Reilly Palette: Portrait & Figure with Erik Gist


Registration Opens 4/30/21 at 8:00 A.M. P.S.T.

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 the 5 week term.


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

Date : May 12th 2021 – June 9th 2021

Length: 5 Weeks

Videos Uploaded: Wednesday

Level :  Beginner – Intermediate

This class is designed to emphasize value in painting. By establishing a full value underpainting one week, students gain a greater understanding of value relationships. The following week a very controlled, premixed tonal palette of the correct colors, with the corresponding values, will be applied to the underpainting. Furthermore, spending six hours per painting will allow more time to focus on the inseparable bond between drawing, color and value. A great class for beginning painters as well as those looking to increase their understanding of the value-color relationship while completing more finished paintings.


  • Surfaces
    • The surface I would like everyone to paint on is either masonite panel or Fredricks canvas board. Somewhere between 8×10 and 12×16 is a good size. If you have another surface you really like to work on this can be discussed on the first day of class. DO NOT BUY CLAYBOARD!!!!
  • Brushes
    • An assortment of bristle brushes (I prefer Filberts, Brights and Flats) ranging from as small as you can find to 3/4” wide (like Robert Simmons brand in sizes 1, 3, 6, 8, 10 ,14.) Also pick up a few synthetic brushes of varying sizes 9again I prefer Robert Simmons 2 ,4, 6, 8).
  • Cleaning Agents
    • Use Gamsol Odorless Mineral Spirits by Gamblin for a cleaning solvent.
    • Brush cleaning can/jar
  • Palette
    • Wood or plastic
  • 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
    • Plastic grocery bag for trash

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