In this 3-day workshop, students will use a limited palette of two, or three colors to achieve an under-painting that can stand on its own as a finished portrait or be used as a strong foundation to continue a full-color painting in the future. Through individual critiques and daily demonstrations, artists will learn to emphasize the beginning stages of a painting by addressing concepts of “blocking-in” and form modeling. Anatomy and structural points relating to the head will be discussed throughout the three days.
We will spend the first day on the foundation drawing (block-in), the next step will be a wipe-out (reductive method of wiping away the lights), the remainder of the time will be spent on the finishing pass, using a range of neutrals to push the underpainting toward a thoroughly elaborate work of art.
It is recommended that the student has had prior experience drawing the portrait.
Materials lecture (explanation of palette)
Demo of charcoal drawing
Charcoal drawing directly onto canvas or panel. A finished drawing is the goal on the first day, so the second day can be devoted to the wipe-out and underpainting. Drawing will be spray-fixed for the next days use
Neutrals explained further in depth (different combinations that can be used)
Demo of wipe-out techniques
Students will tone their canvases with raw umber, and proceed with a wipe-out, the goal being to finish before lunch, in order for the painting to "set-up", and proceed with the finished pass.
Students will use their range of neutrals to push their underpainting to a more finished stage.