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David Lobenberg
"California Vibe Watercolor Portraiture"


October 3 - 6, 2019

Cost: NBAL Member $400

Non-member $430

Time: 10am - 5pm all days


 $100 Deposit Required


Like California's San Andreas Fault line, David likes to shake things up. He applies watercolor to paper with big splatters, swabs, slaps, splats, and slashes.


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                                                                             Pre-California Vibe  Watercolor Portraiture™ homework   


     Print each of the provided outline drawings on your home printer. Take note of the outside rectangular ruled border around each of the three outline drawings. They all are roughly the same ratio as an 11-inch by 15 inch, quarter sheet of watercolor paper. Each of the three outline drawings that you print are then enlarged so that the outside rectangular border rules measure roughly 11 inches by 15 inches. Utilize a plain paper-copying machine at your home, office, or copy service for this purpose. On a small copy machine that can only print on 8 ½ by 11-inch sheets of paper, you may have to make two copies that can be taped together for the final 11 by 15 inch enlargement. Most plain paper copiers at professional copy services can copy enlargements on 11 by 17 inch legal sized paper or even larger in some cases. Unless you or a copy service has what is called a “proportion wheel” or the calculation formula to figure out the percentage of enlargement, a trial and error copying method works just fine and will not consume a lot of your time and or money. I use the trial and error method! Note, that when you get your first enlarged 11 by 15 inch sized copy, it will show on the copy machine display panel as a percentage number (say something like 185%). Use that percentage number for ALL your other copies. Each of these final enlarged copies (all horizontally oriented) are then taped on a window during daylight hours or on a light table if you have one. A quarter sheet (11” X 15”) 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper (professional grade watercolor paper only) is then taped on top of each
outline drawing so that each drawing fills up the quarter sheet. Use a soft office pencil to trace the outline drawings. Do two pencil tracings for each of the three exercises thus making for a total of six quarter sheets ready to paint during the workshop. When tracing, apply enough pressure on the pencil so that the completed tracing is not too light. Yes, the pencil lines will show up on the final watercolor, and that’s OK. The lines add energy to the painting!    Again, all of the enlarged outline drawings should fit perfectly on horizontally oriented 11 inch by 15-inch quarter sheets of watercolor paper. Remember: we will paint only on professional grade paper! Bring your six traced quarter sheets to the workshop.     Also, please enlarge the three reference photos on a plain paper copier so that they are approximately 8 by 10 inches in size. As you make these enlargements, you may need to adjust the exposure so they are not too light or too dark.

                                        Get ready to work hard and have a ball California Vibeing

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