The Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art would like to treat you to 4 marvelous open house art demonstrations. Choose from our Van Nuys or Santa Monica locations. Each demonstration is a great way to find out about the instructor and the methods and techniques they use to teach their classes. We hope you will join us for the day.
Online “Drawing the Portrait in Charcoal” course by Nathan Fowkes
We are thrilled to announce the release of our latest online course with Nathan Fowkes, “Drawing the Portrait in Charcoal”, now open for registration, starting January 21, 2013. Space is limited!
This online course is a serious exploration of drawing the portrait from life in charcoal. Over the course of the class, Nathan will provide each student with the necessary understanding and experience to draw the human head with authority. Watch the preview video and learn more here.
Online “3D Anatomy/Ecorché” course by Rey Bustos
A fabulous online course, Rey Bustos’ “3D Anatomy/Ecorché” starting January 28, 2013 is also open for registration for critique and self-study courses. Space is limited!
If you are a fan of Rey Bustos, you must experience him in a classroom setting with students present. The interaction between Rey and his students adds another dimension to his teaching since the questions posed by the students and the energy of the classroom environment lead Rey to veer off to lecture on topics that wouldn’t normally be covered if he was lecturing to a camera. Watch the preview video and learn more here.
Bluecanvas Magazine Article
We are excited that Bluecanvas Magazine has chosen LAAFA for their most recent school collaboration article, issue #14. You may check out the full article here. In addition, Bluecanvas is sponsoring a contest for a $10,000 Entertainment Art Scholarship at LAAFA! Click here to check out the contest details! You can also order your own copy online or at your local bookstore.
Van Nuys & Santa Monica Classes start January 14th
While we are in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we want to remind you to take a breath and think about taking some fantastic art classes with our talented instructors! Choose from a variety of beginning and advanced classes:
* Portrait & Figure Painting/Drawing
* Figure Construction
* Quick Sketch
* Perspective and Character Design
* Still Life
* Long Pose Painting & Drawing
* Ecorché or Zbrush
* Imaginative Animal Design/Drawing
Registration is open for our winter quarter classes. We have a fabulous selection of classes and we are also introducing new classes such as: Character Design (From Life Drawing), Imaginative Animal Design/Drawing, Tonal Figure Drawing, Figure Painting (Indirect, 17th Century Technique), Female Portrait Study (Drawing, Sculpting to ZBrush), Introduction to Head/Figure Painting and more…At your convenience, please click on the image for your own personal PDF copy of all of our classes.
Be sure to check out our website often for updated 2013 workshops listings. We add additional workshops regularly.
10-Year Anniversary Party
Come Celebrate with LAAFA & Bluecanvas Magazine
What if you could be a part of a thriving art community? Where you can find painters, animators, gamers, writers and filmmakers. A place to feel inspired, creative and productive. A space that connects us.
Please join us in our quest in providing an art library, resource center, and gallery to benefit all artists.
Take a peek at our LAAFA Brochure coming out this week. The brochure highlights the amazing, talented instructors and visiting artists who teach at LAAFA.
The clock is ticking and time is running out to register for art classes & workshops for fall. Take a moment to look at our schedule of classes in both of our locations for a variety of classes and/or workshops.
Bergamot Open House
Please join us in Building G, Space 8A on October 13th, from 6pm to 10pm at our Bergamot Station location. Enjoy an evening of awesome artwork, artist demos, and a chance to stroll around the station and visit several gallery opening exhibitions. Please RSVP here for the event.
During weeks 6 through 9 in Ecorche with Rey Bustos at LAAFA we added “musculature” to our ecorches. Using “chocolate” Sculpey, we crafted each muscle according to helpful guidelines Rey provided for us.
With Rey’s detailed drawings and demonstrations to lead us in the right direction, we worked our way up the body, all the way from lower leg, through the abdomen and upper body to the facial muscles.
Stay tuned for the exciting conclusion of Ecorche with Rey Bustos at LAAFA in our upcoming Week 10 blog post.
Please consider donating your art books to LAAFA’s art library – coming this fall!
