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"Foundations for Art" teaches you
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Keep scrolling down for
examples of Johnson's Colored
Pencil portraiture like Miss Lillian, (right) and copious examples of
illustration further down...
Learn all of his shading
and blending techniques and his secrets of mixing media....
See our syllabus and
more information on the program by scrolling down...
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We proudly teach the
use of mechanical aids to create realistic portraits and
illustrations. If you'd like to learn to use photography and other
mechanical aids as tools rather
than crutches then "Foundations for Art" is for you! Kindness, clarity &
encouragement are the trademarks of David's mentoring style.
He PERSONALLY sits down to answer his student's letters once a
We take an academic approach which might seem
daunting at first but with scans and jpegs with written feedback
much deeper levels of learning are possible than using Rote learning
methods. (AKA parrot learning or the monkey-see monkey-do approach.)
17? enrolling requires parental permission because of the (very
mild) anatomy for artists section Lessons are available world-wide
but in English language only.
Instruction for Serious Artists"
Beginning Through Intermediate College Level Instruction:ANYONE
17 or older may take the 15 lesson "Foundations for Art" by simply
mailing a payment for $199. USD to the address above with your regular
and e-mail addresses to send the restricted web addresses, passwords and
your CD-Rom master disk to. As there are a couple of mild "R" rated
images in the life drawing and anatomy sections parental permission is
required if you are under the age of 17. Please print clearly!
"Foundations for Art" is on a college level and has now been expanded to
include both the beginning and intermediate levels It teaches you
everything you need to know to compose and create complex realistic
Three Dimensional looking illustrations using a variety of media.
demand, I have also added remedial lessons, we start with the value
scale, (black to grey to white) blending techniques, basic shading
techniques, drawing shapes like cones and boxes and shading those. You
CANNOT get more basic than that. We move on at your own pace to more
complex work- a portrait. Advanced students fly through the early parts,
others take weeks, months or even years. The course is self-paced with
NO time limit.
Master Level Instruction:
Advanced Artists who
complete the prerequisite Foundations for Art may apply for admission to
the highest levels of instruction, patterned after the highly personal
and specialized programs in college graduate schools. After completing
Foundations for Art, students may submit 4 pieces of finished art and a
3 page essay on their artistic vision & personal goals for
consideration. The Master Level Instruction Program is $799. USD.
Accepted applicants design their own program working with Howard David
Johnson. These students may choose from drawing, painting,
photography, art marketing, digital media or custom combinations.
These classes are patterned
after the creative freedom and respect of college graduate level study
programs. (Compare these low prices with other distance learning art
programs running in the thousands of dollars.)
add this to your resume under workshops and supplemental training.
All inquiries are
answered personally but please visit frequently asked questions before
clarity & encouragement are the trademarks of David's mentoring
style. He PERSONALLY sits down to answer his student's letters once a
in Units 1-15
'Foundations for Art'
the end of lesson 10 I will have shown you EVERYTHING you need to
know and do to create your own Colored Pencil portraits like
Johnson's Prismacolor Portraits from Photographs
Starting with the most basic drawing
of shapes and shades in pencils and Prismacolors we progress to
portraits and then move on to landscapes and perspective drawings
and finally complex illustrations with chapters offering
introductions to use and organization of various other media
including watercolor, acrylics, oil painting and digital art and how
to mix them.
Johnson's Prismacolor Paintings
Colored Pencil Art:
"We have had
enough of kings" featuring George Washington and "Napoleon at
Art lays out everything you need to know in clear text and
illustrations to begin taking your own photographs & conceiving and
creating complex illustrations & the shading techniques required for
portraits in Digital mixed media, Colored Pencils, Acrylics, Pastels
& Oil Paints!
Johnson's OIL PAINTINGS ~ these two combine portraiture with
Guardians" (above left) is an illustration from Shakespeare's
Midsummer Night's Dream and is rendered in oil on canvas. "Sleeping
Beauty" (above right) is from the Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm
and is also rendered in oil on panel.
