Students will learn about retinal vs construction- based painting techniques and how to combine them in order to play to each of their strengths. There will be a strong focus on color and value, with an exploration of strategies for seeing and mixing color. A short discussion about color harmony will also take place. Drawing techniques such as measuring, triangulation, halving, the use of verticals and horizontals, and shape visualizations will be discussed. 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 they can take with them in order to continue practicing after the workshop is over.
Born and raised in NYC, Ricky Mujica was a top romance and book jacket illustrator for many years. In 2014, Ricky returned to fine art and since then has received numerous awards including, First Place at the April round of TRAC2015, the Florence and Ernest Thompson Memorial Award at the 103 Allied Artists Exhibition, and an Honorable Mention at Figurativas in Barcelona. He has been a finalist or has placed in the Portrait Society International Portrait Competitions, the OPA, NOAP, Salmagundi, Allied Artists, ARC, Artist Magazine, and Southwest Art Magazine competitions. Ricky believes that empathy, creativity, and skill are most important.