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Caricature with Jason Seiler – Week 5

Week 5 at “The Art of Caricature with Jason Seiler” introduces us to color. To keep the color harmony, we use of a split-complementary color palette, which quickly simplifies the colors to choose from. Jason offers 2 methods of painting:

  • a) Colorizing a value based underpainting
  • b) Painting in color from the get go

Below is my process from sketch to painting for a caricature of Robin Williams.

Caricature with Jason Seiler – Week 4

On week 4, Seiler encourages us to continue practicing value-based painting.
Our assignment is to pick any person we’d like to paint, gather reference, do sketches and proceed to do the value painting.
For this assignment I chose to do Mexico’s president: Enrique Peña Nieto, along with his always fashionable hairstyle.

Caricature with Jason Seiler – Week 3

On week 3, we focus entirely on values. Jason provided us with a sketch and photo of his friend Gary. After watching Jason doing a value painting in Photoshop, it was our turn do our version.

Key steps to consider:

  • Define a value scale with Dark, mid-tone, light tone and white
  • At the beginning, apply a mid-tone (close to the skin of the character) to the overall painting
  • Do no get caught up in a specific facial feature. Instead look at the shape and determine the most appropriate value, given the surroundings.
  • In a way, your job as a painter is similar to the job of a reporter: You observe and report what you see, now back in your canvas.

Below is the process for my week 3 assignment:

Caricature with Jason Seiler – Week 2

On week 2, Jason stresses the importance of  shapes and their relationships in the face, by observing:

  • What comes out, and what is indented.
  • What is the longest, and what is the most narrow.
  • Where is the widest part in the face
  • How much character comes out from the flawed symmetry of the face

On our assignment, we explored the head shapes of the 3 citizens and we developed a final drawing of Nancy Pelosi.

Caricature with Jason Seiler – Week 1

This past Tuesday June 24, I started my online class The Art of Caricature with Jason Seiler at Schoolism.
Jason is a fantastic teacher whose illustrations and paintings have been featured as covers and interiors of  Rolling Stone, TIME, The New York Times, etc. and over the course of 9 weeks, Jason will teach his principles and techniques when doing caricature.

Week 1 focuses on basic concepts like:

  • Inner and outer head
  • Defining where do we want to put the “weight” in the face.
  • Looking for simple shapes
  • The importance of the relationship of the features in the face

Our first assignment was to do about 15 caricatures of the citizens photographed by our teacher, as well as final pencil rendering of Tom Hanks. I have to confess that I had a very hard time trying to capture the likeness of the subjects! My plan is to use this week’s piece about Tom Hanks as a reference of my skill level, and to redo it once the class is over in order to compare the improvement.
Below are my assignments for week 1… now unto week 2! 🙂

Figure Drawing at Silver’s Academy

This past Tuesday 6/24 was a total blast: From 7pm to 10pm I was at the Uninstructed Figure Drawing Night at Silver’s Academy in Sun Valley, CA. Our talented model “Mark” posed for us in all his expressiveness in poses ranging from one to 8 minutes.

Classic rock tunes blasting from the speakers at the academy, set the vibe for an awesome night. During breaks, we had a chance to munch on mini-doughnuts, cookies as well meeting other talented artists.

Below are some of the drawings that survived an accidental spill of beverage I had – better be more careful when bringing protein shake to a drawing session! 🙂


Figure Drawing with Karl Gnass – Week 1

This past Friday June 13th I attended my very first Figure Drawing from Top to Bottom with Karl Gnass class, which runs from June to September at the American Animation Institute in Burbank, CA.
We had a packed classroom with 28 of us, drawing our female model Linette, in poses lasting 2 mins, 3 mins and 5mins.


Highlights from Week 1:

  • It’s of primary importance to develop your own general model of the human figure, so that you can measure it against all models  in front of you.
  • When drawing from a model, you are not only copying, but rather telling a story based on:
    • What you see
    • What your imagination adds up

3 Stages of drawing:

  1. Gesture – Tell me a story in a few lines as possible, depicting landmarks for the 8 parts of the body (You do this using your intuition, like an idea).
  2. Formulation – This is the cerebral part, you add shape and volumes, check lengths and widths.
  3. Vocabulary – With your knowledge of anatomy, you trace the organic forms of the muscles and tissue.

3 ways to draw:

  1. Across the figure , with long lines of action
  2. Around the figure, drawing through your shapes
  3. Through the figure, becomes useful when drawing obstructed forms.


Throughout the day I had the chance to draw 41 poses, shown below:

Highlights from Character Design with Stephen Silver

From March to May 2014, I took the 8-week class Character Design with Stephen Silver. After having taken a series of online classes, this was my first “in-person” class, and I could not be happier about it.


The dedication and camaraderie of my classmates, along the unparalleled passion and sense of community that Stephen infuses in each lesson,  make of this class a remarkable experience.
Below are some highlights from each week.

Week 1: Keys to successful drawing

  • S – Story
  • G – Gesture
  • D – Design
  • F – Form
  • D – Detail

Assignment w1: Design “Mr. Boldwig” who is a stout, pink-faced, gingery man with boyish eyes, fat, jovial, kind hearted old man in his fifties.


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Dynamic Sketch II – Week 8

Week 8 is a recap and polishing of previous work. We retouch and organize the best pieces from previous weeks and present them all with a consistent layout.
My final design project for the class is the completed “Atlantean Hovercraft”.


Perspective – Week 8

In week 8, we study Parallel Light (Sun Light) and we present our final 3-point scene.


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