Take drawing to the next level

Join this 5-class course and learn to leverage graphite while drawing animals.

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Early Bird: $74 (Until March 15)

Full Price: $99

The minute you put pen onto paper, you're an artist.

<div class="editor-content"><p>Mike Hendley</p></div>,

Mike Hendley

Artist and Teacher

What is this course about?

A Step-by-step Approach

Learn how to draw interesting realistic animals, portray textures, bring depth and shape, and depict emotions and motion using different techniques in graphite.

The program includes 6 live classes and a Live Feedback Session.

Capture the unique features of different animal groups.

Learn how to capture animals' unique characteristics in your drawings by practising various techniques for creating texture, form, and dimension with graphite. Mike will also cover topics such as anatomy, proportion, and shading.

Structured Course designed for Learning

With weekly Live classes and assignments to keep you engaged. Join Mike, live, every time:

<div class="editor-content"><p><strong>Intermediate Level</strong></p></div>

Intermediate Level

If you know your way around a pencil, this is the course for you.

<div class="editor-content"><p>Live or Recorded</p></div>

Live or Recorded

Watch Live and ask Mike your questions in real time, or submit them and catch up later.

<div class="editor-content"><p><strong>Weekly Assignments &amp; Feedback</strong></p></div>

Weekly Assignments & Feedback

Submit your work and receive Feedback from Mike & your peers

Join us and Make More Art

Purchase this course individually, or subscribe to our platform and access this course and 400h+ of content.

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Early Bird: $74 (Until March 15)

Full Price: $99

What are others saying

I found every bit of the class helpful. Thank you, Mike, for your priceless, generous sharing.


Rebecca W.


I enjoyed your class a lot! I never thought of using a mechanical pencil before - it's great for details. Thank you, Mike! 


Elsa W.


I had forgotten how enjoyable graphite drawing can be. Loved this class!


Julie D.


Mike Hendley

With an unwavering passion for art, Mike finds solace and fulfillment in drawing with graphite and ink. Since his first graphite piece in 2005, Mike has continued to explore the captivating world of pencil art while also embracing other mediums such as watercolor, gouache, and even the digital medium. With a love for creation in various forms, including programming, design, art, and writing, Mike shares his journey and inspires others through his Instagram posts, website, and teaching the art of pencil drawing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get my money back if I don't like the course?

We offer a no-questions-asked 7 day money back guarantee, counting from the purchase date.

We only ask that you request a refund before spending two hours or more on the course. We will then, proceed with the refund and cancelation.

The guarantee extends to all classes or courses that are purchased individually but not to our subscriptions.

What will I learn in each class?

Great question! Here is a short description for every single class:

Session 1: Introduction to Graphite Drawing

Learn the various tools used in graphite drawing, how and when to use each, and how to properly maintain the materials for optimal use. Mike will go in-depth with his commonly used tools and how he achieves certain textures and captivating graphite works with these.

Session 2: Basic Animal Anatomy

Learn the basic anatomy of selected animal groups by drawing different animal parts and distinguishing their characteristics through quick gestural drawings. Mike will show you what to keep in mind while drawing animals to construct a well-constructed animal sketch.

Session 3: Proportion and Composition

Learn about the importance of proportions in animal drawing by seeing different examples and using elements inside the image as the basis for proportion. Understand how different compositions can alter how we perceive the subject, all while drawing various thumbnail sketches.

Session 4: Depth, Dimension and Environments

Create depth through tonal values and various shading techniques such as hatching, cross-hatching, stippling, and building up layers. Learn these concepts while drawing representative animals from each group, giving them shape and form.

Session 5: Exploring Common Animal textures

Learn how to achieve different types of animal textures, starting with the most common animal texture, fur, down to feathers, scales, and skin textures. Master each of these textures by drawing them in a realistic manner with graphite techniques.

How long is each class?

Each class will be around 90 minutes.

Will this course be completely live?

Pretty much, yes. The teacher will do a live stream for every class. All audio will be live, but the art-making portion is pre-recorded to ensure the best quality with minimum technical issues. 

You will be able to participate live through the chat function. The teacher and the host will address all your questions and pause the video if needed.

After each live session, the recording will be available for replay.

During the course, the teacher will also address questions from participants on the Etchr website.

At the end of the course, we will do a fully live Feedback session with the teacher. You'll be able to participate via chat, ask all your questions, and get feedback on your final assignment.

What if I can't attend all the Live classes?

No Problem! Each week has an assigned class. You are welcome to join the Live class and watch the class with other participants or watch the recording of the class at your own time during the week.

We also have a recorded video for each homework that we will upload right after the Live Class takes place.

I'm a subscriber. Do I have to purchase this course separately?

This course is free for all Subscribers.

Please email us at hello@etchrstudio.com to indicate your interest in participating, and you are all set.

If you'd like to subscribe, please go to this page.

*Program participation is withdrawn once the subscription is no longer active.

How much will I be able to interact with the Artist?

Mike will be present for every single class. He will be available to answer any questions.

How detailed would the feedback be?

Each class will present you with a new challenge assignment. If you submit it on the Etchr website asking for critique, you will get feedback from the teacher and other group members.

At the end of the course, the teacher will also provide feedback on your final piece in a Live Feedback Session.

However, it is worth noting that this feedback will be at a high level; something to guide your next steps. This is also reflective of the price being charged for the 6-class series plus the support and feedback provided along the way.

What art supplies will I need?

Here's the complete list of supplies:

  • Paper (hot press or smooth surface paper)

  • Pencil (wooden or mechanical in hardness 2H, 2B and 4B)

  • Blending materials (stump or tissue paper)

  • Eraser (kneadable is preferred)

Please find everything you need for this class in the ⁠Course PDF 

I still have questions!

We're here to help. Please shoot us an email at hello@etchrstudio.com and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

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