My Father the Model.
September 26, 2008, 9:54 am
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Oil sketch of my Dad, 12x12", oil on panel

Oil sketch of my Dad, 12x12

For anyone that has seen my work before, the man in the above oil sketch may look familiar… it’s my Dad.  The new session of my Thursday night portrait class is up and running.  The only problem that we ran into, was a previous commitment from our usual model for Thursday, September 25th.  That left me with a class of eager portrait painters, and no one to paint. 

As I have done many times in the past, I turned to my dad for help. And as he has done many times in the past, he was happy to lend a hand, or in this case, a head.  I suppose it is possible that I am a bit biased, but he one of the best models that I have worked with!

portrait class, painters in action.

portrait class, painters in action.portrait clss, painters in action

My set up

My set up

Here’s a look at my set up next the model himself.  I am working on a 12×12″ panel.  I started by toning the panel with transparent red oxide.  I then went in with a neutral gray, and drew out the big shapes of the head. 

The next step way laying in the shadow, and building up the half tones.  Because of the orange tone left on the panel, I was able to leave some areas blank, and just let the tone show through.  I finally ended with the pinks and oranges that made up the lights of his face.

Back to School
Drawing class at The Atelier

Drawing class at The Atelier

After a great summer break, my weekly portrait class has begun again at The Atelier in Minneapolis.  After our first night, last night, I think this is going to be a really great group to work with. I’m lucky as a teacher to have several returning student.  It’s always nice to think that people take a class from you, learned something, and had a good enough time along the way to want to do it again.

My portrait class runs for 15 weeks in the main figure room at The Atelier.  For anyone interested, I do have a couple of spots left.

Cast drawing

Cast drawing

The images above were discovered in The Atelier archives.  They feature a much younger Jeffrey Smith as a first year student at The Atelier way back in 1999.