We teach you everything you need to understand and to work on to do
professional quality Illustrations and Portraits of your own and in your own style.
Johnson's Digital Illustrations:
"The Battle of Midway"
and "Assault on Peleliu Island"
the end of lesson 15 I will have shown you EVERYTHING you need to
know and do to create your own pictures like
"ALL HALLOWS EVE" below...
A SIDE BY SIDE
COMPARISON OF THE SAME PICTURE DONE IN DIFFERENT MEDIA:
Media including digital
Prismacolor colored pencils on paper
Painting on Canvas
SEE SOME EVEN LARGER
EXAMPLES OF DAVID'S ART BY SCROLLING DOWN...
'Most of our
students only want to learn portraiture, & that's OK. Foundations
For Art is about YOUR art and YOUR artistic vision...
how to do polished blending and shading
techniques with pencil or paint in highly detailed renderings of full
length realistic human figures set in realistic three dimensional multi
point perspective backgrounds with consistent light sources.
Foundations for Art contains simple in- depth straight forward
instruction making complicated matters simple and is profusely
illustrated with new & huge ( see below ) unpublished step- by- step how
to illustrations along with serious food for thought for the growing
artist passed down from the old masters. Most of our students only want
to learn portraiture, and that's O.K. We don't force anyone to do
anything. Foundations For Art is about YOUR art and YOUR artistic
Here's the 15
Lesson One:Newly Expanded!
Media; Painting with Colored Pencils, Tools, Technique, & Drawing &
Shading methods explained very clearly with step by step illustrations
and over the shoulder photos!
Lesson Two:Basic Principles of Shading, Texture, & Form as applied to
point Five: New!
Backgrounds to your drawings of people!
three dimensions! Perspective Drawing, Elements of Drawing from life,
Drawing from pictures, Drawing from your imagination and combining these
3 kinds of drawing.
Lesson Four:Introduction to artistic anatomy /the general importance of
measurements and proportions in everything.
Lesson five:Concepts of Contour ( Line ) and Volume Drawing.
Lesson Six:Basic Concepts of shadow and light as applied to drawing.
Lesson Seven:Of Color as applied to
Reflection and Luminescence.
Lesson Eight:Elements of Action and Story Telling in Art.
Elements of Composition and Design.
Professional Secrets of
Colored Pencil shading and blending.
Eleven:All New!How To
Take Excellent Source Photos I:
Technical information & diagrams, & aestheticSecrets of Professional Fine Art Portrait Photography &
New! How To Take
Excellent Source Photos II: Secrets of figure
source Photography (characters) and Lighting for illustrations.
All New!Introduction to Wet Painting
Media; Painting with Acrylic, Watercolor, Oils, & Mixed Media: Tools,
Supplies, & Organization Tips!
Professional Image Editing Programs
like Adobe Photoshop! A profusely illustrated
and easy to understand introduction to today's business tools for
old-fashioned artists. Step by Step profusely illustrated
instructions on how to scan large art in pieces and assemble them in a
computer & more!
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who are enamored of practice without science are like a pilot who goes
into a ship without rudder or compass and never has any certainty where
he is going. Practice should always be based upon a sound knowledge of
theory, of which perspective is the guide and gateway, and without it
nothing can be done well in any kind of painting."
