Monday, June 28, 2010

iPad finger painting by David Kassan

Here Kassan gives us a reason to buy the iPad, as he draws a portrait of (a much less homeless looking) Henry Oelkers.

Friday, March 12, 2010

David Leffel demonstration

Karen Phipps attended a David Leffel workshop last year, and snapped these pics. The approach was a bit different than Leffel had done in videos, but the final result is the same.

Click photos for more detail

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Landscape painting to live orchestra.

Eleanor Blair paints onstage with the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra (Evans Haile conducting) at the University Auditorium on February 5, 2010. To see more of Eleanor Blair's paintings visit

Friday, January 22, 2010

Fantastic charcoal portrait DVD by David Kassan

Here's David's DVD trailer page. He apparently took a homeless man and hired him for an on-camera portrait session. The piece is truly masterful. It had me reaching for my credit card, but alas, there's no link for pre-orders, so I am on the list to be informed when this great DVD is released. Looks like he uses some techniques I haven't seen before, so I'm definitely buying!

No point posting his YouTube videos one by one. Here's his blog, where he posts lots of awesome stuff.

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Another Rob Liberace video released.

I told you more were coming. Here's a great figure-drawing video, done with a live model holding a dynamic pose. I hate to think what my models would say if I asked for this!

Here's the product page on Rob's site.

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

New Robert Liberace DVD

I've been a fan of Robert's for years. Yesterday I learned that he started publishing DVDs, and I immediately went to his website and ordered!

Here's a sampling of his DVD material. Note that this video shows clips from several DVDs that are in the works. You won't see all of these featured works on the DVD that is currently available.

Somebody stop me before I buy them all!

Look for a feature article about Robert Liberace on newsstands. American Artist has a "Workshop" issue with a lengthy article. That's how I learned about the DVDs!

Friday, May 08, 2009

Preview of Zhaoming Wu's upcoming DVD

This is Wu's third video. I've bought the first two, and I guess I won't be able to resist this one either.

Here's the link if you want to buy.

Here's Wu's website.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Steven Assael Demo

This demo doesn't give any written instruction, but I found the images (hi-res!!!) to be very instructive... especially the early stages.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Steven Assael Film

I don't mention Steven Assael much here because of the lack of demonstrations I've found. But this is nearly a demonstration. Steven draws a beautiful figure drawing in pencil and discusses his approach to art. Steven is a superstar of modern realism, and his work... how can I say this?... rocks.

If your computer can manage HQ and full screen viewing, I recommend you use both.

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Sunday, April 05, 2009

Philip de Laszlo painting a mannequin

An interesting peek at his process. All artists should wear formal attire while painting!

For the record, the definition of mannequin includes live fashion models. Or, at least, it did in those days.

Silent black and white video.

Main site.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Nicolas Uribe oil portrait demo

Sunday, August 10, 2008

David Jon Kassen video

This video is on the American Artist website, which has lots of good tutorials.

David's drawing demonstrates some very important principles. Large shapes are more important than small ones. Pattens of light and shadow, not details, establish the drawing.

Here's Kassan's website.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Extra-Large Scott Burdick Painting

Scott composed this large work from eight photos he culled from the 1000 he took at an event in India. This isn't in his demos section of his site, and doesn't go into great detail, but shows the different approach needed for tackling large, complex paintings.

Really nice work!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Ron Hicks Oil Portrait Sketch

Here's a step-by-step in oils by Ron Hicks. It's a wonderful and sensitive piece.

It took me a few minutes to remember where I had heard of him. It was on the website. The site has won awards for having the longest domain name of any art website!

Here's Hicks' web site.

Bill Perkins Painting demo

Saturday, February 23, 2008

The Carder Method

I don't usually like painting methods that are inorganic and formulaic, but I have to admit that The Carder Method stands out for a few reasons. First, Mark Carder's work is on a much higher plane than I expected, and second, he has created a really cool color checker device to help choose correct colors. Third, his students seem to do pretty well with it.

I would warn against constructing an entire painting by using dividers and a color checker. I think they're great tools to check your work, but put yourself into it, and don't let the devices make all your decisions.

Here's a page of sample video clips from his DVD.

Here's Carder's portraiture website.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Another Lipking video

Here's another Lipking demo. Not the best video quality, sorry to say, but you get a feel for his method.

