Ward Makielski

Ward Makielski Draw3D InstructorOur newest instructor! Ward has been drawing and cartooning since before he could walk (well, not really, but he’s been drawing for a long time). Ward has 20 years of experience producing art and design for software titles ranging from early Apple II graphic adventure games, through award winning Edutainment CD ROMs for Sierra On-Line and Disney Interactive, and more recently in the casual games market serving social media, web, and mobile platforms. His past-client list includes: Disney, Pixar, LEGO, EA, Mattel, Marvel, Cartoon Network, Universal, American Greetings, Mark Kistler, AOL, LeapFrog, Sierra On-Line (Vivendi-Universal), PAN Interactive, MGA, Kixeye, Zynga, GSN, and Nickelodeon. Ward is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a BFA in Industrial Design and also earned an MBA from Ferris State University with a concentration in Innovation and Design Management. In 1996 he received a CODiE Award for his edutainment software design on The Lost Mind of Dr. Brain which made the cover of Consumer Reports and was listed as their top pick for educational software for that year

Comments

  • Sandra Lindon

    Wow! do you have any art books?

    • Ward Makielski

      Thanks for the interest, Sandra. I have plans to self-publish a book with Mark Kistler in 2014! Stay tuned for more info!

  • Sandra Lindon

    Actually, my name is Cole, my Mom’s name is Sandra.

    • Mark Kistler

      COLE! Cole wins the award for being the top 3 attendees at the most LIVE webcasts, what is it Cole…about 3xweek for a year that 1,456,000 hours if drawing with me! Way to go!

  • Sandra Lindon

    Hi Mr. Ward!!! Have you noticed that “Ward” spelled backwards is Draw!!!

    • Ward Makielski

      Yes! It’s a heavy responsibility; a burden only alleviated by practicing drawing every day!

    • Mark Kistler

      That’s so cool….WARD is DRAW backwards! Now, that means that MARK is KRAM….wait, doesn’t quite work does it?!

  • Cole

    Hi! I was wondering if you will be putting any new “DRAWISODES” on the website in future weeks???

  • Ward Makielski

    Not to worry, Cole. There are several more drawing lessons already in the works and coming soon from both me and Mark Kistler!

  • Grace Garrand

    WOW! Both you and Mr.Kistler are SO AWESOME!!! I love drawing with you guys! I hope to enter in some of my own drawings in the art gallery soon. One of my favorite lessons (One of MANY) Is the LIVE one that Mr.Kistler did…..The Darth Hamster!! I am going to enter it soon!!

    Hugs
    Grace

    PS I TOTALLY LOVE THE PAPERTOONS!!

    • Ward Makielski

      Thanks for all the kind words! I have to admit that I’m a big fan of Mr. Kistler, too, and he helped shape me into the artist I am today. It makes me smile to share in the praise directed at him. I look forward to seeing some of your drawings – our student gallery could use some fresh images!

  • Cole

    Hi! Just to let you know, I have uploaded 2 drawings and I hope that you get them soon!
    Thanks!

    • Melissa Hunt

      Hey Cole, how do you upload your drawings?

  • Cole

    Hi Mr Ward! Mr. Mark told us today that he will be asking you to be a guest artist on Mark Kistler’s LIVE virtual classroom!!!!
    I hope that you say yes!

  • Cole

    Hi! Please watch the “ninja banana” video in the beginners section, it needs some editing….
    Thanks!

    • Rachel Tribunella

      Hey Cole! What courses are you doing, I’d love to know! Maybe were doing the same? Can you let me know how to upload videos.
      Roman

  • Rachel Tribunella

    Me and my sisters really like drawing with both you guys! [ we share the same account. ] Anywho, Mr. Makielski, I wanted to know if you worked on the game skylanders, I don’t play it, but I’ve seen adds and some of the stuff looks like your troll lesson.
    Happy drawing!
    Roman

  • marc marc

    HEY GUYS IM SWAG YOLO

  • Melissa Hunt

    Hello everybody! I noticed that you changed you name halfway through the conversation, Cole.

  • Melissa Hunt

    My name isn’t Melissa, actually that’s my mothers name.

  • Melissa Hunt

    Hey Cole, how come your not in the ” fun friends” student list? are you still taking that course?

    • Cole

      Hi Melissa, if you look click on my name above this comment, it take you to my profile. And there is a list of the courses that I am taking.

  • Melissa Hunt

    saw that thanks! have you looked at the courses that I take yet?

  • Melissa Hunt

    sorry if my typing isn’t very good.

  • Melissa Hunt

    wow, Cole, you take just about every course on this site, I couldn’t handle that much drawing!

  • Monica Kelley

    Cool! Another book with you and Mark Kistler! That should be fun. Let us know when it is going to be released.

    • Melissa Hunt

      Has anyone seen disney’s Frozen? Great animation to study!