To create his complex illustrative images,
Johnson uses original photographs to create a photo montage in much the
same manner he learned from studying the techniques of 19th century
illustrator Maxfield Parrish. Continuing along similar lines of tracing,
coloring and shading to finish them. "Helen of Troy"and"Aphrodite's
Child" below - are
examples of what I call Prismacolor 'Paintings' - and I'm sure you will
agree - they certainly do not look anything like what comes to people's
minds when they hear the word 'drawing' and give very oil painting like
There are many
examples of these storytelling images in many media displayed in this
online Art Gallery
Esther, a student and professional artist from
India says; "I am reading through lesson 1, and am totally awed by not
only your work, but the easy reading of your instruction. Your teaching
style is almost as wonderful as your art (which according to me ranks at
to the straight-forward lessons, pearls of wisdom passed down from the
old masters are included for meditation. Here's an example:
seems to me that the shadows are of supreme importance in perspective,
seeing that without them opaque and solid bodies will be indistinct,
both as to what lies within their boundaries and also as to their
boundaries themselves, unless these are seen against a background
differing in color to that of the substance: and consequently in the
first proposition I treat of shadow, and say in this connection that
every opaque body is surrounded and has its surface clothed with shadow
and lights. Moreover these shadows are in themselves of varying degrees
of darkness because they are caused by the absence of a variable
quantity of luminous rays: and these I call primary shadows, because
they are the first shadows and so form a covering to the bodies to which
they attach themselves. From these primary shadows there issue certain
dark rays which are diffused throughout the air and vary in intensity
according to the varieties of the primary shadows from which they are
derived; and consequently I call these shadows derived shadows, because
they have their origin in other shadow. Moreover these derived shadows
in striking upon anything create as many different effects as are the
different places where they strike. And since where the derived shadow
strikes, it is always surrounded by the striking of the luminous rays,
it leaps back with these in a reflex stream towards its source and meets
the primary shadow, and mingles with and becomes changed into it,
altering thereby somewhat of its nature.
All paintings, pictures,
& text (c) 1993- 2019 Howard David Johnson All Rights Reserved World Wide
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Howard David Johnson, American Illustrator
Johnson, (Howard) David (1954-)
A United States Illustrator and Painter. His scientific and realistic
approach to illustrating history, folklore and mythology brought him
international acclaim after his King Arthur Illustrations were exhibited
in The British Museum in 1996. Johnson has illustrated A Midsummer Night’s
Dream by William Shakespeare, The Legends of King Arthur by Sir James
Knowles and The Mabinogion by Lady Charlotte Guest and many other books.
He has done illustrations for books,
magazines, games, motion pictures, television programs
and computer software for The National Geographic Society, The Universities
of Cambridge and Oxford in England, The University of Texas at Austin, Adobe Photoshop, PBS television,
Doubleday, Universal Studios and Paramount Studios among others. His
illustrations for books like "The Blood of Heroes" and "Fairies 101" have appeared in
every major bookstore in America and his works have been published in
textbooks and appeared in libraries worldwide.
Johnson was born in was born in Germany,
the son of an American Career Air Force officer and College Professor and
visited the great museums of Europe as a boy and fell in love with
traditional art, especially the Pre-Raphaelites, whom he imitated the
He attended the University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Art
and began his career working as a scientific illustrator for their School
of Paleontology reconstructing dinosaurs in 1974. It was under their
tutelage that he developed his research methods for his scientific
approach to getting the details right for his historically accurate
During his career,
Johnson has worked in many media including Oil Paintings, Acrylics,
Colored Pencils, Graphite, Chalk & Oil Pastels, Photography,
Watercolors, Inks, Scratchboard, Gouache, Digital Artistry and Mixed
media. As an outspoken proponent of mechanical aids to visual art his
legal use of computers and other mechanical aids like photography made him
a very controversial figure around the turn of the millennia. He has also
experimented with many styles but is generally characterized as a
Symbolist or belated Pre-Raphaelite because of his preference to paint
mythical, religious, and historical subjects. Sentimentality regarding
values like innocence, naturalness and beauty, as well as minute detail
and bright color characterize most of his works.
He founded the
School of Illustrative Art in 1996 because many 20th century realistic
artists were trained in an educational system openly hostile or dismissive
to Classical realistic painting and art tradition and were only taught the
tenets of Abstraction and Expressionism. At the time of this writing in
2008 he and his staff have trained more than 1,000 students in realistic art techniques in
nearly every known medium from Traditional oil painting to Adobe Photoshop