Steve's Portrait-Start method starts with a simple accurate drawing. Then, he premixes color values so that the lights, halftones, and shadows are applied to reveal structure, Later in the process more details and colors are added.
Steve will share his methods and color choices for accurate flesh tones.
SCHEDULE: Three days, 9:15-4:45 each day.
Day 1: (Saturday)
In the morning Steve will demo a portrait start.
He will share his palette and how to mix the paints for a successful portrait start..
In the afternoon participants will paint a three-hour start. One model will be provided for every four artists.
Day 2: (Tuesday):
In the morning Steve will demo "day two" of a portrait.
Participants will paint a second three hour portrait start.
Day 3: (Sunday):
Participants will continue their portraits, doing a "day two" on each one.
THIS WORKSHOP WOULD BE HELPFUL FOR SERIOUS ARTISTS WHO WANT TO OVERCOME HURDLES IN THEIR PORTRAIT PAINTING PROCESS.
Here's what one artist said after attending a recent Steven Levin workshop:
The Portrait painting workshop was wonderful. Steve is a great teacher! After years of instruction and struggling with skin tones, I finally have a pallet and method that works for me. The way he uses his colors to make separate paint puddles of base tones, and figuring out value and color temperature is so logical. In addition, I learned a lot about painting portraits in general from his wealth of knowledge and experience, interacting with student’s questions. And, I’ve adopted one of his painting techniques to the way I paint still life as well.
What a master! I will be incorporating and using what I learned over the weekend for the rest of my life.
Mark Marcuson; workshop participant
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ABOUT STEVEN J. LEVIN
Though trained in the Boston School tradition, Levin has undertaken a somewhat different direction and brought a unique point of view to his work. He cites the works of Jan Vermeerand Edward Hopperas among two of his strongest influences. His rich use of tone and compositional skill sets him apart from his contemporaries.
Levin has exhibited widely and been featured in prestigious group and solo shows in San Francisco, New York, London, Beijing, and Barcelona. He has been featured on the cover of American Artist Magazine and also has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes in national competitions including the American Society of Portrait Artists, the Allied Artists of America, the Portrait Institute, American Artist Magazine, the Artist’s Magazine, the Oil Painters of Americaand the American Artists Professional League. Most recently, he is the First Prize recipient for the ARC 2016 Salon in the still life category. He is represented by Cavalier Gallery of New York and Tree’s Place Gallery on Cape Cod.
Levin lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota.