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03 / 04 / 16

Taking Risks

“An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.” – Edwin Land. At school I am sometimes tempted to make safe decisions in order to fit in. I am glad, however, that my teachers and friends encourage me to experiment with new things.  As an artist I have wondered whether creativity is a skill that can be harnessed and improved upon.  I like to think that creativity stems from a combination of three things: hard work, taking risks, and disatisfaction. To me dissatisfaction and optimism describe the same... View Article

My Figure Painting 1 Final.
02 / 18 / 16

A warm hello from the new drawing and painting student blogger!

My name is Charlie Antolin and I am the Drawing and Painting student representative. If you don’t already know me, you might recognize me by my long hair and yellow Oakland A’s hat. I am from the Bay Area and spent the holidays there. It is great to be back at LCAD and busy again with classes. I am so excited to learn new things this semester.  My teachers are very talented and have a lot to offer.  Personally I have grown and changed a lot since I came to... View Article

08 / 14 / 15

Figure drawing marathon!

There’s an upcoming figure drawing show that LCAD is hosting with a Russian school (or something like that) and I completely forgot to do something for it until yesterday! Seeing as how everything is due on the 15th, I ended up spending just about 10 straight hours on a drawing.  I hadn’t done a full tonal figure in almost 2 years, so I had to reacquaint myself with charcoal. I’m posting my progress photos here.  I start by taking a number of comparative measurements and stepping back at least 9... View Article

03 / 10 / 15

Direct Painting vs. Indirect Painting   As I like to think of it, there are two basic ways of making a painting: direct or indirect. That is not to say that there isn’t a gray area between the two (Rembrandt, for example, masterfully combined both), but for the sake of discussion, I’m going to explore them separately. I have attached two progressions of images to this post, one tracking the progression of a directly painted sketch of a head, and the other of a more complete painting executed indirectly.  ... View Article

12 / 05 / 14

Finishing a Painting

Aw man, it’s been a bit too long since I last posted… I’ve been working on several large paintings that require a lot of effort and planning, so I thought I would share some of what I’ve learned about finishing a painting.  Many (although not all) of the classes at LCAD focus on doing as many paintings/drawings as possible and more often than not, a painting will be completed in a single day.  While this Alla Prima approach is incredibly valuable to building skills and learning at a fast pace,... View Article

10 / 13 / 14

Man, this semester is going by fast… I would definitely like to make a few posts focusing on other artists and topics other than what I’m doing, but for now I’ve got an update on one of my projects! Last week I started a Rembrandt master copy (around 3×4 feet in size) and I thought I’d photograph my beginning steps and write a basic rundown of how I chose to start.  This is the painting after two days of work (an evening for the underpainting and an entire day for... View Article

09 / 30 / 14


FINE ARTS MAJOR MEETING WEDNESDAY OCT 1ST 6pm in STUDIO 6 Hi Everyone! Just wanted to drop a line to let you all know that this coming Wednesday, October 1st will be the first meeting for all us Fine Arts majors. We’ll be meeting at 6pm in Studio 6. For those of you not in the know, this is a great opportunity to discuss things we’d like to do as a group over the course of the academic year. These meetings are especially important for you freshmen and sophomores AND... View Article

09 / 16 / 14

Fine Art Representative Introduction

Hi everyone! With the semester underway and everyone settling in I wanted to introduce myself (to those of you who don’t know me already) as your Fine Art Student Representative for 2014-2015. I’m very excited about the upcoming academic year and look forward to meeting as many of you as I can. As I major, we’re definitely a minority on campus, especially when compared to the game art and animation crowd so its important for us to stick together! Ive got some ideas in the works for workshops and other... View Article

08 / 30 / 14


Hi y’all! My name is Aidan!  I’m an incoming Junior and I’ll be the fine art blogger for the next year or so!  I’m pretty stoked for the upcoming semester, so I hope everyone reading shares a similar enthusiasm; improvement manifests much quicker when you feel passionate about something.  Anyways, I hope to be able to add an entry once or twice a month, most of which will probably be more technical than philosophical.  I have something of a penchant for more logical and concrete considerations with respect to painting... View Article

04 / 05 / 14

Thoughts for Nina

There’s very few times in our life that we meet people like Nina Fitzpatrick. Nina is currently a Fine Art senior at LCAD, and as of Thursday night, she has been hospitalized for being hit by a car while walking on the LCAD crosswalk. Nina is one of those people who seems to just radiate.  Not only in her contagious laugh, but in her extreme positivity towards average life.  Her light is seen by many, and being so bright, it could only engulf fellow students and faculty she encountered. The... View Article