Quick Sketch Portrait Painting
Day : Tuesday
Time : 2:30-5:30
Instructor : Robert Zeller
Class Starts : Feb 20th
Quick Sketch Portrait Painting will focus on capturing a quick likeness of the model in oils. There are many different approaches to this type of painting, with one common denominator: no preliminary drawing. Instead, the artist begins directly with paint. So, a basic grasp of foundational drawing is a prerequisite. The images to the left (all by the instructor, Rob Zeller) show various approaches to quick sketch painting. Zeller begins by blocking in the biggest shapes and planes first, with very specific techniques to capture the proportions, tilts, angles and graphic shapes of the head. Then each plane is assigned both a value and color, followed by form and details , with an emphasis on edges.
The brushes and medium you use to paint with are of primary importance in quick sketch painting, so instruction will be given on use of materials as well.
Poses will last for two weeks at a time. In any of the techniques being studied, students can expect to work from the general to the specific, with two weeks to complete a piece. The first week will usually cover the largest planes and masses of the head, and the second week the details. A six week session allows for 3 models a semester.
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