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1. Intro

1. Intro

2 min.
2. Set Up

2. Set Up

1:30 min.
3. Lighting

3. Lighting

3 min.
4. Facial Structure

4. Facial Structure

3 min.
5. Positioning

5. Positioning

1:30 min.
6. Thumbnail Sketches I

6. Thumbnail Sketches I

3 min.
7. Thumbnail Sketches II

7. Thumbnail Sketches II

3 min.
8. Line Sketch

8. Line Sketch

2 min.
9. Proportions

9. Proportions

2 min.
10. Blocking in Colors

10. Blocking in Colors

2:30 min.
11. Layering Colors

11. Layering Colors

2 min.
12. Shadows

12. Shadows

2:30 min.
13. Finishing

13. Finishing

3:45 min.
Entire Course

Entire Course

35 min.
Self-Portrait drawing in Caran d'Ache crayons
Clara Lieu, RISD Adjunct Professor

Clara Lieu
Art Prof & Partner

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Supplies

Substitute Supplies

The supplies listed below cost less, and can be used instead of the recommended supplies.

Art Supplies: Hairspray
Use instead of fixative, however, know that hairspray is NOT archival!

Examples

Catherine Huang

Catherine Huang
 2017 Summer Intern

“I definitely learned to be satisfied with a color palette that isn’t totally ‘natural looking.’ Having only a 15 pack of Caran D’Ache crayons and no flesh tones made me look harder for colors I wouldn’t have seen before.

Although portraiture was something I’ve done a lot in the past, drawing an image for this course had a refreshing spin on it, because I would periodically mentally check back to Prof Lieu’s videos and apply that to my work.”

Stephanie Gibadlo

Stephanie Gibadlo
2017 Summer Intern

“It had been a while since I have worked with crayon, so it was really exciting to be able to work with it again! It was a bit challenging getting used to the media again though, especially when trying to create something so specific like a self portrait.

When I make portraits, I tend to obsess over achieving likeness that sometimes I will mess up a piece without realizing it, so it was nice to have the lesson format to follow to help myself stay on track. This was a fun project and I’m happy with my final piece!”

Piper Matthew, Architecture Student

Piper Matthew
2017 Summer Intern

“For me I always find self-portraits extremely difficult because you’re constantly confronting yourself as you draw. This course helped me think of the face as a series of abstract shapes and layers. To be able to create a piece from the Khan Academy equivalent for art was really cool!

I wish I had this while I was in high school and was making my portfolio to apply for art school!”

Artist Profile

Visual artist Tony Janello is obsessed with the human face, its endless variations and its extraordinary capacity for expression.

He began his artistic practice painting portraits and eventually began creating three-dimensional sculptures and digital photographs depicting faces that appear structurally unsound as if in the early stages of implosion.

Janello has taught courses at the college level in portraiture, drawing, and color since the early 1980’s.

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