[Video] How to Add Story, Emotion and Feeling to your Work, Part 1

[Video] How to Add Story, Emotion and Feeling to your Work, Part 1

This month I wanted to write about something a little different than usual. I wanted to go beyond technique, 'tips and tricks', and 'how to draw this' and 'how to draw that'. This month I wanted to share something I've been working on in my own work, which are how to add story, emotion and meaning to my drawings and paintings.

In this new video series I'm going to share the tips and techniques I've been working on and developing to add more emotion and feeling to my work. In Part 1 and Part 2, I share the first 2 Tips to add story and emotion to my work. In the video I'll also show how I apply these techniques to a figure drawing.

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[Video] Life Drawing #2, Quick Poses

I've finally been able to draw from life again thanks to the good folks at ww.drawthis.com who stream a free, life drawing session on Friday nights. This 3 part video series is a recording of the first 2 sets of a recent life drawing session which are the short, quick poses. The first two videos are the 1 minute poses (Parts 1 and 2), and in the third video are the 2 minute poses (Part 3).

These videos were recorded live during the stream so you'll get to see my real and raw life drawing process and I also try to describe my process as I draw. I say "try" because talking and drawing at the same time is a LOT harder than it looks :)

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[Video] Live Life Drawing #1

Ever since I left Los Angeles (also known as the "mecca" of life drawing), it's been a challenge to organize or find a regular life drawing group in my new home base of Thailand. Thanks to the hard working people at www.drawthis.com I finally got to draw from life again...well sort of :)

Every Friday on their Facebook page they stream a live model for 2 hours. It felt a lot like being there, except everyone got the best, front row seat in the house. As a traveling artist, this life drawing stream was much appreciated. I also got to record a video of the last two poses, a 10 minute and a 15 minute pose. See video below for the 10 minute figure study.

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[VIDEO] Figure Drawing and Shading Demo

[VIDEO] Figure Drawing and Shading Demo

For the last few months I have been obsessed with figure drawing and shading. I've been doing a lot of short, 20-30 figure studies and mainly experimenting with shading techniques using graphite or colored pencil. What I'm really searching for are ways to go beyond technique, and add story, emotion and meaning to my drawings. We'll talk more about that in future videos and lessons. In the meantime, check the demo video above to see a recording of one of my morning exercises.

This is a two part series. Part 1 shows the drawing process, also known as the lay-in. Part 2 shows the shading and rendering process. I've also written a detailed text version with two high-res handouts in this month's Newsletter.

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Figure Drawing Process Video

Figure Drawing Process Video

This video shows a brief look at my thought process as a I draw a short, 30 minute figure study. The reference is from a New Masters Academy timed figure drawing session.

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Drawing Workshop in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Drawing Workshop in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Highlights and a retrospective on a recent drawing seminar I gave in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Subscribe to download the free handout the covers the fundamentals of shape and value which was the topic of the workshop.

Limited Palette Color Study

Limited Palette Color Study

2 Part video series on painting with only 2 colors. Includes process images and text breakdown.

Life Drawing Exercise #3

Life Drawing Exercise #3

2 part video series of recent figure drawing exercise. Includes process images.