Course Previews

  • Still Life Phase I Preview

    Basic composition, staging, and limited palettes will be the emphasis of this phase.  The phase begins with one object rendered in each of the 3 palettes: Burnt Umber Pick-Out, Burnt Umber White, and Phthalo Blue Black and White. You will then work up to two (and ultimately three) objects. Instructor Jeff Watts will go over…

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  • Still Life Phase II Preview

    You are now ready to study some of the key patinas you will need to paint in your artistic career.  In this phase Jeff Watts has selected five of the patinas he has had the most calling to do in his career, as well as ones that were the most challenging.  Watch in the following…

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  • Still Life III Preview

    In this course, Jeff will show you how to approach still life painting with shorter, more gestural techniques.  This course focuses on the “direct” approach, and understanding how to paint wet into wet.  Watch as Jeff teaches you how to add life and vibrance to your still life pieces by keeping a quicker pace and…

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  • Gouache Phase I Preview

    In this phase Jeff Watts introduces you to his second favorite medium after oil: gouache. He will demonstrate this medium using a traditional approach that is rarely taught in contemporary art schools. It will be instrumental to your future growth. Jeff refers to this technique as “tiling”, but you can think of it as shape…

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  • Gouache Phase II Preview

    Now that you have successfully completed the Phase I gouache you can open up your palette some more, to a warm/cool palette. This will allow for a full treatment of color. We will again be working up our paintings through the chain of values, but now we will have a greater opportunity to use a…

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  • Gouache Phase III Preview

    Painting from the master’s was an instrumental learning tool for Jeff as a student and still plays an important role in his current training regimen. In this phase Jeff picked a few of his favorite illustrators to emulate. Each one possess certain qualities that he feels will help cultivate your design skills, color harmonies, edge manipulation and much more.

  • Landscape Phase I Preview

    The goal of this phase is to introduce you to the fundamentals of landscape composition.  Jeff will go over 13 different compositional “stems” used throughout history by some of the great landscape painters.  He will then use black and white gouache to do several small thumbnail paintings of each compositional stem, while explaining each one…

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  • Landscape Phase II Preview

    Now that you have begun to understand the basics of landscape composition, let’s break apart various concepts within landscape and learn to tackle them. In this phase Jeff Watts will be introducing you to a fabulous limited palette–similar to the Zorn palette–but more ideally suited to the landscape painter. It features four colors: cadmium yellow,…

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  • Landscape Phase III Preview

    In this class Jeff Will walk you through breaking down Landscape paintings from some of his favorite painters.  Emphasis will be on picking up the chosen artist’s brushmanship, color harmonies, compositional choices, and shape design. Jeff will work from 4 artists; noted seascape painter Frederick Judd Waugh, Northern Californian impressionist painter Percy Gray, California Impressionist…

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  • Studio Still Life Preview

    This video showcases a longer-format still life painting. We will cover the tools necessary to embark on a more complicated scene. A cohesive theme can be formed with a basic arsenal of elements such as flowers, metals and glass. Other topics are discussed ranging from the supply of a still life "larder" to color comps. This video is a fifteen part exploration of a garden theme with roses, bird nests, and antique metal objects.

  • Painting Mood & Atmosphere in Gouache Preview

    Join Robert Watts, Jeff’s father, as he walks you through a variety of illustrative scenarios and visual problem-solving solutions, using one of his favorite mediums, Gouache.  Robert will lend insight from his 40 plus years as a commercial illustrator and fine artist, and use his eclectic and masterful skill sets to demonstrate how to put…

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  • Drapery Preview

    The goal of this class is to familiarize you with each of the seven key folds, as well as their function and usage in the process of drawing and painting. Through diligent practice of these principals you will eventually gain a mastery of drapery that will open you up to explore your creative and artistic potential.

  • Composition and Staging Preview

    The goal of this class is to simplify the elements and procedures that produce excellent compositions…from motifs, overlap, linking and the monster power of shadows to the concept of contrasts and that mysterious thing called mood.

  • Perspective Essentials

    Join Erik Gist as he delves into the essentials of perspective.  The goal of this course is more than simply learning the techniques and geometry for creating a convincing illusion of three- dimensional space;  It is about dictating how an individual perceives your image, how they enter and interact with the scene you have created.…

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  • Anatomy: Arms & Legs Preview

    In this phase we will be exploring one of the most important aspects of figure drawing, anatomy.  We will be taking an in depth look at the arms and legs, starting with the skeleton and working our way up to the surface morphology.  Along the way we will be examining the form and functionality of…

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  • Features & Facial Expressions

    This Course will cover the fundamentals of drawing features and facial expressions.  Construction of each feature will be the focus of the first portion of the course.  Facial anatomy will then be taught as a transition into drawing facial expressions.  Students will then move on to cover the seven main facial expressions.

  • Fundamentals of Character Design Preview

    This course will cover the fundamental aspects of Character design for work in Conceptual Design. Here you will learn various methods for maximizing a high creative potential. There is introduction and demonstration of mediums commonly used in the industry. The course covers fundamental aspects of design and how to add personality to your characters. You…

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  • Dragon Design Preview

    This course will teach you some of the background and techniques that go into painting dragons for illustration.  You will be walked through a process of designing a dragon with personality and weight in order to achieve a highly inspirational and believable design.  You will learn to mannequin a dragon so you are able to…

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  • Essentials of Tech Preview

    These videos are a collection of useful tips and approaches for both design and the necessary tasks of perspective and shadowing for all ‘Tech’ genres. The solutions range from the rather involved, but carefully explained… to the very simple. Unlike previous courses, the workbook will actually expand upon what you see in the video with…

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  • Illustration – Painted Comic Cover Preview

    When painting a cover for a comic book, less emphasis is put on narrative and more on creating an iconic image that jumps off the rack.  In this series of lessons we will be going over the process often used in the generation and refinement of concepts.  We will then continue, and spend a majority…

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