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Notes made for workshop in Japan last year, thought of sharing with everyone. Hope you find helpful.

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Portrait Demo and Figure drawing Workshop. Tokyo, Japan 2017

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Lecture and Live Drawing Demonstration by Joni Duarte
ジョニー・ドゥアルテ 講義&人物画ライブデモンストレーション
2017.12.15 (Fri.) 19:30 – 22:00

Before proceeding to the full-tutored 2-day workshop, the professional painter/tutor, Joni Duarte will give us a lecture about the history of figure drawing, followed by his live demonstration of portrait drawing.

Why has human figure been the central subject for centuries? Why are we still doing this? Why nudity? His talk will help your understanding of what you are doing as well as give you a chance to rethink why you want to do life drawing. The lecture will be given in English and Japanese.

Following the lecture comes his live demonstration of portrait drawing. Joni will draw a life model with explanation of his drawing process. We believe that not many painters have enough skill, career and confidence to be capable of doing a live demo in public. We are very proud of having him in the group and we bet you do not easily get this kind of experience anywhere else.

Taking photos and videos are allowed throughout the lecture and demo.


19:30 – 20:00
Lecture “A brief introduction to the history of figure drawing in Ateliers”
The Greeks – The Romans – Ateliers of middle ages and Italian Renaissance – Art schools

20:30 – 22:00
Live drawing demonstration
with a life model (Half American and half Japanese female model)

Free admission

Venue: ソレイユ入谷2F “アトリエ reboot” 1 Chome-11-15 Shitaya, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 110-0004
I min. walk from Iriya station exit 1 or 2 on the Hibiya line, 6min. walk from Uguisudani station on the JR Yamanote line, 12 min. walk from Ueno station on the JR line.

Reservation: Reserve your spot on Meetup on the link below or send us an email,…/…/

ジョニー・ドゥアルテ 講義&人物画ライブデモンストレーション



19:30 – 20:00 講義「人物画の歴史 」
古代ギリシャ ― ローマ ― 中世、イタリアルネッサンスのアトリエ ― 現代美術学校

20:30 – 22:00 人物画ライブデモンストレーション


開催地:東京都台東区下谷1-11-15 ソレイユ入谷2階「アトリエ reboot」 110-0004
最寄駅: 地下鉄日比谷線入谷駅 1番・2番出口から徒歩1分
JR山手線鴬谷駅 南口から徒歩6分
JR各線上野駅 入谷口から徒歩12分

ご予約: 下記リンク先のMeetupページまたはメールでお願いいたします。…/…/

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Figure drawing workshop in Tokyo, Japan

Next week I’ll be doing  figure drawing workshop in Tokyo, Japan!
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Summer is finally here
(Exhibitions and auction previews featuring only the ones in London)

At auction:

Christies 19th Century European & Orientalist ArtChristies: 19th Century European & Orientalist Art

Sothebys Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist ArtSothebys: Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art



Royal Academy RA Schools Show 2016Royal Academy: RA Schools Show 2016 

Royal Academy David Hockney RA 82 Portraits and 1 Still-lifeRoyal Academy: David Hockney RA: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life

ScienceMuseum Wounded Conflict, Casualties and Care (featuring Henry Tonks)ScienceMuseum: Wounded: Conflict, Casualties and Care (featuring Henry Tonks)

Tate Britain Painting with LightTate Britain: Painting with Light

National Portrait Gallery BP Portrait Award 2016National Portrait Gallery: BP Portrait Award 2016

National Gallery Painters' PaintingsNational Gallery: Painters’ Paintings


  Harold Speed, painter and author of  ‘The practice & science of drawing‘ first publish in 1917 and ‘Oil painting techniques and materials‘ first publish in 1925 (‘The Science & Practice of Oil Painting‘ was its original title then), had another book, ‘WHAT IS THE GOOD OF ART?‘ published in 1936, almost 20 years after his first book.
  This book is more about his view on Art and its importance. Putting Art side by side to science and philosophy to support or dispute views on reality, beauty, perception and… beyond.
In my opinion this book should be read along with his previous ones (The Practice and Science of Drawing; Oil Painting Techniques and Materials) as a complementary. I enjoyed a lot, as it felt more personal and no less educational. Do recommend.
Unfortunately is out of print, used books can be bought online but the availability is scarce.


