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Drawn to Painting

with Rob Zeller
Drawn to Painting
Join artist Rob Zeller for a dynamic, comprehensive introduction to creating a drawing based on a cast, then use your drawing skills as a springboard to create a painting.
Discover the rich world of value and composition as you learn to add dimension, light and form to a drawing that you'll go on to transpose into an oil painting. Simple drawing exercises will train your eye to break large objects into basic geometric shapes. Then venture into an exploration of the classical concepts of beauty and form. Teacher and artist Rob Zeller walks you through the process of drawing from a cast before teaching you how to carry the same ideas over to a beautifully defined oil painting.
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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Meet Rob Zeller

  • Meet Zeller, learn about skull proportions, portraiture and how to draw from a cast.


Lesson 2. Blocking In the Drawing

  • Sketch facial features and define light and shadow shapes. Learn tips for drawing eyes and hair.


Lesson 3. Adding Value to Your Drawing

  • Learn to apply smooth-transitioning values to your drawing.


Lesson 4. Transferring the Drawing

  • Go over painting supplies and prep work, including transferring your drawing to your art board.


Lesson 5. Painting a Value Scale

  • Learn oil painting basics and how to mix different values.


Lesson 6. Starting Your Painting

  • Start painting in shadows and transitioning values through the cheek, jaw and left eye.


Lesson 7. Building Up the Painting

  • Focus on refining the eye and paint the rest of the face.


Lesson 8. Finishing Touches

  • Learn to finish a wet or dry painting and refine the hair.

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