Born in Toledo, Ohio in 1938, Robert Heindel could not afford to attend art school. Instead, he went to Detroit and landed a job in the same art studio where Bernie Fuchs had started out.
He also took the Famous Artists correspondence course, which may make him the school's most famous graduate.
The website gregoryeditions.com quotes Heindel as saying, "Famous Artists School taught me self discipline - the very fact that I had to meet deadlines, ensure I returned my work and then await the outcome, certainly prepared me well for the future at first in the illustrative and later the gallery business. Most significantly, it taught me quickly to function alone, for painting is not a joint project."
Harry Borgman (who began his career doing automotive art in Detroit a couple of decades before Robert Heindel) recalls, "I was quite astonished upon first seeing Heindel's work. There were quite a few really good upcoming illustrators in the '60's Detroit, but Heindel really stood out."
In David Apatoff's interview with Robert Heindel in Illustration magazine #15, the artist says, "When I arrived in Detroit in the 1960's, anyone who was in Detroit worshipped at the shrine of Bernie Fuchs."
"He blazed the trail from Detroit to New York, he put up all the sign posts on the way, and showed the people who followed him how to do it."
"When I wanted to follow that same path, Bernie was very gracious. There was a lot of humanity in Bernie."
My Robert Heindel Flickr set.