Master the art of portrait drawing with professor of illustration, Craig Nelson. With this instructional DVD workshop, Drawing a Duotone Portrait, you will soon master portrait drawing, following the logical and intuitive progression Craig has refined.
Craig Nelson emphasizes logical order while drawing. He compares his drawing process to focusing a photograph. He builds layers of soft lines and swatches of tone, then rapidly sharpens his subject with crisp edges and bold darks.
You see Craig translate angles from his source photo to his paper, as he looks for reference points to guide him. He completes a gentle outline of his subject then dusts in a layer of tone. With tissue and fingertips, Craig diffuses blocks of color to avoid locking in detail too early in the drawing.
With his value in place, Craig finishes the drawing with dark charcoal lines and deliberate strokes. He carves out the well worn character of his subjects face and lifts out highlights with a kneaded eraser. Throughout the workshop, Craig emphasizes restraint, under doing each step until he finds the right moment to bring his subject into focus. As he adds last details to the nose and chin, you'll see this logical, intuitive process come to fruition.
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Craig Nelson has been teaching for over 30 years and is currently the director of Fine Art, Drawing and Painting at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco.
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Bonus Clip: "Highlighing with an Eraser in a Charcoal Portrait"
CONVERSATION WITH CRAIG NELSON
In this relaxed, candid conversation with Craig Nelson we asked him questions we thought you would most like to ask if you could have dinner with an artist.
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ABOUT CRAIG NELSON
Since 1970, Dr. Craig Nelson has been depicting figures landscapes and various environments in rich vibrant oils. His passion for the subjects relates directly to his brush work, weaving mood and emotion into each work of art.
After graduating from Art Center College of Design with distinction, Craig began his career working in Los Angeles for recording companies and motion picture studios, creating portraits and other subjects with strict deadlines. Craig's countless movie posters include "The Cowboys", "Slapshot", and "Homeward Bound" among many others. His album cover credits include, "Sammy Davis Jr. Live", "Rick Nelson, Country" and "Natalie Cole, Thankful" along with many more.
Collectors include, James Garner, Neil Simon, Toyota Corporation, UCLA Dental and Law School, the U.S. Air Force, UCSF Dental School and many more. He has won over 200 awards of excellence and several gold medals. The "Arts for the Parks" national competition awarded Craig the Grand Teton Natural History Award for a painting entitled "Dining Alone". His work is collected in the United States, Asia as well as Europe.
In 1974 Craig began teaching at Art Center College of Design and for the past 23 years has been sharing his knowledge at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where he is Director of Fine Art MFA & BFA, Drawing and Painting.
Craig is currently a signature member of the California Art Club, and a member of the Portrait Society of America. Craig's books "60 Minutes to Better Painting" and "The Drawing Bible" published by North Light are now available. He teaches two to three workshops a year which have gained in popularity attracting students from all over the United States and Europe. Craig's annual Figurative Painting workshop and his Sonoma Plein Air Painting workshop are held in Santa Rosa, California. His European Painting workshops have covered many areas throughout Italy and France and this summer will be travel through Austria and the Italian alps.
Craig created seven art videos with Creative Catalyst:
Quick Studies: Studies in Under an Hour (in Oil) with Craig Nelson
Learn more in less time with Quick Studies. DVD PREVIEW Craig Nelson's exciting one-hour sessions help you hone your skills without spending days on a single painting. Craig's dynamic approach works with any subject matter.
A Quick Studies Oil Portrait From Life with Craig Nelson
Craig Nelson uses his quick studies approach to develop a portrait of an in-studio model, in a logical manner, from a line drawing to a beautiful three dimensional portrait. Craig discusses and demonstrates: lighting; preparing the painting surface; developing a...
Drawing with Pastel and Charcoal: Tips and Techniques with Craig Nelson
This DVD drawing workshop with Craig Nelson is great for anyone interested in drawing, whether you want to improve your painting skills or just enjoy knocking out a quick sketch. DVD PREVIEW Part of what you learn is how to...
Drawing a Duotone Portrait with Craig Nelson
Master the art of portrait drawing with professor of illustration, Craig Nelson. With this instructional DVD workshop, Drawing a Duotone Portrait, you will soon master portrait drawing, following the logical and intuitive progression Craig has refined. DVD PREVIEW Craig Nelson...
Drawing Gesture in Charcoal & Pastel with Craig Nelson
A reference photo of a dancer allows Craig Nelson to emphasize gesture in a charcoal drawing and capture an exciting pose not possible with a live model.
A Solid Start in Oil Painting: Still Life with Craig Nelson
Stop staring at blank canvas and start painting. With Craig Nelson's simple method for still life, you'll overcome your hesitation and kick start your career in oil. DVD PREVIEW You'll develop foundation skills, create a path for improvement, and even...
Plein Air in Oil with Craig Nelson
Capture the mood of a moment with Craig Nelson's Plein air oil painting techniques. In this oil DVD workshop, you'll learn to be observant and decisive enough to paint inviting landscapes within the time constraint of a shifting sun. DVD...