Here's seven portrait studies I did in Ignat Ignatov's alla prima portrait painting class.
Each portrait was painted in 5 hours in one session with small breaks for the model of course and one half hour for lunch.
The lighting in the rooms at the Los Angeles Academy Of Figurative Art is from skylights and Ignat also supplemented this light with artificial light sources sometimes coming from other directions. These lighting problems were somewhat advanced so it would be a good idea that you have some solid drawing skills before taking his class.
I really enjoyed working with Ignat. He suggested we start by drawing or painting a monochrome sketch of the big masses and value relationships before putting the color in. I found it a refreshing educational shot in the arm and I learned a lot. Ignat would make suggestions occasionally and they were always right on. He never worked on my pictures directly but would point out where I miscalculated a value or color or where I had a drawing error.
If your ever in Southern California and would like to take an informative workshop with plenty of demos as well, I highly recommend Ignats workshop at the Los Angeles Academy Of Figurative Art.
Here's a little trick I've seen Ignat Ignatov and Jeremy Lipking do to their brushes.
You can fix a brush that's become somewhat uneven in the bristles. Place this uneven bristled brush in between cardboard and clip it overnight or for 24 hours. The brush will then have that razor sharp edge again that it once had when it was new.
Ignat places his brushes in between the cardboard when they are dry, but I suppose they could be wet as well.
It really helps when painting to have a very flat brush when trying to make an accurate stroke.
He is a very accomplished artist and paints not only figure pieces but landscape and still life. I am currently talking a portrait class from him and I am enjoying it greatly.
He is a very humble, calm personality and is very giving in his teaching. Even though I have been painting for a number of years I really needed a shot in the arm concerning my technique and its been a revelation to work with him and receive his concise critiques about working from the live model.
Please go to his wonderful website to see more of his paintings and to join his mailing list.
I haven't posted in a while. I had some problems with my last painting about death and the devil. I'm gonna completely change the male figure and replace it for a female figure. So while I wait for that new model to arrive that will allow me to make those changes, here's a little preview of what I'm working on right now.
final drawing with a few changes.
I'm making a color sketch right now and I'll be stretching a canvas up in a few minutes. I'll be painting this at 25" x 24 ".