Looking at Jeremy's site, It appears that his new DVD has been released, and at a lower cost than I expected!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Cat with Wisteria

This was a bit of serendipity. I had been battling some out-of-control wisteria in my yard, and looked to YouTube for gardening answers, when I came across this delightful watercolor demo of a calico cat with, you guessed it... wisteria.

I was spellbound. I'm in the middle of a ten-year love affair with my own calico, and this really caught my imagination.


Friday, February 01, 2008

Countdown to Jeremy Lipking's video

I previously posted about Jeremy. He's a shining star in the realist world today. A real talent.

He emailed me this morning to announce he will soon be releasing his long-awaited DVD.

Here's a teaser...

Here's Jeremy's website.

Published by Tony Pro

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Great YouTube video by Seamus Berkeley

What a great portrait! He worked in oils on paper*. I'd really like to try that, but have so little time to paint at all these days.

Here's Seamus' website.

*Correction... See comments. It was on loose canvas. Thanks Seamus.

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Zhaoming Wu video released!

Stop the presses! I just saw that Wu's first video has been released!!! I've been checking the publisher's website weekly for about a year anticipating this. It won't disappoint.

Here's the publisher's page, which gives a hint at Wu's technique.

You can rent it at this link, but be prepared to wait. (I'm in line ahead of you!).

Here's his website.

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Istvan Sandorfi painting from photos

This French artist demonstrates how he paints a collage-like picture from photo references. He combines vintage images with new photos of his own model for an slightly surreal effect. All work is done from photos.

Here's Sandorfi's main site

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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

The best Figure Drawing books ever

That's the assessment of this blogger. All of the books are available for download.

They may have an out-dated look, but they're full of timeless instruction.

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Friday, September 07, 2007

How to draw Einstein

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Lon Haverly videos

I've known Lon from an oline forum I frequent these last few years. He's drawn literally thousands of portraits from live models -- a wealth of experience any of us would envy, as models are usually hard to come by.

Lon was in business drawing portraits in a mall for many years. Talk about pressure. He had to get it right every time. Later, he had his own public television show. I never saw the show, as it was not available in my area, but I assume these Google videos are actual clips from the program.

Be sure to visit his website as well.

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Monday, August 06, 2007

Aldo Balding Demo

Aldo Balding hails from Kingston Surrey, England. I first heard of him in 2003 when he burst onto the Strokes of Genius portrait artist forum, and declared the American artists to be "absurd" for their excessive flattery of their sitters.

He was right, of course, but made few friends in the process.

A skilled portraitist, his website, and his blog chronical his ongoing quest for honesty in portraiture.

Here's a recent demo he posted on WetCanvas.

Thanks to A B Alding (I'm not kidding) for submitting this oil portrait demo. :)

UPDATE: Here's another one by Aldo


Friday, July 06, 2007

New Dan Thompson video

Here's another reader contributed link.

American Artist Magazine's website has a great new video by Dan Thompson. He works with a live model, and starts out with only one color, and two brushes (one to apply paint, and another to erase). He works his way up to a two-tone grisaille by the end of the video.

This is a work in progress. The text above the video promises part two will be coming soon. At the beginning, Thompson laid out "twenty or thirty colors", and only used two, so it's possible this will stretch into a three-part demo.

Here's Dan's website.

And, check out all these other demos at the American Artist site!

Thanks Dierdre.

UPDATE: Here's the second and final video.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

New Scott Burdick Demo

Burdick has added yet another great demo to his website. I love these. I wish Susan would do another one too.

Rent Scott Burdick videos from SmartFlix.


Sunday, June 24, 2007

Douglas Flint -- Still Life in Oil

Douglas Flint shows his step by step process for developing a still life from a setup in his studio. He starts with a more detailed drawing than most, and uses a fairly gray palette.

Visit Flint's website.

William Hosner still life -- Reprint from American Artist Magazine

Like many, Bill Hosner started his art career in the grueling illustration field. This is a baptism by fire that teaches quick visualization and accuracy, but from which many artists long to escape. Hosner now works as a fine artist, and has posted on his website a reprint of an American Artist Magazine article featuring his pastel technique.


Saturday, June 23, 2007

Art Classes on

This is a reader-submitted link (thanks, Dave). offers video classes on a variety of topics, including art lessons by Ron Lemen. Ron's videos seem to be professionally produced, and full-length. This is an excellent free resource that may become a pay service in the future (I'm speculating) so enjoy it now!


