After starting drawing classes with Mischa my drawing skill has increased tenfold.
Mischa’s endless patience and his professional knowledge of the fine arts and the drawing process in particular make him an ideal instructor for anyone.
Mischa’s education from the Stroganov Moscow State University of Arts and Industry has given him a solid understanding of sculpture and three-dimensional drawing.
His passion for art is contagious and just being around Mischa is providing you with rich source of art-related discussions.
Mischa goes the extra-mile to accommodate anyone’s busy schedule. His friendly and encouraging manner helped me to understand a lot about my own style of drawing.
I am very grateful to Mischa for the lessons I’ve had so far and I’m looking forward to more to come.
As a student studying 3d modelling and sculpture, I cannot possibly recommend Mischa Pertsev enough, both as a teacher and as an artist. Having bounced between different instructors for years, I can honestly say that he is the best sculpting and drawing teacher I have ever had, for several reasons. Obviously, he is incredibly talented, but more importantly, he is incredibly generous with his knowledge, and he really cares about his students actually understanding what he has to teach. He always gives feedback that is 100% honest, and tries his very hardest to help me understand when I have made a mistake, and how to fix it.
Secondly, the way in which he teaches really addresses what was a fundamental problem in my work before I met him, and I think tends to be a problem running through the work of most students and semi-professionals – a lack of fundamental training. Without the ability to look for, simplify, and recreate basic form, no amount of anatomy or carefully applied detail will save the work. Drawing a perfect cube, a perfect cylinder, a perfect sphere may seem simple, but to do so in a way that captures their exact orientation in space is trickier than it seems; and the same goes for sculpting. It is easy to cover a bust or figure in pointless detail, but to build an underlying structure that is symmetrical, balanced, and correct, where the anatomy and detail are subjugated to a greater understanding of form is very difficult. If you want to work in three dimensions, whether it be computer modelling, sculpture, painting or drawing, you should really take classes with him.
Seriously, you really should; if you want results, he is definitely the person to go to.
Graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design
I believe that I am a better artist after 8 months of classes with Mischa than I would have been had I trained on my own for over a decade, perhaps even if I trained for the rest of my life. I might have improved my ability to render
tone or textures, my accuracy with perspective, or made more pleasing colour choices.
I never would have developed an understanding for the importance of the whole, of the main ideas, of the exact placement and orientation of a form in space and how they relate to other forms as one whole. I never would have understood how to find then depict the volume of an object and its parts with accuracy or clarity. At best I would have only scratched the surface of how useful the generalization of ideas in drawing or sculpture could be in improving the speed or accuracy with which I work. I definitely would not have learned the method of rendering Mischa teaches with stresses the importance of describing volume and space rather than following the shapes of line and dark in front of my eyes. While this method of rendering is not intended for photo-realism, it gave me an insight into planes that could be applied to realistic/photo-realistic art that I never would have had otherwise. These are just some examples of what I’ve learned in 8 months. In the previous year I learned much less a.
Make no mistake, this isn’t easy work. It isn’t always fun. As you stand there after 6 to 12 hours drawing a cube on a table you might question the value of the exercise. Then something will click. It might not come with that lesson but it does. It does because each lesson supports the next, so that when you draw the planes head or planes skull you remember the simplicity of the cube. The simplicity of the cube will help you understand the head. By starting at something seemingly basic you give yourself a chance to improve your fundamentals. The fundamentals will be your tools for solving drawing and sculpting problems.
In my experience that value of having a teacher that will honestly assess whether you are understanding and utilizing a concept is crucial to continuous development.
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