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Friday Night Class

Grasaille Demo, Robert Liberace

Grasaille Demo, Robert Liberace

Fibre Space, a local yarn store that I love has been selected as the flagship store for designer Jared Flood’s newest endeavor, Shelter.  Shelter is a beautiful yarn that is processed and spun in the states and it’s simply yummy.  I stopped by there yesterday after work to see the loveliness.   I left there with five  skeins of the red (long Johns) and a lovely pattern for a shawl called Terra.

Afterward, I headed to class with Robert Liberace.  I’ve decided that for the next 4 weeks I’d work on silverpoint drawing instead of painting (its a logistical problem).

Once I arrived I found out that the model hadn’t shown in one of the classrooms.  So I told Rob I’d love to model for his demo.  Yes I am evil, but I adore his work and its fun, and modeling gives you a very tiny sense of what a professional model has to endure for his/her job.

So this is the study Rob did.  It’s an initial grasaille, with sienna, black and white used.  He toned his canvas with the sienna and once dray started painting using a #6 brush and black.  I couldn’t see what he was doing, but he said that he was using the black in the manner of Howard Pyle (early 20th century artist and illustrator), like he was drawing with it. and he used it for the shadows.

Rob then went back in with a mid-tone mixed with the white and black to model all the mid-tones and soften the transition between shadows and mid-tones.

Once done to his satisfaction he added more white and captured the light and then used an even brighter light tone for the highlights.  He created this painting in two sessions a total of about 40-50 minutes.

Isn’t it beautiful?

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Friday Night Class

Finally made it to class this Friday.  I’ve been fighting a summer cold on and off this month and last.  Thank you random traveler on the flight home from Denver.  Your willingness to share a ton of germs with me caused me to miss more than a week of work and a ton of misery.

Ok back to class.

I always have a hard time shifting from painting to drawing and back again.  Maybe it was the fact that I’d missed the first two classes, but I was able to settle in pretty quickly.

We had a new model (in every sense, he’d never modeled before) and he did a great job. I liked that he had a build like normal people, so that made it more difficult to render what was going on with his abdomen but made it kind of fun as well.

I decided to work in silverpoint but did make a few quick gesture sketches to warm up.  I also made a conscious decision (after one false start) to focus on one area of the body for the evening.  This turned out to be the way to go.

My drawing wasn’t the best thing going, at the same time it didn’t completely suck.  Silver point is hard to photograph but I will try to get a better picture/

Alla Prima Portrait DVD

Robert Liberace released his Alla Prima Portrait DVD this week.  It’s available at his website and can be purchased using paypal.  I bought mine Friday evening.  Sadly, I’ve been running like a madman this weekend so I haven’t watched it yet.

Here is the youtube link to a lovely preview.

Figure in Action

Tomorrow is the first session of a three-day workshop with artist Robert Liberace at the Alexandria Art League in Virginia.  I’m really looking forward to it.  The focus is on drawing, which I’ve had a terrible time with this last term.  I have no reason why, I just seemed unable to settle and concentrate.

There have been a lot of things percolating at the office, but I had problems even in the beginning of this term.  I tried to shake some loose with a painting session with artist Seth Heverkamp.  Seth is always good at pushing his students way past their comfort zone with color.  I’ve tried hitting the  Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery  and even the solace of visiting some beloved Vermeers and Rembrandts in DC and New York.  Nada. Zippo.

So how do you get your inspiration or your mojo back?  I think the only thing to be done at times like these is to keep on trying.  Which, kind of sucks for an answer but it always seems to work.

Keep your fingers crossed for me, that I do well this weekend.  I also will ask for Rob’s permission to post more pictures from his show tomorrow.

Also, if you haven’t seen this month’s American Art Collector or the American Artist Plein Air publication go and hunt them down.  Both feature articles about Rob.  The American Art Collector (the one with the flower on the front cover vice Brad Kunkle’s beautiful painting) has an article which feature’s Rob’s show at the Arcadia Gallery.  It also has a photo of one of Rob’s paintings in the John Pence Gallery’s show on the back cover.

The article in the American Artist  Plein Air magazine,  features Rob and Lina’s two-week trip to Ireland last year.  Amazing stuff!  One day I shall travel on one of these trips!


Liberace and On Line Registration

Due to the inclement weather, the Alexandria Art League has canceled the in-person registration.  We must either fax our registration or register online.

If you plan on faxing your registration you can use this form and print it out or register here.

So  no waiting on Liberace in the cold tomorrow morning.  It’s going to feel really weird.

Anatomy of the Torso – Robert Liberace DVD release!

Anatomy of the Torso

Anatomy of the Torso

Robert Liberace has released the third video in his series titled, Anatomy of the Torso.  The model in the video is the one that Rob used for his upper and lower anatomy workshops at the Art League in Alexandria, VA.

From what I saw so far, its like being front an center while Rob is talking directly to you.  I also liked that there were cutaways that showed you on a drawing of a skeleton the origin and termination point of the muscles and tendon’s he’s discussing.

If the idea of the muscle names makes you you nervous, please don’t be.  Understanding what lies under the surface of the skin will help you to know what you’re seeing when you are drawing or painting the figure. Taking both of Rob’s anatomy workshops really helped improve my drawing.

You can purchase the video at Rob’s website.

Here is the link to the video. Enjoy.

Sunday Drawing Class

Dying Slave Boy

Dying Slave Boy

As if my life weren’t busy enough with Friday evening classes with Robert Liberace and the occasional Saturday class with Seth Heverkamp, I am also taking a Sunday drawing class with Artist Jin Chung through the Alexandria Art League.

This last Sunday the model couldn’t make it so Jin brought in two casts.  One was of a greek or roman slave boy who was dying and the other was a rough one of Brutus (of the I killed Caesar fame).

I was surprised halfway through the drawing when Jin told me it was a boy and not a girl I was drawing (it does explain the adams apple-sigh).  Yes I guess it should have been obvious but I was sitting at an angle to the cast.

Cast with Drawing

Cast with Drawing

Number one I made the mistake of thinking this would be easy, yeah not so much.  Yes the ‘model’ doesn’t move but I could not seem to get the facial proportions correct.  I redrew the nose, chin and lips several times but as you can see from the picture it’s all off.  I dislike my drawing intensely.

I used vine charcoal on Strathmore charcoal paper and it was messy but I have found I rather enjoy charcoal in this class.  No idea why since I usually hate charcoal and feel like pigpen using it.

So I have vowed that my cast would not defeat me-I plan on printing the photos out in a grayscale and using those ala Bargue to do my cast drawing.  Can you tell I’ve been playing more World of Warcraft than is good for me?