Workshop: James Kroner

Workshop: James Kroner

I have recently attended James Kroner ( )painting workshop in London.
It was a 2 day workshop with a introduction the day before
The introduction/talk consisted about his art education and his journey, some of his view on art and his philosophy. He also showed in detail and explained his method/approach to painting.

Extra videos can be found in his youtube channel

Day 1 we went out to Battersea Square, London, and started with James giving a demo. He did spend his time looking around and a red shop front has caught his attention, he spent further time looking at his subject and thinking about how to frame/crop it for composition purposes.

He paints on panel primed with white acrylic gesso, the surface is very very smooth. For brushes he uses synthetic flat, much like watercolour brushes.
He starts to paint with generous amounts of turps and when drawing his shapes he takes time. Something i assumed based on his loose, blocky, brushy, loose looking painting style was that was painted fairly quickly. I was wrong. James really takes his time, observes his subject quite intensely, and draws within the turpy colored blocked shape just by moving paints and turps with his brush. Nothing is rushed, even what might look straight forwards simple shapes, he will approach with patience.

At this demo unfortunately and due to the nature of workshop James went for a round to help others with their paintings, not able to push his painting to a finish. Later when he went back to his painting, London graced us with heavy rain! End of day one.

Day 2 the weather did not improve, everyone was painting under their umbrella and this time we only painted outdoors for 3 hours. until become hard to continue. The rest of the day we carried on in the studio. Here James did another demo but this time from a photo, his approach was similar. When working from photos or from life James does seems to approach his subject with the same mentality, as he was working from life. Allowing him to achieve the same results as if he painted from life.

James would also come often around to give critics. In short, his major consistent points were always on value and edges. And think about how to use them to guide the viewers eye through the painting.

james kroner photo workshop photo

Looking forwards in seeing more of his work and what he does next. Do check his website for further info on workshops and exhibitions. )

Artist Highlight: José Malhoa

José Malhoa (1855 – 1933)

José Vital Branco Malhoa (1855 – 1933), commonly known as José Malhoa was a Naturalist Portuguese painter. Born in a family of farmers April 28th in Caldas da Rainha, Portugal, Malhoa revealed artistic aptitude from early age. At 12, went to the Fine Art school in Lisbon where he studied for 8 years. His dedication and talent were quickly noticed, allowing him to win all the 1st prizes every year. By the end of his studies in Lisbon, Malhoa applied for scholarships to further continue his studies in a foreign country but with little success. And without possibility of a financially support, he is forced to work for his older brother in a clothing store.

Never completely putting his brushes aside, he worked 3 years for his brother, until his work in 1881 (Seara Invadida) was accepted for an exhibition in Madrid where it was extremely well received. It was the end of the clothing store job, dedicated full-time to art since, it was the start of many commissions and exposure that never stopped. Founder and president of the Society of Fine Art, member of Grupo do Leão along side with notorious Portuguese painters of the time (Silva Porto, Columbano, Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro, António Ramalho, João Vaz, Henrique Pinto, Ribeiro Cristino, Moura Girão, Rodrigues Vieira and many others), Malhoa  won endless medals, awards and honours through his life. In 1928 received a National tribute, in 1933 the José Malhoa museum was created. The artist died that same year, 17th of October in Figueiró dos Vinhos. The museum’s inauguration was in 28th of April of the following year, the day of his anniversary.
José Malhoa Foundation still exists to this day, to help young upcoming artists.

Self-portrait, 1906, Charcoal on paper, 1906
Self-portrait, 1906, Charcoal on paper, 1906

Museums with José Malhoa’s work in Portugal.

Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis (Porto)
Cada dos Patudos (Alpiarça)
Museu José Malhoa (Caldas da Rainha)
Casa-Museu Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves (Lisbon)
Museu do Fado (Lisbon)