Here is a before and after of one of this years graduates Judith Booth. Judith is a retired doctor and she developed an interest in art during the beginning of 2018. Below is a drawing she did in May of that year which shows just how much she has improved. Her professional [...]
Local centre Most Life Drawing Groups are held in community centres and function rooms that don't provide the necessary facilities or time to create a decent Life Study. Lighting: Most centres have light multiple florescent strips bouncing light all over the model which makes it almost impossible to describe the forms of the figure. [...]
Warm and Cool In this lesson the students learn the traditional method that John Singer Sargent would used for his final painting whilst under the tuition of Carolus Duran. Students learn how to model the shape of the head using warm lights and cool halftones for the overall shape and features. The finishing steps add [...]
Aim of this Project First Part going over the basics. Teaching students how to organise the palette, mix secondary and tertiary colours, the tonal value of each colour and mixing complimentary colour. Second Part is to put the theory into practice, paint a portrait observing the variation of colour in the skin tones, hair, shirt [...]
Grisaille Afternoon This was the second part of a two part project. The aim was to put into practice the steps they had covered in the morning. The biggest hurdle students faced was the panic of a new challenge. If the students are well practised and can concentrate on the job at hand then they [...]
Grisaille Mornings This Grisaille was the first part of a two part project. The aim was to get the most from the model attending in the afternoons. The class rehearsed each step in the morning working from photo references in preparation for the model coming in the afternoons. This was the last grisaille before starting the [...]
Below are some images from the Charcoal portrait workshop in July. Every workshop has a range of abilities from beginners to the more advanced. Students get a lot out of this workshop as it combines the broad strokes of painting with the delicate handling of graphite. Below are some images [...]
For this homework, the reference was more challenge the students as the viewer is looking up at the subject from a three quarter angle. The previous lessons on perspective help to untangle the visual problem of representing such an extreme angle of the face.