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“Demonstrating the Craft,” Figure painting with Jeff Watts

With our summer break at an end, classes have once again started up at our Atelier in California.  This term brings a special demo-viewing opportunity for those enrolled in Jeff Watt’s “Figure painting, 5 week pose.” Traditionally, our painting courses kick off with a single day dedicated to a painting demonstration, where students get to watch […]

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“Demonstrating the Craft” at the Watts Illustration Bootcamp

This past week marked the start of our first “Watts Illustration Boot Camp,” an intense 6-day workshop designed to strengthen our students’ illustrative storytelling abilities and improve their technical skills within their chosen medium.  The workshop’s instructors (award-winning illustrators and Watts Atelier instructors E.M. Gist, Lucas Graciano, and Michael C. Hayes) have been spending hours of […]

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“Demonstrating the Craft,” Comic Covers with E.M. Gist

This past week marked the release of a new online specialty course, “Painted Comic Covers,” with Watts Atelier Instructor and illustrator E.M. Gist.  On this week’s installment of “Demonstrating the Craft, we take a brief look at the course and at Gist’s process through screenshots of the video lessons themselves. Erik’s process starts where all artists’ visual […]

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“Demonstrating the Craft,” Analyzing Angles

Analyzing the angles and relationships between key areas of the figure is an important part of the life drawing process.  At the Watts Atelier, we embrace comparative measurement techniques in our drawings.  This practice often relies on comparing and analyzing the angles between features to obtain proportional accuracy in your drawing.  Note how Watts Atelier Instructor […]

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“Demonstrating the Craft” Still life with Meadow Gist

As previously mentioned here on “Demonstrating the Craft,”  all of our ten-week painting courses at the Watts Atelier begin with a 3-hour instructor painting demo.  Still life painting presents it’s own set of challenges, unique and separate from other painting disciplines;  Students must work to understand textures and their indications, the specularity and reflective properties of […]

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Demonstrating the Craft: Construction of the Head

Not all of our in-class demos are done with technique demonstration and rendering in mind.  In fact, the vast majority of instructor demonstrations in our classes are completed to clarify something far more important; The fundamentals. Without a solid understanding of the fundamentals, a strong finished piece can not exist.  In this demo from last week, we take a […]

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