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My teaching philosophy is simple, learning new skills should never feel intimidating or overwhelming. My computer classes focus on basic principles you will use everyday. Each lesson is broken down into small easy to understand tasks that gradually build on one another. Although much of the subject matter we discuss tends to be on the technical side, it is always taught in a simple, practical manner. My goal is to make sure students gain a total understanding of how and why things work the way they do. 




What are Students Saying?

What are students saying about classes at

Bucky Jones – Illustrator

Wow, Bob Ostrom is an awesome teacher! Seriously, what he covered in 1/2 an hour, and how he was able to explain it in a way that even I could understand...just awesome! If you ever have the chance to take a class or have a lesson with him, I highly recommend it! Thanks, Bob!

Candice Davies, Author Illustrator

I'm writing to sing the praises of Bob Ostrom. It's clear from his artwork that he's mastered his media and is an accomplished artist. But being accomplished doesn't necessarily equate to being a quality teacher. How many of us have had that 'genius' professor that was just plain incomprehensible? I have. Paid big bucks for "industry standard" gurus before I met Bob, and each one left me feeling more inept and discouraged than before. Fortunately, Bob is one of the rare jewels in which craftsmanship and quality instructor coalesce. His delightful sense of humor makes learning fun and his sincere desire to help his students unlock their potential make learning relevant and exciting.

Tara Urbach – Artist

Thanks Bob! I'm so happy I took this 3 pack of classes for Illustrator. I was proficient coming in - but I knew I could benefit from Bob's years of professional experience and the fact that he stays so current with the upgrades. I picked up a lot of tips that will help me with my speed and efficiency - which was my goal. Mission accomplished! Thanks again!!!


Weekly Video Tutorials

A great way to sharpen your skills in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign?

Creating a Soft Edge Vector Mask .AI

Using the Photoshop Liquify Filter

Cleaning up PDF’s Hidden Layers With .AI

Cleaing up the Brush Strokes in .AI

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Save a Bundle on this Bundle

discount bundle artOnly 50 Bucks?!?

Hey Kids, it’s finally ready! The Advanced Line Art for Adobe Illustrator bundle is back up and ready to go. If you were waiting to grab this series at a ridiculous discount here’s your chance. This is a very limited time offer though so grab it quick because it will be gone before you know it. Once I’ve finished testing everything goes back to its regular price.

Why is it so Cheap?

I’m trying out a new site and I need a few students to help me test if everything is working properly. There’s always a lot to learn with a new site so I’m looking for a few students to let me know how things are working and where I might be able to make improvements.  At the end of each video I have an area asking for feedback. There’s no catch and no obligation, all I ask is if you spot something that’s not working let just me know.


Which videos are included in this series?

• Part 1 – Tools of the Trade
• Part 2 – Advanced Line art Techniques
• Part 3 – The big Class of Color
• Bonus – Bobby O Super Brushes and Tutorial Video

What you will need to view this course.

• Fifty bucks
• A computer with an internet connection.
• A cozy chair. Each lesson will last at least one hour and may go slightly longer depending on how many questions were asked.
• A note pad to jot down anything important you want to remember.
To get the most out of this class I highly recommend taking notes. Although the information seems very clear during the instruction it can be difficult to remember all the steps involved if you are unfamiliar with the techniques being presented.

What you will need if you want to recreate the presentation using you own artwork.

  • A computer capable of running Adobe Illustrator CC
  • A copy of Adobe Illustrator– I recommend working with CC to get the most out of the lessons. If you are working with a lower version you should be OK but you may be missing a few of the newer upgrades.
  • A tablet with a pressure sensitive stylus. – I use a Cintiq by Wacom but an Intuos is just fine (I do not have experience with any other companies than Wacom so that is all I can recommend at this time). Although you can create some the techniques I’m demonstrating with a mouse others can only be done with a pressure sensitive stylus. That means using one of the options listed above.


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Save Big Bucks on Online Discount Classes at

A quick heads up to all my readers especially anyone who has been trying to find or purchase online classes. I am in the process of moving things over to a new site that will handle more of the technical stuff and hopefully make things a lot easier for everyone involved. When I first started teaching online classes it was a very complicated process. Finding ways to market and sell courses was a big messy challenge. Fast forward to today where there lots of options and improvements. The old methods I’ve been using up until now were time consuming and complicated but for the past couple of months I’ve been experimenting with a few new distribution methods. Some were okay, some were not, but more recently I’ve found one that I think will be the game changer. That means I get to spend a lot more time creating classes and a lot less time trying to figure out how to get them to you.

As I move forward with the new site I’m going to need a little help testing out my new class listings. As I post my updates I am going to be offering some crazy discount classes to students who are willing to help test drive them. These discount classes will be very limited and available at lower prices for only a short time, so if you’ve had your eye on one of my classes and have been holding off waiting until the price dropped you are in luck. This is it. Once the testing is over though, it’s over and these classes will go back up to full price. You’ll be seeing my discount offers being posted here on the site very soon and when you do it will only be available to a very small number of students for a very short time so don’t be left out, check back regularly and when you see my offer mark it on your calendar so you won’t forget.

If you’d prefer to be notified when the discount is live just click on this link and subscribe (if you’re already part of my mailing list no need to sign up again you’ll be notified as soon as the classes are available). Until then keep on keeping on…

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How to use Placeholder Text in Adobe InDesign

Alright designers and layout artists repeat after me… “I LOVE INDESIGN!!!” 

Have you ever worked on a project where you don’t quite have all the pieces yet? Of course you have, any designer worth their salt has created a concept or put together a rough layout for a pitch. I can’t count the number of times my clients have asked me to show them some ideas but for whatever reason their copy wasn’t ready yet. Do I panic and whine that I have to have finished copy before I can start? Are you kidding me? You start pulling moves like that and you’ll be replaced before you can say, “What’s Placeholder text?”
If you find yourself in this position there is one super simple option you can try that will keep you up and running and speed up your workflow. Oh sure, you could cut and paste some Lorem Ipsum text but why would you when InDesign has placeholder text built right in. What!?! You’ve never used the placeholder text feature in InDesign before??? Don’t worry, in this video I’ll show you everything you need to know to come off looking like a top notch, top dollar, expert, InDesign pro. So hit play and get ready to double your rates designers because you’re about to achieve total rock star status!

That’s it for now. Until next time, keep on keeping on!

Hand Tool Stuck in Adobe Illustrator

illustrator tips imageQuick little tip for all you Illustrator users. Last night I was working with Illustrator and was moving my art board around with the hand tool. Somehow it got stuck. I tried to switch back to another tool but no luck. No matter which tool I selected it just stayed on the hand tool. I restarted Illustrator, nothing. Restarted my computer, nothing. Out of desperation I even upgraded to a newer version of Illustrator… still nothing. So I hopped online and Googled it. The solution was so ridiculously simple I’m almost embarrassed to type this. All I needed to do to release it was to click on the space bar. Yup, the shortcut tool you can use to switch to the hand tool can also be used to release the hand tool if it gets locked. I’m not exactly sure how I wound up in that situation but at least now I know how to get out.

Hope that will be helpful to someone out there…. happy illustrating!


For info on upcoming classes and more…


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Discount Special - $50 (ends 8/27/16)


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Part 1 - $10.00


Part 3 - 39.00

Part 3 - 39.00


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Part 2 - $39.00


tutoring, ostrom

Personalized Tutoring Sessions $50.00