Drawn to Painting
Simple drawing exercises will train your eye to break large objects into basic geometric shapes. Then venture into an exploration of the classical concepts of beauty and form.
What You'll Create
* A value-rich charcoal drawing based on a cast of your choice
* A stunning oil painting of your cast, using a copy of your underdrawing as a template
What You'll Learn
* Assessing how to break up large shapes into smaller pieces to render accurate proportions
* Understanding the value scale and implementing shadows and highlights
* Transferring a drawing onto your canvas with ease and accuracy
* Working from general to specific to create a highly detailed drawing with veiling, hatching and shading
* Classical oil painting techniques
* Painting value transitions as well as hard and soft edges
* Refining a painting and adding details, even after your painting has dried
What You'll Love
* Training your eye to find geometric elements, light and shadows in your subject
* Creating value scales that will serve as road maps for your work
* Blending classical techniques with your own creative touches
* The consistency and control that comes with working from a cast
* A thorough, easy-to-follow overview of oil painting that will inspire and excite artists of all levels
* Applying your new skills to all types of future works in portraiture, perspective, composition, drawing and painting
* Accessing the class at any time from any web-connected device, allowing you to fit the class into your own schedule
* Interacting with Zeller for expert tips, helpful feedback and professional critiques all along the way
* Downloading class materials that include visual references of the cast and various stages of drawings and paintings, in addition to helpful supplies and resources
Rob Zeller is an artist and teacher who resides in New York City. Born and raised in the art-infused city of New Orleans, Zeller received a BFA from the Boston Museum School and Tufts University, and an MFA from the New York Academy of Art. He went on to found the Teaching Studios of Art in 2009, which incorporates his philosophy of blending traditional techniques with creativity and contemporary culture. Zeller is a guest blog writer for artistdaily.com, and exhibits his work in galleries nationwide.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet Zeller, learn about skull proportions, portraiture and how to draw from a cast.
Sketch facial features and define light and shadow shapes. Learn tips for drawing eyes and hair.
Learn to apply smooth-transitioning values to your drawing.
Go over painting supplies and prep work, including transferring your drawing to your art board.
Learn oil painting basics and how to mix different values.
Start painting in shadows and transitioning values through the cheek, jaw and left eye.
Focus on refining the eye and paint the rest of the face.
Learn to finish a wet or dry painting and refine the hair.