Monthly Archives: January 2015

Here's a bit on the process for the Autumn Green Man.

After discussing the project via email, I did up a bunch thumbnails. The client got to see these two which I thought solved the challenge in a way closest to what we discussed.

autumn green man rough ideas done in pencil by christine mitzuk
Autumn Green Man rough ideas presented to client.

Then I did a tighter drawing with values - a combination of pencil on vellum. Then I deepened the values, painting them on the computer (in case your wondering, I use Photoshop).

autumn green man sketch using pencil on vellum by christine mitzuk
Tight sketch, pencil on vellum + digital. I drew the lines on one side of the vellum, then drew values on the other to set up value relationships. I scanned it in then darkened the values by painting over them in Photoshop.

Next I did a few color studies. You'll see we ended up combining elements from the first and third one. The blue-violet eyes were essential. The client will be using the final art as a visual reference for four beaded tapestry pieces. She'll make one for each season in different colors, but the eyes will remain the same color.

autumn green man color studies digital painting over scanned pencil drawing by christine mitzuk

Initially the goal was to make it look like a portrait but when I got to the final, it seemed flat. I experimented with different abstract shadow shapes to give a feeling of depth and make it seem like he was out in the woods with shadows cast by nearby branches. It wasn't part of the initial idea but liked liked it. Turned out the client liked it too. Win!

two versions of the autumn green man painted digitally by christine mitzuk
On the left is the piece finished to meet the initial goal. On the right is the Green Man seen through the shadows of the forest.

If you want to own a copy, I'm selling limited edition 8" x 10" prints of the final (the image on the right) online through my Square Market shop. If you're outside the U.S. and would like to make a purchase, contact me.

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Portrait and Interior Class

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Make your own magic! Learn to create beautiful portraits from classically trained professional artist Christine Mitzuk. Beginner and intermediate students welcome.

Spots still available! Sign up today for Christine’s Tuesday evening portrait class
at The Atelier, 7-9:30 pm. Started 1/20. 15 weeks. $230.

To register or ask questions contact Christine, or The Atelier at 612-362-8421.

Illustration

digital painting of the astrological sign Aries by christine mitzuk to be used in Llewellyn's 2015 Astrological Calendar
Aries

Let your imagination fly! Class starts this Thursday 1/21/15.

During this class, students will develop imaginative pieces based upon a story or individual ideas. We will move from idea generation to preparatory work and on to final art. Emphasis will be placed on composition, and storytelling. Students may choose to work in the medium with which they are comfortable. Christine has experience to support watercolor, colored pencil, pen and ink, or oil paint.

To register or ask questions contact Christine, or The Atelier at 612-362-8421.

 

Exploring Color: Color Theory and Color Mixing

Color Mixing Class - Paxton Palette ValuesExperience color hands-on through creating color boards and value scales. Using the colors of The Atelier’s Paxton Palette in oil paint, we will explore the attributes of color: hue, value, and chroma. Projects will be paced by order of completion and students will work at their own pace.

We’ll discuss the color wheel as it relates to painting with the Paxton Palette. Topics will also include mixing “mud”, Munsell and Gamblin color space, direct vs. indirect painting, color temperature, color harmony, color psychology, and a bit of color history. Plus we’ll demystify the information given on paint labels.

Please contact Christine (cmitzuk@gmail.com) for what to bring to the first class. Supply list given after you are registered.

Starting THURSDAY, Jan. 22, 4:15 - 6:45 PM
$210, 15 weeks. Scroll down for registration information.

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Vote for your favorite image from Llewellyn's 2015 Astrological Calendar and send me your name for a chance to win a copy of the calendar.

I created the images for Llewellyn's 2015 Astrological Calendar. It's now all out in the wild and it's time to celebrate.

How it works

Step 1. Vote! How do you vote? Leave a reply in the comments section noting which image you like best. Easy right?

Step 2. Contact me. Use the contact form on this page after the images to send me an email with your name.

Step 3. The Pulling of the Name. I'll print out the names, throw them all into a hat, and pull one. So long as that person followed step 1 and 2, he or she will receive a calendar. I will email the winner to get the shipping address. If you happen to be the winner and you already have a calendar, you are welcome to choose one of these 12 astrological images as a print instead. Prints are limited editions and are printed on 8.5"x11" Epson Premium Matte Presentation paper.

