I’ve authored a new, 6 part series on figure drawing that will appear in Imagine FX magazine. The first article in the series begins with gesture, which is the foundation of my figure drawing philosophy.
The Decemeber 2013 issue is out now in selected stores. To order online, visit the publishers website:
“Figure Sketching With Color and Light” is an exciting new class that combines quick sketch figure drawing with color and painting in watercolor. This is a 10 week, in-person class that will meet every Wednesday evening at 3 Kicks Fine Art Studio in Los Angeles. This is the perfect class for those who want to improve their figure drawing, head drawing, color or anyone who wants to transition to painting.
To enroll or for more info, visit the 3 Kicks Studio website. You may also contact the school directly by phone or email. Don’t wait, space is limited. Class begins January 15th, 2014. Hope to see you there!
The goal of these paintings was to make a boring still life more interesting. I tried to sneak in rich color and also tried more oil techniques like glazing and thick impasto highlights. Not sure if I was successful, but a great exercise and learning experience.
The purpose of this exercise was to observe various color combinations of fruit and fabric and how the colors interact. Since these were painted with natural sunlight coming through a window, I was able to see the true color of the objects.
I believe that in order to understand color, one has to constantly observe color. Legendary realist Gerome’ urged his students to do a color sketch from observation every day. Spending time staring at color, natural light and the world around you, then making decisions about the color you see and perceive is time well spent.
“Still Life Color Studies, 9/13″, 4″x6″ each, oil on canvas.
The ability to compose pictures is a fundamental skill for an artist to develop, and a powerful tool for creating compelling and memorable artwork. A method I’ve used to develop my own compositional skills is to study tonal composition.
This tutorial will demonstrate the tonal composition study process in detail, from principles to execution. For a summary, watch the video playlist below or continue reading for the full article.