take a look at some of the students beautiful work from this class!
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For many years I was almost afraid to share this more intimate side of my art, where I knew I would feel, well, kind of vulnerable. I think that’s the most difficult part in creating. We share a part of us that is often hidden to others. We expose a glimpse of our soul.
I believe we all have an amazing story to tell.
We all have strong emotions we may be afraid to expose, or maybe, just don’t know how.
I would like to show you my methods, and how I do this. It’s certainly not easy, and I struggle with it every time I paint. But I hope this can inspire you to try it yourself and find your own expressive voice. To really feel what you are painting, and transmit some of that through your pencil or paintbrush.
It may be a crazy ride, and it’s certainly not going to be a walk in the park.
This workshop is for you if you have been looking to awaken that soulful side of your art, get out of your comfort zone, learn new techniques, and take it another step .
IN OUR FIRST PROJECT WE WILL START WITH A WARM UP OF DIFFERENT QUICK EXPRESSIVE DRAWINGS WITH SIMPLE LIMITED TOOLS. THIS LESSON IS ALL ABOUT GETTING TO KNOW YOUR MATERIALS AND DIFFERENT TYPES OF PAPER, WHILE DISCOVERING THE VARIETY OF LIGHT STROKES OR FAST STROKES, SOFT LINES OR ANGRY LINES, ALL TO CREATE AN OUTCOME THAT REFLECTS OUR MOOD AND EMOTIONS! THIS IS A WONDERFUL PRACTICE, AND THERE WILL BE DIFFERENT VIDEOS ON DIFFERENT TOOLS AND SUBSTRATES, OF WHICH WE CAN ALSO DO IN OUR JOURNAL IF DESIRED. WITH SIMPLE MATERIALS SUCH AS CHARCOAL, WET OR DRY; PASTEL AND GESSO; OR CHARCOAL WITH WATERCOLOR. YOU’LL BE SURPRISED HOW FUN AND LIBERATING THIS EXERCISE IS!
NOW THAT WE LOOSENED UP WE WILL TAKING IT A LITTLE FURTHER AND PAINT A COMPLETE ACRYLIC AND MIXED MEDIA PORTRAIT. IN THIS PROJECT WE WILL STUDY FACIAL FEATURES, AND HOW TO TRANSMIT FEELINGS INTO THE FACE AND PARTICULARLY, THE EYES, AND THE IMPORTANCE OF USING HANDS IN OUR PORTRAITS TO CREATE EXTRA DRAMA AND FEELING. WHILE I SHOW YOU MY METHODS ON HOW I CREATE LUMINOUS SKIN TONES, LAYERING AND CONTRAST, WE WILL COMBINE THESE WITH ADDITIONAL ELEMENTS THAT SUGGESTS A STORY FOR THE VIEWER TO INTERPRET. I’M SURE YOU WILL ENJOY THIS INTUITIVE PROCESS AS MUCH AS I DO!
IN THIS THIRD LESSON I WILL SHOW YOU HOW I LIKE TO CREATE MOVEMENT IN MY ART TO PORTRAY A DREAMY, EMOTIONAL EFFECT. THE PROJECT WE WILL BE DOING IS THIS PAINTING IN THE PHOTO ABOVE, WHERE I WILL SHOW YOU HOW I MAP OUT MY PAINTING COMPOSITION, DRAW A FULL-BODY PORTRAIT, AND ADD A DRAMATIC BACKGROUND THAT TELLS A VISUAL STORY AND CREATES THE MOOD OF THE PIECE. WE WILL ALSO STUDY THE IMPORTANCE OF COLOR COMBINATION, AND HOW THAT EVOKES DIFFERENT EMOTIONS TO TELL A VISUAL STORY. USING ACRYLICS TO ACHIEVE THIS, I WILL SHOW YOU HOW I CREATE A ‘GLOW EFFECT’ BY LAYERING AND CREATING CONTRAST… YOU WILL LOVE THIS ONE!
IN THIS PROJECT WE WILL BE DRAWING A MALE PORTRAIT! I THINK WE OFTEN TEND TO SHY AWAY FROM PAINTING A MALE FACE BECAUSE IT’S SCARY! I ADMIT IT.. BUT IT’S NOT AS DIFFICULT AS IT SEEMS, AS LONG AS WE NOTICE THE DIFFERENCES AND APPLY THIS WHEN DRAWING AND PAINTING. I WILL SHOW YOU MY TECHNIQUES AND HOW I PLAN THIS. AND, WE WILL BE PAINTING NONE OTHER THAN MY HANDSOME BROTHER, WHO KINDLY GAVE US HIS PERMISSION TO USE THE PHOTO FROM HIS NEW FILM, “THE PASSPORT”…(THANKS MIKE!) SO WE WILL BEGIN WITH A CHARCOAL DRAWING WARM UP, AND THEN GO ON TO PAINTING HIM WITH ACRYLICS. NOW LET’S HAVE SOME FUN!
We will be covering several topics and techniques such as:
YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO BUYING EVERYTHING ON THE LIST, MANY THINGS MIGHT BE SUBSTITUTED FOR MATERIALS YOU ALREADY HAVE!