Painting the Portrait
Start: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Sedona , AZ 86339
Painting the Portrait
with Lance Richlin
April 17 - 21, 2013
This 5-day workshop will enable the student to produce a classical portrait. Lance Richlin is the author of the best selling book in the world on portrait techniques. He will guide you in the finest Baroque painting methods. Explore blending, wet into wet and refining of details. You will also learn secret methods of using impasto, only known by a handful of masters, to create ultra-realistic textures. More advanced students will paint directly from the live model but beginners are also welcome and will be able to use photography and a print-out as an aid in establishing a starting point.
The first day of the workshop will be an orientation to all materials involved and a complete demonstration of the process of painting the head from the live model.
About Lance Richlin
Lance is featured in an article in Blue Canvas magazine (April 2010) His work has been featured twice in Juxtapoz Magazine (May/June 2003 and March/April 2001)
Lance Richlin Teaching Experience
Palos Verdes Art Center 2010,
The Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art.
Artcenter College of Design
Santa Monica College
He was an instructor of perspective, anatomy, figure drawing and figure painting at the Laguna College of Art and Design where he taught from 1998-2007
He is the author of a book on portrait drawing which is now a best seller published by Walter Foster Books in 2008. This book has been #1 in the U.S. Canada and the U.K. for drawing instruction.
Lance was featured in American Artist, March 2008 and American Artist Drawing magazine March 2009
Visit Lance Richlan's website HERE and see work by his students HERE!
TUITION: $650 (includes model fees)
Payment Options: Students may pay in full or choose the payment-plan option during registration. The payment plan requires a non-refundable $100 deposit with the balance due 30 days before the first day of the workshop.
Materials List for the Portrait Workshop (copy and paste into a new document to print it out)
The EASIEST way to improve your work is to have the right materials!
My list is large but you can obtain all of the items by ordering from 3 stores with 3 phone calls. They will mail to you. You will need a trip to the hardware store. If you have some of the items, you may spend as little as $70. You can probably get all of the materials for $150.
To paint my way, you will need types of brushes most oil painters don't have because I use water color brushes. The entire collection of brushes is about $65. They will come in handy in the future so please buy them.
From WALSERS ( phone # 310 891-3325)
1. Richeson gessoed panels 3/4 inch cradle, 1 panel 12x16in ITEM # 1521216
2. A pack of Richeson 2040 squirrel brushes, ITEM# 21102
3. Grumbacher Fixative ITEM# 6
4. Masterson Stawet Pallette Box, ITEM# 100
5. Liquitex 16 oz gesso ITEM #5316 (Make sure this isn't Liquitex "BASICS" which is inferior, student grade)
6. Winsor Newton Cremnitz White. 40 ml---not the giant tube.
7. If you are drawing free hand, a soft charcoal pencil. If you are tracing, a chunk of the square, dirty charcoal sticks so you can rub it on the back of the photo to stencil. A colored pencil, to trace over the black and white photo. If you're tracing, you will make a cheap copy of the photo, rub charcoal on the back, tape it to the canvas and trace with the colored pencil.
8. A 2 oz bottle of Liquitex acrylic paint, burnt sienna or burnt umber (both colors have their advantages). ITEM # 2002-127 or ITEM #2002-128
From MICHAEL'S art supply chain stores.
1. Artist's Loft 10 camel hair brush set, ITEM # 122056
2. Artist's Loft brush set, ITEM # 171150
3. Artist's Loft brush set, ITEM # 171143
4. Artist's Loft brush set, ITEM # 171138
From BLICK artist's materials stores and online.
A #2 BLICK SCHOLASTIC RED SABLE FAN
Any paint brand is okay--I use Archival brand from Australia. But if you use Archival they substitute Cremnitz White for their "Titanium White". Archival substitutes normal Titanium White for their "soft formula Titanium White". They don't make Lamp Black.
Lamp Black, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Yellow light or medium, Cadmium Red light or medium, Titanium White, Cremnitz White, Burnt Umber.
From the Hardware Store
1. A plastic, tupperware type box big enough to contain the 12 by 16 panel. These are just big containers that are available at Walmart, Target, Home Depot and storage companies. They come in many colors, brands, and sizes. We are trying to keep the painting wet so it needs to be sealed in an air tight box. We will seal the box with.
2. Any wide roll of packing tape from duct tape to clear tape in a dispenser.
3. A maul stick. The art supply stores make fancy metal ones that can retract so they can fit in a short box. But a maul stick is basically a stick to rest your hand on. They can be a 75 cent dowel about 2.5 feet in length.
4. Sand paper. 100 grit and 220 grit. Norton brand is best and actually sands faster.
5. A big cheap jug of ODORLESS PAINT THINNER. The art supply stores raise the price on these. All you will need for the workshop is one quart. Have a little container to keep thinner in while you paint.
6. A Squeegee, wider than the panel. You will use it to spread the gesso and short ones leave grooves in the gesso that need to be sanded out.
7. Blue paper shop towels or BRAWNY paper towels from the grocery store. These shed less lint. Cloth rags are a nightmare.
8. The best palette is a pane of glass. You will keep it in your Masterson Stawet palette box. About 15 by 12 inches will fit but just don't get a tiny 8 by 10. You can get them out of a cheap frame if that's easier to find.
From the INTERNET
Go to Iherb.com and order a bottle of (pure) Clove Oil for about $7. Clove oil is VITAL for our method. It keeps the paint wet. It can be obtained from vitamin stores but Iherb.com is the cheapest.
From the grocery store
A bottle of pure Safflower Oil.
Mix the safflower oil and the clove oil into one glass bottle 50/50, The mixture of half safflower, half clove oil will be our medium.
BRAWNY paper towels.
HOW TO PREPARE A CANVAS OR PANEL
Realists prefer smoother surfaces. Having a smooth canvas alone will make your work more realistic. And can you imagine the Mona Lisa on a rough canvas? I paint with impasto texture but the texture is made by me not the canvas. So there is some work but it's worth it.
1. Pour the acrylic paint into the bottle of gesso and shake it. It should turn sand or peach color. White gesso is too bright to paint over.
2. Pour a silver dollar sized amount onto the panel. Using the squeegee, spread it out -the first coat usually doesn't cover well. Just try to use the squeegee to spread it flat and even.
3. THE GESSO MUST BE COMPLETELY DRY BETWEEN COATS. A semi dry coat will peel off. So you can put it in the sun and bake it or put one coat on every 3 hours.
4. The panels require 4 coats.
You can paint in this class with a canvas. Canvases are much cheaper but they require 6 coats and triple the amount of sanding.
5. When the coats are dry, start sanding with the 100 grit. The 100 grit will take down the ridges but leaves scratches. Use the 220 to remove the ridges.
HOW TO SAND PROPERLY
1.The canvas always looks smooth until you shine a light on it from the side. The side light creates shadows that show off the ridges. So I sand next to a light bulb. Please use a light--you will be amazed at what is revealed.
2. Most of the time it's better to sand along the ridges not across the ridges.
3. If you sand too deep and see white, fill the crater with your finger and a little gesso. Just rub it in to smooth it.
4. The canvas doesn't have to be as smooth as glass. As smooth as drawing paper is great.
5. If you're sanding on a canvas be gentle when you get to the stretcher bars --if you sand hard over the edge you will create a groove.
I'm happy to answer questions. Call Lance Richlin at 310 686 8856