Rembrandt Master Study (detail)
Demo for a private student, showing how oil paint can be manipulated to mimic various textures. The skin was painted using a creamier, more opaque application, while the hair was left thin and highlights were scratched out with a sharpened brush handle.
Diagram for my Head, Hands and Costume class showing how simple planes are derived from the complex physical structures of the skull.
Class demo explaining how to simplify the head and look only for key structural points. Once this planar armature is established, adding secondary details is very straightforward. Modeled after a painting by John Philip Simpson.
Class demo showing students how to add complex, organic form over a framework of simple, gestural volumes. The satellite diagrams show mechanical and geometric concepts that are vital for good figure drawing.
30 minute demo showing students how to identify and draw specific fold types when working from the live model. Having a clear, conceptual understanding of fold mechanics allows for efficiency in a timed setting.
Understanding the actions of light on simple solids is the first step in learning to produce a rendered drawing. When making a finished figure drawing, it's important to focus on how light interacts with the largest forms, saving the details for the end.
Hands and Feet
The key to drawing hands and feet is to simplify the structures and work from general forms to more specific ones. Once a student understands the construction of a given body part, along with the basic actions of light, producing a rendered drawing becomes much easier.
Mark: Skeletal Anatomy
The skeleton is the primary framework that determines the form of the body. Knowing the structure and function of the bones helps the artist to understand the figure as an elegant, organic machine.
Mark: Muscular Anatomy
The muscular system adds bulk and mobility to the skeletal frame. Muscles have strategic origin and insertion points that allow the bones to move in specific ways. They achieve this by contraction and often work in opposing pairs.
Mark: Surface Anatomy
With a firm grasp of the underlying structures that create the undulations we see on the figure, we can approach drawing with greater confidence. Surface variations caused by skin, fat and veins add interest to a drawing, completing the illusion of a living, breathing person.
Class demo showing students how to mix color simply and effectively. Matching flesh tones is no different than matching any other color field; the key is to rigorously compare every color to its surroundings.
Class demo showing students how to proceed from a general but accurate burnt umber drawing to a more fully resolved painting. Gesture, proportion and placement should all be worked out before using color.
Advanced Figure Painting
This advanced demo centered on creating dimensional form by painting directly, in one layer. When painting directly in a long pose setting, it's important to have a well-resolved drawing first, and then concentrate on fully finishing each section before moving on.