Alan McCorkle was born in San Francisco and started his art training during his high school years with Thomas Leighton at the Leighton Studio in San Francisco . He attended the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and graduated in 1962. He continued his study at the Leighton Studio during his college years, and also with Prof. Ralph Sweet at UCSF studying medical illustration and cadavers for two years.
Returning to San Francisco after graduating, he started teaching in the Bay Area and set up his own studio in Lafayette. He continued his studies with Ugo Graziotti in sculpture, Sumi brush painting and Chinese calligraphy with Prof. Foon Lee, and watercolor with Nat Levy and Will Provan. After Mr. Leighton died in 1976 he taught at the Leighton Studio until it closed in 1990.
He spent years perfecting a teaching system for the human figure to make it easier for students to learn and understand the complex and formidable amount of knowledge necessary to draw and paint the nude body.
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