Weekly BobBlast Issue 471

Adding Color to Your Figure Drawing


Welcome Back to Another BobBlast!

This BobBlast was filmed during a Figure Painting Workshop in my studio in Arroyo Grande, California. Our subject was the undraped model - as you can see, we've all been drawing with charcoal and pastel and adding paint along the way too!


Today’s video is two demonstrations - how I add color with pastels and water soluble pencils to pre-existing three-minute warmup gestural sketches.


The paper is BFK Rives white drawing paper. My favorite charcoal is Willow Charcoal vines by Creative Mark. My favorite pastels have a lot of pigment, as you will see in the video. Today I am using Soho Jumbo Soft Pastels.


Why do I add color to my drawings? Color can make the figure pop, can convey a mood and tell a story. Before I add color, I decide where the light source is coming from. Then I add the highlights on the model, to enhance the figure even more.


After working with charcoal and pastels, I always use a spray fixative. My favorite is SpectraFix - an all-natural, odor free, milk/casein formula. SpectraFix is great for all my pastels, chalk, pencil, charcoal, oil pastel and colored pencils. This pump spray stays clear and does not change the original color. It is the best fixative I found for my works on paper.


If you are interested in painting with me, I teach workshops, both Online and In-Person. Check out my Workshop Schedule for dates and locations!


Enjoying watching Bob's Demos? Join Bob Online!

• July 11, 2023

“Quick Guide to Working with Neutrals”

• August 9, 2023

“Painting Pears, Pineapples and Peppers!”

• September 6, 2023

“Dramatic Landscapes: Clouds and Skies”

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Painting with Dry Pigments, Chalks & Powders 

In-Person Workshop: July 21-23, 2023

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Learn how to create a singular!

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Join us for our NEW 1-Day Online Intensive Workshops

• July 15, 2023

"Loose Abstract Landscapes

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•August 31, 2023

"Painting the Illusion of Glass Vessels"

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Paint with Bob in his Studio in Arroyo Grande, California

Studio Mentor • Instructional • Figure Painting Workshops

3-day Painting with Dry Pigments, Chalks & Powders - July 21-23, 2023

Studio Mentor Workshop - August 3-6, 2023

5-day Loosen Up with Aquamedia - September 11-15, 2023

Studio Mentor Workshop - October 5-8, 2023

Studio Mentor • Instructional • Figure Painting Workshops

The Entire 2023 Studio Workshop Schedule is on our website!

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Don't Miss! - Online Figure Workshops

September 29 - October 1, 2023

Abstract Figurative

Sponsored by the Sedona Arts Center

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•and•

November 11-12, 2023

Paint Bob's Circus!

Sponsored by Robert Burridge Studio

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Want more info and a hands-on experience about Neutrals?

We have an online workshop coming up!

Neutrals! How to Create & Use

•August 26-27, 2023

Color is exciting! Bright colors scream color! Neutrals whisper…

This Burridge workshop is all about neutral colors.

How to make neutrals and how to use neutral colors effectively in your paintings.

•You will make your own Neutral Color Chart as a studio reference

•You will learn to “grey down” color and discover which colors make neutrals pop

•Plenty of time for experimentation in mixing your favorite neutrals

•Making mud verses working with neutrals - Bob will assist you in learning the difference

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Burridge Critiques Your Art

Online honest critiques • Private one-on-one

Critiques • Coaching • Comments • Suggestions

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Thanks again for watching and telling your friends! All my BobBlasts are archived on my website and my YouTube Channel. We post new studio tips weekly that offer real content, substance and useful techniques that work for me. And they're free! We appreciate your interest, questions, comments and support!

Below is a list of featured workshops - but did you know that I also offer private sessions in my studio and online? Perfect for beginners who want a crash course in watercolor or acrylic or for artists who are designing an exhibit and want to bounce ideas for content and techniques. I devote 100% of my studio time to you! Designed for 1 to 3 people - if you are interested or have questions, email kate@robertburridge.com

Our most current Workshop Schedule!

