Monday, December 08, 2014

Holiday Coupon for my Online courses!!

Season's Greetings Everyone! All of us at LAAFA wanted to offer a SPECIAL HOLIDAY COUPON for my new online courses! "Dynamic Color Sketching" just wrapped and is now available as a self study, and the second course, "VISUAL STORYTELLING; MOVIE MOMENTS PART1" will start in March 2015. Please check out "LAAFA's website for complete details and get this while it lasts.
I wish you all the very best this holiday season!
Here's the link:

Friday, July 11, 2014

Color quick sketching on the iPad.

Color Quick Sketching on the iPad

Hi Guys,
Here are a few more examples of color scribbles- this time on my iPad.
Each one was done in an attempt to capture the moment and less is always more when painting fast!

I really can't over communicate the importance of setting up compositions with bold value and clean color, and of course the most illusive of them all - Soul!


I constantly strive for more than just trying to literally capture the moment- 
"Soul" is the goal and it keeps you loose and free to explore your feelings. As artists we are trying to say something. We sit down to paint something because we were excited about it, but so many times we end up chasing a technique or struggle with our abilities, and forget about the fun we wanted to have in the first place. We also have the tendency to over do our paintings.

I have done that too many times to count!
I try to move as fast as I can, looking for just the right combination of shapes and color to produce the moment in the least amount of time.

In my Online Class we will talk a lot about all 
of this, but in the meantime have a great weekend and keep painting and enjoy yourselves!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

"Dynamic Color Sketching for Entertainment"- My new online line class with LAAFA.

Introducing my first online class!
I've been fortunate to teach at Art Center for many years, but this is my first online class with the LAAFA! I feel very proud to have been invited to instruct with this amazing school.

I have developed an intensive course, which is centered around the art of Emotional color sketching.  I use this way of working everyday on the job.

The goal is to paint professional, bold images as quickly as possible. Good enough to sell to your client.

I live by the 10 minute rule... "Throw the painting out if my gut tells me it's not working after 10 minutes!"

 I will introduce you to the art of making bold choices and making them very fast in order to create a sketch that will tell the story and look presentable on it's own!!

We will start with 30 second paintings, and work up to 10 minutes. After doing lots of 10 minute paintings, we will then have the luxury of using 2 hours to finish the final image. It sounds crazy and it is!! This will be FUN!!!

"As students of art, we learn early on to sketch quickly from a live model. 30 second to 10 minute poses are common in all art programs, but 30 second to ten minute color speed painting from both film and imagination are not. In this course students will be pushed beyond their limits to think quickly to create bold engaging paintings in full color. All levels are welcome."   -Sam 

Check it out here

Or use for early registration.
Space will be limited so if you're interested get on over and sign up!
I look forward to seeing you online.

Check out these examples of mood painting done to help stage a scene and to help sell the entire film!
We will be focusing on this type of Dynamic sketching.

One of the classes will be dedicated to a live traditional Gouache painting demo! I love real paint, and want to share my process for attacking these sketches without the "UNDO" button!