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 drawings part 1, 1 minute, 2 minute and a 5 minute pose (lower right)
Life drawings part 2, a 5 minute pose (left) and a 10 minute pose
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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.
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Skin color is one of my favorite things to paint. It’s also one of the most requested topics I’ve encountered. The burning question I hear over and over again from students, friends and artists is: “How can I make a good skin color palette?”
Many artists and students struggle with skin color and rightfully so. Color is an incredibly complex animal that is difficult to control and must be handled with care. This is especially true when trying to paint skin color that feels “real”. Even though color is tough, painting skin can be a lot of fun if you have the right information and the right strategies.
These 5 tips are my thoughts and ideas on the topic of skin color. These tips and strategies I’ve learned through hard earned experience and years of intensive study on color, along with hundreds of hours of painting practice.
Instead of giving you formulas or pre-made skin color palettes, my goal is to teach you how to see color and then show you a process for making your own skin color palette for any situation.
There are 3 main parts to this article. In Part 1, I’ll examine the properties of skin color, or at least how I see skin color at this stage in my painting career. This section will examine what I see when I observe skin and how I simplify the complexity of skin color.
In Part 2, I’ll explore the 5 Tips for mixing and painting better skin color. These are the techniques and strategies that I personally use when I paint.
In Part 3, there are 2 detailed step-by-step painting demonstrations. The first is a study of light skinned male. The second demo is of a dark skinned african female.
A condensed video form of this article , including the first painting demonstration is below.
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PART1 – Properties of Skin Color
Property #1 – Red, Yellow, Blue
There is no such thing as a “skin” color. Skin color is essentially a combination of all 3 primaries: red, yellow and blue. That’s right. Red plus yellow plus blue. Sounds obvious and oversimplified, but allow me to elaborate.
In this 4 part video series a portrait sketch in oil is demonstrated from start to finish. The model in this scene was lit with an artificial light creating a stylized color to the skin.
Finished painting. 6″x8″, oil on canvas. Palette used: Ultramarine blue, Phthalo Blue, Hansa Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Umber and Titanium White.
Process images below.
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Portrait painting, also known as head painting is one of my favorite subjects to paint. Painting in color, especially bold, saturated is a lot of fun. In this head painting in color video, I demonstrate a color painting done using a limited palette. Topics covered include:
using limited a palette
rendering and lighting
oil painting best practices
This painting is a small color study for a new series. The canvas is a gessoed board glued to my sketchbook. See below for full image and some process images.
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This video is a behind the scenes look at my watercolor painting process. For this Roger Ver portrait sketch/tribute I use only 2 colors to make my tones, ultramarine blue and burnt umber. To add lights I use gouache. Paper is 80lb kraft paper in my sketchbook.
Final sketch, about 8″x6″, watercolor on kraft paper.
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In this 3 part portrait sketch tutorial series, I demonstrate an alla-prima (wet/direct painting) painting of a young attractive female. The medium is oil paint on gessoed paper.
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Eddie Huang drawing tutorial/tribute video. Eddie Huang is a chef, entrepreneur, author and creator of the TV series Fresh off the Boat. Eddie is a thought leader in the growing movement of Asians doing big things in modern western culture. I’ve been a huge fan of Eddie since I saw his food show on the VICE network. As an Asian immigrant myself I appreciate all the hard he’s done and for being a voice for the Asian community. So shout out my playa, looking forward to growing the movement with you.
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“Eddie Huang Portrait Sketch” by Chris Legaspi. 5″x7″, ballpoint pen, white pencil and guoache on toned paper. For questions and comments, leave a comment below. Thanks!