But I did need to draw and create faster. And I wasn't happy with my characters — they felt too wooden.
After a single session I could already see improvementsMy figures had more movement and I could visualise better how to draw them. And when I had done the follow-up exercises, I sat down and drew a load of amazing stuff in just a couple of hours.
The biggest learning is that I have an understanding of motionI can take a pose and observe what is going on to expand and work with it. It’s given me a starting point to develop flexibility and motion.
I get to a better result, fasterMy old process took way too long. Alison has given me structure and method so that I get to a better result, faster.
I'd say the biggest improvements are
- Loosening up.
- My observation skills have improved.
- I don’t expect to get it right the first time.
- I can break things down to work backwards.
She always takes us back to the basics, reminds us of the building blocks that underpin everything we do
Alison has a fantastic eye. She can zero in on what needs tweaking and tell you the one thing to change.
She's also wonderfully encouraging and supportive. She's very clear and she connects the students together by referring people to each others' threads, creations, and corrections, whenever she sees that Person A may benefit from what Person B has done or learned.
And she always takes us back to the basics, reminds us of of the building blocks that underpin everything we do.
You have a knack of giving constructive criticism in a way that doesn't alert my bully brain
Your gentle and regular feedback has been the mainstay of my journey. You have a knack of giving constructive criticism in a way that doesn't alert my bully brain. You have taken the time to read every line of every post (whew!) and always answer any questions there. Sean made the right choice when he picked you to take the course forward. Thank you.
Amazing observation skills and laser-like focus with your comments
You have amazing observation skills and laser-like focus with your comments. I so appreciated your perspective and ability to offer that specific "tweak" to make something better. Your support and humor are invaluable. Thank you for sharing yourself. It was a gift.
Alison comes in with very pertinent feedback and learning points
Alison has been through the whole Da Vinci course as a student (including the advanced levels), so she understands how it is to go through this process of learning cartooning. And she's absorbed Sean's philosophy of teaching & learning, & understands the key elements, both of the actual drawing and also the learning process.
I have found Alison an excellent teacher & coach for this course. She came in with a high level of sensitivity to where we were at, and like Sean, started off with general encouragement - but quickly, as she got to know us & we all got to know each other better, Alison was able to come in with very pertinent feedback and learning points for everyone. Like Sean, her feedback is always gentle and easy to take - but is useful too.
It's clear she has an excellent artist's eye, and her feedback has been very valuable all round.
Her comments increase my connection to the group [and] she helps me keep moving forward
Alison provides high energy, very specific insightful feedback that is always both spot on and welcome.
She is especially good at using one student's example to help others, so her comments increase my connection to the group. She helps me keep moving forward.
I loved having a teacher that had started out at the same place as me
Alison has the advantage of having taken Sean D'Souza’a course, so she knew very well what we were all going through. I found this very helpful when she shared her experiences from when she went through the class. It was very nice to have someone that had been there and done that. Also, I loved having a teacher that had started out at the same place as me, but was now doing amazing drawings. That gave me hope!
Ali also wrote many wise statements in the forum and sometimes I would wonder if she was a scholar or something. She's really smart and savvy, with a streak of wisdom running through her.
I would definitely take a class from her.
She is smart with a good eye for the art
Alison is delightful with her words and her way of explaining that nuance you are missing from your drawing. She is smart with a good eye for the art.
I have enjoyed having Ali direct us and her feedback has always been invaluable.
Her criticism always sounded like encouragement, and never judgment.
Alison has a great eye - she could look at my cartoon and tell me the ONE thing that would make the biggest improvement.
And she was really kind and supportive. Her criticism always sounded like encouragement, and never judgment.
Now, if someone asked me if I would recommend Alison I would say “Don’t think twice about it. You’ll get more than your money’s worth and then some…” None of my fears materialized and I was very happy with the final cartoons.
One thing that I enjoyed about working with Alison was that she was proactive in understanding requirements and suggesting alternative ideas, which by the way were all great.
I wanted to use cartoons in my e-book because I felt they would be more personal, warm and funny compared to stock photos. And I was right – the humor and personality you get with custom-drawn cartoons is hard to find anywhere else.
I incorporated Alison’s suggestions and the final product is so much the better for it – that was simply unexpected and much appreciated.
It was a real pleasure working with you. You set the expectations from the get go without mincing words and that helped me to plan my own work flow. I was also impressed by the thorough outline proposed right at the start along with clear pricing.
Deadlines were met and all communication was crystal clear.
Your response time was phenomenal all throughout the project
Plus your voluntarily reading the draft and coming back with ideas to improve it with chapter summaries and lead-ins to subsequent chapters was simply unexpected and much appreciated. You must have noticed, I incorporated your ideas and the final product is so much the better for it.