Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: Jason Seiler

This is the seventh in a series of portraits called Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist. Check out the intro post The Self-Taught Myth to read more about it.


For this post, we’re going all the way back to 2007, when I took my first ever online art course. I had been interested in caricature since I was a teenager, but had only had a handful of pretty mediocre books to learn from, so I never really improved much, and I felt like I really needed some expert instruction. So when I heard that one of my main caricature inspirations, Jason Seiler, was releasing an online course via Schoolism, I jumped at the chance!

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Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: Sean Cheetham

This is the sixth in a series of portraits called Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist. Check out the intro post The Self-Taught Myth to read more about it.


Sean Cheetham has the dubious honour of being the only teacher in this series (so far) who I’ve actually met and studied from in real life.

I think I might have first heard of Sean when he was a guest artist in Jason Seiler’s The Complete Artist book, back in 2013. I started following him on Instagram, and every time he posted one of his demo portraits I thought I really need to learn how he does that. But I was always disappointed to find he didn’t have any online demos available, and his method remained a mystery to me for several years.

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Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: Stan Prokopenko

This is the fifth in a series of portraits called Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist. Check out the intro post The Self-Taught Myth to read more about it.


In early 2017 I decided I needed to get better at drawing. I was always ok at it, but I never practiced that much, and when I did go to the occasional figure drawing session, I would always leave slightly disappointed with what I had produced.

One day I was browsing some artist forums looking for recommendations, and I saw several people raving about these YouTube tutorials from ‘Proko’. I checked out one of the videos, on How to Draw the Head from Any Angle, and at first I thought the video was kind of cheesy, with the animation and comedy elements, but the content seemed promising, and piqued my interest. After a few more videos I was hooked, and even started to enjoy the cheesy elements, like Skelly, the animated skeleton. So I proceeded to make my way through all the free content on the site (there’s a lot!)

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Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist: David Jamieson

This is the fourth in a series of portraits called Teachers of a Self-Guided Artist. Check out the intro post The Self-Taught Myth to read more about it.


At the end of 2015, I had been painting mainly landscapes for a couple of years, and I wanted to get back into portraiture, but I felt really out of practice and wanted to refresh my skills.

I happened to come into contact with David Jamieson through my day job, and found that he was teaching an online course in portrait drawing that sounded like just what I needed!

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