A monochrome figure painting workshop
In this workshop you'll receive...
Thank you for being here
Working in black and white is one of my favourite ways to work. It reminds of photos of the past, that needed no colour to tell a story.
Monochrome painting allows you to focus completely on contrast and shape. Choosing the right values is easier when you work this way.
In this workshop I’d like to show you some layering techniques with acrylic paint and a medium. If you’ve never worked with these materials, don’t worry, I have videos for you on the materials and the techniques used.
Layering paint is a different way to create values than mixing paint, and you might even find it easier. It has the added benefit of creating a nice painterly feel. Acrylic can sometimes come off a little graphic and plastic-y. Working with transparent layers can remedy that.
This workshop was previously featured on Kara Bullock’s Let’s Face It 2022 and I’ve seen a lot of amazing student work from it! I hope you will enjoy this workshop as well.
What will I take from this class?
I’ll show you the materials I’m using, explain a little bit about them. And I also have alternatives for you to replace my choices with.
With some paint swatches I will show you how layering with acrylic paint and medium looks like.
3. Background and sketch
We’ll draw in our figure sketch based on a partial grid, using a cardboard square.
4. First layers
We’ll build the basics shapes that will define the figure, using layers of paint. Ever heard of the ‘ugly stage’ or ‘creepy phase’? This is it! 😛
5. Adding contrast and texture
The background needs to keep up, because it affects the overall mood of the image. We’ll use paint transfers and other techniques to add depth and texture.
Let’s work on refining some of those rougher layers we did earlier on, and some details in place where we feels it would work.
7. Final touches
At the end of this project, there are some things I’d like to change or add. I’ll show you how to make corrections at a later stage; being able to do that always comes in handy. Then we finish this project and say goodbye.
This is a very low-key workshop in terms of supplies. You an easily replace the black paint with any other darker colour. Download the supply list to see what I use, and what I recommend as replacements!
Levels and student support
This is a beginner-intermediate workshop because figure painting requires a bit more work. But if you are a motivated beginner, by all means don’t let that scare you off! I support students of all levels in my private Facebook groups. You can post your work and questions in the dedicated Workshop group, or you can join my art community with more art enthusiasts!
Frequently asked questions
A workshop is generally shorter than a full course. It focusses on a specific technique and palette. Usually you can finish a workshop project in a few days.
When you register for any of my online workshops, you can login to you account here my website. From your account, you can access any course you’ve purchased. No need to get up or go out! :)
Your account and courses are private; that means only you can access them. You can access your available lessons any time that suits you. That also goes for lesson information, supply lists and reference photos. It’s all well organized in your course environment.
Yes, you can download all videos and materials for private use!
Yes, this workshop is designed specifically to help you through the process of painting, step-by-step. Some techniques may prove to be a challenge but I will explain it to you in a way that allows you to follow exactly what I’m doing. There are several drawing guides that you can print out, to help you no matter your level. Please keep in mind that learning is a process. A beginner will need different expectations than an experienced painter. Don’t feel discouraged if you’re not able to master some techniques at once. Art is a skill you can hone and my art community is a safe and judgement-free zone where you can share your progress.
You can always access this workshop by logging in at my website. In the navigation menu, go to “My account” and you will see your workshop there.
When you do a self-paced workshop, you can ask any questions or share work in my private Facebook community. I will be there often to reply or answer questions!
You can download the supply list for this workshop from this page! Scroll up a bit and you will see the button.
Because this workshop is instantly accessible and downloadable, I cannot grant refunds on it.
For workshops, I unfortunately can’t provide a payment plan.
No, not at all! If you have any questions during a live course, you can also email me for feedback.
Lifetime access means that the courses you’ve purchased will be available to you on this website for as long as the course is for sale and I’m in business. Should that time ever end, I will inform you and give you plenty of time to download videos and materials that you want to keep.
You can contact me using the form on this website under “Contact Me”. You can also send me a message on Facebook or Instagram.
Convert to your currency
I live in the Netherland so all my class prices are shown in Euros (€). When you check out, your payment will automatically be converted to your own currency at the current exchange rate. Conversion is done at the current rate of your bank (or Paypal). You can calculate an estimate with the calculator below.