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I’m very excited to announce the release of my first ever sketchbook! Woo hoo . LA Metro is a collection of drawings, sketches and watercolors from my first year of not owning a car in the mega-city of Los Angeles. You get to go on a journey with me through the L.A. public transportation system.
The book will be available for sale at the opening of my show at District Gallery, this Thursday, Dec 11th. This is a limited edition run. If there are copies left after the show they will be made available on this site so stay tuned! See below for a sample image:
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I’m happy to announce my first show in Los Angeles. “Our Town” is dedicated to the Arts District and Little Tokyo district of Downtown Los Angeles. I will be showing oils, watercolors and having a sketchbook available for sale. All original, framed art. Also 40% of proceeds go to local non-profits that benefit the arts in Los Angeles. Sake will also be provided. Can’t beat that .
Opening reception is Thursday, 7pm-10pm at District Gallery. Full details below:
When: Thursday, Dec. 11, 7pm – 10pm
Where: District Gallery, 740 E. Third St., L.A., 90013
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Rad Sechrist is a friend and very talented storyboard artist currently working for Dreamworks Animation. Rad has his own online school called Radhowtoschool. He is currently offering 2 classses:
I got to know Rad when he was teaching at Concept Design Academy. He is a very skilled draftsman and we share very similar drawing philosophies and also drawing influences. Rad has tons o f skill and experience drawing figures so that’s why I’m recommending his courses. Check out his classes at www.radhowtoschool.com. Classes start Jan 13th so don’t wait!
There’s a new gallery featuring step by step process images from various sketches, drawings and paintings. The full gallery is here:
Head on over and check out the new gallery. I draw and paint everyday so new images will be added regularly. Check back often for updates. If you have any questions or requests, join me in the comments below.
Click here for more process images….
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My latest course on shading explains how to create realistic lighting using Photoshop. The beautiful part is that the information taught in the course applies to any subject and any medium. The shading techniques course is more than a slick demo or a Photoshop tutorial. It’s core, fundamental principles and concepts of realistic light and shadow.
In this article, I’ll demonstrate how to apply shading techniques to a portrait. See video below for a portrait shading demonstration from a recent ‘Draw With Chris’ Livestream. Photoshop is the medium used in the video. Oil paint is used in the demo for the text version below.
For complete, step by step breakdown, read on…
Portrait Shading Process
STEP 1: Smart observation
The first step is to make careful observation of the subject. In this case we have a female model with beautiful high contrast lighting. This lighting is the best for practicing shading, rendering and edge control. For more on lighting models and choosing reference, see this article on good lighting and choosing good reference.
This image is perfect for studying and practicing shadow because of the beautiful high contrast light. The shadows are nice and dark and clearly defined.
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Art Center is one of the top art schools in the country. They are primarily a design school, but they have tremendous Fine Art, Illustration and Entertainment Art programs.
Students have the opportunity to draw and paint a live model at the many figure drawing and painting workshops they organize. These workshops are often led by a professional artist in the industry. The paintings below are from 2 previous workshops I ran this month at Art Center.
“All Prima 10/18/14″, 8″x10″, oil on canvas. From the Saturday night painting workshop, October 18th, 2014.
“John Whipple Alla-prima”, 8″x10″, oil on canvas. From the Saturday Head Painting workshop, October 4th, 2014.
I want to thank Charles Hu (founder of 3 Kicks Art Sudio) for the opportunity. I look forward to teaching more and working with students at Art Center.