About New Masters Academy

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New Masters Academy is reinventing art education each and every day.
Learn from the best artists in the world for just $35* per month.

New Masters Academy is the Internet’s leading subscription-based art education website. We bring top quality art instruction to artists around the world for affordable prices.

The website was founded in 2012 by Joshua Jacobo along with a core group of instructors that includes master draftsman Glenn Vilppu, figurative painter Steve Huston, monumental sculptor Ed Fraughton, and Disney art director Bill Perkins.

The website launched with just over 100 hours of video content from twelve instructors, all experts at the top of their fields.

Since then, the website has grown to include over one thousand hours of content from over twenty instructors, including Juliette Aristides, John Asaro, Mark Westermoe, David Simon, Johanna Schwaiger and Rey Bustos. We have reached millions of artists online and we have educated tens of thousands of students from around the globe.

We also offer a first-of-its-kind 3D viewing application for artist references, as well as a photo reference library with tens of thousands of high quality, royalty-free images.

Years after our website launched, we are still honored to work to empower artists with the highest quality art instruction ever produced.

New Masters Academy Instructors

Austin (Daxiong) Guo Art Focus: Comics, Illustration, and Animation 20 years of experience in video games, comics, and animation Worked for: Star Wars - Dark Horse, DC, and WildStorm Founded his own studio called Flag Art Studios

Austin Guo, better known as Daxiong, is an award-winning comic book artist, illustrator, and publisher out of China. He is one of the most successful artists in Chinese and European comics, with over 20 years of experience. Daxiong has worked on comics for Star Wars – Dark Horse, DC, and WildStorm. Eventually, he created his own studio called Flag Art Studios when he relocated to New York City, New York. He has received first place at the Shanghai Animation & Comic Competition, Golden Monkey King Award from the China International Cartoon and Animation Festival, top honors at the 33rd annual Angoulême International Comics Festival, and Viewer’s Choice Award on ICON 29.

Louise Gasca Art Focus: Tradition Tattoos Graduated from the University of Hertfordshire and has a Post Graduate Teaching Qualification Apprenticed at Body Art and Soul in LA. Showing artwork at LagunaART and the San Clemente Art Show

Louise Gasca has been working in the tattoo industry for over four years. Based out of LA, she apprenticed with Body Art and Soul. Having graduated with a Fine Arts Degree from the University of Hertfordshire in the UK, she then went on to obtain her Post Graduate Teaching Qualification and taught in the UK for over 10 years. She now works with tattoo apprentices, teaching tattoo design. Her acrylic paintings are also represented by LagunaART and she is a regular contributor to the San Clemente art show in Orange County.

Marshall Lee Toomey Art Focus: Animation, Clean-up Animation Works at Disney and Filmation Studios Collaborated on "Beauty and the Beast", "Aladdin", "The Lion King", "Mulan", "Tarzan", etc.

Marshall Lee Toomey is a professional artist and art director from Kansas City, Missouri. For 20 years, he worked as an animator and clean-up supervisor at Disney. He also spent eight years at Filmation Studios. Marshall has collaborated on famous films such as Space Jam 2, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Mulan, Tarzan, and many more.

Kathleen Quaife-Hodge Art Focus: Visual Effects Animation Worked at Disney, Bluth Group, and Warner Bros Collaborated on "The Fox and the Hound", "Pocahontas", "Hercules", "Tarzan", "Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers", etc.

The late Kathleen Quaife-Hodge was an American visual effects animator at Disney, Bluth Group, and Warner Bros. Throughout her career, Kathleen contributed to many big films like The Fox and the Hound, Pocahontas, Hercules, Tarzan, Osmosis Jones, and many more.

She also taught drawing and animation at various universities such as Academy of Artwork College, California State University Channel Islands, and California State College, Fullerton.

Michael Cedeno Art Focus: Animation, Character Design Worked on "Beauty and the Beast", "The Lion King", "Oil Spot and Lipstick", "Oliver & Co.", "Pocahontas", etc. Teaches at Otis College of Art and Design

Michael Cedeno is an animator and fine artist based out of Southern California. He has worked extensively as a character animator and character designer for Disney Feature Animation. Michael is known for his work on Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King. His animated characters include Mickey Mouse, Belle, Aladdin, Simba, and countless others. 

He also teaches in Digital Media at Otis College of Art and Design. As a fine artist, Michael paints landscapes in a bold “California Expressionist” style.

Michael Mattesi Art Focus: Drawing, Illustration, Entertainment Art Worked on “The Lion King” Worked for Microsoft, Origin, and Electronic Arts Creator and Author of the FORCE Drawing Method

Michael Mattesi is an artist, educator, and author working out of California. He is also the developer and creator of the FORCE drawing method.

Mattesi went to school at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He has taken on many roles in the entertainment industry, including comic books, illustration, concept design, and game design. In addition, he has taught at numerous schools and studios like Nickelodeon, Electronic Arts, and Art Center College of Design. Moreover, Mike started his own online art school DrawingFORCE.com. He has written five books on the FORCE drawing method and its different applications.

Renae Wang Art Focus: Figurative and Landscape Teacher at Laguna College of Art and Design Studied at the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, and Laguna College of Art and Design

Renae Wang is a California-based artist, primarily working in oil paint. Her work focuses on nocturnal landscapes and “non-places.” She carries a BFA from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and an MFA out of Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna Beach, California. She currently teaches at Laguna College of Art and Design. Renae has exhibited both in Pennsylvania and Southern California.

Miles Yoshida Art Focus: Drawing, Inking, Sculpting Exhibited at The Lodge Gallery in New York City in 2016

Miles Yoshida is an outstanding draftsman and sculptor from Long Beach, CA. He is currently living and practicing art in New York. Yoshida’s art puts great emphasis on Light, Form, and Volume. He is most well-known for his detailed and elegant ink drawings of hands and portraits. A few of his main inspirations from the past are Katsushika Hokusai, Tsuguharu Foujita, Da Vinci, Rubens, Michelangelo and Albrecht Durer. In 2016, Yoshida exhibited at The Lodge Gallery in New York City among some major names in the art like Steven Assael and Nicolás Sánchez.

George Pratt Art Focus: Comics, Drawing, and Painting Graphic novel: Enemy Ace: War Idyll, nominated for Eisner Award and Harvey Award Teaches at Ringling College of Art and Design, and Illustration Academy in Kansas City, Mo.

George Pratt is an award-winning painter, illustrator, and writer. His drawings and paintings are in numerous private collections worldwide. He has received the Eisner Award for his graphic novels, a Spectrum Gold Medal, and the Best Feature Documentary at the New York International Independent Film Festival for the documentary film See You In Hell, Blind Boy. George was also featured in Walt Reed’s book The Illustrator in America, 1860 – 2000. In addition, he has had his work exhibited many times at the Society of Illustrators in New York. Besides his art practice and book projects, he teaches full-time at the Ringling College of Art and Design, and summers with the Illustration Academy in Kansas City, Mo.

Michal Kuś Art Focus: Concept Artist, Illustrator Worked for Disney Interactive, EA Games, Marvel, Red Bull, and Jellyfish Pictures Co-founder of Focal Point School

Michal Kuś is a concept artist, illustrator, and educator out of Poland. He has worked for many major studios in the entertainment field like Disney Interactive, EA Games, Marvel, Red Bull, Jellyfish Pictures, and many more. Michal has built a wealth of knowledge in areas of Visual Development, Design Language and Art Style Development, Concept Art, Illustration, Storyboarding, Level Design. He has worked “in-house” in various production pipelines for numerous years, working now on various projects as a freelancer. He is also the Co-founder and instructor at Focal Point School.