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[VIDEO] Figure Drawing and Shading Demo

For the last few months I have been obsessed with figure drawing and shading. I’ve been doing a lot of short, 20-30 figure studies and mainly experimenting with shading techniques using graphite or colored pencil. What I’m really searching for are ways to go beyond technique, and add story, emotion and meaning to my drawings. We’ll talk more about that in future videos and lessons. In the meantime, check the demo video above to see a recording of one of my morning exercises.

This is a two part series. Part 1 shows the drawing process, also known as the lay-in. Part 2 shows the shading and rendering process. I’ve also written a detailed text version with two high-res handouts in this month’s Newsletter.

figure drawing and shading handouts by chris legaspifigure drawing and shading handouts by chris legaspi

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[Video] Figure Drawing Process

This video shows a brief look at my thought process as a I draw a short, 30 minute figure study. The reference is from a New Masters Academy timed figure drawing session.

If you want to read a more in-depth text version, I wrote a full breakdown for this drawing and a head drawing in this month’s Private School Newsletter. Subscribers also got access to a high res handouts to download and study.

figure drawing handouts by Chris Legaspi

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Shape and Value Fundamentals Workshop

Last week I had the privilege of giving a seminar on the fundamentals of Shape and Value, which are two core principles in my drawing philosophy. The seminar was held in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

The purpose of the seminar was to introduce the principles and concepts of Illustrative Realism which is what I call the art style that I was trained in and used as a professional concept designer and movie poster in Los Angeles, USA. The knowledge and information I learned while studying and working in L.A. has brought so much value to my life and I want to share that knowledge to the next generation of artists and students.

The attendees of the workshop got a free handout that served as a visual reference for the information presented in the seminar. See below for sample images.

shape and value fundamentals handout

If you’re interested in reading more about the workshop, the full article is available on my new website www.drawwithchris.com. If you’re interested in the information presented in the workshop, the handout is available for download in both English and Thai language versions.

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[Video] Limited Palette Color Study

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This article is about color and how to use a limited palette to paint a portrait. The palette I used was primarily 2 colors: Phthalo Blue (cool) and Quinacridone Magenta (warm). Hansa Yellow is also used sparingly as an accent for the lights and highlights.

Painting Demonstration Part 1 (of 2)

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Life Drawing Exercise #3

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Another round of life drawing exercises from the New Masters Academy youtube page. This reference set is life drawing session #32. For this set I wanted to focus on the head.

Unfortunately most of the poses in the set hide the head so I was only able to draw 2 heads. One thing I like about these timed reference poses is that it simulates real life drawing session. Part 1 (above) features 1 & 2 minute poses. Part 2 features 5 & 10 minute poses where I am able to demo some shading techniques using charcoal pencil.

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[video] Life Drawing Exercise #2: Charcoal Pencil on Newsprint

These drawings were done while watching the Daily Life Drawing Session #17 from the New Masters Academy youtube page. The images were timed so it simulates a live life drawing session. The poses are 1 minute (x5), 2 minute (x5), 5 minute (x2) and a 10 minute.

The medium I used are carbothello black pencil, smooth newsprint and kneaded eraser.

life drawing, charcoal pencil on newsprint by Chris Legaspi
Life drawings part 1, 1 minute, 2 minute and a 5 minute pose (lower right)

life drawing, charcoal pencil on newsprint by Chris Legaspi
Life drawings part 2, a 5 minute pose (left) and a 10 minute pose

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[video]Life Drawing Exercise #1: Ballpoint Pen on Toned Paper

These drawings were done while watching the Daily Life Drawing Session #20 from the New Masters Academy youtube page. The images were timed so it simulates a live life drawing session. The poses are 1 minute (x5), 2 minute (x5), 5 minute (x2) and a 10 minute.

The medium I used are ballpoint pen, Strathmore toned paper sketchbook and white carbothello pastel pencil.

life drawing, pen on toned paper by Chris Legaspi

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[VIDEO] James Gurney Fantasy in The Wild Review

Fantasy in the Wild is the latest video tutorial by Illustrator and author James Gurney. This article is a brief review, starting with the content, then the format, and finally the pros and cons of this new instructional video.

Content

Fantasy the Wild is video tutorial that is over 1 hour in length. The most surprising thing about the video is that there are 2 full demonstrations. The first is of a fantasy/surreal painting with a car and the second is a concept painting of an imagined robot.

fantasy in the wild part 1

fantasy in the wild part 2

Both demonstrations have a detailed, step by step breakdown of his process fully narrated by the artist.

Format

In a lot of ways Fantasy in the Wild feels more like a TV drama or a documentary film then an ordinary painting lesson. That’s because James Gurney is more than an ordinary art teacher, he is a storyteller. The very first opening scene, James pulls you into his world as you follow our artist/hero on his journey.

fantasy in the wild intro scene

One of gurneys strengths is his compelling presentation style and this video continues in that tradition.

Pros

My favorite part about the video is the concept of painting concept art on location. It’s very refreshing to see an illustration tutorial that is shot outdoors, on location AND using traditional media. This is nice break from the usual computer screen recordings that are commonly found online.

fantasy in the wild sample 1

Other things I liked:

  • Excellent, high level information on the illustration process and painting techniques
  • Clean and concise editing, no ‘fluff’ or ‘filler’ content
  • The painting process and design process is clearly explained each step of the way

Cons

This video is so well made and the material is so well presented, I don’t really have any criticism. However, as a content producer myself, my only concern is that beginners may find the material difficult to follow along. So I would not recommend this tutorial to a anyone who is new or inexperienced in drawing and painting. But if you’re a fan of Gurney’s blog or have his previous tutorials then you probably already know that some drawing and painting experience is needed to get the most out of his lessons.

The other comment I have is not really a negative, but more of a personal reaction.  As a pro concept artist, I felt like a lazy slacker after watching this video. Seeing the amount of planning and preparation that goes into Gurney’s illustrations is both intimidating and inspiring. Gurney leaves no detail to chance and puts hours of research, drawing, sketching, erasing, un-doing and re-doing into every square inch of his canvas.  I have admired his work for a long time but now I know there is no surprise why he has achieved so much success in his work and career.

fantasy in the wild mech sketch

Despite my personal reaction, I think it is invaluable for students and up and coming artists to see how one of the world best illustrators works and to see the level of professionalism required to be successful.

Conclusion

Because of his wonderful presentation style and professional editing and production, this tutorial is fun to watch and makes learning fun. I would highly recommend Fantasy in the Wild to any serious art student who wants to improve their design and illustration skills. I would also recommend this video to professionals and seasoned veterans who want more story, narrative and greater levels of quality in their work.

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