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.
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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Ever since March of 2010, when Steve Huston was last in Los Angeles to teach his annual workshop, I was eagerly anticipating his return to Southern California. The time finally came last April when Steve returned to Pasadena for a one night drawing workshop hosted by 3 Kicks Studio.
This was a short but intense workshop. Steve packed in a lot of information in 3 hours. Here are my thoughts on the evening.
Part 1 – Lecture
Steve began the lecture by stating his fundamental principles to drawing and art making. The essence of Art is the “Idea”, he noted to the class. He then broke down that concept into 2 fundamental parts:
A page from Nathan Fowke’s sketchbook. www.nathanfowkes.blogspot.com
Nathan Fowkes is a renowned Los Angeles artist and teacher. Among many things he is known for being a masterful color stylist. All you have to do is see hislandscape sketches to know he is a master of color and his craft. Being a fan of his work I was eagerly awaiting his one day Color Concepts Workshop @ Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art (LAAFA).
After waiting years for a chance to study in-depth with legendary Artist and teacher, Steve Huston, I finally headed to the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art (LAAFA) to take part in Steve’s annual workshop. This workshop was a 5 day intensive focused on drawing and painting the figure. Although it was taught as a figuartive class, I learned so much more. I learned about art, myself and how Steve, aka “The Man” thinks, plans and executes his renowned gallery work.
The event was held at LAAFA in Van Nuys, California, from March 24-28th. This is a breakdown of the class each day and my thoughts going through the workshop.
For these next set of Bay Area Figure Drawing workshops, we’re going all the way to San Francisco for 2 open workshops and to Oakland for an all day figure marathon. I’ve organized them by day, but times and day may vary. Please contact the organizers for their current schedule.
San Francisco @ 23rd Street Studio
3747 23rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
Time: 6:30 – 9:30 pm (also available Monday afternoons, Sunday and Wednesdays)
Having the day off for President’s day, I was itching to draw. I decided to make 45 mile drive up to San Francisco and draw at 23rd Street Studio, and it was well worth the drive. First, I corresponded with artist and organizer Michael Markowitz and was able to secure a drop-in slot.
I’ve recently caught the ‘figure drawing bug’ again, and have been drawing non-stop since early February of this year. Since then, its been a personal mission and obsession to attend as many figure drawing workshops as possible in the San Francisco Bay Area where I currently live. This is a field report of my recent drawing journeys.
These reviews are of the recent workshops I’ve attended, organized by day. There’s also contact info for anyone who wants to draw at their local workshop, and support the Bay Area life drawing community. This report is currently ongoing, so check back for more updates, artwork and reviews.