I have a small class of 3 students on some nights. My students for this class had more than 5 classes with me in the past month. One thing they want to focus on was portraits and they specifically requested for one with flowers like how I usually do mine. I didn't take progress shots except of these 2 from my phone. Here's how my demo turned out. Washes were very light as the reference was a high-exposure studio shot.
The florals I picked were hard to draw like the Camellia so we freehanded them instead. A lot of illustrators do their freehanding more decoratively and loosely but since I do a lot of realisic work, I'm sort of impulsed to make it look as real as possible even without outlines. The only outline I made is for the outer border of the flower/s. The most imprortant areas are really the lowest shadows and highest highlights. Once you get these 2 down, it can solve a bulk of your problems, and of course, you have to maintain transparency while doing this (although the transparency would still depend on the scenario of your subject but it's still encouraged, especially for beginners, to gradually build up layers).
Hello! Trying out the website's blog. I actually don't want to blog anymore but I figured that I might use this space to upload new student work, mini-tutorials and tidbits. To be very honest, I've gotten too lazy to update most, if not all, of my social media pages, so running a blog—just the thought of it—is tedious. Recently I've been cranking out work quietly and I find it fulfilling not to have any of them published online every step of the way. I think it's nice to talk about other people's progress for a change.
Also! I hope that you guys like the new website update. I took out my domain before (valerieannchua.com) and the workshop subdomain that came along with it. Now my illustration folio resides in one of the pages of this site, which is absolutely perfect for me. I can now focus on more important things without the burden of a stagnating front page lingering at the back of my mind.
Anyway! Here are some of my students' work. This is the final work for Intensive Watercolor Fundamentals and Realistic Flower Painting. Students are required to complete 2 paintings each class and a couple of drills as well. This is just one of the exercises for each class.
I want my classes to be a little challenging so we tried doing peonies, which is one of the most requested flowers by students. This class is meant for intermediate painters but there are times when complete beginners join, which isn't a problem at all. Sometimes it's just hard to catch up because the speed of the class is fast.
The one below is for the last day of the 5-Session Bootcamp. This is their very 1st time to paint portraits. I taught them both drawing and painting portraits. The painting process finished quick, in less than 2 hours.
Here's the demo I did for a 2-hour lecture on Landscape Painting, with reference. I want to do this in an actual location next time, which is heaps more exciting than referencing from a photo.
In case you're wondering, all works are done on Canson Montval, which is very ideal for draft and beginner work.
If you are reading this page, I'd absolutely appreciate it if you could send in comments, what you'd like to see more of in this site, and even questions about the things I do in general, that would be awesome. I'm an open book. 'Til the next!