Canvas Flip Hotkey Tutorial (2014 Update! 1080p HD)

September 30th, 2014 No comments

‘Canvas flipping’ or flipping the canvas is a great way to check for errors and to improve the composition. This video shows a quick and easy way to make a keyboard shortcut in Photoshop (Version CS5 is featured in the video).  The previous canvas flip tutorial (made in 2009) showed a method using the Actions Menu. I changed to Keyboard Shortcuts because it is a much cleaner method, which makes this video a long overdue update.  For step by step text instructions, scroll down to read more.

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Digital Painting Process: Adding Backgrounds

September 29th, 2014 No comments

I’m a big fan of District 9 because of it’s killer design and art direction. This character is my take on Christopher which is the main alien in the film.

This video shows my process in creating the background for the concept painting. The concept was originally a demo for my Digital Painting class at Gnomon School. I felt that the plain, flat background did not due justice to the character design so I decided to create a more dynamic background.

district 9 character re-design by Chris Legaspi

If you want to learn how to render like this or how to use the many powerful painting tools and techniques in Photoshop, check out my Digital Painting class. Classes are available both online and in-person in Los Angeles. Click the links for more info:

-Digital Painting I, Tuesday, 7pm-10pm (begins Oct 7th)

-Advanced Digital Painting, Tuesday, 4pm-7pm (begins Oct 7th)

-Digital Painting, Wednesday, 7:30pm-10:30pm (begins Oct 1st)


Prometheus Concept Art & Process

September 25th, 2014 No comments

prometheus 2 environment design by Chris Legaspi

This is an imagined scene from the Prometheus universe. Since there are rumors of a sequel, I thought I’d concept a scene of explorers on planet “LV 223″. I was a huge Aliens and Giger fan growing up so I was very excited to see Prometheus. To me, the film looked incredible and had killer design. I hope they can keep that up and of course, I’m available to work on it if the studio needs from fresh blood for the concept team.

To see my process for making this concept piece, read below.

Concept Design Process

prometheus concept art process by Chris Legaspi

A. Thumbnail Sketch

The thumbnail is where I design the composition and composition is the foundation of picture making. I spend A LOT of time here designing and revising the composition.

B. 3D Elements

To get accurate perspective I created low poly 3D model of the ‘architectural’ structures. I matched the perspective of the concept sketch, then exported the model to be used in Photoshop.

C. Clean Line Art

Once I had the model and accurate perspective, I created a clean line drawing on a full sized canvas (about 5000 pix wide).

D. Texturing

I wanted a more ‘realistic’ look so I used a lot of photo ref for the texture. The textures also gave me a rough color palette which is quite ugly at this stage and needs some refining and balancing.

E. Balancing and Rendering

This stage is for rendering and refining, which is a slow and laborious process. It isn’t very pretty or dramatic but a lot of fun. Once the shapes and lighting felt good, I balanced the color and the values.

F. Polish & Eye Flow

Polish or finishing touches make the image look professional. I added details like figures and also subtle light and color accents. I also added various accents to move the eye and hold the eye in the picture.


Do you want to learn how to paint like this?

Well, you’re in luck! If you live in Los Angeles area, I’m teaching Digital Painting this fall term. It’s 10 weeks of hardcore training in painting fundamentals from a Professional Concept Artist who is also one of the most popular teachers in Los Angeles.

Read the post below or click the links for more info or to register:


Study with Chris this Fall Semester

September 25th, 2014 No comments

If you like my work and  you live in the Los Angeles area, check out my Digital Painting classes this Fall 2014 semester.

Gnomon School of Visual FX, Hollywood, CA

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Digital Painting I

-Tuesday 7:00pm – 10:00pm

-10 weeks, begins October 7, 2014

click here to register for Digital Painting I


Advanced Digital Painting (Digital Painting II)

-Tuesday, 4:00pm – 7:00pm

-10 weeks, begins October 7, 2014

click here to register for Advanced Digital Painting


3 Kicks Studio, Pasadena, CA

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Digital Painting

-Wednesday 7:00pm – 10:00pm

-10 weeks, begins October 1, 2014

click here to register


See below for examples of my Digital Painting work below:

Color Study after Zhaoming Wu

August 10th, 2014 No comments

zhaoming wu color study

Side by side comparison of the original and my color study. The original has more of a yellow, warm tone. Especially in the sky. The yellows in the middle field are also greener. Even though I didn’t quite get the color notes right, it was still a powerful learning experience.

If you want to see more of Zhaoming’s work, visit:

His newest book of oil paintings is available on Amazon:

Click here for more info…

Free Color Workshop

August 4th, 2014 No comments

This free color class is presented by Chris Legaspi on the Draw With Chris Livestream Channel. Chris is a painter, professional illustrator and instructor in Los Angeles.

Class Outline:

1. Properties of Color Lecture

2. Color Study Exercise: Color Study after Nathan Fowkes #1

3. Color Study Exercise: Color Study after Nathan Fowkes #2

To watch live shows and past archive shows, visit the Freshdesigner Livestream page. To get free updates on the next Livestream classes and workshops, sign for my free newsletter, ‘Private School’. Enter your email below and click the blue button:

For more of Nathan Fowkes’ work and for more Rio 2 concept art, visit:

Spring 2014 Available Classes

March 25th, 2014 No comments

If you like my work and want to take your art to the next level, then study with me this coming Spring term. I’ll be teaching classes at Gnomon in Hollywood, both on-campus and online. And I’ll be teaching a new watercolor sketching class @ 3 Kicks Studio in Pasadena. See links below for more information. Hope to see you in class!

Gnomon Classes

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Spring term begins Monday April 7, 2014


3 Kicks Studio Classes

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Spring 2014 term begins Monday April 7, 2014

Video preview below:

IFX Magazine Figure Series Part 2

February 10th, 2014 No comments

ifx mag jan 2014

Part 2 of my figure drawing series for Imagine FX Magazine. This article is about rendering/shading the figure from life. I’m happy with how it turned out and the information is pretty powerful. Click here to order online.