into Walt Disney Consumer Products and Walt Disney Feature Animation where he had the amazing fortune to work on The Lion King.
He then moved to the west coast where he entered the video game industry and then returned to New York where he taught at his SVA and many other studios and schools in the tri-state area. After many years teaching he decided to write a book called FORCE that would be the end of his teaching career. He started a company called Contagious Concepts, an art resource company for the video game industry. This lead to work with Microsoft, Origin, Electronic Arts and other developers on many exciting titles.
After starting a family, they all then moved to Los Angeles where he taught at Nickelodeon, Electronic Arts and Art Center. This lead to Mike opening his own art school, Entertainment Art Academy, the first of its kind in the world!
After four challenging years Mike closed the Academy and moved to Francisco where he reentered the video game industry and worked primarily as an Art Director across numerous game studios, Zynga his latest.
Now Mike returns to teaching through DrawingFORCE.com, teaching at Art Colleges in the Bay area, Pixar, DreamWorks and travels around the world hosting FORCE Drawing Workshops.
Mike's students land jobs in the following industries: Animation, Video Games, and Comic Books. The jobs they usually obtain are animator, concept artist, character designer, storyboard artist and comic book penciler and inker. Some of these students have become Art Directors, VPs, Producers and fine artists as well.
FORCE is a drawing process that ironically is not so much about the drawing but instead about the thinking and experience that creates a drawing.
Mike teaches you to empathize with the model and understand how they do what they do and why. There is the poetic and practical knowledge that you learn while drawing with FORCE. Because of these dialectical approaches you learn how to create drawings that present emotions and that make sense. After gaining mastery of these concepts, you then can interpret anything in your own way. You develop more of a designer and storyteller’s muscles. That is why Mike's students land jobs primarily in the entertainment industry.
Mike's focus is drawing with line and how you can express yourself with it. Imagine drawing the figure because you are in awe of the drama they present, through their humanity! Seek to understand how they function, why they took a particular pose, and experience the feeling of FORCE and the momentum of the pose with LINE, while you draw it! Drawing is exciting, challenging and addictive! If you are bored with the other methods, tired of watching an artist slowly measure and render the figure then chances are you are in the right place.
I guarantee that FORCE drawing will be a unique and engaging experience for you. I hope to join you in your personal artist journey.
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