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[VIDEO] Color Course Launch Update

The NEW official launch date for the full version of The Laws of Color Vol. 1 will be Monday, Nov. 9th, 2015. My apologies for the delay, but I wanted to pack in even more content in the Photoshop edition. This is going to be a very special course and will be absolutely worth the wait.

Until the launch, take this sneak peak at the oil painting demo in the video below:

Below are some screen caps from the course in both editions, traditional oil painting and Photoshop.

Traditional Painting 

color course preview screenshots

 

Photoshop Edition

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If you haven’t already, make sure to sign up for the free newsletter and get your invite to the private pre-launch. Subscribers will be eligible to get the course on Friday, Nov. 6th, 3 days before the official launch.

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NEW Color Course Pre-Launch Info

Coming in November, my brand new color course will be available on Gumroad.  The Laws of Color Vol. 1 is an exciting new course dedicated to color. This course is designed to take the fear and mystery out of color so students can paint directly in color with confidence. If you’ve been struggling  with color or are intimidated by color, this is the course for you.

The Laws of Color Vol. 1 is a self-study video course that will feature information packed lectures, step-by-step demonstrations and homework exercises. There are also many powerful bonus features including a detailed pdf guidebook, handouts and additional exercise videos.

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Photoshop Section

For the first time, The Laws of Color Vol. 1 will be the first self-study video course to have lessons in both traditional painting mediums and digital. That’s right! This course will have section for Photoshop users. As a former Concept Artist and the current Digital Painting teacher at Gnomon, I see the need for good color information in today’s entertainment art world. The Laws of Color Vol. 1 will finally deliver exactly what students, designers and concept artists need to make beautifully colored digital paintings and designs.

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Private Pre-Launch

The official release date is Monday, November 2nd. If you want to get an advanced copy, I’m going to offer the course  on Friday (October 30th)  before the official launch to my newsletter subscribers. That’s right, if you can’t wait until Monday you can get The Laws of Color Vol. 1 early and start learning and painting all weekend long.

All you have do is sign up for the free newsletter and you’ll be entered into the private pre-launch email list. Simply enter your e-mail below and click to blue button to join.

For the last 3 years, I’ve been personally obsessed with color and painting. I’ve gathered some powerful information and knowledge both from hard earned experience and by mentoring with some of the top artists and painters like Steve Huston and Nathan Fowkes. Now, I’m proud and excited to share the knowledge I’ve learned with artists and students like you.

You can see some examples of my recent color and painting work below:

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Composition Studies

Studying tonal composition is one of the ways I work on my painting when I’m not at an easel. The practice of observing and recording the world as dark and light shapes trains my eye to not only compose pictures but to simplify the world. This ability to simplify helps me to communicate visually.  Even though these studies are done in pen, and marker, the practice of seeing in dark and light abstract shapes improves my ability to paint in any medium.

composition studies by Chris Legaspi

composition studies by Chris Legaspi

composition studies by Chris Legaspi  composition studies by Chris Legaspi

 

Charcoal Figure Drawing Experiment

I’ve been having a lot of fun with charcoal drawing lately. This figure drawing experiment was done using a combination of techniques and applications like willow sticks and general’s pencils. I also played with the erasing techniques and brushes to get a variety in technique. Besides executing a realistic figure drawing, I also wanted to communicate the emotion I was feeling at the time and tell a story. What emotions or stories come to mind when you see this drawing?

The inspiration came from a photo by Ryan Loco of one of my favorite MMA fighters in the UFC, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson.

Figure drawing in charcoal by Chris Legaspi

Russian Masters Study: Repin and Fechin Drawing

header_repin-fechin-study by Chris Legaspi

In late February, 2015 I began a journey to study Russian Academic drawing. I chose 2 of the most well known masters of the art, Ilya Repin and Nicolai Fechin.  Repin was a 19th century painter who helped to establish a tradition of realist, academic art in Russia and brought Russian art into the mainstream of European and western culture.  Fechin was a painter and sculptor who  moved to America where he became an admired and celebrated artist.

My reason or purpose for studying these Russian masters was to satisfy a curiosity and of course, for the mileage. What I wanted to know was how these men thought and worked. ‘How did they approach head drawing?’ and ‘how did they execute their drawings?’ were the questions I wanted answers to.

In the next 5 weeks, I studied their head drawings almost every day. During that time, I was able to record 2 of the studies (see video below):

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For a detailed breakdown of the month long (36 days!) journey,  read below.

Feb 22, 2015 – Day 1

repin_study01 by Chris Legaspi

I begin this journey by looking at Repin. I have been a fan of Repin for a long, long time. The West Coast / Reilly tradition that I inherited is heavily influenced by Russian academic drawing. So in a way, I was paying homage to the source of everything I had learned and come to love about realist drawing.

At first my goal was simply to observe and understand Repin’s technique and look. I love the way Russian artists draw heads and figures and how they approach form, edges and rendering. They’re use of straights and clearly defined planes is a hallmark of Russian academic drawing and that’s exactly the look I wanted to perfect in my own work.

As you can see in the image above, the first drawing on the left turned out o.k. The drawing on the right was not as successful in my opinion. The lesson I learned here was that it will be extremely difficult to reproduce the effects Repin achieved in his charcoal drawing by using ball point pen which is my current favorite medium.

To stay true to the master, it’s best to use the original medium. But I made a judgement call in the moment and on this day I paid the price for that decision.

Feb 24th – Getting Comfortable

repin_study02 by Chris Legaspi

As a look study, I feel these were successful. The drawings feel close  to the chiseled and hatched look I wanted.  Although the drawings are emotionally flat and lifeless compared to the originals, I was starting to feel comfortable using the pen to match Repin’s charcoal effects.

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Plein-Air Painting Show @ District Gallery L.A.

district gallery show 12/11/14

 

I’m happy to announce my first show in Los Angeles. “Our Town” is dedicated to the Arts District and Little Tokyo district of Downtown Los Angeles. I will be showing oils, watercolors and having a sketchbook available for sale. All original, framed art. Also 40% of proceeds go to local non-profits that benefit the arts in Los Angeles. Sake will also be provided. Can’t beat that :).

Opening reception is Thursday, 7pm-10pm at District Gallery. Full details below:

When: Thursday, Dec. 11, 7pm – 10pm

Where: District Gallery, 740 E. Third St., L.A., 90013

Click here for map

district gallery map

Customer Reviews for Shading Techniques Course

Here’s what people are saying about Shading Techniques, the #1 video course on shading and rendering.

via E-mail:

“This shading tutorial has completely changed the way I paint digitally. Thanks so much for offering it. There are so many things to apply to my work flow. Im loving it.”

-Josh A.

 

via Youtube:

“Bought it and love it! I totally recommend!”

-amanda

 

“Great quality stuff. You sold me on it. I’ve just purchased your shading techniques course and loving it”

-Pavel

 

“Great information, well explained and easy to understand and put into practice.”

-Luiz

 

via Facebook:

“Chris simplifies the process of rendering a skull to realism in an enjoyable and understandable process.”

-Josh B.

 

“Hey man, really appreciate that you’ve uploaded the videos separately – that makes things easier for me to download. Cheers and thanks for the tut.”

-Mike B.

 

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