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Reilly Method Head Drawing: Unit 4 – Underpainting Demonstration with Mark Westermoe

Reilly Method Head Drawing: Unit 4 – Underpainting Demonstration
Applying the Previous Principles: Simple and Satisfying Exercise

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In the fourth lesson of the series, Mark demonstrates an approach called underpainting or imprimatura, wherein the first layer of paint on the canvas serves as base tone for the rest of the forms painted on top. In this lesson, Mark shows you how to apply your understanding of the planes of the head and the laws of light to make even the simplest of paintings “ring true.” In this case, he paints a portrait of the notoriously bullish financier J.P. Morgan.

In this series, Mark introduces you to the Reilly Method, a way of understanding the structure of the head through the use of rhythms, to help project accurate proportions of your subject from any angle.

As the protegé to the famous Fred Fixler, who worked directly under the legendary Frank Reilly, Mark’s unrivaled knowledge of the Reilly Method for drawing the head led to an illustrious career in Hollywood movie poster design. He later founded Associate’s in Art in Southern California, a top school for illustrators, from which many alumni became the “who’s who” in the fields of figurative art. He will be greatly missed, and his imprint on the industry, students across the world, and here at the NMA studio will last forever.

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