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Smooth Skin Portrait Drawing Workshop

Coming to Louisville, Colorado

All supplies are included! 
Scroll down to see the huge list of drawing supplies that are yours to take home after class

Class size is limited to maximize individual attention.
My drawing board has an attached HD camera that is fed to a large projection screen so the class can easily see the detail of the demonstrations.

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Learn how to increase contrast and texture to make your work "pop"

Your tuition includes lifetime access to my new membership site and my Contrast and Textures full length instructional video! This video introduces you to all of my materials and techniques. If you have taken a class from me before, this is a great refresher. If you are new to my techniques, this will get you up to speed and ready to jump right in to smooth skin portraits



Learn to draw realistic looking smooth skin like in the baby above


This class will focus on the techniques necessary to create the look of smooth skin for portraits of females and babies. Students will also follow along with me as I demonstrate how to render eyes, lips, and hair, with graphite, carbon, charcoal, and various blending techniques.

Students of this class are encouraged to bring examples of previous work for me to evaluate privately. These one-on-one sessions will take place at the end of class each day for those interested.

I will have examples of my some of my work on display so you can see the degree depth and realism that is possible using my techniques. The goal is to get your work to have the same degree of realism and "pop". 


WORKSHOP DETAILS

Educator:

J. D. Hillberry

Dates:


Three Day - Smooth Skin Portraits - July 17 - 19, 2015
9 am to 4 pm each day: 

Location:

Courtyard by Marriott
948 W. Dillon Road, Louisville, CO 80027

A special Group Rate of $116.00 is available for those that wish to stay at the hotel. This area is between Denver and Boulder and has beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains.
After registration, I'll send an email explaining how to receive the special rate.

Primary Media:

Charcoal, Graphite, and Carbon Pencils on White Watercolor Paper

3 days
Portrait

Total cost $470. A deposit of $235 will secure a spot
Tuition includes 1 pencil kit and the Textures and Contrast Video Tutorial

Maximum Class Size:


20 Students

Each student will receive one of my Contrast and Texture Drawing Kits
(A $49.99 value)

Handy pouch holds chamois, felt, erasers, etc.

Stands like on easel

Elastic holds the pencils in place

Band of pencils is removable

Velcro makes it Easy!

Pencil band folds to stand up on its own.

Pouch for other supplies opens at the top

Pencil band forms a convenient pencil cup

For Pencils you are using most often

Includes bonus  DVD

showing how I use all these supplies.

The Kit Includes: 

(9) Kimberly Graphite drawing Pencils (9h, 6h, 2h, f, b, 4b, 6b, 8b)
The widest range of graphite to help with the subtle shading necessary for realism.

(1) Kimberly Graphite (9xxb)
Special unique formula allows dark values with no graphite shine.

(3) Primo Euro Blend Charcoal Pencils (hb, b, 3b)
Smooth, Dark, Rich Charcoal for even darker areas and rougher textures not possible with graphite.

(1) Primo Elite Grande Pencil
The darkest charcoal I've ever found. This pencil allows extreme contrast to make your drawings "pop".
 

(1) General's Charcoal Pencil Extra Hard (2h)
The hardest charcoal I've ever found.  Holds an extremely sharp point without breaking or crumbling. Without this pencil, it would be impossible to create the sharp focus realism I'm known for.

(1) Carbon Sketch Pencil (Soft)
Combines the smoothness of graphite with the deep rich blacks of charcoal. The hardness is approximately 4B. 

(1) Carbon (Hard)
 This new pencil from General's can hold a sharper point than the carbon sketch for more precise details in carbon.

(1) Layout Pencil
Perfect for getting your basic values down. Easily erasable, yet dark values are possible.

(2) Blending Stumps
High quality compressed paper stumps for blending graphite, charcoal, and carbon.

(2) Tortillions
Perfect for blending extremely small areas.

(1) Chamois Square
Used for very soft, smooth blending and shading. Also perfect for lightening values.

(1) Felt Square
Used to create rougher textures through blending

(1) General's Kneaded Eraser
This eraser can be formed into any shape. Use it to keep your drawings clean and highlights bright. I also use it to gently lighten areas to adjust values and create textures.

(1) General's Factis Magic Black Eraser
This black eraser was formulated especially for charcoal. It does not smudge, cuts a clean edge and won't harm the paper.

(1) Pen Style Vinyl Eraser
This is an extremely important erasing tool I use to "cut back" into darker toned areas to make a clean white line. Excellent for rendering hair, wood, fabric and many other textures. It's like drawing with white.

(1) General's Little Red All-Art Sharpener
The same sharpeners we use in my live drawing workshops. Designed to sharpen charcoal, carbon, and graphite pencils without breaking and is able to sharpen the fatter pencils like the Elite Grande and the Carbon Sketch.

(1) Sandpaper Paddle
This is how I get my pencils to a needle sharp point when I need sharp edges and precise detail. You can also use it to collect charcoal or graphite powder to spread with one of the blenders.

You will also receive a supply of (10" x 14") Arches 140lbs HP Watercolor paper to complete your classroom projects. 

All these supplies are yours to keep and will be waiting for you when you arrive


 

If you have any question at all about my classes, please call (303) 469-0059 or email me at:
  [email protected]

Comments from Previous Workshop Students:

"This was the best workshop I've ever attended. It was so nice to have the supplies provided so I had the tools for class without having to find each one. The techniques I learned will enhance every part of my art including painting."

"Very positive and encouraging. The one-on-one critique was very helpful as was the constant reinforcement as JD went student to student. The over all attitude was light and fun and time flew!"

"I have learned more in this class than I have learned anywhere else. JD is a fantastic instructor and incredibly patient. I can't wait to take more workshops!"

"Many people can paint or draw exceptionally well – but most of them are not equipped to teach. This was not the case with J. D. – presented a very well thought out program – very easy to understand."

"Great course, lots learned in short time – will improve my portrait drawing. I will sign up for additional classes"

"Having taken art classes in drawing, this is by far the best instruction I’ve ever had. This was a first class affair! From start to finish. It is sad for the people who missed it."

"J.D. is very thorough and has a very good way of explaining things in an informal - relaxed atmosphere."

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