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Illustration Techniques with Dave Dorman Vol. 2

Traditional Painting in Oils and Mixed Media


This second title of a two-part series shows the development of a full-color illustration based on the pencil art from the previous title. Dave demonstrates his techniques for completing the illustration using a multitude of media including oil paints, acrylics, colored pencils, markers and more, all on one piece of art. He shows a variety of methods for manipulating the paint and discusses color theory and dynamic lighting techniques in relation to the drama and action of the scene. He also shows how fine detailing and loose texturing both have a place in drawing the eye around the art. In this lecture, Dave emphasizes experimentation with painting techniques not only to achieve the desired result but also to effectively meet the deadline of a commercial illustration project.

Duration: 2h 20m

Format: HD 1280x720

Dave Dorman


Eisner Award-winning artist and Air Force brat Dave Dorman has lived and traveled around the world, which has noticeably influenced his diverse body of work. Dave attended St. Mary’s College in Maryland, and Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art before leaving to teach himself oil painting. Minus an instructor’s influence, Dorman experimented and adapted unorthodox, oft-imitated techniques, many of which he explains in his Gnomon Workshop DVDs. Dorman’s first big break was a cover for “Heavy Metal Magazine” in 1982. He followed that up with extensive work on Indiana Jones, Star Wars (fans voted him the #1 Star Wars Artist), Alien, Predator, AVP, Batman, Spiderman, G.I. Joe, Magic: The Gathering, World of Warcraft, King Kong, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and his own critically acclaimed project, The Wasted Lands.

  • "All I can say about Dave is WHOA! I have always admired Dave’s skills and technique and to finally have a peek at how he does his magic is something every aspiring artist should be thankful for and should treasure for years to come."

    - Stephan Martiniere
    Creative Visual Director, Midway Games