Tattoo Shop Special – K.L. Britton +Drawing Tips

In case you missed it, I spent six months apprenticing with Isaac Newman, now of La Cosa Nostra Ink, formerly at Art District Tattoo in North Hollywood.  I learned how to tattoo, starting with the basics, setting up, taking down, and hygiene.  There’s nothing more important than being meticulous about avoiding cross contamination.  I did lots of tattoos, some bad, some great, some took hours, some took minutes.  I loved it.  It’s a new medium I am very interested in.  Added bonus: Painting and drawing when the customers are light is completely expected.  I had a great time, experienced a really wild life, and can’t thank the incredibly talented Isaac enough for the opportunity.  I’m sure there’s some wild stories to tell, they’ll have to wait til later.

K.L. Britton floral painting Modern Art

Peony, Digital study (when I first got my ipad pro!)

Digital Drawing tip #1

My focus on this piece was to really think about broad, loose shapes that would still slightly indicate my subject.  I tend to get pretty interested in details and this occasionally leads me to miss those larger, more important shapes.  One advantage of using the ipad and Procreate is that I can “click out” of the picture – the digital version of stepping back.  When I click out it’s easy to see if the thumbnail makes sense.  If there is a huge drawing error, I can correct it.  We always say it’s very important to use a mirror to see your drawing errors, or to walk away and look at your painting from afar, and I can’t emphasize this enough.  With digital, it’s even easier.  Just check your thumbnail.

Another advantage of this method is that you can do several quick sketches and see them together.  When you see them, it’s easy to understand where you went wrong (or right) in the drawings time and time again, so when you’re putting your pen, pencil, or paint down, you can be ready to avoid or correct those errors in advance.  It makes you a better artist over all when you know what your problems are.

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I was challenged to do a very good portrait in under an hour 😀  This is one that I have painted before, if you recognize it 😉

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I liked to keep this one at my station 😉

Thanks for reading!

Art dump Round 4

Los Angeles Gallery of Art Artist K.L. Britton

Digital again, a portrait.  I love to experiment with styles and not have to worry about anything.  Digital gives me a lot of freedom in that way.

Los Angeles Gallery of Art Artist K.L. Britton Portrait

A quick alla prima, oil on panel, 11×14, of one of my most inspiring muses.

K.L. Britton Bargue Study

Bargue Study in an Ogami Paper sketchbook.  I dig the ogami paper for acrylics, but found it didn’t work as well with watercolour, etc, and doesn’t take fountain pens at all.  I am a fountain pen addict… so that doesn’t bode well.

Bonus: Acrylic study on ogami paper:

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Gone digital – Updates Round Three (fight!)

Many of my recent works, due to moves and other hindrances, have been digital works.  Here are just a small selection of my recent sketches.  These are all done on the ipad prowith the Apple pencil.  I enjoy it almost as much as Wacom – there is just a hint of lag that differentiates the two, but it’s not enough to bother me.


A study of a Sargent study 😉

K.L. Britton Los Angeles Artist Gallery of Art digital study

A study of the Bouguereau at the Getty Center.  My favorite piece in the museum, and a stunning, rich display of light and perfect drawing.  What a master.  We can all nearn a lot from him.

Updates Round 2/10

K.L. Britton art Los Angeles paintings 18x24 oil on linen

I know you guys saw this one in progress from sketch to underpainting.  Here she is in her finished glory.  This is a huge painting, over 18″x24″ Oil on linen

K.L. Britton art Keighsie digital art Los Angeles paintings

In digital sketches like these, I can see how I have developed a maturity in my drawing.  I pay a lot more attention to accuracy than I used to, and put my love for funky colour drops as a secondary plan.  This is what the last couple years have helped me develop.


Another digital sketch, a copy of a Bouguereau hand.  Very interesting to look so closely at his decisions when he was painting and drawing.  Things like the fact the fingernail is the same value and hue range as the finger, but there is just that subtle dip line and highlight that help indicate the different texture and communicates the fingernail.


Some updates – Gotta catch you up!

