Gil Robles

Tony Bianco Profile


Oil | Acrylic | Watercolour | Mixed Media | Graphite, Gouache | Digital | Pen & Ink

I was privileged to have started learning how to draw and paint from a live model way back at the High School of Art and Design in New York City. I was part of a group that met early every morning before the school day started to paint from the model. The class was taught by Irwin Greenberg and Max Ginsburg and they were later joined by Irv Doktor (all three had worked as illustrators and have also exhibited in galleries, two went on to teach at SVA in NYC as well as at the Art Students League). After high school I attended Parsons School of Design and then The Art Students League, both in New York City. My main interests continues to be painting and drawing people from life. Although I have freelanced as an illustrator for Pacific Press and for Bloomberg Market Magazine, I couldn’t wait to finish an assignment so that I could get back to what I love to do most.

Artwork by Yong Hong Zhong
Artwork by Tony Bianco
Artwork by Tony Bianco
Artwork by Tony Bianco
Artwork by Yong Hong Zhong
Artwork by Tony Bianco



Listed below are this Master’s specialty skills. Join this Master’s group if you want to grow your skills in these areas.



Colour and Composition


Technique demos


Supplies and tools – what to use, where to save, and where to spend


Providing Art Critiques


Teaching How to Self Critique

For Emerging Artists

Am I An Emerging Artist?

As an emerging artist, you have been painting regularly and feel fairly confident in your one unique style. 

You've taken workshops/courses and have already been selling your work to friends, family, and in community shows, markets and beyond.

Now you're ready to take it to the next level!


  • art critiques - getting expert feedback on your artwork
  • selling - learn how to sell your artwork
    • pricing
    • building your brand and marketing, leveraging social media well
    • earning a steady income in an unsteady economy
    • how to approach galleries and/or go solo successfully
  • business skills - learn the mechanics of creating and sustaining a business as an artist
  • production - studio set-up and time management to maximize production
  • art licensing - what products to create, how to find a reputable producer

More than an Art Workshop


2-hr monthly
videoconference session with MASTER ARTIST, NAVIGATOR and small group

Practice-based HOMEWORK


Additional 1-hr session mid-month with NAVIGATOR and GROUP. Navigator permanently assigned to your group, accountable for your growth trajectory

CONFIDENTIAL discussion board for you and your group, with 24hr access to session RECORDINGS

CHOOSE a new Master Artist every 6 to 8 months to bring NEW EXPERTISE and SKILL TRAINING


When I go to a museum, and I see the great portraiture that has been done by the masters I get the feeling of not just looking at a painted image but of having encountered a personality. The painting acts a bridge between past and future and makes it possible to experience a personality from the distant past. This fascinates me. I have always loved to draw and paint faces. The challenge of trying to capture someone’s character, to paint a face where some of their personality comes through is what I strive to do in my painting.

There are of course many other elements that go into painting that make the experience interesting as well. Value, color, composition and the specific mediums used as well as the surfaces and tools (brushes, pencils, pens, etc.). I have worked in many paint mediums and one of my favorites has been gouache, Because I am able to use it both as a transparent and an opaque medium. It can be a great lead into painting in oils or acrylic or to use with mixed media.

Also, there is the discipline of practice. Something I had learned from my instructors from the very beginning. I believe that having a set time where one is committed to advancing their skill is essential to growth and confidence.

These are the things that I hope to inspire in others as I teach about painting and drawing.

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