Category Archives: Figure Drawing Tutorial

[VIDEO]Head Painting in Color

Portrait painting, also known as head painting is one of my favorite subjects to paint. Painting in color, especially bold, saturated is a lot of fun. In this head painting in color video, I demonstrate a color painting done using a limited palette. Topics covered include:

  • color theory
  • using limited a palette
  • controlling values
  • rendering and lighting
  • oil painting best practices

This painting is a small color study for a new series. The canvas is a gessoed board glued to my sketchbook. See below for full image and some process images.

chinese girl head painting in color by Chris Legaspi

chinese girl color head painting in color process by Chris Legaspi

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[VIDEO] Roger Ver Portrait Sketch

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 a big fan of his work and philosophy. To learn more about Roger visit his website here.  For more on bitcoin, click here.

roger ver portait sketch by Chris Legaspi
Final sketch, about 8″x6″, watercolor on kraft paper.

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[VIDEO] Portrait Sketch Oil Painting Demo

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.

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Portrait sketch in oil paint handout by Chris Legaspi

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[VIDEO] Eddie Huang Drawing Tutorial

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 VICE network. As an Asian immigrant myself I appreciate all the hard he’s done and for being a voice for the Asian community. So shout out my playa, looking forward to growing the movement with you.

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Eddie Huang portrait sketch

“Eddie Huang Portrait Sketch” by Chris Legaspi. 5″x7″, ballpoint pen, white pencil and guoache on toned paper. For questions and comments, leave a comment below. Thanks!

[RAW Video] Charles Hu Figure Drawing Demo

Raw video footage Charles Hu figure drawing during a life drawing workshop.  Charles is a figure drawing master and good friend. Charles is the co-founder of 3 Kicks Studio in Pasadena, CA. 3 Kicks offers classes from some of the TOP representational artists in Southern California, including:

  • Joseph Todorovitch
  • Richard Morris
  • Sean Cheetham
  • Sunny Apichipong
  • Steve Huston and many more….

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Charles Hu figure drawing

[Video] Marker Rendering Techniques

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

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Shading Techniques Applied: Shading a Portrait

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.

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