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Drawing the Male Portrait

Construction and Abstraction Methods



In this title, Ron focuses on creating a male portrait from the front, three-quarter and profile views while covering the fundamental tools of drawing with traditional media. He discusses and demonstrates the features of the head through shape analysis, a breakdown of the Abstraction and Construction Methods, and how and why he uses them. Insight into shading and how to control the tones and lines drawn are also covered. In addition, a few bonus drawings titled "Warm Ups" break away from a step process and develop similar results in a more freeform way. All artists types, from fine art to commercial, will benefit from this demonstration.

Duration: 174 minutes

Format: HD 1280x720

Ron Lemen

sketches • paintings • drawings • illustrations

Ron's art career first started in the Action Sports Industry working as a layout artist, logo designer, and board graphic illustrator. Moving in to more involved illustrations and conceptual design, he went back to school and is a graduate of the Atelier System, classically trained, and a former pupil of Sebastian Capella, Spanish portrait virtuoso. He has been a concept designer and art director in the video game industry for 10 years with dozens of clients including Sony, Activision, Ubi Soft, Mattel and more. Now freelancing fulltime, his clients include Blizzard, Time Warner, Wizards of the Coast, Marvel Comics, Disney, and more. In addition to illustrating and Portrait Painting, Ron has been an art instructor for the last 19 years. Together with his wife Vanessa, the two run their art school in Encinitas Ca., Studio 2nd Street.com, where they instruct classical foundation, fine art painting, illustration and conceptual design. Ron is also a faculty member at LAAFA and with TAD.org.

  • "Ron Lemen is one of the most gifted teachers in the field of entertainment. His art speaks for itself and his ability to educate runs just as deep. Ron is a passionate artist with an innate gift for communicating complex creative theory into easily understood theory. When I run into Ron's students, the comments are always the same 'Ron is the best teacher I've ever had.' I witnessed Ron in action many times at the international art and design workshops and online. No doubt you too will learn a lot from him."

    - Jason Manley
    President www.theartdepartment.org Founder conceptart.org and Massive Black Inc.