Mobile Drawing Coach

Take Your Drawing Coach With You!

Wherever you go, learn basic drawing skills and make drawing your favorite habit. Connect with Rob Court and get help drawing in your sketchbook at home, during lunchtime at work, or while traveling.

Do you have a specific problem to solve with a drawing you are working on? Your coach is always ready to help. Email, text messaging, and video chat sessions are available during COVID-19 restrictions.

Shown above are the coach’s comments during a mobile coaching session with adult sketcher Gregorie from Switzerland. He was working in his sketchbook while solving problems with perspective and shading. Gregorie took Drawing Lab sessions at Rob’s studio during a vacation in Santa Cruz, and continued his connection with Rob after returning to Europe to practice in his sketchbook.

How Mobile Drawing Coach Works:

  1. Take a photo of your subject and your drawing.
  2. Email both photos to your coach.
  3. Receive comments from your coach.
  4. Follow up via email with your coach.
  5. Get started on your next drawing!

Let’s Beat This! Let’s Draw!

Current Mobile Drawing Coach Program: Because of the COVID-19 outbreak and mandated California shelter-in-place restrictions, current students at the Scribbles Institute can now participate in our Mobile Drawing Coach (MDC) program.

Our distance learning program features one-on-one email correspondence and Zoom video chat sessions with Rob. MDC will expand to group Zoom video chat sessions depending on the duration of the shelter-in-place restrictions.

Our regular weekly student email will remain as the creative hub and gathering place for our drawing community. Your comments and suggestions are invaluable to our community as we develop this new drawing program.

The purpose of MDC sessions is to let you continue drawing lessons with Rob through an innovative one-on-one email/chat correspondence flow. The main idea is for you to devote time to do a drawing (whether it is of your family pet or a coffee mug); then get comments on key aspects of your drawing from Rob; then confidently move on to your next drawing. Your goal is to enjoy developing a steady creative flow and to make drawing a regular habit.

How MDC Works:

MDC Student & Project Details:
Now that we are living the “shelter-in-place” lifestyle, we have extra time to draw. If you are feeling self-motivated, curious, and creative, then you are ready to be a part of our MDC online drawing community! The one-on-one email sessions with Rob will allow you flexibility to fit drawing into your schedule and to work at your own pace and skill level.

Level 3 Adult Student: Your MDC sessions will focus on drawing people, places, and things that you have been working on with Rob during in-studio sessions. He can set up your learning path according to your interests and skill level. In your sketchbook or larger drawing tablet, you can observe real life objects such as still life setups, landscapes, or reference images when making your drawing.

Level 3 Youth Student: While working in your sketchbook or larger drawing tablet, continue with observational skills that you were working on in the studio with Rob. He can give you guidelines and prompts for setting up your drawing lesson ideas. Depending on your skill level and interest, Rob can also help you with specific drawings you are working on at home or for school.

Level 3 Youth Design Team Student: If you are one of our Saturday afternoon youth team students, you can continue exploring drawing in your sketchbook or iPad. We will continue practicing fundamental drawing skills as we delve deeper into your interests in concept sketching, illustration, and narrative development. You will continue work on the collaborative magazine project we started during our Saturday sessions. Rob can give you drawing prompts and help you with specific drawing projects you are working on. Students can even exchange drawing prompts and challenges with each other.

How Your MDC Sessions Will Flow:
The first few weeks of our special MDC program will be conducted via email for current Drawing Lab students. (Private coaching students will also have optional video chat access.) Your email connection with Rob is important. Here is how a typical MDC email session flows:

1. Choose a subject that looks enjoyable to draw. It can be a household object, favorite keepsake, or backyard scene. Or your subject can be a reference image from a book or the internet.

2. Take a photo of your subject, from the view point that you are drawing it. Adult student Myra selected a sunflower for her subject (shown above and below).

2. Make your drawing! This is a great opportunity to use our Block Sketch Draw method, overhand grip, and various techniques you learned during our studio sessions.

