Drawings, Styles, and More – Los Angeles Gallery of Art K.L. Britton Teresa Oaxaca Drawing Video Review East Oaks Studio

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This is a large, 12″ by 18″ drawing on a beautiful toned blue paper that I got from Top’s Art Supplies here in Koreatown.  I love the paper so much I wanted to have some for home and some for the studio, but I’ve left most of it at the studio for now.  I have been trying to get my hands on every painting and drawing video or workshop I can lately, and after being thwarted (Joseph Todorovich’s workshop full, Ramon Hurtado’s taking a break from classes)  I remembered how much I wanted to see Teresa Oaxaca’s drawing video.  Teresa’s video from East Oaks Studio is fantastic, she is great at expressing her thought process during the whole video, even the little details.  She has such an incredible sense of line and form, and her draughtsmanship is second to none in her style.  Watching her draw was awesome!

Here are some fantastic takeaways I got from the video (that I haven’t necessarily applied to my work.)

  • Use different types of lines to differentiate the background from the focal point.  Ex, use controlled straight lines for your subject, and use large and wiggly lines for a background.
  • Get your bases in within the first thirty minutes.  Things we don’t always think about right away – how will the background affect the foreground, when we’re too focused putting details in the face or eyes.  Getting the background and subject in means we can focus more on relating those two, instead of just getting stuck in one place and not being able to blend.

Over all, this video is well worth the investment.  It’s like taking one day of a workshop, a full demo, no cuts or anything, and so much information you should take notes.  Great film.

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Figure Painting Processes and How To – K.L. Britton Art Los Angeles

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Spirit Animal

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The creation of this painting was inspired by reference photos of my lovely model.  I also had an idea that I wanted this cool theme, but wanted some major areas of contrast so her body wouldn’t be the focus of the painting.  To do that I surrounded her black hair with a white “halo.”  This adds the pop that lets you look at her face before you move to the rest of the painting.  Lately, I have been considering my composition a lot in advance of painting.

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This is the final painting, although the white balance on this photo is a bit on the warm side.  The background is a dark, dark blue, which is enough to really come out with the strong contrast of golds and yellows I used in the background that are mirrored in her headpiece.  She is wearing a rattlesnake tail with turquoise – reminiscent of her background of growing up in the Southwest, and her spirit animal, the Rattlesnake.  She wears shells in her hair to show that she has traveled to the ocean, and moved a long way from the desert she first belonged to.

Also she’s hot.

 

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Open Studio at Situ Art Academy – AllaPrima Portrait by K.L. Britton Los Angeles

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On Sunday I began taking a class at Situ Art Academy in Covina.  It’s only a 30 minute drive to and from DTLA / Koreatown where I live, and it’s well worth it.  Before the class is an open studio, every Sunday from 2pm-5pm with a costumed model.  I brought my Edge Pro Gear Sketchbook, however it was a bit small for my efforts.  I painted on a 9x 12 panel, and couldn’t get my paint piles large enough to do enough mixing, so it came out quite dry.  This would be solved with a larger palette.  That’s a great excuse to get the larger setup for myself for Christmas 😉

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In all of my paintings, I like to block in an idea of where the final product will end up, so I can understand the composition.  This one is not what I’m used to, I like lower left to upper right compositions, but with the lighting and hair, I had to do the opposite.

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You can see the struggle here!  I’m trying to paint the face, then the hair, then the collar, and I’m trying to keep them to compare them, but it’s not possible to get much bigger piles on this little baby.  Still the best for anything under 8″ though!  I will try a smaller panel next time (or plop my larger palette on top :D) The open studio was great, there are a ton of master artists painting there, and I always enjoy seeing each person with their own view and depiction of a similar subject.  There was such variety and I was lucky enough to sit behind two extremely creative guys who painted beautiful and exotic depictions of our gorgeous model.  Looking forward to next week at Situ Art Academy!

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What I do in my Spare Time – Daily Portrait Art Tips by K.L. Britton Los Angeles

Every now and then I get an idea that I want to do a painting that challenges me.  Sometimes it’s a still life, sometimes a figure, sometimes a portrait, and I know it’s going to take a bit longer to get everything in the right place than usual.  One such is this portrait.

When we paint someone or something we know, we tend to fill in the blanks or make guesses based on what we “know” about that person or thing.  For example, I could say I know that this portrait’s eyebrows go at an upward angle with little curve, however when we’re painting or drawing, it’s really essential to let go of all of those pre-conceived notions.  While you may think oranges are round, they’re a series of angles that form a not-perfectly-circular form.

For these kinds of challenges, where I know in advance I will be possibly messing up – I do a sketch.  This isn’t really a “drawing” drawing, it’s more of a quick idea with only as much detail as I need to figure out what challenges I will face when I actually paint.  In this case, I had started the face too wide, the shadows too far from the center of the face.  It’s these kinds of mistakes I would run into when painting, but at that time I may not be able to put my finger on what’s wrong.  Since drawing is the foundation of painting, it’s always best to start with a sketch to check your idea.  Figure out what bothers you before you’ve invested a day into an under-sketch.  Then fix it, and remember to keep an eye on it when painting.  It makes the process much faster!

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Here you can see my lay in.  I already corrected the eye on the left that went out too far.

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You can see some of the issues have been corrected here – the right (our right, his left!) part of the face has been moved in, the eyes have been corrected, even the nose’s bottom has moved up quite a bit.  All of these are things I’ll look for when I paint.

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Here I’ve made several more adjustments.  I’ll probably keep working on this sketch just for fun, but for now, it’s shown me what I need to look out for in the future.

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More paintings, because that’s how I roll. K.L. Britton Art Los Angeles

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The Sailor, 6×6 Oil on Panel – Available for purchase here.

One of my other obsessions is fountain pens.  This is a Sailor 1911 Extra Fine with a beautiful gold nib and it writes like a dream.  Had to paint it, of course.

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You can find the digital version of this study a few posts back.  I may do yet another – this stunning study by Sargent uses a very limited palette, almost a Zorn palette, and yet it conveys so much.  His is unfinished, and so is mine.  6×6 Oil on panel.

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My Sketchbook pro setup in the wild.  What an easy setup – I was on, painted, and cleaned up in under an hour!

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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.

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

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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 😉

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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!

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This is an alla prima of my friend.

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An outdoor sketch from Taiwan

K.L. Britton Master copy sketch

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