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.
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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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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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
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
As a look study, I feel these were successful. The drawings feel closeto 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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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!
The ability to compose pictures is a fundamental skill for an artist to develop, and a powerful tool for creating compelling and memorable artwork. A method I’ve used to develop my own compositional skills is to study tonal composition.
This tutorial will demonstrate the tonal composition study process in detail, from principles to execution. For a summary, watch the video playlist below or continue reading for the full article.
One of the most important concepts to know and understand as a visual artist is that pictures, scenes and still images are arrangements of value; light, dark and gray shapes. It’s these light, dark and gray shapes that the human mind assembles as a cohesive picture.
Being able to see the world as shapes of value, especially colored shapes and objects, is a master skill to cultivate as a visual artist. It’s important to the artist because in order to compose and arrange shapes in our pictures, we must first see and understand their inherent grayscale value.
The most basic and abstract pattern of dark and light shapes (A) is the first ‘read’ the mind makes. This happens on a visceral, almost subconscious level. As more information is processed, like details and color, the mind can then assemble a more refined and sophisticated image (D).
How do we train our eyes to see the world in value? There are some very simple strategies we can use when we observe the world around us. The first step is to learn how to deal with color information.
To see these strategies in action, watch the video below or continue reading for the in-depth breakdown.