Time Lapse portrait by Barrett Bailey

Someone on Wet Canvas posted this a while back, but I'm just discovering it now. Barrett Bailey has an impressive CV and over 15 years experience as a professional artist. In this video demonstration, he compresses a two-and-a-half-hour drawing process into a two minute video. Check out his website for more drawings and other great stuff!

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Jeremy Lipking Demo

Jeremy Lipking has made quite a splash for such a young artist. Don't hate him for his talent. Learn from him.

One thing I like is his use of grays, and those cool flesh tones.

His website has a teaser promising an upcoming video. You can bet it will be a hit.

This great demo is not on his website. I don't know why, but who cares! He's sharing some great stuff here.

Hey Jeremy, we want that video!!!

Note: Lipking leaves great Easter eggs on his site. Some of his paintings are clickable. Click for a detailed close-up Here, and here and here (my favorite) and here.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Picasso work in progress

Here's a Picasso in progress filmed in 1955 by French director, Henri-Georges Clouzot, who also filmed Picasso creating 20 artworks. The film is now available in DVD format, which (as luck would have it) is also available through NetFlix. So I get to see it free! Yes, it's already at the top of my queue.

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Thursday, December 07, 2006

John Budicin's Plein Aire Landscapes

Here's another link sent by Dierdre. This very nice demo shows the very simple massing of forms in the early stages of a plien aire landscape painting.

John Budicin paints outdoors from life, never photos. "When I want to paint, I head out the door to find a scene that will spark my interest. This may take hours, or it may take minutes."
He says.

He begins with elementary shapes and colors, making them more specific as he works the painting.

Very nice stuff.

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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Huihan Lui

Huihan Liu studied at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art in China. Here is a three-hour demonstration he conducted at the Donner Ranch in New Mexico in 2002. These are stills from a home video, but the technique shows through, and there is ample narration by Ron Sanders.

Special thanks to Dierdre for providing the link

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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Nathan Fowkes charcoal portrait

Painterly Realism: Constructing a painting from your photographs

Roger Bansemer videos online

Friday, November 17, 2006

Demonstrations & Interviews at

I was delighted to find that my little blog is at the top of the Google search results for "art demonstrations", so I decided to see who was in the number two spot.

I found this very nice collection of demonstrations and interviews from

Monday, September 18, 2006

Craig Nelson Snippets

Craig Nelson has several DVDs on the market, and I just ordered one, but I have never watched one. To entice the buyer, his publisher offers these short promotional videos that are like a brief demonstration in themselves.

In fact, the website offers tons of snippets for various artists.

Rent Craig Nelson's DVD videos here

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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Philip de László Paints a portrait

This is a reprint of an old black and white article of a painting demonstration by Philip Alexius de László, who was a contemporary of Sargent.

While you're there, check out the rest of the site. A great resource provided by Cynthia Daniel of A Stroke of Genius.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Finally, An Advanced Charcoal DVD

Don't you just love the great charcoal work being done these days! The online tutorials are few and far between, and don't compare to watching the artist at work.

Today I learned that Casey Baugh has published a DVD demonstrating advanced charcoal techniques. It's inexpensive for an art DVD, and it's also available for rent at SmartFlix

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Thursday, August 10, 2006

Landscape Painting on Location with Roger Bansemer

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Free Newsletter with Lessons offers free art lessons by email, in their monthly newsletter. The newsletter concentrates heavily on drawing. You know how I feel about drawing. It's abolutely essential, so you might as well take advantage of the free lessons!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Portrait with Skidmarks -- Chris Saper

Chris paints a portrait, then drives her SUV over it. Skidmarks aside, it's a good demo.

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Monday, March 06, 2006

Jazz Art by Ann DeLorge

Ann is a local artist (at least to me she is), who paints abstracts of jazz scenes, as well as depictions of some of New Orleans' other favorite subects.

Here she demonstrates how she paints a jazz painting.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Still-Life Demo Video

This is a 30-minute video. Just click the play button and sit back.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Clayton Beck

I picked up a copy of American Artist (Dec. 2005) at the library today and saw their cover story on Clayton Beck.

His cover painting reminded me of Scott Burdick's work. I went to his site and found two demos online. One for an oil portrait, and one for a charcoal portrait.

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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Another Bill Whitaker Demo

This one was painted from a live model at the Scottsdale Artists School.

Bill's style is very highly finished, yet he doesn't draw a detailed drawing, or use grids, or other such nonsense. A lesson to us all. How-To DVD Rental