In this class we will generate portraits working in a sculptural approach. The class will demonstrate a wide range of mark-making using both charcoal and eraser as paint tools. The demonstrations will show various solutions to drawing the features under different lighting conditions, and with academic knowledge of the features, how to capture an energetic and expressive finish. Students will be able to draw along during the class, and will gain an understanding of how to “think spontaneously with the tools” reproducing the marks as demonstrated. The end result will be a more tactile, and immediate finish to the drawings we produce throughout the class.
A virtual room link will be sent to you up to 24 hours prior to your class start date.
Complimentary 10-day access to each recorded session. Recordings are emailed the day after each live session.
Charcoal Pencils for effective range of values. I use Generals Charcoal Pencils favoring the 4B, as the 2B is a little too hard for average design drawing, and 6B has a tendency to break often.
18″x24″ newsprint pad-preferred smooth, but rough will also work.
Drawing Board – to keep the paper from flexing and warping while working on the surface.
Razor Blades – to sharpen the pencils.
This online course requires the use of the Zoom program. You will need a computer, tablet or smartphone (with camera preferred) and internet. To download the program, click on the following link: zoom.us/download.
A Zoom meeting link will be sent to you up to 24 hours prior to your class start date. If you need help with Zoom, please let us know and we will schedule a short tutorial for you prior to your class.
Ron Lemen has had an eclectic artistic past, working consistently in the entertainment art industry and as an art instructor. Ron first went in to the Action Sports Industry working as a layout artist, logo designer, and board graphic illustrator. Moving on to more involved illustrations and conceptual design, he went back to school and is a graduate of the Atelier System, classically trained, and a former pupil of Sebastian Capella, Spanish portrait virtuoso.
Ron Lemen has been a concept designer and art director in the video game industry for 10 years with dozens of clients including Sony, Activision, Ubi Soft, Mattel and more. Now freelancing full-time, his clients include Upper Deck, Image Comics, Birdhouse Projects, Disney, and more. In addition, to illustrating and Portrait Painting, Ron has been an art instructor for the last 16 years.
Course Changes or Cancellations
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If a class/workshop is cancelled; students may transfer to another class/workshop, use credit on artschoolvideos.com, keep credit on file or be issued a full refund.
Refunds and Transfers
All online classes and workshops are non-refundable.
There are no make-ups available for online courses. Students are emailed a 10-day access to each recorded session, made available the next day after the live session.
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LAAFA campus will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2023; in observation of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.