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Landscape Painting with Mike Hernandez

 A strong understanding of natural color and lighting is an important asset to any environment artist or fine art painter. In this 2-day workshop, Mike Hernandez will share his methods for using gouache and digital media to develop painting compositions and designs.

Through demo and lecture, he will show you how to address every aspect of your work, from value, composition design, shape and color hierarchies, paint texture, brushwork, and more.

This 8-hour workshop is valuable for all artists, regardless of medium. An understanding of digital painting is desired but not necessary to participate since this class is more about a demonstration in composition, shape, color, and lighting design and much more through the use of a digital medium.

This is a great workshop for anyone interested in painting and would like to learn how to capture a rich sense of natural lighting and color into their artworks, digital or traditional.

Class dates: August 1st and August 8th from 10 am to 4 pm PST.

Students will share work during the week in the class forum by midnight Friday, August 6th. 

Mike just completed a SOLD OUT solo show at Gallery Nucleus.

Class dates: August 1st and August 8th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm PST. Students will share work during the week in the class forum by midnight Friday, August 6th. Select images will be chosen for a critique based on their usefulness to instruct the group and illustrate the instructors lesson. 

Mike Hernandez is a production designer/art director/concept artist at Dreamworks Animation. His past projects include Spirit, Sinbad, Over the Hedge, Bee Movie, Shrek 4, Puss In Boots, Turbo, and Penguins of Madagascar. Mike is also an avid plein air painter who, on his lunch hour, goes outside to paint whatever he can find, and in downtown Los Angeles, this can mean a park, an industrial scene, or the Los Angeles River.

Paints: permanent white (large tube) primary or cad yellow, yellow ochre, marigold yellow, cad red, alizarine crimson, spectrum violet, ultramarine blue, cerulean blue, oxides of chromium green, burnt umber, burnt sienna. 

Illustration Board: 5×7, 6×9 and 8×10 inch cold-press illustration boards. You can buy one large Crescent illustration panel and cut them into these sizes. You can also use col-press illustration block in these sizes 

Paper: 140 lb cold press watercolor block will work as well. 

Palette: Stawet sealable wet palette with sponge and palette paper for keeping paint wet. 

Brushes: Watercolor/acrylic brushes: #8 round, 1/2 & 1 inch flats. 

Other: A cup for water and paper towels. 

Students may participate in digital media as well. Recommended programs include, Procreate, Photoshop or any tool students feel comfortable in. Demo’s will be done in both gouache and Procreate. 

Paints: Titanium white, transparent yellow, transparent orange, yellow ochre, cad red med, alizarine crimson, dioxazine purple, ultramarine blue, cerulean blue hue, chromium oxide green and burnt umber. Please no lead based paints such as flake white. 

Brushes: #6,8,12 and 16

Other: Turpenoid and a container for cleaning brushes, hand cleaner and paper towels. 

Easel: (Optional) Plein air French easel or Pochade box. 

I like to use double strength glass for my oil palette and a razor for cleaning. You can mount it into a painters companion box. 

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