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February 12, 2015
(One Day)

Louisville, CO
(Just outside of Boulder)

Subject: Basics of Contrast and Textures
Drawing Workshop

Registration

OPENING SOON
Drawing Class Description

This class will will get you up to speed with all the supplies and pencils I use create more texture and contrast in your drawings. It's perfect for beginners. Even if you are not a beginner, it's highly recommended that you take this class if you have not taken a workshop from me previously. It's also a great class to get your feet wet with my techniques if you aren't sure if my methods are right for you.

Through demonstrations and hands on exercises, I'll show the techniques I use for skin textures, wood, metal, glass, various textured backgrounds and more. 

Lighting situations for still life and portrait art will be discussed and demonstrated, as well as how light can affect the appearance of these varied textures. Compositional techniques will be covered so the students will understand how the achieve maximum impact and realism. 


February 13 - 15, 2015
(Three Days)

Louisville, CO


Subject: (BYOP) Bring Your Own Project
Drawing Workshop

Registration

OPENING SOON

 


Class Description

This is the only class I offer in which students can bring in their own drawings to work on. All my other classes are more structured and you work systematically on the subjects I supply. 

It is open only to previous students that have taken a three day class or a one day class described above.

This is an excellent chance for you to pick my brain for three whole days to get the help you need to finish that drawing that you are stuck on, or start a new drawing. The subject matter can be anything you wish. This workshop will include personal emails from me prior to the class so we can discuss the drawing(s) you would like to work on. 

March 12, 2015
(One Day)

Bradenton, FL
(Just outside Sarasota)

Subject: Basics of Contrast and Textures
Drawing Workshop

SOLD OUT

 

If you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this workshop please email me at:
questions@jdhillberry.com

Class Description

This class will will get you up to speed with all the supplies and pencils I use create more texture and contrast in your drawings. It's perfect for beginners. Even if you are not a beginner, it's highly recommended that you take this class if you have not taken a workshop from me previously. It's also a great class to get your feet wet with my techniques if you aren't sure if my methods are right for you.

Through demonstrations and hands on exercises, I'll show the techniques I use for skin textures, wood, metal, glass, various textured backgrounds and more. 

Lighting situations for still life and portrait art will be discussed and demonstrated, as well as how light can affect the appearance of these varied textures. Compositional techniques will be covered so the students will understand how the achieve maximum impact and realism. 

 

 

March 13 - 15, 2015
(Three Days)

Bradenton, FL
(Just outside Sarasota)

Subject: Trompe L'oeil Still Life Drawing
(Fool the eye illusions)

SOLD OUT

If you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this workshop please email me at:
questions@jdhillberry.com

 

 

 

Class Description

This class will focus on the techniques I use to create my extremely realistic Trompe l'Oeil drawings. You will learn the techniques necessary to render a variety of contrasting textures such as metal, paper, wood, and yes... even the illusion of photographs held up by masking tape.  Compositional techniques will be covered so students will understand how to increase contrast and realism to help make objects appear to jump off the page.

 

 

March 28 and 29, 2015
(Two Days)

Bradenton, FL
(Just outside Sarasota)

Subject: Still Life Textures & Portrait Basics

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SOLD OUT

If you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this workshop please email me at:
questions@jdhillberry.com

Class Description

Since the March 12th - 15th class sold out so quickly, I've had many requests to add another class. This one will include techniques I use for a variety of subjects. You will learn to create some interesting textures for still life subjects as well as portrait textures and features. Using my techniques to render eyes, nose, mouth, and hair will greatly improve the contrast and realism of all your future drawings. This one is suitable for any level of drawing ability but even seasoned artists will come away with improved drawing skills and valuable  information. 

 

 

April 30 - May 3, 2015
(Four Days)

Louisville, CO


Subject: Rough Skin Portraits
with Background

Registration

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Class Description

This is a new class I've been teaching recently. Many people have trouble with understanding when, how, and why to incorporate a background into their portraits. That is exactly what this class will cover. We  will all be working on a rougher skin character study that has gray hair and a beard which will really "pop" with a darker background. You will also learn my techniques for making the eyes sparkle to give character to any portrait. 

 Reference photos and drawing from life will be discussed in depth, and students will learn how to identify and solve potential problems when working with both.

June 25 - 28, 2015
(Four Days)

Westminster, CO
(Between Denver and Boulder)


Subject: Still Life

Registration

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Class Description

Here we will be spending four days learning about realistic still life drawing. We will all be working on my Onions and Garlic drawing. Click the link below and scroll down to see how well previous students have done in this class: Previous Student Drawings. 

Along with the subject of the paper bag with onions and garlic, this piece will incorporate the use of a graduated background as well as masking with frisket. 

Lighting situations for still life art will be discussed and demonstrated, as well as how light can affect the appearance of these varied textures. Compositional techniques will be covered so the students will understand how the achieve maximum impact and realism.

 

July 16 - 19, 2015
(Four Days)

Louisville, CO
(Just outside of Boulder)


Subject: Smooth Skin Portraits

Registration

OPENING SOON

 

Portrait Workshop
Smooth Skin 

This is the most popular portrait class I teach. Students will learn the techniques necessary to render the textures of smooth skin, eyes, lips, and hair, with graphite, carbon, charcoal, and various blending techniques. This is perfect for drawing babies and female subjects.

Reference photos will be discussed in depth, and students will learn how to identify and solve potential problems. The class will culminate with everyone (including me) working on the same portrait.

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE: Do not book flights or hotel reservations until you have received email confirmation that you are registered

 

 

Below are some of the other classes I've conducted.
I'm leaving it up here so you can get an idea of the variety of classes I offer.

October 13th, 14th 2013
(Two Days)

 

Monterey, California

Textures and Contrast

SOLD OUT

 

2 Day Contrast and Textures Workshop

This two day class will cover everything in the One day class in March (above) and includes an entire second day to learn even more about how I get my work to "pop".  If you haven't  taken a workshop from me before, this is a great class to get your feet wet with my techniques.

Through demonstrations and hands on exercises, I'll show the techniques I use for clouds, wood, metal, glass, smooth skin, rough skin, clothing, and a unique method to get a sparkle in the eyes for any portrait.

Lighting situations for still life and portrait art will be discussed and demonstrated, as well as how light can affect the appearance of these varied textures. Compositional techniques will be covered so the students will understand how the achieve maximum impact and realism. 

November 8th - 10th, 2013
(Three days)

Westminster, Colorado

(BYOP)
Bring Your Own Project Workshop

SOLD OUT

 

3 Day Bring Your Own Project Workshop

This is the only class I offer in which students can bring in their own drawings to work on. All my other classes are more structured and you work on the subjects I supply. 

It is open only to previous students that have taken a three day class or a one day class described above.

This is an excellent chance for you to pick my brain for three whole days to get the help you need to finish that drawing that you are stuck on, or start a new drawing. The subject matter can be anything you wish. This workshop will include personal emails from me prior to the class so we can discuss the drawing(s) you would like to work on. 

 

October 3rd - 5th
(Three Days)

San Diego, CA

Subject: Portrait Drawing
(Rough Skin)

SOLD OUT

 

Drawing Class Description


This is one of the most popular subjects I teach. The focus of this class will be portraits of subjects with rougher skin. I use entirely different techniques to produce realistic looking rough textured skin. This is great for character studies, older men, or any subject that you would want to accentuate texture.

 A reference photo and the basic outline of the final project will be supplied so students can concentrate on the "fun" part of the drawing process with the emphasis on shading,  texturing, and making the portrait come to life.

 


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NOTE: Do not book flights or hotel reservations until you have received confirmation that you are registered.


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