JD Hillberry
Drawing Workshops and Classes
Schedule for
2015/16

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October 2 - 4, 2015
(Three Days)

Chicago, Illinois
(Oakbrook Terrace - a suburb of Chicago)


Subject: Smooth Skin Portraits

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Portrait Workshop (Smooth Skin Textures)

This class will focus the techniques necessary to create realistic looking smooth skin texture on females and babies.

Students will learn all about, laying out a portrait to insure a likeness, and shading the portrait to give it dimension and realism as well as getting that sparkle in the eyes that really make a portrait come to life. 

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) drawing the same portrait.

February 5 - 7, 2016
(Three Days)

Phoenix Arizona

Subject: Portraits

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Portrait Workshop (Rough Skin Character Studies)

In this class you will learn the techniques I use to create realistic portraits with rough, wrinkled skin, white hair and beards. Students will also learn how to create a graduated  background from light gray to dark black and learn how the great renaissance masters used this technique to create more depth and dimension with their subjects.

These techniques are very different than what I use to create smooth skin portraits.  

March 4 - 6, 2016
(Three Days)

Westminster, Colorado

(NEW) Subject: Botanicals

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Botanicals (A Realistic Rose)

This is a brand new workshop. I've had many requests to do a class on how to draw realistic flowers. I've been working on it for sometime now and it is finally ready.

In this class you will learn how to make create the delicate shading required for flowers as well as increase contrast to make the drawing "pop". We will use charcoal, graphite and carbon pencils along with my blending techniques to create the soft, smooth texture of the petals against a rougher, dark background.

After several demonstrations and shading exercises, we will all work on the same image which I will supply to the class.

April 15 - 17, 2016
(Three Days)

Bradenton, Florida
(Near Sarasota)

Subject: Portraits

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Portrait Workshop (Smooth Skin Textures)

This class will focus the techniques necessary to create realistic looking smooth skin texture on females and babies.

Students will learn all about, laying out a portrait to insure a likeness, and shading the portrait to give it dimension and realism as well as getting that sparkle in the eyes that really make a portrait come to life. 

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) drawing the same portrait.

April 29 - May 1, 2016
(Three Days)

Bradenton, Florida
(Near Sarasota)

Subject: Still Life

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Still Life

We will all be drawing my Onions and Garlic. Students will also learn how to create a graduated background from light gray to dark black and learn how the great renaissance masters used this technique to create more depth and dimension with their subjects.

Lighting situations for general still life art will be discussed and demonstrated, as well as how light can affect the appearance of these varied textures. 

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 10 - 12, 2016
(Three Days)

Westminster, Colorado

(NEW) Subject: Trompe L'oiel

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Trompe L'oeil

If you are unfamiliar with this genre, click here to see some of my trompe l'oeil drawings.

This 3 day class is a unique opportunity to learn the techniques that I am most known for. Successful trompe l'Oeil artwork should, at least temporarily, fool the viewer into thinking that real objects are displayed.

Compositional aspects of trompe l'oeil will also be explored and you will leave with the knowledge of how to set up and execute a successful trompe l'oeil drawing.

 

July 29 - 31, 2016
(Three Days)

Louisville, Colorado

Subject: Botanicals

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Botanicals (A Realistic Rose)

In this class you will learn how to make create the delicate shading required for flowers as well as increase contrast to make the drawing "pop". We will use charcoal, graphite and carbon pencils along with my blending techniques to create the soft, smooth texture of the petals against a rougher, dark background.

After several demonstrations and shading exercises, we will all work on the same image which I will supply to the class.

MORE TO COME

MORE TO COME


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

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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

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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. 

 

March 13 - 15
(Three Days)

Bradenton, FL
(Just outside Sarasota)

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

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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.

 


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