Jul 27, 2010

Charcoal Figures

Theres something about life drawing that is pure and relaxing. Maybe it's knowing that is not for a job or  that you can just flip the page and draw another pose. Either way it's a great way to know ones interests as well as weaknesses.  

Jul 20, 2010


Hey everyone,

I've been busy here in Kansas City, here are some recent shots of my sketchbook stuff.
just some hands and pongo.

hope you enjoy, thanks for looking!


Jul 13, 2010

Figure Drawing in Kansas City!

The Art Department is proud to introduce Kansas City figure drawing down at the TAD POD! Sunday nights from 6:30 to 9:30pm. This session focuses on gestures and short poses. Most sessions will feature a nude model or occasionally costumed. The POD is located in the romantic West Bottoms in the old Atlas Oats building. Some easels and drawing horses are available, So bring your pad or you sketchbook and join us for a fun night of figure drawing.

KC,MO POD location
12 12 west 8th st. KC,MO 64101

Jul 12, 2010


Hey guys,

I took some time today to post some of my recent live figure work, live meaning that it was done in front of an audience. Jane and I love doing this, in a since its like showing people the backbone of art - the essence of picture making. It helps me to gain the confidence to draw with a more informed intention of what I'm trying to get across, whatever emotion it may be at the time.

I also posted some drawings from our wednesday class by our house. Jane tries to arrange the most diverse models she can, while still maintaining the quality of a great model. If you haven't gone to this class and you live in the Kansas City area, I strongly suggest you do so, you will not be disappointed.

I hope you all enjoy, a huge thanks goes out to all the models who participated!
All the drawings are 18x 24in.

-Trey Bryan

Jul 5, 2010

KC POD Leader for TheArtDepartment.org

After months of preparation and deliberation, John English, president of TAD.ORG, has chosen me to be the main driving force, the fulcrum for the Kansas City, Missouri POD! This is such a huge honor and opportunity to be working along side the dedicated faculty of TAD as well as the impressive students. I look forward to working with you both as I continue down my own path of being the best artist I can be. See you all July 12th!

I started a blog for the KCMO POD, you can find it here or at

What is The Art Department?

Created by the founders of the award winning Illustration Academy and leading art education portalConceptart.org, The Art Department (TAD) provides real world training by top industry professionals to help artists build successful careers in Illustration, Entertainment Design, and Drawing and Painting.

As the next generation model for art education, TAD’s goal is to transform education from traditional classroom learning to real world training from some of the most successful artists practicing in the industry today. TAD faculty bring dedication, passion and understanding to teaching that is focused on doing whatever it takes, for however long it takes, to help students develop into the best artists they can be and create a portfolio that is going to land them jobs. Through TAD's online community and international workshops, students also have an opportunity to network with hundreds of potential employers while in school.

At TAD you will:
  • Train with the best industry professionals in Illustration, Entertainment Design, and Drawing and Painting 
  • Develop your abilities and unique talents at a higher skill level · Learn how to apply your skills in real world industry settings, promote yourself, negotiate deals, and get jobs. 
  • Create connections with industry professionals and potential employers
  • Know how to make a career out of doing what you love, while developing your vision, ideas, and dreams. 
  • Drawing and Painting
  • Illustration
  • Entertainment Design 
  • First year of study for all majors is Foundations 
Length of Program: 30 months
  • Three ways to study:
  • Exclusively online 
  • In-person at one of TAD’s studio locations, called PODs 
  • Combination of both online and in-person TAD Studio 
Locations (PODs):
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Austin, TX
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Richmond VA
TAD’s Award Winning Faculty:
  • Mark English
  • John English
  • Andrew Jones
  • Gary Kelley
  • Carl Dobsky
  • George Pratt
  • Anita Kunz
  • Sterling Hundley
  • Jason Manley
  • C.F. Payne
  • Brent Watkinson
  • Marshall Vandruff
  • Ron Lemen
  • Jon Foster and more

SHUTTER event in Kansas City!

Jane and I recently performed live figure drawing at the Hemingway Building in the KC's vibrant Crossroads district. We also showed our paintings and drawings, it was a huge turn out. Jason Manley, of CA.ORG, stopped by as well to help the success of the show, as well as the TAD and Illustration Academy students. Hope everyone had a blast, here are some shots of the event.

-Trey Bryan

Illustration Academy at GalleryNucleus

May 22, 2010 - June 14, 2010
May 22, 6:00PM - 10:00PM

Gallery Nucleus presents an inspiring ensemble of talent comprised of the faculty and notable contributors to the Illustration Academy.

The exhibit features more than a dozen award-winning and accomplished illustrators whose works have been published in Time Magazine, Newsweek, The New York Times, Rolling Stone and whose clients include Geffen Records, The Franklin Mint, and NASA among others.

More about the Illustration Academy:

Too often, the student is thrust into a market place forced to compete with established illustrators.  The mission of the Illustration Academy is to bridge the gap that exists between the student and the working professional.  You can learn more about the Academy here

Exhibiting Artists Include: