June 29, 2012

Head Drawing Course Begins July 9th

My head drawing class begins Monday July 9, 7-10pm. To enroll contact The Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art (click here for more info), (877) MY-LAAFA (695-2232).
Sure, the class will heavily cover structure and rendering (in charcoal) but in the age of instant digital photography our work needs more than just mindless rendering, so we'll also talk about giving portraits a reason to live through design.

In this lay-in example, I'm carefully finding long lines and shapes that will give the portrait strength and visual interest.

The long line that connects the background to the figure helps make the whole image cohesive and creates a repetition of the triangle shape to give a sense of meaningful relationships between the parts.

June 21, 2012

"Student to Pro" this Monday

A reminder that my "From Student to Professional and Beyond" presentation is this Monday night June 25 at the Animation Union.
Post script: we had a great time at the workshop, hope to see the rest of you next year!
One of the many subjects we covered was workspace, below is my desk while we were working on The Road to El Dorado back in 1999.

Here's the finished painting that's in progress in the workspace photo:


June 14, 2012

Upcoming Events!

I have several events in the LA area coming up that I'd like to invite you out to:

From Student to Professional and Beyond
! A one evening presentation.
Monday, June 25, 7-10:00 pm. For any student or professional artist seeking improvement (art of any kind, digital or traditional). The presentation will emphasize where and how to focus your efforts as you work toward developing a more professional level of artistic ability. I invite you to take a chance on this one, it will be worth your time! Click here for more detail! To enroll contact The Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, (877) MY-LAAFA (695-2232). This event is held at the Animation Union: 1105 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505.

Head Drawing 10 Week Course
Beginning Monday July 9, 7-10pm. To enroll contact The Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art (click here for more info), (877) MY-LAAFA (695-2232)

Launching Your Career and Animation Art and Entertainment Design
Watch the video introduction here.
How to focus your efforts to successfully prepare for a career in animation art and entertainment design. The workshop will consist of slide shows, lectures and demos that will take you through the design and development process for an entertainment project, showing you exactly what skills are needed for each aspect of the project and how to develop those skills. The emphasis will be on production concept art, including: look development, color scripting, location design, prop design, color keys, lighting design, matte painting, working with your art director and putting together an effective portfolio. If you’re working toward a career in animation and entertainment design, this workshop is not to be missed!
Saturday, July 28, 2-7pm at MakeSpace Arts 2797 E. Foothill Blvd. Ste 100, Pasadena, CA 91107. To enroll contact Motivarti.org

Comicon Demo
Charcoal portrait demo Saturday July 14, 2-3:30pm at the LAAFA booth, #5567
Concept art demo Saturday July 14, 4:30-5:15pm at the Schoolism booth# 2042

June 08, 2012

Charcoal and pastel on Strathmore paper, 16"x 24".