Paint with Bob in his Studio in Arroyo Grande, California!

Mentor, 5-day Instructional, Figure Painting and One-on-One Workshops

Click here for more info.

Contact Kate@robertburridge.com for questions.


•July 11, 2023

Bob’s Monthly Demo - ONLINE DEMO

“Quick Guide to Working with Neutrals”

Contact kate@robertburridge.com

Click here for more info


•July 15, 2023

Loose Abstract Landscapes - ONLINE WORKSHOP

Sponsored by Robert Burridge Studio

Contact kate@robertburridge.com

Click here for more info


•July 21-23, 2023

Painting with Dry Pigments, Chalks & Powders - IN-PERSON WORKSHOP

Sponsored by Robert Burridge Studio

Contact kate@robertburridge.com

Click here for more info


July 29-30, 2023 

Non-Objective Mixed Media - ONLINE WORKSHOP

Sponsored by Robert Burridge Studio

Contact kate@robertburridge.com

Click here for more information.


•August 3-6, 2023

Robert Burridge Studio Mentor Workshop

Come paint with Bob in his Studio in Arroyo Grande, CA

4-day Workshop/Mentor Program, limited to 7 enrollees

Contact kate@RobertBurridge.com for fees and details.

Click HERE for more info.


•August 9, 2023

Bob’s Monthly Demo - ONLINE DEMO

“Painting Pears, Pineapples and Peppers!”

Sponsored by Robert Burridge Studio

Contact kate@robertburridge.com

Click here for more info

 

•August 19-20, 2023

Fix & Finish! - ONLINE WORKSHOP

Sponsored by Robert Burridge Studio

Contact kate@robertburridge.com

Click here for more information.

 

August 26-27, 2023

Neutrals! How to Create & Use - ONLINE WORKSHOP

Sponsored by Robert Burridge Studio

Contact kate@robertburridge.com

Click here for more information.

 

•August 31, 2023

Painting the Illusion of Glass Vessels - ONLINE WORKSHOP

Sponsored by Robert Burridge Studio

Contact kate@robertburridge.com

Click here for more information.


•September 6, 2023

Bob’s Monthly Demo - ONLINE DEMO

“Dramatic Landscapes: Clouds and Skies”

Sponsored by Robert Burridge Studio

Contact kate@robertburridge.com

Click here for more info


•September 11-15, 2023

Robert Burridge 5-Day Instructional Studio Workshop

Loosen Up with Aquamedia Painting

5-day Workshop in Bob’s Arroyo Grande, CA Studio 

Limited to 10 enrollees 

Contact Kate@RobertBurridge.com for fees and details.

Click HERE for more info


•September 18-19 & 21, 2023

Non-Objective Mixed Media Retreat— ONLINE WORKSHOP

Sponsored by Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff

Contact Edwina May, Workshop Coordinator (800) 227-2788

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•September 29 - October 1, 2023

Abstract Figurative - ONLINE WORKSHOP

Sponsored by the Sedona Arts Center

Contact (888) 954-4442 or (928) 282-3809

Click here for more info


•October 3, 2023

Bob’s Monthly Demo - ONLINE DEMO

“3 Easy Ways to Draw and Paint the Figure”

Sponsored by Robert Burridge Studio

Contact kate@robertburridge.com

Click here for more info


•October 5-8, 2023

Robert Burridge Studio Mentor Workshop

Come paint with Bob in his Studio in Arroyo Grande, CA

(includes individual mentor time, demonstrations and personal theme development)

4-day Workshop/Mentor Program, limited to 7 enrollees

Contact kate@RobertBurridge.com for fees and details.

Click HERE for more info.


For more 2023 and 2024 Workshop Dates click here!

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Adding Color to Your Figure Drawing

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Weekly BobBlast 471 - Video run time 12 minutes, 28 seconds


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