In this workshop students learn the principles essential to transform abstract flat shapes into fully dimensional forms and create a sense of light on the figure. Students concentrate on painting the figure with a full range of values and on developing the ability to make accurate value calibrations. The focus is on structure, anatomy, proportion, light direction, edge conditions, abstract movements through the figure, composition and an understanding of form on the figure. These concepts are executed through an application of opaque and semi-opaque paint in the light and shadow areas. This also enables the student to develop painting skills such as scumbling, feathering, and texture. Control of the paint is a priority and is essential to achieving the required goals.
Steve and Darren demonstrate daily during the workshop. This is the beginning of their demo.
Paints used include burnt umber for the grisaille (initial monochromatic painting), and a mixture of cadmium red, cadmium yellow, titanium white and a small amount of ivory black for the light mixture (closed grisaille). The main color used for the lights is adjusted and varied to create value changes and to develop form.