Monday, 23 March 2015

The Classic Portrait with Robert Liberace.




I just finished watching Robert Liberace's newest DVD The Classic Portrait. Those of you following this blog, will know that I did a previous post on Rob Liberace, and that I think very highly of his work. His drawings show the strong influences of the classical trinity of draftsmen: Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael. And his painting is every bit as good as his draftsmanship.

That being said, I am most interested, this time around, in his teaching ability. Rob Liberace has the rare knack of actually being able to teach what he is doing. He has an articulate, easy-going conversational style of describing, at the same instant, exactly what he is painting(which must be no easy task). He manages to merge art history, anatomy and painting technique together seamlessly. He explains this technique and his purpose for every brush stroke, value and colour change.

I watched the entire four hours of instruction in one sitting and was totally immersed the entire time. Although it must be amazing to be able to study Mr. Liberace's techniques during a five day workshop, this DVD may be the next best thing to being there in person.

You can see more of Robert Liberace's work and purchase his DVD at robertliberace.com. The highest praise that I can give this DVD is that when I was finished watching it, I actually felt like I might be able, at some point in the future, to duplicate some of the magic Rob was creating. And, at the end of the day, isn't that what great teaching is all about?