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Dru Blair and Simon Murray Airbrush Classes
 

Dru Blair & Simon Murray have teamed up to bring you their first European realism master class. This is a rare & unique opportunity for anyone wanting to take their artwork to the next level and beyond.The classes are very much “hands on” and last for 3 days during which time Dru & Simon will unlock the secrets of realism through a series of live demos and discussions.

The classes are limited to 16 students, so early booking is recommended.

 

4, 5 & 6th May 2011

Price: £499
(includes: all material, equipment, meals)

with optional beginners class 3th of May 2011
only £100

 

10, 11 & 12th May 2011

Price: £499
(includes: all material, equipment, meals)

with optional beginners class 9th of May 2011
only £100

Product illustration and more.

ONLY  4  PLACES REMAINING
 

Photorealistic Portraiture.

FULLY  BOOKED

Newly updated for 2011, this hands-on workshop covers the techniques and approaches to photo- realistic product illustration paintings as seen on this page.

Dru Blair and Simon Murray will present several projects demonstrating the techniques which apply to painting photorealistic ice, metal, water, splashes, sweat, glass, fur, and many other attributes that illustrators are often called upon to produce. The students will learn to quickly match colors with extreme accuracy and precision through Dru Blair's Color Buffer Theory.

This workshop is non-intimidating with both the novice and veteran artist in mind.

All materials and reference will be supplied in our new facility, which features color-corrected lighting and a state-of-the-art air filtration system.

Class is limited to 16 and will be filled on a first- come, first-served basis. To reserve your seat today, browse to the class schedule and select the workshop date that most fits your schedule.

 

Newly updated for 2011, this hands-on workshop covers the techniques and approaches to portrait illustration as seen in the paintings on this page. Dru Blair and Simon Murray will demonstrate the techniques of painting photorealistic skin tones, hair, lips, eyes, backgrounds, and many other attributes that make up a well-executed photorealistic painting. The students will learn to quickly match skin, hair, and eye colors with extreme accuracy and precision through Dru Blair's Color Buffer Theory.

All materials and reference will be supplied in our new facility, which features color-corrected lighting and a state-of-the-art air filtration system.

Although portrait painting may seem formidable, this workshop is non-intimidating with both the novice and veteran artist in mind.

Class is limited to 16 and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve your seat today, browse to the class schedule and select the workshop date that most fits your schedule.

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Some of the topics covered:

  • Mastering color
  • Understanding Dru's color buffer theory
  • Transparent vs opaque techniques
  • Achieving perfect proportions
  • • How to survive catastrophic painting errors
  • Tweaking a lifeless image so that it leaps off the canvas
  • Understanding white and the impact it has on your images
  • Dealing with a color shift
  • How to match a color dead-on every time
  • How to market and price your work
  • The nine rules of Photorealism
  • Where to find clients willing to pay you the big bucks
  • The right tools for the best results
  • How to really understand light
  • The two most important requirements for photo-realistic paintings
  • 21 point photorealism checklist
  • How to automatically discern problem areas in your own paintings that might otherwise have gone unnoticed
  • How to develop observation techniques that allow you to expand your visual discrimination
  • How to make fur look real
  • Rendering fire with accuracy
  • How to paint photorealistic fire, water, ice, clouds and trees
  • The single most important thing to remember when negotiating a price for your work
  • Buffered contrast reduction - how and when to use it
  • Split paper/frisket techniques
  • Shield-reveal techniques
  • Shield-conceal techniques
  • Bounce method
  • Eraser techniques
  • The proper use of frisket
  • How to use liquid frisket effectively
  • Frisket overlap method
  • Single color multiplier and when to use it
  • Step method transitions
  • Skeet method for creating skin texture
  • Creating textures with chemicals 
 

Some of the topics covered:

  • How to create accurate fleshtones
  • Mastering color
  • Understanding Dru's color buffer theory
  • Transparent vs opaque techniques
  • Achieving perfect proportions
  • How to survive catastrophic painting errors
  • Tweaking a lifeless image so that it leaps off the canvas
  • Understanding white and the impact it has on your images
  • How to match a color dead-on every time
  • How to market and price your work
  • The nine rules of Photorealism
  • Where to find clients willing to pay you the big bucks
  • The right tools for the best results
  • How to really understand light
  • The two most important requirements for photo-realistic paintings
  • 21 point photorealism checklist
  • How to automatically discern problem areas in your own paintings that might otherwise have gone unnoticed
  • How to develop observation techniques that allow you to expand your visual discrimination
  • How to make hair look real
  • Rendering details such as hair, lips, and eyes with accuracy
  • The single most important thing to remember when negotiating a price for your work
  • Buffered contrast reduction - how and when to use it
  • Split paper/frisket techniques
  • Shield-reveal techniques
  • Shield-conceal techniques
  • Bounce method
  • Eraser techniques
  • The proper use of frisket
  • How to use liquid frisket effectively
  • Frisket overlap method
  • Single color multiplier and when to use it
  • Step method transitions
  • Skeet method for creating skin texture
  • Creating textures with chemicals 
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For more information or telephone bookings ring +44(0)2825647237

Dru Blair says:

"I had the opportunity to observe Simon Murray's teaching technique while he was a guest at my school, and it was nothing short of amazing. Simon fully engages each student, and ensures that they have proper information delivered in a concise manner."

"Simon's delivery of content is unparalleled. He is by far one of the best instructors I have ever met. His humor and his extensive expertise keeps everyone engaged. "

SM Designs has created the most dedicated and comprehensive automotive water-based training facility in Europe. ”

Dru Blair

Simon M says:

"I was greatly honoured when Dru invited me to teach at his world famous “Blair School of Art" in South Carolina in October. Needless to say it was a bit daunting teaching in front of the best airbrush artist on the planet, but I was made to feel very welcome and the facilities have to be seen to be believed. Combined with some good old southern hospitality, the class was a great success, so much so we are running another one in March 2011.

It was during my time in Carolina that Dru and I discussed the possibilities of running some classes in Northern Ireland. It was a “no brainer” really, considering Dru's huge fan base in Europe, plus the fact that his ancestors came from this very County. Kind of like a home coming for him.

I was honoured again by Dru when he asked me to teach the class with him. I'm under no illusion who the students are coming to see but I'm sure two different and unique teaching styles can only benefit our students.... Oh and lets not forget about that Irish Hospitality!

Looking forward to seeing you in May....”

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