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.
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Coming in November, my brand new color course will be available on Gumroad. The Laws of Color Vol. 1is 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.
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. 1will finally deliver exactly what students, designers and concept artists need to make beautifully colored digital paintings and designs.
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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My latest course on shading explains how to create realistic lighting using Photoshop. The beautiful part is that the information taught in the course applies to any subject and any medium. The shading techniques course is more than a slick demo or a Photoshop tutorial. It’s core, fundamental principles and concepts of realistic light and shadow.
In this article, I’ll demonstrate how to apply shading techniques to a portrait. See video below for a portrait shading demonstration from a recent ‘Draw With Chris’ Livestream. Photoshop is the medium used in the video. Oil paint is used in the demo for the text version below.
For complete, step by step breakdown, read on…
Portrait Shading Process
STEP 1: Smart observation
The first step is to make careful observation of the subject. In this case we have a female model with beautiful high contrast lighting. This lighting is the best for practicing shading, rendering and edge control. For more on lighting models and choosing reference, see this article on good lighting and choosing good reference.
This image is perfect for studying and practicing shadow because of the beautiful high contrast light. The shadows are nice and dark and clearly defined.
I’m proud to present this new and exciting course. Shading Techniques in Photoshop is simply the BEST course available on shading and rendering in Photoshop.
Students will learn how to shade and render their drawings using professional level techniques and strategies. Students will be guided through the shading process step by step by an expert instructor (that’s me :)). Along with the lectures and instructor demonstration, there are powerful handouts to help the students review as they go through the course.
The course has over 2 hours(!) of video at 1080p HD! There’s also pdf handouts and other bonus items. This course is a tremendous value for the low price. Take your drawing and painting to the next level, get Shading Techniques and learn how to shade and render today!
Art Center is one of the top art schools in the country. They are primarily a design school, but they have tremendous Fine Art, Illustration and Entertainment Art programs.
Students have the opportunity to draw and paint a live model at the many figure drawing and painting workshops they organize. These workshops are often led by a professional artist in the industry. The paintings below are from 2 previous workshops I ran this month at Art Center.
“All Prima 10/18/14″, 8″x10”, oil on canvas. From the Saturday night painting workshop, October 18th, 2014.
“John Whipple Alla-prima”, 8″x10″, oil on canvas. From the Saturday Head Painting workshop, October 4th, 2014.
I want to thank Charles Hu (founder of 3 Kicks Art Sudio) for the opportunity. I look forward to teaching more and working with students at Art Center.
Fall Term 2014 is in full effect at Gnomon School of Visual FX. I’m currently running 2 Digital Painting classes, Section 1 and Section 2 (Advanced). I wanted to share some demos I did during previous classes.
This is a demo sketch of a Kaiju redesign from the Pacific Rim film. The topic of the lecture was rendering and lighting. The small thumbnail image in the upper left is a composition thumbnail. I always encourage students to take the time to plan and compose their drawings and paintings before they begin any finished painting.
This was a demo from Summer term that I decided to take home and polish. The concept is my redesign of a Facehugger from the Aliens universe. I am a HUGE HR Giger fan. I feel that the original designs are so hard to top. I wanted to put my own unique spin by adding wings. What do you think?
If you want to take a Digital Painting class with me, registration for Winter Term will begin sometime in January 2015. Stay tuned to their website for details or subscribe to my newsletter to get the latest updates personally from me.
If you want to get a taste of what’s in the 10 week class in L.A., I have a new course on shading and rendering called Shading Techniques in Photoshop. It’s over 2 hours of video plus handouts and bonus materials. It’s a great self-study course and a good option for folks who can’t make it to the live class in Los Angeles.
I had the honor to lead the “Drawing For Entertainment” class @ Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Los Angeles. The Class was a week long summer camp for high school students. This group of students were talented and eager to learn. They all worked very hard and made huge strides, which made me look really good.
Thanks to all the students and thanks to Gnomon for the opportunity. I look forward to teaching at Gnomon again.
Working with the students on the perspective drawing assignment.
Sample of student work by a talented young man. The lesson was creating a sci-fi interior using 1 point perspective.