Guide to Oil Painting

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Born in Cortez, Colorado, *Francis-Livingston has been painting for 35 years. He is in the top ranks of American illustrators, and his work has been widely published. Francis Livingston's paintings have been exhibited in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. Livingston was awarded both Gold and Silver Medals from the New York Society of Illustrators, San Francisco Society of Illustrators, and Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles.

Born in Hubbard, Texas in 1933, *MarkEnglish has come a long way from his early days of picking cotton and painting signs on windows of small-town businesses. He attended the University of Texas and graduated from The Art Center College in Los Angles in 1960. In 2001, Mark was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree from The Academy of Art, San Francisco. Moving to Connecticut in 1964, he began his meteoric rise as one of America's top magazine illustrators, working almost exclusively with the largest publishers on the globe.
Mark English has been one of the leading illustrators in the US and abroad for three decades, and is the most awarded illustrator in the history of the Society of Illustrators in New York. His client list includes such notables as IBM, U.S. Park Service, RCA, GE, Ford, GM, and Honeywell. Mark's gallery work appears in many private collections and has been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the world. In 1983, Mark English was elected to The Illustrators Hall of Fame.

*George-Pratt is a successful painter and author, whose work is in private collections in the United States, Canada, Europe, India, and Japan and has been exhibited in the Houston Museum of Fine Art and many galleries throughout the world. He received a BFA cum laude in Drawing & Painting from Pratt Institute, where he later taught for seven years. George's documentary film, See You In Hell, Blind Boy, won "Best Feature Documentary" at the New York International Independent Film Festival. George was included in Walt Reed's book The Illustrator in America 1860 - 2000. He has been awarded a Gold Medal in the Spectrum Awards, as well as the Eisner Award for Best Multimedia Artist at the San Diego ComicCon for his work on Wolverine: Netsuke.

*John-English-TAD was influenced and inspired by his early experiences in Connecticut where he was raised in the company of New York's most talented illustrators. He studied illustration at the University of Kansas with John Collier and went on to apprentice for his father, attending the Illustrators Workshops in Paris, New York and Monterey. In 1984, he began his career, and has received numerous awards from organizations including New York Society of Illustrators, Los Angeles Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, Graphis and Print Magazine.

*Brent-Watkinson-TAD received his BA at Missouri Southern State College in 1982; in 1985 he began his career as a freelance illustrator. In 1992, he was invited to become a member of the NASA Arts Program, and has since completed two paintings for NASA's permanent collection. Brent's clients include: American Express, Cook's Illustrated Magazine, Geffen Records, NASA, Putnam Publishers, Science Magazine, Sony Music, U.S. Pentagon, Time/Warner, The Franklin Mint, Doubleday/Bantam Books, and Random House. His images have also appeared in the New York Society of Illustrators, Los Angeles Society of Illustrators, and Communication Arts. Over the past few years, Brent has been a part-time instructor at the Kansas City Art Institute, and is a full-time faculty member of the Illustration Academy. Brent was an illustrator in private practice for about 23 years, overlapping with painting for galleries around the country as well. He is a founding member, administrator and instructor at The Art Department.

*Vanessa-Lemen-TAD is a fine art painter and illustrator who has worked as a freelance artist, commissioned painter, and fine art instructor. Vanessa graduated from San Diego State University in 1995, and has since developed a solid place in the community of San Diego, CA participating in a variety of local art events, as well as establishing a worldwide presence on the web with online instruction and tutorials for The Art Department. She co-founded Studio 2nd Street in Encinitas, CA, with her husband Ron, where she taught classical foundation drawing and painting, as well as mixed media and illustration classes. The Lemens have moved their studio efforts to San Diego to meet increased demands for their mentorship and instruction, and continue to instruct on faculty for The Art Department.

Traditional oils and beyond!

These educational shorts from *Vanessa-Lemen-TAD, *Brent-Watkinson-TAD, and *John-English-TAD focus on the wide range of materials available for oil painting - some of them may surprise you!

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Watch a visual story emerge from start to finish.

George has a series of videos available as Premium Content, where you can follow along as he demonstrates the use of different mediums and methods used in his development process.

John English: Landscape Painting

John English takes you from start to finish with a wet-into-wet landscape painting. From producing his own reference, to setting up his palette, every step in learning how to paint an effective landscape is discussed.

5-Part Series | 500 Points each

Francis Livingston: Oil Painting from Imagination

Would you like to see what it is like painting with thick paint? Francis Livingston piles on the paint in this video, painting one of his famous ice cream cones from his imagination. Listen carefully for an important quote from him pertaining to his point of view on "reality" in his artwork.

5-Part Series | 400 Points each

George Pratt: Head Painting

George strikes out on an "alla prima" head painting adventure. Controlling color, value, and drawing is what he talks about while really putting the paint down with confidence and authority.

Make a mark, react to it, change it, improve it......repeat.

2-Part Series | 1200 Points each

Mark English: Multi-Media Landscape

A veteran picture maker for over 50 years, Mark starts with a tiny black and white thumbnail drawing that turns into a gorgeous oil painting. You will not believe his "hardware store" items that he paints with. Producing award winning images is what Mark has done for illustration markets and galleries all around the world.

4-Part Series | 700 Points each

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