In preparation, we are having a book drive. From now until July 1st, donate your art books to receive a raffle ticket for FREE summer classes! Each book donated gets you one raffle ticket. Raffle winners will be announced July 2nd.
You can drop off your books at the LAAFA office during business hours:
Mondays -Thursdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Fridays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturdays – Sundays 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
One Free Instructed 8-week class (select classes)
One Free Uninstructed Workshop Pass
Three Free One Day Instructed class (select classes)
One of the most transformational parts of Ecorche with Rey Bustos at LAAFA was spray painting the baked ecorche. I was careful to mask the hand and foot that I wanted to remain the fleshy color of Sculpey with aluminum foil before painting. You can see below how a light coat of off-white spray paint really shows off all the sculpting work that goes into the skeletal portion of the ecorche.
In class, Rey had a “varnishing station’ set up for us. We lightly brushed varnish over our spray painted ecorches. We only applied the varnish to the left side, the side that will remain as exposed skeleton. We left the right side coated with spray paint only, so the clay we apply to represent muscles will stick. The effect of the varnish over the spray paint is fantastic- don’t you think?
I can’t believe we have already reached the halfway point- week 5 in Ecorche with Rey Bustos at LAAFA! Class number five focused largely on process, as this week’s tasks were to complete the skeletal body and “bake” the ecorche to permanently harden the Sculpey.
In class, Rey demonstrated how to finish the delicate bones of the lower arm, the radius and the ulna. Rey recommended stringing the tiny finger bones onto the wire like beads. This simple technique creates a sophisticated skeletal model of the human hand.
For the fleshed out right hand, Rey drew us a diagram of the palm. He encouraged us to make our ecorches’ hands expressive, and to add creases, or flexure lines, for a lifelike effect. Everyone had more than enough armature wire to support the fingers on each hand. We just cut off what we didn’t need after completing both hands.
The next lecture topic was Rey’s favorite bone: the scapula. I have to admit, floating like wings on the human back, scapulae are beautiful bones. Rey showed us how to mold the organic protrusions that define the scapulae. He also showed us how to attach the left scapula so that only the socket, or glenoid fossa rests against the head of the humerus. As you can see, this was a well-documented moment of the class.
Back at home, I carefully followed the written instructions Rey gave us on baking our ecorches. Behold! Five weeks of sculpting permanently set in polymer clay! Now, before adding the muscles, all I have to do is paint and varnish the bones. I’ll post an update on the painting and finishing process soon!
Students in Rey Bustos’s Ecorche class at LAAFA started week 3 by covering the wire and nails holding their ecorche upright with clay. This clay was the beginning of the ground our ecorches would come to stand on… after we took care of the small matter of sculpting the 3 bones of the lower leg and the 26 bones of the foot! Fortunately, Rey’s design of the ecorche “fleshes out” the right foot, so in all we only had 33 bones to sculpt. Now that class is over, and I’ve completed my homework, I can’t believe how much we learned and got done this week! Rey kept his lecture brief so we would have time to get started on sculpting those 33 bones!
Rey advised that we start with the feet, and then work our way up to the tibia, fibula, and patella that make up the lower leg. To create the bones of the skeletal foot, Rey advised that we use top-view printed anatomical guides and “draw” the bones into our clay. The method really worked!
Photo by Ryan Patterson
Soon we had our skeletal left feet completed. Rey demonstrated how to create toes, toenails, and tendons for a lifelike look on the right foot. As a final touch, he added red calluses and blue-green veins in watercolor paint.
Rey gave a final demonstration to show us how to “cook” the two small bones of the lower leg in hot water. The fibula is a very thin bone that we will eventually wrap in “muscle” on our ecorches, so we used a wire for support. The patella (kneecap), however, is not connected to the skeleton by any bony structure, so we used a wire to show the patella’s “floating” position. Check out my ecorche’s little left fiblua and patella enjoying their hot bath- aren’t they cute?
Ta-dah! Here is my ecorche’s newly completed lower skeleton! Check back next week to see what we learn in week 4!