3. Take a picture of your drawing. Then email the picture of your subject along with your drawing to Rob.

4. As soon as possible (usually within 48 hours, sometimes the same day) you’ll get an email with annotated comments from Rob.

5. You can then make corrections, if needed, and send them back to Rob.

These steps will count as one of your regular in-studio sessions with Rob. You will have email access to Rob throughout the steps. This email process lets you spend focused time on your drawing, receive one-on-one feedback, and make adjustments if needed.

MDC Payment & Credits Details:
Session Credits: Each drawing commented on, and emails exchanged regarding the drawing, will count as 1 email session. MDC email sessions will be purchased as our usual Drawing Lab or private coaching 4-packs.

  • If you have remaining in-studio Drawing Lab sessions, then they will be credited to your new MDC sessions.
  • If you have in-studio private coaching sessions, then they will be credited to your MDC sessions. Plus you will have the option of a 15-minute video chat included in your 4-pack of sessions.
  • If you need to purchase new Drawing Lab or private coaching sessions, then follow our usual website online payment method. If you prefer to send us a check, please make it payable to the Scribbles Institute, and mail it to 303 Potrero St. #59 Santa Cruz, CA 95060.

Get Started! If you are a current student in Drawing Lab and private coaching, and you are interested in participating in MDC online sessions, please click the button below and Rob will be in touch with you soon.

It will take a few days as we settle in to find our rhythm and session flow with all students. To accommodate this transition, Rob’s initial weekly student load will be limited to 15 students. Shown above is a drawing from a reference image by adult student Judy.

View time-lapse video clips of Rob’s comments used during email/Zoom sessions here and here.

Our usual weekly student email will be the gathering place for our MDC online experience. Click the button to get started…

Current MDC Session Sign Up

Standard Mobile Drawing Coach: The key to confident drawing is learning to sketch realistically and accurately from life. Rob is waiting to help you overcome the challenges of drawing things accurately, wherever and whatever you’re drawing.

Standard Mobile Drawing Coach Details

Level 1: Lines, Shapes, Measuring
Core skills for absolute beginners—even those who think they can’t draw. Connect with your coach, settle into your new drawing habit, and gain confidence as you learn basic observational drawing skills.

Explore! Start by learning about different drawing materials and ways to grip your pencil. Basic core lessons include working with lines, blocking in shapes, measuring proportions, and perceiving space. Work from basic sequential lessons designed to help you progress to the next skill level. For adults, 18 years and older.

Level 2: Form, Perspective, Values
Strengthen your basic drawing skills as we customize your learning path. Develop strategies that help you sketch accurately from life. Through regular practice, discover ways to apply Rob’s Block Sketch Draw method to work, school, and pure enjoyment.

Experiment! Improve your core observational drawing skills while working in your sketchbook. Introduction to basic principles of perspective and 3D form as you set up objects to draw from life. Experienced artists can also benefit from this level of sketching practice.

Level 3: Composition: Draw Like the Wind!
Expand your drawing skills to areas of interest such as urban and field sketching, illustration, design, and concept art. Learn to express yourself through the language of drawing.

Express! Continue your customized learning path as you apply your foundational skills and principles to your own creative projects. Work from prompts and challenges from your coach as you draw from observation or imagination. Get useful critiques from your coach. For adults, 18 years and older.

Standard Mobile Drawing Coach Price:

Standard Mobile Coach
Cost: $225 gets you 4 private email sessions with Rob Court. You have a maximum of 2 months (8 weeks) to complete your sessions.

Premium Mobile Coach
Cost: $395 gets you a combination of private email and video chat sessions with Rob. You have a maximum of 2 months (8 weeks) to complete your sessions.

For more info please connect with Rob now…

Mobile Drawing Coach Info

Mobile Coach Student Gallery

Shown above is work by youth sketcher Kaitlyn from California, USA during mobile coaching session that focused on form and contour lines.

Check out the gallery of student sessions with the Mobile Drawing Coach.

Mobile Coach Student Gallery

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