Observational Drawing & Painting from Life
New York Academy of Art
111 Franklin St., New York
Saturday & Sunday
October 26 & 27
12:00 pm — 6:00 pm
In this two-day master class, New York realist painter & draftsman Christopher Gallego shares insights, tips, and techniques gathered from 35-years of painting. Techniques that can apply to the figure or any subject. To name a few…
- Use your eyes, your mind, and your intuition. Technique comes second.
- Learn from the masters; don’t imitate.
- Think abstractly. Don’t attach a name to anything you draw
- Focus on the process more than the outcome.
- Give particular attention to the space.
- Observe your state of mind while you work.
- Have some fun & don’t obsess.
- Two models–One portrait, one nude
- 40 minutes of quick poses at the beginning of class, followed by a long pose for the remainder of class
- Artists may work from one position or change
- Introductory lecture on day one, mid-day lecture day two
- Individual critiques throughout
- Artists are welcome to bring work in for a critique
- Inexpensive Sketch Paper (any kind, for quick sketches)
- Quality Drawing paper for finished drawings:
Strathmore 400, or Arches watercolor paper (smooth finish)
- Clipboard-to mount paper, & paper mounting clips
- Soft Vine charcoal
- General's charcoal pencils-2B & 4b
- Graphite pencils-2H, H, HB, 2B
- Single-edge razor blades
- Kneadable erasers
- Paper Blending Tool (or Stump)
- Fine Sandpaper