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David Jon Kassan - Brooklyn Artist

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week 10/07 Portrait workshop with David Kassan - Page 3 Okay, back home with better computer access so here's how my "collab" with David Kassan turned out. He also worked on the painting, hence I'm calling it a collab rather than my own work. I'm not sure that all the colors/values are totally correct but I don't have the original to check it with now, so it'll have to do. I wasn't happy with the mouth at the end. It's not 'him'. Peter de Sève A Sketchy Past, The Art of Peter de Sève In this exquisite monograph, world-renowned illustrator and character designer Peter de Sève shows his favorite published and unpublished works. Inventive, eccentric, and often irreverent, they represent a lifetime of drawing... a very sketchy past. Copiously illustrated with hundreds of paintings and drawings, including never-before-published New Yorker cover roughs, behind-the-scenes animation development artwork, and personal sketches, A Sketchy Past is the first comprehensive survey of de Sève's work. A career-spanning biographical essay written by historian Amid Amidi, along with comments from de Sève throughout the book, offer a unique insight into his approach to illustration and his artistic process.

David Kassan Workshop I was lucky enough to go to a three day David Kassan Drawing Workshop in early December 2011 at the Townsend Atelier in Chattanooga TN. The weekend started with a free public drawing demo by David at the Hunter Museum of Art on Thursday night. David uses binoculars for seeing detail and true shapes. I've seen demos of his using them before on line and I always thought they would be used at the end for details but they are actually used early on, to see areas of dark and light more accurately. Here he is using a mahl stick with a hook on the end that can rest on the top of the drawing when he isn't using it.

Keiko Tanabe - Blog About nine years ago, I started out both as a plein-air painter and as a studio artist. As a watercolorist who paints in both environments, I have come to realize that there are unique qualities in each type of work. A painting done on location is my direct response to the landscape. I attempt to capture the whole experience of being there. David Kassan's video has arrived! For those who aren't familiar, here's the promo for the DVD: I bought it as soon as I learned it had been released, and I thought I'd share my thoughts. I've bought many art DVDs over the years, and I have to say this one is the best I've seen. Portfolio - Life Drawing Portrait Demonstration Using Oil By David Jon Kassan My first intention for this demonstration was to do a quick study in oil, without a preliminary drawing, of the model’s eyes, but as I started working, I found the model’s face compelling. I decided to block in the face at a life-size scale and see how much of it would fit on the 8×10 support with which I’d started. I thought it would be fun to see the face emerging from the surface, so I created a time-lapse film of the entire demonstration for my YouTube page. Only the initial stages of the painting process are seen in the step-by-step demonstration shown here.

Calvin & Hobbes Snow Art Vasari! Well, I'm sold. I've been skeptical about Vasari, partly due to the lack of detailed pigment info. They sounded a bit distant on the phone, and were reluctant to talk about pigments or technical specs. Awkward, because the only other point of reference for most is the online color chart. They don't have vendors in major cities. After raves from some of my rather accomplished artist friends, I finally visited the Vasari office.

Weekend with the Masters - David Jon Kassan demo David Jon Kassan is an artist I was really excited to meet and study with at the painting conference I recently attended, American Artist's Weekend With the Masters, in Monterey, California. Aside from his technique and acute observational abilities, Kassan has been an artist I've admired for his subject matter and unusual juxtaposition of realist figures against street art or other interesting abstract textures. I've also enjoyed the videos he has put together, particularly a portrait on an ipad tablet using the ArtRage app as well as traditional portrait sessions of people around where he lives in Brooklyn, NY. If you haven't watched them yet, be sure to check out his blog and enjoy. From Kassan's artist statement on his website: My influences are understandably just as contradictory as they have fed and connected my perspective on painting.