| "Awesome! The atmosphere of camaraderie
and friendly encouragement is set by JD. What a nice
guy. Plus, he knows stuff and shares whatever he
knows. It's fun and informative. I want to attend
Joyce, Austin TX
"I've always been interested in
pencil drawing and really wanted to be a part of
one of JD's workshops, but as a beginner, I was
afraid I wasn't good enough. I'm so glad I finally
did this. JD taught me more in 1 hour than I have
every thought possible. He is a great teacher and
a friendly critic."
Kim Corbin, OH
"This class was exactly what I
needed to take me to the next level. JD's teaching
style is so encouraging for artists of any level.
Everything I hoped to learn in this class was
delivered. I had such a pleasant and satisfying
experience. Thank You, JD Hillberry- it was
"The workshop was wonderful! Full of great
information and with a light heartedness in the
classroom. I loved learning the new techniques and
having an opportunity to practice them with JD's
personal, friendly guidance. Not only is JD's work
inspiring, but also the way he engages the students
and shows interest in their development as an
Anne Cote, AZ
"For many years, I have harbored a deep love of
drawing. Due to a fear of my lack of knowledge and
experience, I rarely if ever attempted to draw. I
ran across JD's work on the internet and knew that I
could learn so much from his workshops. Within the
first 2-3 hours, I learned more than I had ever
believed possible. By the end of the 4 days, it was
apparent by my work how much I had learned... stuff
that would have taken me years to figure out on my
Maree Baez, UT
"This workshop was great for all skill levels and
all ages. The challenge to stretch existing skills
was given with clear and concise direction. JD is
very articulate and does not waste words. Every
sentence is gold!"
Marlene Carson, CO
"I appreciated that you critiqued
everyone equally. Sometimes instructors focus more
on the more "talented" participants,. Your
comments were also very specific, which is
Cheryl P. Granbury, TX
"I had the most helpful, fun,
learning experience I have ever had in my life. I
have learned sooo much it's unbelievable. I loved
Zeinab A. Benbrook, TX
"I just wanted to let you know how
much I enjoyed meeting you and attending your
class. I wish I'd had you for my instructor in
High School and College! Seriously, you are one of
the best instructors I've had.
You may have noticed
that I am extremely insecure about the quality of
my artwork and talent. Your class was one of the
first in which I wasn't constantly criticizing,
and cringing when you approached, or afraid of the
other student's criticisms or opinions. I often
harshly evaluate my own work which can stifle my
learning. In your class, I actually did not
compare my work to theirs, which is novel for me.
I took your criticisms to heart, but knew you were
mentoring and teaching, not denigrating my work or
that of the other students. Thank you for that.
You helped to build my confidence."
Mara M., Columbia, MO
"What I found most helpful was the
individual critique of my artwork. I knew it was
lacking, but didn't know what to do to make my
drawings look more dimensional. I now have the
knowledge and tools to make my work so much
better. The class was a fantastic experience for
me and it is just what I needed to take my drawing
to the next level. I learned so much and your
ability to joke with the class made it that much
more fun. I will be returning to take more
classes. It was well worth the price!"
Cathy W. South Jordan, UT
Your use of real life, down to earth
teaching brings an understanding better than most
Kevin K. Mineola, TX
"In his easy manner, J. D. Hillberry
excels in the quiet sharing of his knowledge and
attention to the individual. He instructs through
clear, concise demonstration, demystifying
profound drafting mysteries, rendering vision from
a hazy dark void to obvious delights of light and
form. And then, just when you think you have been
completely blown away by a technique you can now
use - he takes you a step further - and then
another - and then you realize - this is just the
The workshop is a highly focused and
organized environment that delivers a fire-hose of
information and technique in a methodical stream
of meaningful information.
JD's workshop will provide you with
authority in precision drawing which will help you
find yourself in your work.
I highly recommend this workshop to
anyone interested in adding authority to their
skill-set; any artist wanting to fearlessly and
accurately render their drawings."
L. A., Los Angeles, CA
"I appreciated your
generosity. It's impressive that you would
share your techniques so openly and completely.
Learning your techniques took some of the
mystery/intimidation out of certain aspects of
drawing. It's really great to feel capable
of drawing a portrait to my satisfaction.
Lisa M., Houston, TX
"I discovered J.D. Hillberry’s book
in the library of the University where I teach in
Brazil, and realized that I needed to see
his work and classes with my own eyes. The
workshop exceeded all my expectations. It was
simply overwhelming… place, organization,
materials, techniques, friendliness, and the
incredible ability of J.D. to transmit knowledge
and experience to his students. I learned a lot
and intend to come back soon. Above all, I
realized that it possible to be a brilliant artist
and an amazing person at the same time - as JD
Ana C– Architecture
Professor and Artist - Brazil
I really enjoyed learning new
techniques. The instruction was easy to follow.
Also, I appreciated the personal attention given
to each student.
