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

 

Conor McGregor Portrait Drawing

conor mcgregor portrait drawing by Chris Legaspi
My favorite MMA and UFC fighter is Conor McGregor. He is a polarizing athlete and many fans have mixed opinions. That is what makes him the most compelling fighter in recent history. This drawing was done using a charcoal in a variety of techniques and applications. The paper is Strathmore drawing 400 series.  
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Charcoal Figure Drawing Experiment

Figure drawing in charcoal by Chris Legaspi
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
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Russian Masters Study: Repin and Fechin Drawing

repin_study05 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 […]
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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 […
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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 [&he
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Shading Techniques Applied: Shading a Portrait

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 s
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NEW Course! Shading Techniques in Photoshop

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 expe
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