Painting a Life

In this instructional documentary, I really wanted to weave together my philosophies on painting as well as how I paint technically. In "Painting A Life", we get to know the subject, Jaece Lutece. intimately -- her thoughts, feelings and her life as I paint her. Painting, for me, is my way of understanding the world around me; a way of slowing things down to carefully observe life. It was really important to me that this film illustrates not just the step-by-step process of how I paint, but also depicts my patient search to understand my subject. To encourage a full understanding of the process, I completely vocalize my thoughts on how I use broken color to develop lifelike skin tone and how I use color temperature, value, texture and brushstroke to turn form. I also discuss how to train your eye to see these subtle color shifts and transitions. In my approach to direct painting (an integration of academic and organic techniques) I strive to demonstrate how we never lose sight of the model's emotional character. Included is a full discussion of my materials (brushes, mediums, paints, etc), how I prepare my painting surfaces, my studio setup and lighting, how I transfer my drawing to my painting surface, a brief introduction to my drawing process. The essence of this DVD is how I develop a full understanding and interpretation of what I see and synthesize that into a painting that captures the subtle character, emotion and life of the sitter. http://davidkassan.com

  • Painting a Life

    3 videos

    In this instructional documentary, I really wanted to weave together my philosophies on painting as well as how I paint technically. In "Painting A Life", we get to know the subject, Jaece Lutece. intimately -- her thoughts, feelings and her life as I paint her. Painting, for me, is my way of und...

  • Premier Coup | an approach to direct painting trailer

    2 videos

    In this 40 minute completely instructional video, David Kassan takes you through the different steps that he uses to create an all in one sitting Premier Coup painting of the human skull.

    Premier Coup is a one shot, first strike approach to direct painting that requires an artist's full concen...