"This was a tremendous opportunity,
one that I never remotely anticipated when I
bought your book ten years ago. Not a moment was
wasted, yet the hours whizzed by. I appreciated
your patience and appreciation of each
individual's own style."
N. D, Portland, OR
"The supplies were really great. I
like the room set-up. No matter where you are in
the room, you can see the demonstrations."
H. L., Spring TX
"This was my second workshop with JD
and I'm looking forward to my third one. for any
one who wants to take their abilities to a new
level, these workshops are a must."
K. D., Methuen, MA
the best art class I have ever taken! The one interesting thing
that has happened is that I am noticing the
highlights, shadows, core shadows, reflected
light, etc. on everything. It really is kind of
funny - Like an "Ah-Hah moment" in seeing."
B. C., Santa Rosa, CA
workshop Exceeded my expectations. I would tell
students not to be intimidated by far more
advanced artists as you'll learn from them as
well. No matter what your level as a layman or
professional artist, your work will improve
C. B., Golden, CO
workshop is a good opportunity for any average
drawer to become advanced!"
L. M., Anacortes, WA
"My recent works showing my newly
learned skills are proof of what knowledge can do!
The amount learned in three days is worth years of
art school. The class was fabulous. It was much
more than I expected. A very relaxed
atmosphere and very supportive teaching. Thank you
for a wonderful experience."
W. G., Riverside, IL
"Constructive criticism and
observations of my drawing was most helpful."
K. D., Santa Rosa, CA
"The general instruction was so
thorough, then, the one-on-one was so helpful for
my particular challenges. I have worked with
pencil before but never given the techniques to
make the pencils work so well-for contrast, for
blending for texture, etc."
B. C., Dallas, TX
"A lot of art classes are "here,
draw this." JD Demonstrates how to achieve the
effect all artists want to know - how to create
the illusion of 3-d on a flat surface."
J. E., Denver, CO
"JD is an amazing instructor -
involved but not at all pressuring. His talent is
outstanding and learning from him is an inspiring
L. B., Houston, TX
"I learned more in 3 days than in an
entire semester of college classes. The 3 days
were truly enjoyable."
D. R., Centennial, CO
"I have signed up for your next
workshop and plan on taking more to improve my
G. M. Tempe, AZ
"Not only a fantastic artist but an
outstanding teacher. Thanks for teaching beginners
Dan P. Keene, TX
I asked another workshop
class to fill out a short
questionnaire about their impressions of the
100% said the workshop met or
exceeded their expectations.
100% indicated that they would recommend the
workshop to others.
25% registered for my next available
workshop during the class.
100% would like to be contacted about future
the workshop meet your expectations in terms
"Absolutely exceeded my expectations"
"Yes. Right on target."
"More than what I expected"
"Yes. It was fantastic! You really
"Most definitely! Looking forward to a DVD!
"Yes. It exceeded my expectations"
you find there was adequate individual
attention for the size of the workshop?
"Yes. J. D. Makes a point to give
feedback directed to the needs of the student.
Never harsh and wonderfully helpful."
"Yes. You did great demos and personal
"JD gave each of us as much attention as we
you recommend this workshop to others?
"In a heartbeat!"
would come again just for the one-on-one and
"I would and I will!"
"I'm going to do so."
"This is the third drawing workshop I
have taken and is by far the best."
"It was perfect. I learned a lot and look
forward to incorporating JD's techniques into
"Very relaxed, laid back learning
environment! Easy, clear explanations!"
"You had me working 180 degrees from my
comfort zone and I loved it!"
"This was an exceptionally professionally
conducted workshop. JD is a wonderful
instructor and incredible artist."
"Great prep on your part! Flows well. Great
"Great Class. I came in expecting to learn a
lot, but... I learned more than I expected!"
even more comments from past workshops
have taken many drawing and portrait classes.
I have learned more in these three days than
in all of my other classes combined"
was very thorough in his explanations. He made
sure that everyone understood what he was
demonstrating before he moved on. It was time
and money well spent."
was a phenomenal learning Experience!! I
highly recommend this workshop to anyone that
wants to improve there drawing skills. I very
am interested in getting information about
future J. D. Hillberry workshops."
was very comfortable - non threatening
environment. I felt the freedom to ask
questions. Informal yet very effective.
I needed help J. D. was there. I didn't expect
to learn so much."
workshop helped me clarify and refine steps,
verify and validate some skills I have and
open doors to new techniques I had not yet
thought about. I'm so excited about what I
time spent on each technique and time to
practice was excellent. I have had a very
enjoyable three days."
am so grateful that J. D. is willing to share
his skills. I am now a better artist for it!"
think that I will leave with new skills that
will help me improve greatly."
D. Hillberry is a true inspiration for the
experienced student as well as the novice art
student. he knows how to tailor his classes so
that all levels of students leave with a
renewed passion in the exploration of new
possibilities in art. Thank you for
sharing your knowledge and passion for drawing
and art with your students."
My workshops fill
very quickly. Class size is limited to 20
students so please register early. A 50%
deposit will secure your spot.