Back in the early days, the mixed media world consisted mainly of artwork containing a veritable plethora of heads collaged from magazines and photographs. While creating this type of art was interesting and easily constructed, I felt like something vital and personal was missing. The lack of original and painted faces felt like a challenge, and as a result, in 2006 I introduced the world to my “Petite Dolls.”
I began teaching this style of art in my online school in 2008, which has resulted in thousands of women and girls going on to incorporate pretty, whimsical faces in their own mixed media paintings.
If you are a true beginner to art and need step by step guidance in order to complete a painting, or even if you are a skilled but traditional artist who wants to learn more about things like beeswax and layering, my Petite Doll Series is for you! Approximately once per month I will have a new and different themed class based around the concept of my Petite Dolls.
This Particular Workshop Includes:
Original Suzi Blu Angel Template(you don't have to draw) 6 Instructional HD Videos(Mommy and me friendly!) PDF with supply list and notes on Technique and Application Private room where you can ask for my help if you need it.
Here is the first crop of student work from my online workshop Mixed media Alchemy Workshop#1
In this class you will learn how to: 1) Shade a face using Colored Pencils (template is provided so you don't have to draw) 2) Compose a torso onto a canvas and integrate the figure into a Bohemian Abstract Mulit-Layered background!
Whether you are a beginning artist following along to make the exact painting I do, or an intermediate who needs more help loosening up to create layers, Mixed Media Alchemy is for you!
You will have access to the workshop and facegroup group which includes my feedback on your work, until the end of 2014, so plenty of time left to join!
In my 6 years of teaching how to draw and shade portraits, both online and in person, I have found that one on one feedback is crucial for students, expecially beginners, to understand the concepts well enough to duplicate them.
In Mixed Media Alchemy Workshop #1my students, through a private Facebook group, get one on one feedback from me everytime they upload their work. Often students, even those who have made art for years, do not go far enough with their shading. As long as they stick to what is taught in the videos, I will help them throughout the year of 2014, and I can help you too! If your own portraits look flat and one dimensional, if you are unsure how to achieve the 3 Dimensional look I get in my faces, join Mixed Media Alchemy #1 with it's private Facebook room where I can help you directly.
Encouragement from other artists who show their work also, along with critiques, creates a wonderful atmosphere for inspiration, motivation, and beautiful paintings!
Access to the videos and critiques from suzi will be available until the end of 2014. You may join anytime. We will be waiting for you!
Testimonial - Carol Clayton "Even though I’ve taken Suzi’s online classes before, in her new Mixed Media Alchemy class I’ve already learned that I didn’t know nearly as much about her techniques as I thought I did. Having Suzi critique your work each step of the way will help you improve in ways you couldn’t imagine. For instance, when Suzi says to press very lightly in the video, I can bet that she means MUCH lighter than what you’re actually doing. I did it too. Not being heavy handed is much harder than you’d think.
And shading? Oh my. I now realize that before this particular class I have NEVER actually shaded any of my faces adequately before. If I want my faces to turn out as fabulous as Suzi’s, then there are no shortcuts when it comes to shading. If Suzi’s real-time video shows it taking her an hour to shade a face, then I can count on it taking me at least that long of steady shading but probably a whole lot longer because I’d have to concentrate on it much harder than she would have to.
After drawing and shading my first face, I scanned it in to upload to the FB group for Suzi to critique. I could tell by the scan that it was paler in the T-zone than I thought it should be, so I figured I might have to do a tiny bit more shading. Boy, was I wrong. The face on the Right is my actual final shading. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I actually had to go over and over and over things before Suzi finally said that I’d shaded her enough. By that time, my sheet of paper actually felt HEAVY. And as you can see in the side-by-side comparison, the final face is a WHOLE LOT different from the first, and looks so much better, if I do say so myself. By the time I’m finished, I expect that my painting and layering techniques will be vastly improved as well!"
Are you drawn to the mysterious and ethereal beauty of a mixed media painting? In this first workshop of the series, learn the techniques I use to shade a porcelain complexion face and an abstract bohemian background. For beginners but also intermediates who desire in depth instruction on each technique.
This self-guided course was designed for both beginner and intermediate artists who have an interest in learning how to draw a Gypsy Girl in the style of Suzi Blu. Video and PDFs instantly download to your computer. A great gift for a budding artist!
Although I don't do it often, I took a few comissions while I was teaching in New Jersey. One of them is the last I just finished. It is for a woman in New york for two beautiful girls that are in her life. Gypsy sisters.
Two pretty girls dressed in gowns are on a boat in the harbor looking at their city. I didn't want the city to be grey with threatening buidlings, so I used warm colors to make the buildings friendly.
All of the colors that are in the buildings are also found on the girls. This means that the city is not seperate from them. They belong there. They won't be swallowed up by it all, they will be movers and shakers!
This quote says that you need to not only dream, but believe that your dreams are important, for them to come true.
You need to infuse everything about you withe the possiblity of your dreams. Live them. Breathe them in. Wear them too.
This is a beautiful girl who loves flowers. She has her big sister to watch over her and they support each others dreams.
There is a lot of texture in this painting but not so overboard where it takes away from their beautiful faces.
Although I am not taking any more comissions, I will be teaching one on one classes Online starting in January. You too can learn how to draw, paint, and shade beautiful girls just like these, and make them for all the little girls in your life. Registration for january will be up here in a week.