Reilly Method Head Painting
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Reilly Method Head Painting
An online class with Mark Westermoe

Instructor Mark Westermoe
Dates 10 weeks
Location Online Only
Difficulty All Levels
Materials Click to download the materials list
Syllabus Click to download the syllabus


Learn head painting utilizing the Reilly Method in this 10-week online class from Mark Westermoe.

Often, the success or failure of a head painting is determined by the quality and thoughtfulness of its earliest stages. With this in mind, you will be instructed in the basic techniques for head studies from scratch, while you start with the fundamentals and build up.

You will begin with underpaintings and work in monochrome. Then, a limited color palate will be introduced. Once you can construct a good lay in, you will move on to complete paintings.

This Recorded Class Features:

  • 26+ hours of instructional video
  • Reference images to download
  • Access to the student chatroom
  • Online access to this class for 12 months

NOTE: Students will have access to all the class recordings for 12 months and may download all reference images to keep. But since this class is recorded, students will not be able to submit work for critique from the instructor.

Product Description

Mark Westermoe was a renowned artist, illustrator, and instructor. Mark’s class is the closest you can get to learning the Reilly Method from Frank Reilly himself. In this class, Mark will share his knowledge of the Reilly Method and how students can use it to create beautiful head paintings.

In this class, Mark will use oil, acrylic, and gouache as a medium for the demonstrations, sometimes in combination. You will learn that, even with these different types of paint, the same principles apply. The importance of organizing edges, shapes, and values will be stressed, no matter what the medium is.

About The Instructor

Mark Westermoe

Mark Westermoe was one of the giants of figure drawing in Southern California. Along with his stunning drawings, paintings, and illustrations, he was also a world-class instructor.

After graduating from Stanford, Mark returned to L.A. and began studying with his mentor, the great Fred Fixler, who was a student of legendary teacher Frank Reilly. Mark quickly became Fixler’s top student and protege. After Fixler’s death, Mark continued in the tradition of his mentor; handing down the knowledge of the Reilly Method to his students.

Mark’s professional illustration career rose to prominence when he worked for some of the top advertising houses in Hollywood, including BLT Communications and Seiniger Advertising. You can see his work on many feature film posters such as Braveheart, Total Recall, and Home Alone.

Along with his film and figurative work, Mark founded Associates in Art in Sherman Oaks, California, which became one of the top private art schools in the country. Many world-class artists and illustrators taught at Associates along with Mark, and many students and alumni became a “who’s who” of figurative art. Great artists such as Kevin Chen, Sergio Sanchez, and Paul Wee are just a few of Mark’s outstanding former students.

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