This starts today, Wednesday, January 14, 2015 with the posting of this blog entry and ends Saturday, January 17, 2015 8:00 PM US Central Time at which time I will close the blog comments for this post and disable the contact form.

There will only be one winner. I only have one calendar left.
The winner will be announced on Facebook and my blog next Wednesday, January 21, 2015.
Thanks for visiting my site and good luck!

capricorn image created by christine mitzuk for llewellyn's 2015 astrological calendar
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Voting is now closed. Thank you! The winner will be posted this coming Wednesday.

Light your inner creative fire to help keep you warm this winter. Art classes start up again the week of January 18, 2015. Classes are held at The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art. The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art is a friendly little traditional art school located in Northeast Minneapolis, MN (a bit on the outskirts of Dinky Town). The school is on the second floor of a red brick warehouse on the corner of Stinson Blvd. and East Hennepin Ave. Free off-street parking is available.

NEW! Costumed Figure Drawing and Painting

digital painting of the astrological sign Leo by christine mitzuk to be used in Llewellyn's 2015 Astrological Calendar
Leo

This class offers the opportunity for hands-on learning in dealing with a costumed figure. Emphasis will be placed on the visible form, gesture, underlying structure, differing characteristics of fabric, and selecting from nature to create a visually pleasing picture. Using the sight-size method, students will develop a minimum of 3 costumed figure studies. This 15-week class will be broken into 3 five-week poses. Each pose will feature different costuming. Depending on skill level, students are welcome to work in pencil, charcoal, or oil paint.

Starting TUESDAY, Jan. 20, 4:15 - 6:45 PM
$230, 15 weeks.  Scroll down for registration information.

NEW! Exploring Color: Color Theory and Color Mixing

Color Mixing Class - Paxton Palette ValuesExperience color hands-on through creating color boards and value scales. Using the colors of The Atelier’s Paxton Palette in oil paint, we will explore the attributes of color: hue, value, and chroma. Projects will be paced by order of completion and students will work at their own pace.

We’ll discuss the color wheel as it relates to painting with the Paxton Palette. Topics will also include mixing “mud”, Munsell and Gamblin color space, direct vs. indirect painting, color temperature, color harmony, color psychology, and a bit of color history. Plus we’ll demystify the information given on paint labels.

Please contact Christine (cmitzuk@gmail.com) for what to bring to the first class. Supply list given after you are registered.

Starting THURSDAY, Jan. 22, 4:15 - 6:45 PM
$210, 15 weeks. Scroll down for registration information.

Illustration

Illustration ClassStretch your imagination! During this class, students will develop imaginative pieces based upon a story or individual ideas. We will move from idea generation to preparatory work and on to final art. Emphasis will be placed on composition, and storytelling. Students may choose to work in the medium with which they are comfortable. Christine has experience to support watercolor, colored pencil, pen and ink, or oil paint.

Starting THURSDAY, Sept. 8 & Jan. 22, 7:00 - 9:30 PM
15 weeks, $210 (NOTE: The Atelier brochure lists this as 10 weeks. It will be 15 weeks.)
Scroll down for registration information.

 

Portrait and Interior

portrait class at the atelier in minnesotaStudents draw in charcoal and may progress to oil or pastels. The portrait model will be set within an interior. Advanced students can take advantage of the entire composition. Capturing the likeness is emphasized. Color and techniques in oil and pastel are covered.

Starting TUESDAY, Jan. 20, 7:00 - 9:30 PM
OR THURSDAY, Jan. 22, 7:00 - 9:30 PM
$230, 15 weeks. Instructors: Christine Mitzuk (Tues.) & Laura Tundel (Thurs.)
Scroll down for registration information.

 

Where's the Gesture Class?

The Costumed Figure Drawing and Painting is in the Gesture Class time slot. Fear not! The Gesture Class will be offered again during the summer session which starts about the middle of May.

Register for classes one of four ways:

Option 1: Call The Atelier at 612-362-8421. Main hours are 9am - 4pm Central Time or during evening classes. Please leave a message if you don't get a live person.
Option 2: Print out the registration form from the course catalog PDF. As I write this the latest course catalog is not posted to the site (Spring 2015). The form is the same every session so you can use the most recent PDF. Just the course offerings change a bit.
Option 3: Print out this form, fill it out, and mail it to The Atelier, along with payment. See form for instructions.
Option 4: Contact me and I'll help you out,