Watercolor Portrait Experiments

I like watercolor because it’s fairly quick and easy to set-up and clean up. It’s my favorite medium for doing color sketching in my sketchbook or on watercolor paper. These images are some watercolor experiments done in my sketchbook.  As an artist, I’m working on my personal voice, telling stories and making more meaningful artwork. Watercolor allows me to work out these ideas quickly and to be bold with color and design.

All paintings done on toned kraft paper using watercolor, sable brushes and white gouache.

self portrait sketch in watercolor by Chris Legaspi

Vitor Belfort portrait sketch by Chris Legaspi

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Portraits of Economists and Great Minds

Nikola Tesla portrait by Chris Legaspi
Over the last year I’ve become very interested in Economics, specifically Austrian School Economics. Strange hobby for an artist I know. But it is a fascinating topic and surprisingly easy to understand. These portraits are of some of the great minds in Austrian Economics both new and old. There’s also a portrait of the great […]
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Mastering Head Drawing Online Class

head drawing online class with Chris Legaspi
Mastering Head Drawing is the first fully structured, head drawing focused online class. This is the first head drawing class to be offered by a professional artist, professional instructor and industry expert, Chris Legaspi. That’s me Click here to see my portfolio or scroll down to see head drawing samples below. Class begins Thursday, May
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[VIDEO] Ludwig Von Mises Portrait Painting

ludwig von mises portrait painting
Painting of a young Ludwig Von Mises. Palette used: Ultramarine blue and Burnt umber, and Titanium white. The blue and brown was used to make the darks and greys which adds a lot of color and character compared to the usual plain black. Mises was an economist and author. He was a thought leader in […]
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[VIDEO] Roger Ver Portrait Sketch

roger ver portait sketch by Chris Legaspi
This video is a behind the scenes look at my watercolor painting process. For this Roger Ver portrait sketch/tribute I use only 2 colors to make my tones, ultramarine blue and burnt umber. To add lights I use gouache. Paper is 80lb kraft paper in my sketchbook. Roger is a Bitcoin entrepreneur and investor. I’m […]
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Russian Masters Study: Repin and Fechin Drawing

repin_study05 by Chris Legaspi
In late February, 2015 I began a journey to study Russian Academic drawing. I chose 2 of the most well known masters of the art, Ilya Repin and Nicolai Fechin.  Repin was a 19th century painter who helped to establish a tradition of realist, academic art in Russia and brought Russian art into the mainstream of European and western […]
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[VIDEO] Portrait Sketch Oil Painting Demo

portrait sketch in oil by Chris Legaspi
In this 3 part portrait sketch tutorial series, I demonstrate an alla-prima (wet/direct painting) painting of a young attractive female. The medium is oil paint on gessoed paper. To watch Part 3, sign up for the Free Newsletter, Private School. Newsletter subscribers will get access to part 3 and other great free content, like the […]
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[VIDEO] Eddie Huang Drawing Tutorial

Eddie Huang portrait sketch
Eddie Huang drawing tutorial/tribute video. Eddie Huang is a chef, entrepreneur, author and creator of the TV series Fresh off the Boat. Eddie is a thought leader in the growing movement of Asians doing big things in modern western culture. I’ve been a huge fan of Eddie since I saw his food show on the […]
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