Over Cinco de Mayo weekend, I had the pleasure of painting with Sean Cheetham at his workshop. I knew I’d be integrating this information into my painting and drawing classes at Los Angeles Academy of Art, so I wrote down detailed notes and got as much feedback as possible.
I’m going to go ahead and present it photo by photo:
This was the biggest struggle for me in this painting. If you’ve seen my previous painting posts, you know that I block in large areas of mid-tone first, and then work in from there, on top of an under-drawing. The way Sean showed his painting was with very little drawing, and absolutely no lay in. He went straight for each shadow area and light area, starting with the darks so he could get that rich, gorgeous contrast he is known for. Here you can also see that I had my panel toned for cool light – the warmth would show in the shadows and be covered in the lights. Unfortunately the model was under a warm light, so I switched plans on day two. The Edge Pro Gear was well loved and I’m sure a couple people bought it after seeing how convenient it was for me 🙂
This was very challenging for me, particularly because Sean mixes his paints on his palette, and puts them straight on the panel as is. I am used to working in the mixes on my panel – I can put straight cad red on the panel itself, and blend it with my huge areas of light and dark to get what I want. In this case, I had to know what it would look like on the panel before even adding the brush stroke. I was sweating! More because it was 90 degrees, though.
Here is a crop of my finished work. One thing I started to look at more was also the brush strokes. I really love the one light indicator under his chin, it is a confident, deliberate stroke that I planned in advance, instead of just painting it in.
More on that.
We had amazing artists in the course, including Natalia Fabia, who just won an award at Portrait Society of America, and Jeffrey Watts, as well as Erik Gist and Ryan Heitman, all from Watts Atelier down south.
Here is a selection of Sean’s work.
I’m a fantasty and RPG addict, so of course I had a close up of this one.
That’s all you get for day one, but day two is coming next 😀
Thanks for reading.