A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of assisting the remarkable artist Steven Assael with a portrait workshop held at his midtown Manhattan studio. In past workshops I chose to draw in color, but for this workshop I decided to paint instead. Anyone familiar with my work knows that I seldom use oil paint. On the other hand, anyone familiar with Steven's work knows that he is a master of the medium. I am happy to report that this 6-hour study was a surprisingly wonderful experience, even for a gouache devotee like myself.
During the workshop, an idea was hatched to share some of the workshop highlights on a student-centered blog. Check out my contribution, that of fellow assistant Adam Carnes, and many others at the new Assael Students tumblr.