Painting from Life – The Art Students League

Painting from Life

Ricky Mujica

Ricky Mujica

Class Description

This class will primarily focus on painting the figure, but with an emphasis on the face and head. Students will learn about retinal/ optical painting techniques, as well as construction based painting techniques. Both approaches are powerful and we will explore how to know when and why to use either approach. There will be a strong focus on color and value, with an exploration of strategies for seeing and mixing color. We will talk about objective, journalistic color, which is needed for capturing life, and we will also talk about formal color, which necessary for making a harmonic or dissonant painting, depending on our goals. Drawing techniques such as triangulation, halving, the use of verticals and horizontals, and shape visualizations will be discussed, as well as the weaknesses and inadequacies of measuring. Squinting is a powerful tool and students will learn how to get the most out of it, including why and when to use it. Most importantly, students will learn exercises that are not unlike musical practice scales that they can take with them in order to continue practicing.

About the Instructor

Born and raised in New York City and currently living and working in Montclair, New Jersey, Ricky Mujica (aka Ricardo José Mujica) studied art at the High School of Art and Design, Parsons in Paris, and at Parsons School of Design/New School for Social Research, where he received a full Presidential Scholarship.

Mujica is an acclaimed, multidimensional painter with many awards to his credit. As a fine artist he has won many awards from acclaimed organizations such as the Portrait Society of America, the Oil Painters of America, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, Lore Degenstein, the Wausau Museum, and the Museum of American Illustration. He worked for many years as a professional illustrator with such clients as Harper Collins, Harlequin Books, and Cherry 7-Up, and has painted murals for Sony and Loews Theaters.

He is a Signature Status Member of the Portrait Society of America.

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