Thursday, November 3, 2011

A lot of new changes are about to happen here at Sheldon's Art Academy in the coming months so stay tuned.

For those of you who have subscribed and followed me on YouTube and Facebook and my web blog, I would like to share with you a Holiday discount that will last until the end of this year.

End of the Year Holiday Sale!

$5.00 off use code construction for orders over $50.00
$10.00 off use code anatomy for orders over $100.00
$35.00 off use code gesture for orders over $300.00

*codes expire on 1/1/2012 at midnight pst
*codes are entered on the final check-out verification page in google checkout

Letter of appreciation to my distant students across the globe,

Over the years I have taught thousands of art students the fundamentals they need to succeed in their professional art careers and I am always pleased to hear after they have worked at major studios or even on art outside of the studio world that the fundamentals that I have taught them still apply to everyday challenges in any medium, on any work that they are asked to produce.

With my videos I have given the same in-depth lessons that I give at
Warner Bros. Animation to my art students at San Jose State University to the Animation/Illustraion students and Chapman University. I am pleased with all the emails I receive each day from students across the world that I have never met that have improved or learned something new because of my videos. These are the same lessons that I follow myself every chance I get, that have made my Animation and Freelance and now Forensic art career.

As a Professional Animator/Illustrator and Instructor, I can tell you it is possible to Make It and achieve your dreams. But it will not happen if you are alone. I have made my videos in the hopes that a student of the arts at any age, who can't afford an expensive art school tuition, can learn the same principles and fundamentals if they have the heart and drive to study.

-Sheldon Borenstein

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Birthday

My students are the best!

Check out this Happy Birthday video they made for me.
What a day, busy and fantastic, this is like a world size b-day party, I love you all very very much

Monday, February 7, 2011

How to Draw Hands

We have two excellent videos on youtube on drawings hands. Hands can be as complicated as drawing the human fugure, so its important to learn how to draw them. When I was on the review board in the studios, a portfolio would NEVER pass unless they showed they could draw hands. I would advise not to avoid them because they are hard. Sit down and study! That is what makes a professional artist successful.

With that in mind, I think the videos we have up are very helpful.

This video I made for the Acme animation website years ago. It short, but to the point.
This footage is a bit blurry because its older, but the information is still great.

The second video is much newer! We just made it a few weeks ago. This has a nice long demo of a hand drawing.

You can only find these videos on youtube.

Now, we also have a a great series of videos on hands on our website!

Video 8:Hands and Feet Part 1
Price: $19.95 (save 7% when you enter code: DRAW)
File Size: 318 MB
Video Length:58 min

Video Contents:
The Hand
Hand Proportions
Step Down at the Wrist
Bones of the Hand
Gesture of the Hand
Hand Construction
Quick Sketches

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Its All About The Layin!

If you have ever taken my class, you have herd me talk in length about the layin. Its so important because the layin is the foundation you make for your drawing. You must draw your layin light, so that as you finish the drawing those lines become part of the finished drawing.

Above are some examples of how I create my layins. Gesture, Shape and Form! Use these tools to construct your figure, not copy!

For more useful information about layins check out

Video 3: Three Different Layins

Price: $19.95 (7% off when you use code DRAW)
File Size: 313 MB
Video Length:57 min

Video Contents:
The Wire Layin
Slow is Fast
Shape Layin
Form Layin

Monday, January 10, 2011


I have some really great demos avaible on drapery. Lets face it, learning drapery is important becuase you can't draw nekkid people are the airport or the coffe shop. When ever I ask they always call the cops.

videos 20-23 cover Drapery.

Drapery - Complete Package
Price: $71.82 (Save 7% off of total purchase use code DRAW)
File Size: 1353 MB
Video Length: 244 min

Video Contents:
Intro to Drapery
Drapery and Form
'The Twist'
Origin and Insertion
Drapery on the Figure
4 Long Drapery Demos
Quick Sketches with Drapery

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Check out our preview!

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Figure Drawing

I hope everyone had an awesome new year. I hope your new years resolution was to draw better this year! I am still working on it everyday!

More examples in ourTextbooks
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