Hello guys!  Here is a basic update:

I’ve moved to Los Angeles, I love it, of course.  Upgraded in all departments.  Here is some of the work I’ve been working on since my blackout about 3 years ago 😀 I have full paintings, paint sketches, drawings, and more to update you, so let’s just do three at a time.  I hope you are on the edge of your seats in excitement.  More to come!


This is an alla prima of my friend.


An outdoor sketch from Taiwan

K.L. Britton Master copy sketch

A sketch from the tattoo shop (oh yeah… that happened.. 😉 )

What I’m working on – Philadelphia Fine Art – K. Hu Artist AND STUDIO SALE!!!

This is on my instagram, but you, my dear blog readers, are the best, so here it is for you:

This is what I’m working on with a non-traditional block in.  Factually I always paint the face first, and then I grumble about as I put in the rest of the painting, so this time I’m hitting the rest of the painting first, and then grumbling as I put in the face.  Genius, right?  Changing it up a bit.

This will be my first portrait in a while – I miss it desperately!  It looks a bit cartoonish right now but they tend to do so in my first underpainting stages.

Enjoy the photos (which you could have seen first if you were cool enough to follow my instagram at username kl.britton)


My original design had my French Bulldog in it, but in fact was too small for what I wanted to paint.  I got a huge canvas and I want to use it.  So sadly he was blocked out of the painting design.

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I bought this new burnt umber which is from some fancy paint maker that cost an arm and a leg (Williamsburg is the name I think.)  Their blue is fantastic, so highly pigmented, but the umber is a little less warm than I prefer my umbers and it’s very confusing.  I’ve tried to add some burnt sienna in but it’s still not as warm as I like my shadows.  We’ll see along the way.  It does give a beautiful rich muted grey, and also that “blue” in the background was created with the ultramarine and the umber, together they just like sing a duet and then fly away on a magic carpet.

Be sure to check out the beginning of my HUGE STUDIO SALE!!! There are studies starting at $15!! YES $15!!! I have only listed the paint studies so far, but there will be drawings added soon for ridiculous prices!  Get them now while you still can (there are 2 bids on the $15 paint study!!)

Thanks for reading my friends!

Academy of Art University Spring Show 2014 – Philadelphia Fine Art K. Hu Keighsie Hu


I am writing because I am proud, elated, excited, honored, a billion other fantastic adjectives to be in the ACAU SPRING SHOW!! Yes, that’s right.

I just want to write about WHY this is amazing since it is so mind-blowingly awesome to me but hard to understand for the layman.

Many many years ago I wanted to go to Academy of Art University.  Maybe I found out about it from the advertising on TV, but by the time I was 16 I was certain I would give my left pinky (or thousands of dollars) to go there if I could.  As it was I graduated high school that year (at 16) and started taking just-for-kicks classes at a community college.  I wasn’t able to move to San Francisco, so I just kicked it and took yoga and Japanese and other crazy and useless classes.  At 17, I moved out on my own (with my twin), and because I wanted to be “independent” did not ask my parents for loads of cash that they couldn’t afford to send me to school, and still wasn’t able to move to or afford San Francisco.  I was a ‘dependent’ on my parents to the government, so I couldn’t afford a dime.  I went to community college some more.

Fast forward to 2009, I am now working in advertising and graphic design, and my dream has never died – get this, ACAU started offering ONLINE courses sometime in this timeframe.  I sign up for two classes using hard earned money, having poured over the graduates and students of ACAU who’s work has been exceptional (Hsin Yao Tseng, Jeremy Mann, Quaing Huang, Henry Yan who teaches there, etc etc etc blahblahblah!)  This is exciting!  But unfortunately, I can’t afford more classes.

Come to 2014 – well late 2013, I decide to apply for some art schools, they offer me generous scholarships but honestly they are STILL more expensive even with the scholarships than Academy of Art University, so I decide to do this again.  Mind you I have continued to pour over the artwork again, checking out the Spring Show listings all the time to find artwork of future or present art heroes!  And the UNTHINKABLE HAPPENS

I AM JOINING MY HEROES ON THE WALLS OF THE SPRING SHOW.  For years I have admired their works!  For years!!! Two semesters (one being half time!) I have been in the school (online!)  And YES HERE I AM I AM JOINING MY HEROES THE VERY ONES WHO INSPIRED ME ALL THESE YEARS!

