I was “drawn” to this review after reading about the video on the Vogan Studio website:

Learn how to get an exact likeness

  • Choose your subject
  • Set the waypoints
  • Shade in layers

And end up with a work of art!

Moreover, after seeing the masterpieces created by the pencil artist (who is only in his sixth year), I wondered what my artistically gifted children and husband could do with this instruction. Then I started to ponder the possibilities for the more artistically challenged family member, me.

For years I’ve wanted a realistic rendering of my children in pencil or another artistic medium. My experience with art has always been limited to the enjoyment of others’ work. I haven’t been able to employ the information and directions that I’ve read in art manuals. After watching How to Draw a Portrait, I successfully identified my problem: I just haven’t been willing to draw what I see. Rather, I draw what I think I see or what I think should be there.

The chapters on the DVD are as follows:

  1. Let’s Get Started (10 min.)–This chapter helps the student gather materials, set up, and choose a subject.
  2. Drawing the Picture (40 min.)–Since all people have the same attributes on their face, just a different placement, Mr. Vogan has the student manage this with (a) the grid, (b) shading, and (c) way points.
  3. Finishing Up (7 min.)–This chapter deals with protecting your artwork temporarily while working on the portrait and then permanently protecting with a workable fixative. Also, the use of Photoshop to manage your masterpiece is detailed.
  4. You’re Done! (2 min.)–This showcases the portfolio of Mr. Vogan
  5. Palin drawing (3 min.)–This showcases the 3-hour process of drawing former vice-presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, condensed into a 3-minute video.
  6. Credits (1 min.)–This displays the talent and humor of Mr. Vogan, who is the artist and developer of this DVD.

I hope Mr. Vogan will continue the training offered by this art course by adding a workbook or a book for those left-brained thinkers who might now have a chance at art. As it is, I would need to watch the video a number of times and take notes to make this a workable art lesson for some members of my family.

Maybe one day soon I’ll get that realistic rendering of my family members–or at the very least, another art project made by the hands of those I treasure and of subject matter that I treasure even more, my husband and my children.

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