[Video] Marker Rendering Demo

January 28th, 2015 No comments

In this video I share my marker rendering techniques. This style of rendering, I use a combination of pen, markers and white pencil. For more in-depth training on shading, check out my Shading Techniques Course.

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marker renderings by Chris Legaspi

For questions on marker rendering, shading or materials, leave a comment below and I’ll be happy to help.

[Video] Marker Sketch Demo

January 20th, 2015 No comments

Final Image

LA Metro Sketch by Chris Legaspi














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NEW Sketchbook: L.A. Metro (1st Edition) Now Available

December 9th, 2014 No comments

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LA Metro sketchbook cover


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:

la metro sketch by chris legaspi

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Plein-Air Painting Show @ District Gallery L.A.

December 9th, 2014 2 comments

district gallery show 12/11/14


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

Click here for map

district gallery map

Study With Rad Sechrist this coming Winter Term

December 1st, 2014 No comments

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!

rad sechrist storyboarding class

Drawing & Painting Process Images

November 30th, 2014 No comments

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….

Customer Reviews for Shading Techniques Course

November 29th, 2014 No comments

Here’s what people are saying about Shading Techniques, the #1 video course on shading and rendering.

via E-mail:

“This shading tutorial has completely changed the way I paint digitally. Thanks so much for offering it. There are so many things to apply to my work flow. Im loving it.”

-Josh A.


via Youtube:

“Bought it and love it! I totally recommend!”



“Great quality stuff. You sold me on it. I’ve just purchased your shading techniques course and loving it”



“Great information, well explained and easy to understand and put into practice.”



via Facebook:

“Chris simplifies the process of rendering a skull to realism in an enjoyable and understandable process.”

-Josh B.


“Hey man, really appreciate that you’ve uploaded the videos separately – that makes things easier for me to download. Cheers and thanks for the tut.”

-Mike B.


To get your copy of Shading Techniques, visit the course page:


Don’t forget to share the course page on Facebook and Twitter.  To watch a free preview of the course, visit the course page or click here to watch on youtube. If you have any questions or feedback, leave a comment below and I’d be happy to help.

Shading Techniques Applied: Shading a Portrait

November 6th, 2014 10 comments

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.

shading techniques reference full
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.

Read more…