Maybe I will inspire others!  Maybe someone will look at my work and think: I want to paint like that, or how beautiful, or nice eggplant, or that wine glass is really small, or nice frame that cost you an arm and a leg, or whatever, but I will be listed there amongst the best of the best, the awesomest of the awesome, in the Spring Show at ACAU  And this is WHY it’s such a huge deal to me and I still am dancing around in my head like yayayay

And there is a little look into my sensitive side for you!  Enjoy it while you can!  Here is some artwork


In the Spring Show ^


^Not in the Spring show but pretty manly.  There is my dog on the right.


^Also not in Spring Show but who knows if it would be if I had drawn it before the submissions… One can only DREAM!


A look into the process of painting – K. Hu Fine Art Daily Fine Art Blog

Well I guess my blog is not “daily”, particularly now when I am busy with school (which RULES.)  But at least I remembered to update right?

Here are a few things I’ve been working on for school, with some blurbs about the processes of painting, drawing, etc.

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This is one of my favorite paintings I’ve done to date.  I love the compositional options of the birds eye view type of composition.  Seriously awesome.  Also my cool dark brown/red pot that came from some TianJin sour vegetables, 1.79 – you get veggies and this AWESOME pot.  Seriously I’d pay $3 for the pot alone.  Also I think I’m in love with plums, but still find it super challenging to mute my purples, that I make with alizarin crimson and ultramarine blue enough without raising the value.

A few notes about this painting:  I started this method where I will get a good photograph of my composition, then I will draw the line drawing from this – it has the huuuuuge advantage of not being messed up from moving a little bit – and the scale is easier to understand when you have already done the cropping.  I can do this from life, but sometimes over or under estimate the size of an object so it ends up being a little high or low.  Really you can snap a pic on your phone or anywhere, then use that as a tool to set it up – then PAINT FROM LIFE the setup, so you know you’re getting accurate colours, values, subtleties, etc.  Basically this makes my life easier, and allows me to really think about what I want my final painting to look like instead of compensating bad cropping and such.

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This one is (obviously) fabric related.  Since I did the fabric, I couldn’t simply outline it or I’d get very confused, which area is light?  Which is shadow?  Sometimes the lines of the wrinkles go between both!  So I filled it in a bit.  I love the way it looks with just the line drawing and the scumbled burnt umber in the shadows, honestly I want to do a series of paintings that are deliberately ended at that point some day.


I am really loving anatomy.  Obviously we didn’t do hands yet still, they are this module so I’m not there, but I truly believe my understanding of human form and what makes all the bumps has just come such a long way (from this 945275_10151740897232873_1166446884_n – which you may say “but K., that drawing is not bad,” but I promise you I spent much longer on her arms than I did on the whole other drawings, and still they are stiff and don’t really describe the form of the muscles!  Maybe I will update this drawing now!

Ok to end my long update, check out my ebay now for serious DISCOUNTS and I am actually now taking offers!  I want to move these out to make room for new paintings, and more importantly, I want to go to school next semester, I won’t be able to do either of these unless you check out this cool stuff!

Thank you for reading!



Blog exclusive: Sneak peeks at my next project! K. Hu Artist








Hello my friends!  It’s about time I update my blog (right?)  But you can always find me on instagram because that’s where it’s at.  Here are a few updates for you and an exclusive tiny tiny tiny thumbnail preview of my next series of paintings that I am so excited to work on but am taking time out to update my blog just for you instead.  See how much I love you?

Here are some little progress ditties of a small sketch I was doing.




A sketch begun on the plane to LAX and finished on the train to Atlantic City.  I am a country traveler!


Yes, that’s all you get.  Unless you know how to right click and view the original image.  Then hats off to you for being ambitious and caring enough about this photo to actually do so.  Caesar is snoring right now.  Louder than I snore.  There is video proof on youtube.

That is all.