Costumed Figure in Oil with Erik M. Gist


Registration Opens December 30th, 2020 at 8am PT

Audit: Watch instructor warm up, demo and receive photo reference every week.

Full Participation: Watch instructor warm up, demo, receive photo reference AND receive instructor critique every week.

All videos will be available until two weeks after week 5 of the term.


SKU: N/A Category:


Instructor Critiques for Full Participation Students will be uploaded for viewing approximately one week after each class. 

Date : Jan. 21- Feb 18th.

Length: 5 Weeks

Videos Uploaded: Thrusday at 12pm PST.

Level :  All Levels Welcome

This class will focus on a variety of costumes. Students will have the choice of working on portraits-with hats and upper body clothing, or full costume figure paintings. We will work on drawing and lay-ins with our paint and build color and thicker layers of paint for the second week of each pose. Learn to paint an assortment of fabrics, surfaces, and genres!

Beginners to painting can use monochrome only paints (black and white) to make things easier and cut down on expenses. Intermediate students can use the four color Zorn palette. Advanced students can use a warm-cool palette or all the colors recommended below. Choose a palette that is appropriate for your skill level.

When purchasing materials, note that you do not need every brush and size, just get a good variety of small, medium and large brushes in bristle (stiff hair) and sables (soft hair).



  • Surfaces
    • Masonite, Hardboard or Canvas
  • Brushes
    • Variety of Rounds/Flats/Filbert
      • Size 0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10
      • Preferred Brands: Robert Simmons Signet or Rosemary
  • Cleaning
    • Solvent: Gamsol Odorless Mineral Spirits by Gamblin
    • Solvent container
    • Masters Brush Soap
  • Palette (various options)
    • Wood
    • Plastic
    • Sealable Masterson Palette with glass in bottom (recommended)
  • Paints
    • Cadmium Yellow or Cadmium Yellow-Orange
    • Cadmium Red Light or Vermillion Red
    • Alizarin Crimson
    • Burnt Umber
    • Ivory Black
    • Titanium White
    • Optional: Ultramarine Blue
  • Miscellaneous
    • Roll of paper towels

Erik Gist

Erik M. Gist received his B.A. from SDSU in 1998. He began studying with Jeff Watts in 1996, three years later he began to teach and has done so ever since. Erik has worked in the video game industry as a concept designer and 3-D artist and is now working as a freelance illustrator. Erik’s clients include Marvel Comics, D.C. Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Disney, Audible, Wizards of the Coast, Upperdeck, Boom! Studios, Palladium Books, Blizzard Entertainment, Viking Childrens Books, Monkey Brain Books, Quart Publishing, and Chiat-Day. His work can be seen in Spectrum: the best in fantastic art including a nomination in 2018, and Aphrodesia: art of the female form 1 . Along with a Spectrum nomination, he has been nominated for an Illie Award, a Pulp Ark Award, a Chesley Award, and multiple Horror Comic Awards including one win. For more information about Erik’s art please visit his website at

Additional information

Class Type

Full Participation, Audit