I just found out about this a few days ago, thanks to a posting on Another Mark’s blog (that being Mark McDonnell, a very talented artist who out-draws me any day of the week), that a friend and fine artist by the name of Gene Wiskerson passed away in July.
While I was working at Walt Disney Television Animation I started to attend the Thursday night drawing classes. Gene was one of the artists in the class. He was a talented/experienced sculptor who spent years with the Imagineering division at Disney. The class turned into a great experience that welcomed many styles of art and solid discussions of color, composition and of course communicating through a drawing. What made it really unique was the the feeling that we weren’t competing, and we could all learn from one another. I don’t know about your experiences, but often drawings classes turn into a competition, with people trying to be ‘better’ then one another. I think Gene helped bring an open attitude to the class, and while there is always need to improve and learn, you can do it without a wholesale competition between artists. He always had great comments and was generous with his time and a very genuine person. He did beautiful charcoal drawings and we suffered together when Diana, the instructor, would have us try and complete all drawings with less then 6 lines. I wasn’t sure to post about this, but I keep thinking about his passing and I dug out some sketches of his I had from hand-outs from the class. I miss knowing he is around, thinking about art, and doing those beautiful drawings. The drawing posted here is from a handout from the class. He made it look easy, which we all know is what good artists do.