Creative Catalyst Productions - Figure Painting Techniques in Acrylic (Quick Studies) with Craig Nelso

Figure Painting Techniques in Acrylic (Quick Studies) with Craig Nelson


Artist: Craig Nelson
Producer: North Light
SKU: 22-CN9d
Runtime: 95 mins
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Whether you have 20, 30, or 40 minutes to paint, learn how to work within a time frame to achieve the results you want!


Some may question the purpose of setting a limited time-frame for figure painting studies, but artist Craig Nelson explains the benefits. It allows you to become more decisive, focus on what matters, and embrace the imperfections rather than dwelling on capturing every detail perfectly. With Craig's instructive advice, you will learn about color mixing, use of brush strokes, and how to use a palette to its fullest potential. By working your way through 3 separate paintings, you will be able to capture gestures, depict faces, and add accents to your figure.

This Video Features:

  • The 20-Minute Figure - Male in sunglasses
  • The 30-Minute Figure-Girl on Beach
  • The 40-Minute Figure - Man on Bench
  • Color Mixing
  • Laying in Shapes
  • Negative Painting and Adjusting
  • Carving in the Shape
  • Intensifying Light and Shadow
  • Easy-to-follow art lessons from an experienced workshop and painting instructor

Titanium White
Yellow Oxide, Naples Yellow, or Yellow Ochre
Cadmium red light
Alizarin crimson
Ultramarine blue
Cerulean Blue
Sap, Veridian, or Hooker’s Green
Burnt Umber

Bristle flat nos. 8 or 10 and 4 or 6
Sable brushes ¾-in. or ½-in.
Liner brush

Hardboard with Gesso’d surface
Cold-press board
Toned surface (combo Gesso and acrylics)

Wax Paper Palette (gray)
Paper towels
Water bucket


About Craig Nelson

Craig Nelson has been creating portraits and scenic environments since the 1970s. His expertise has been sought after by motion picture studios and recording studios to create posters and album covers. He has over 200 awards of excellence and won the Grand Teton Natural History Award. His collections are all over the United States, Europe, and Asia. A teacher for the Art Center College of Design, in San Francisco, he conducts workshops over the year and has two published books, 3 videos with NorthLight and 7 DVD workshops with Creative Catalyst Productions.