Kevin Beilfuss Workshop Nuggets!What a great week of instruction and inspiration! Kevin is a very warm, generous instructor with a sense of humor and great humility. I enjoyed the workshop so much. We had lovely models and did 2 to 3 poses a day, drawing with oil and a tortillon. A tortillon (The french name for //; or blending stump) is a cylindrical drawing tool, tapered at the ends and usually made of rolled paper, used by artists to smudge or blend marks made with charcoal, Conté crayon, pencil or other drawing media.
A few shots of his head study of Brenna.
Some key lessons & reminders:
- Don't draw what you think you are seeing. Draw the shapes around the subject
- Five darks of the face, all 'under' planes 1. Under brows 2. under eye 3. under nose 4. under upper lip 5. under lower lip (chin)
- First stage drawing, create an envelope where your subject will fit in.
- His instructor, Carolyn Anderson's advice, "Look for and create areas that act like fireflies, catching the eye and moving you around the canvas."
- "Everyone has the will to succeed, but not everyone has the will to prepare, develop the skill and do the work to succeed."
- "If you have an ego, park it at the door. If you don't have an ego, park that at the door too. We are all the same & will be learning something new. You will see the difference when you get home and apply what you are learning." Great workshop advice!!
- Kevin admits to using 'bells & whistles' in his paintings, but cautions, "No amount of bells & whistles can save a bad drawing.