Instruction Jump Page


You can go to animation school, spend a $100,000 and not learn a damn thing about the basics of good animation drawing- OR you can buy a Preston Blair book for $8 and learn it all in a couple months. You pick. If you learn the principles correctly, you will be able to draw in any style today. You’ll be miserable having to dumb down your abilities- but you will be in demand. –John Kricfalusi

How much would it be worth to you to learn to draw for animation from two masters… one from the “golden age” of animation, and one of the top talents in the industry today? Well, you can do that right here on the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive Blog with our online drawing course. Overseen by Ren & Stimpy creator, John Kricfalusi and using the long out-of-print original edition of Preston Blair’s handbook on animation techniques, you can’t find a better resource for honing your drawing skills.

$100,000 Animation Drawing Course …for only $8!


Design For TV

Founded by Norman Rockwell in the early 1950s, Famous Artists had three courses… Painting, Illustration/Design and Cartooning. Each course consisted of 24 lessons in three oversized binders covering a wide variety of subjects. To design the courses, Rockwell brought together the top artists of the day… Albert Dorne, Stevan Dohanos, Rube Goldberg, Milton Caniff, Al Capp, Willard Mullen, Virgil Partch, and Whitney Darrow Jr, among others. The result was a correspondence course that puts many current university programs to shame. ASIFA-Hollywood has been digitizing these powerful lessons and sharing some of them with you on this website. In addition, we have provided a wealth of educational material written by top cartoonist educators like Grim Natwick and Gene Byrnes; as well as invaluable articles on art theory.

Please Note: We will be reformatting and reposting these articles as time goes by. Please bookmark this page and check back regularly to see what is available.


Bill Nolan: Cartooning Self Taught / John K Advice and Eddie’s Boney Finger and John K on Character Design


8 Responses to “Instruction Jump Page”

  1. Rick Croucher says:

    How does one purchase the Animation Drawing course?

  2. The course is free. It’s a self study course. All you need is a copy of Preston Blair’s Animation book, which you can get from Amazon through the link on the first lesson page.

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  5. Jack Disbrow says:

    We are proud to introduce the Famous Artists Cartooning Course – the rebirth of a classic! Created by the giants of cartooning, it has such a solid-gold pedigree we are reissuing it without modernizing the text. It offers you practical teaching that is the closest thing to actually sitting in the cartoonist’s studio.

    Our Cartooning Course was envisioned, created, and illustrated by the giants of classic cartooning. Their names are familiar to both cartoon aficionados and anyone who’s read the funny papers over the years: Rube Goldberg, Milton Caniff, Al Capp, Whitney Darrow Jr., Willard Mullin, Harry Haenigsen, and more…

    Famous Artists School was founded in 1948 in Westport, Connecticut, a community where many artists chose to live because of its pleasant rural nature combined with its proximity to the art markets in New York City.

    The Founders were twelve artists who were giants in their field, nationally known and recognized for their creations. This was the “golden age” of American illustration: magazines were in great demand, and stories were illustrated almost entirely by painting and drawing.

    The Founders, led by Albert Dorne and Norman Rockwell, had a vision of making high-quality art instruction available to students all across America. These artists knew that there were many people with the desire to produce art; every day they received requests from interested potential students. Of course, these prominent and busy artists didn’t have time to teach individual students.

    The Founders’ great idea was to pool their knowledge, insights, and secrets, and create a comprehensive art Course that students could study in the comfort and convenience of their own homes. To fully involve students in the learning process, the Course was designed to include Assignments to be sent in for critiquing and evaluation by a staff of professional artist-instructors, who were trained and mentored by the twelve Founders.

  6. Jason says:

    Since I bought that Preston Blair book I have cherished it .

  7. Robert Gordon Eicher says:

    i may develop a case of dry-mouth…

    intermittently my jaw just involuntarily drops open;
    as I gaze astounded at the glorious material you people have made available to the public.

    Thank you.

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