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The Art of the Quick Sketch

 

In The Art of the Quick Sketch, Tim Rees takes the viewer through his unique approach to loose and impressionistic charcoal drawing that he developed and began teaching at the Palette and Chisel in Chicago, IL. He first begins with his typical materials, expaining why each is so important.  Next, he demonstrates how to make use of short poses, learning how to simplify and capture the structure of the drawing.  Then, he leads the viewer through his process in a lectured drawing, explaining in great detail each step of the way.  He ends with a final 25-minute drawing, the standard length of the longest pose of the P&C quick sketch sessions, without lecture and with the focus of his normal working method.  The original high-resolution footage is no longer available for DVD production, so this slightly lower resolution video is accessible via online streaming.

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Portrait of Cheryl

 

This portrait demonstration illustrates one of Tim Rees's typical working methods of drawing a loose alla prima portrait using sight-size measurement.  The video begins with how to pose the portrait model.  Tim then boxes in the feature shapes with precise measurements in the scheme, and moves on to chiseling out the shapes to an even higher level of accuracy and likeness.  In this method, the feature and shadow shapes are plotted and highly refined before any shading is done.  Tim then moves on to shading the drawing using the charcoal pencil, and further refines the shapes with a click eraser and blending stump.  He ends the drawing with impressionistic pops of white chalk.

 

The original high-resolution footage is no longer available for DVD production, so this slightly lower resolution video is accessible via online streaming.

 

Refining Drawing to the Next Level 

Correcting a Student Drawing

 

 

Artist and instructor Timothy Rees takes viewers through the process of refining a student’s open studio portrait drawing to the next level, a typical classroom critique.  The focus is on creating a believable hierarchy of values, edges, and details.  Useful for artists who have captured a likeness but would like to give a drawing more polish, this touch-up stage leaves the established anatomy and focuses on broader concepts to make a drawing stronger as a whole.

Drawings of III

 

Length: 130 pages 

 

This free PDF is a catalogue of the charcoal drawings exhibited in III: Finale, a show by Timothy Rees at the Palette and Chisel in Chicago, IL. This black and white catalogue contains 60 drawings completed between September of 2011 and September of 2012, as well as 3 step-by-steps showing a typical working process at that time of his career.

 

*Please note that currently this free downloadable PDF is at reduced quality from the original.  Stay tuned for a higher resolution PDF

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Alla Prima Painting on Lead Primed Linen

A Discussion of Painting Surfaces

 

 

This 23 minute alla prima portrait painting video is sped up about 4 times, and the narration explores the topic of painting surfaces, working on Artefex’s 532 lead oil primed extra fine linen and comparing it to other painting surfaces. This particular ACM/Linen panel has a subtle texture that allows for easy creation of a variety of marks, from dry brush to smooth finish. The oil primed nature allows paint to be removed hours after being applied to create stains or corrections, yet the lead helps set the paint quickly to allow layering wet into wet without blending the colors. These great qualities allow for a huge range of painting styles- dynamic brush stroke filled alla prima painting to subtle layered detail rendering

Refining Drawing to the Next Level 

Correcting a Student Painting

 

 

 

Artist and instructor Timothy Rees takes viewers through the process of refining a student’s open studio portrait painting to the next level, a typical classroom critique.  The focus is on simple adjustments that can be applied to make their portrait paintings stronger.  Useful for artists who have captured a likeness but would like to give a painting more polish, this touch-up stage leaves the established anatomy and focuses on broader concepts to make a painting stronger as a whole.

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