Yes to both of those. I know Esmerelda, and I'm also good friends with John.
Mark isn't teaching right now. I've been on his case repeatedly to find a way to publish all these damn demos he's got archived, but he hasn't followed through on any of that yet.
He's a wonderful teacher in many, many ways. But the caveat is to treat any of this as too rigid of a system. It's a flexible framework for dealing with things. The artists who have made the most of it are those who don't take it seriously, but not too literally. Kevin adds more structure, Sergio adds very stylized calligraphic lines, Nathan...well, Nathan is just awesome at simplifying, organizing and "popping" or "subduing." and the list goes on and on.
My caveat is just that it will be a kind of dead end unless you approach it with this in the back of your head. If you want to propagate this knowledge forward, it needs to be a living set of ideas, not a dead set of rules and procedures or tricks to impress.
I forgot to ask again about any video material Mark may have made either for sale or other.
Thank you for answering my note. Are you a friend of Esmeralda Acosta? Also, were you at John Brown's sculpture class? Esmeralda mentioned your name and asked whether I had run into you at the class.
I have heard Mark isn't teaching right now. Hope he is well. I took an EFX class with Jeff Howard at Associates a long time ago. I just didn't know whether Mark was planning to teach again. I pray he is well - as I said, what he delivered was and is of great value. I will keep him in my prayers and hope he will be doing fine. I suppose it's a little selfish to hope he will teach again. I would have loved to have had him as a teacher. I see so many of his students made great successes.
I'm a teacher, as well. I want to get into some of this Reilly system. It looks like there is something about it that can expedite a better command of beginning figure.
or i guess i can put it this way... you can recognize who does it by noticing what they notice. the principles behind what they do rather than the exact way they do it.
so, i'd also list a bunch of younger teachers who teach their variations on it too. Hong Ly, Nathan Fowkes, Kevin Chen, Sergio Sanchez, Charles Hu, Aaron Westerberg, Rick Morris, etc. all have either studied or taught or both at Mark's old school. They merge their own sensibilities and influences with it--Steve Huston, classical atelier art, etc. but many of them have a strong foundation in the same principles.
I won't comment on Mark. He's a friend of mine and needs his privacy right now. Glen Orbik does teach along the lines of Reilly over in Thousand Oaks, CA. Also, Jeff Watts teaches it down near San Diego.
What I thought was good about Mark's way of teaching though is that he added to it. If you look at his lineage, everyone along the way added something to it, organized it along their lines of thought, and thereby furthered it's growth and development. It's not meant to be a static thing, but something to build on.
I visited another link for you (i think). It had some comments about Mark Westermoe. He seemed to have disappeared in the past several years. Do you know whether he is still teaching? Is Glen Orbik about the only guy who's teaching the Reilly method in So. Cal?
On another thread, someone mentioned you may know of some videos Mark might have made. Do these exist? Thank you for reading my note,