MAMO Testimonials

”My business is not typical, neither are its needs and nor (thankfully) are MAMO’s methods. It’s not overstating the case to say that his teaching practice is exceptional. I’ve been lucky enough to study under some very well respected creators and Martin ranks among them. His uncanny, almost evangelical devotion to helping people understand the context of their current skill level and focusing on how and why their practice can change is staggering. He accelerated the development of my practice enormously, the momentum of which remains to this day. He is a lateral teacher, he does whatever it takes to get people around their difficulties in creative and empowering ways and possesses the practical skills in communication, prioritisation and professional sensitivity to cement that growth.”

– Ian Mitchell – Managing Director Discworld Emporium


“I asked Paul (Smith) and Nicole (Yershon) to look for the best life drawing teacher in the world. They found you (MAMO). Not only do I agree with them, it was an inspired choice.”

“(MAMO’s Class) helped us re-learn how to draw, you freed us to make marks, you gave us permission to play, to muck about, to get dirty, and you shed the shackles from our eyes when it came to the human form.”

– THAM KHAI MENG – Worldwide Creative Director & Chairman WW Creative Council Ogilvy & Mather


“I turned up at Martin’s (MAMO) course slightly reluctantly, convinced my strengths were verbal not visual. The effects were revelatory. The use of charcoal, and the emphasis on speed and instinct over fastidious technique led to results which…at best made me proud of something I had drawn for the first time since the age of five. I never knew I had it in me.”

– RORY SUTHERLAND – Executive Creative Director and Vice-Chairman, Ogilvy One London and Vice Chairman, Ogilvy Group UK


“Mind expanding as a drug and like a drug should be used carefully, because it’s addictive.”

“It (MAMO) took people who couldn’t draw and for a brief moment turned them into artists. I want everyone to learn to look and learn to see, I want the world to go to (MAMO’s) Life Class.”

– PAUL SMITH – Ogilvy & Mather EAME, London. Regional Creative Director EAME Digital


“(MAMO’s Class) was an eye opener as it takes away the fear of failure, self consciousness and allows you the child-like innocence which is the epicentre  of all creativity.”

– PIYUSH PANDEY – Ogilvy & Mather India Board, Mumbai. Executive Chairman & Creative Director, South Asia.
“MAMO leads rapid-fire life drawing workshops for artists and non-artists alike–one of the most freeing experiences I have had in a professional setting. If creativity matters to you, the workshop is a great way to tune up your perceptual and visual skills–while having fun!”

– CARLA HENDRA – Global Chairman OgilvyRED Ogilvy & Mather – Sao Paulo WWB Workshop

“What a fantastic partnership it has been for the Digital Labs and although a life-drawing class it was not about the drawing, but about attitude, venturing out of your comfort zone and viewing the world in a different way. Most importantly it brought to life one of the Digi-Labs’ key messages of delivering a new perspective on old ways of doing things…In three short weeks 55 people attended Martin’s class and left hugely inspired.’’

– NICOLE YERSHON – Digi Labs, Ogilvy


Martin has a knack of being able to talk about complex ideas around drawing in an amazingly direct and accessible way. His commentary really helped me to understand about the act of both drawing and looking. I used his classes at the RCA as a welcome interlude from everything else, but what was realised in these sessions would always echo into the rest of my studio practice.

In an inspiring tutorial with Martin we spoke about how animation can be an extension of drawing practice – about how to tackle the challenge of making moving image work from a process of rigours and raw drawing. It was refreshing to speak to someone about animation in these terms.

– Betsy Dadd – RCA Alumni


“Martin’s class made me think everything is possible.”

– CORINA – Visual Artist, Off Broadway Bar class 2010


“I found Martin’s drawing class both intense and liberating … A one-day class has given me a deeper understanding of the process of drawing and enriched the way I see.”

– JASON GREGORY – RCA Alumni class 2010


“Martin’s class helped me look at the world in a different way … it broke my pre-conceived ideas about what drawing could mean and how successful I could be at it.”

– JOEL GETHIN LEWIS (Lewis and Helicar) – RCA Alumni class 2009


“In Martin’s class you are taken back to the drawing board, literally and taught to re-engage with the physical world. Processing and perception completely change… his class is a fantastic experience.”

– THALIA TEMMERMAN – Start Creative


“Martin’s workshop was a real eye-opener … It made me look and think in a fresh, exciting way.”

– JENNY MORSE – RCA Alumni class 2010


“It started to break down boundaries we didn’t even realise we had set for ourselves, so hopefully I’ll take away a more open-minded outlook on things! It was a very therapeutic too!!”

– Ogilvy employee who took part in Digi Labs, Ogilvy Canary Wharf class


“Thanks to you and everyone else who set this up. It was such as great experience. Incredibly relaxing and genuinely made you think about how you should go about things, whether it be life drawing or writing a brief.”

– Ogilvy employee who took part in Digi Labs, Ogilvy Canary Wharf class


“In [MAMOs] class I found myself being able to go straight through to an expressive, playful, individual way of drawing without going through the rigger of formal art school training. I always thought that I had to learn how to draw technically before I could express what I felt on paper. [MAMOs] class showed me that it’s possible to take a shortcut, straight into expressing myself and my feelings through drawing.”

– Martin Alles, CEO of Ogilvy Hungary and Ukraine, Ogilvy SMP New Orleans SMP class


” [MAMOs] drawing workshop works on many levels. To building a good team environment to getting a deeper understanding of shapes, tones and colours. A great experience for any team.”

– David Fox Worldwide Managing Director,BAT at Ogilvy London, Ogilvy New Orleans SMP class


My First Life Drawing.

Live, alive, change,
Hesitant at first,
Smudge, curve, change,
Gaining confidence,
Charcoal, ink, change,
Totally immersed,
Black, commit, change,
Is that two hours gone already?

– Angela Johnson WW Managing Director Ogilvy + Mather and Ogilvy Advertising, Ogilvy New Orleans SMP class

We always enjoy these creative inspiration sessions – so bring them on. Got the right brain going – felt like I was back in the caves 🙂 Bring a flint!– Paul Heath – Chief Executive Officer – Ogilvy & Mather Asia Pacific

“Martin Morris leads rapid-fire life drawing workshops for artists and non-artists alike–one of the most freeing experiences I have had in a professional setting. If creativity matters to you, the workshop is a great way to tune up your perceptual and visual skills–while having fun!”

– Carla Hendra Global Chairman, OgilvyRed

“Martin’s mark-making class was, hands down, the most amazing creative experience I’ve had as an adult. I’m one of those people who truly believed, before Martin’s class, that my ability to be creative through visual mediums had been left in gradeschool. Not so. The historical background he gave was enough to whet my appetite, and the level of comfort and creative energy that he generated in the room was amazing. In under 2 hours, I was able to produce easily the best drawings I’ve ever made in my life, all because of some mental and marking exercises that temporarily relieved me of the societal inhibitions and restrictions that normally stifle my creativity. Yes, it’s one of those experience I won’t ever forget as long as I live; but more importantly, it’ll affect my most important career decisions.”

– Justin White, Research Analyst, Ogilvy & Mather New York


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