Alan McGowan

is creating expressive life drawing and painting, demos, & teaching videos

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Between one and three new videos every month, introducing and demonstrating a new theme or focus.
Videos will look at subjects in drawing and painting such as; line, glazing, colour palettes, tone, wet-into-wet painting, different pigments, transparency, opacity, measuring, tonality, transcription, portraiture, still life, pastels etc.
Online chat meeting every month, discussion and online (Discord) community.
Become a member of the community learning about expressive life drawing and painting.
Learn more about drawing and painting and join others interested in the challenges of dynamic, sensitive, representational art.
Includes:
  • Patron-only community
  • Monthly teaching videos on technique and materials (drawing, painting, colour, tone, mediums, glazes, portraiture, measuring etc...)
  • Monthly painting demonstration
  • Online general chat session expanding on topics and issues
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  • New Teaching Video
  • Live open chat discussion
  • Work in progress/Behind the scenes
  • Complete post archive

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This tier has been replaced by the new £15 tier which includes all the same benefits (this £20 tier will shortly be phased out).
Between one and three new videos every month, introducing and demonstrating a new theme or focus.
Videos will look at subjects in drawing and painting such as; line, glazing, colour palettes, tone, wet-into-wet painting, different pigments, transparency, opacity, measuring, tonality, transcription, portraiture, still life, pastels etc.
Online chat meeting every month, discussion and online (Discord) community.
Become a member of the community learning about expressive life drawing and painting.
Learn more about drawing and painting and join others interested in the challenges of dynamic, sensitive, representational art.
Includes:
  • Patron-only community
  • Monthly teaching video on technique and materials (drawing, painting, colour, tone, anatomy, mediums, glazes, portraiture, measuring etc...)
  • Monthly live painting demonstration
  • Online general chat session expanding on topics and issues
Includes Discord benefits
  • New Teaching Video
  • Live open chat discussion
  • Complete post archive
  • Work in progress/Behind the scenes

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About Alan McGowan

I will be taking July and August off from Patreon this Summer 2021, so won't be uploading any new videos for these two months and will start again in September. Patrons won't be charged for July and August membership. All the videos currently up will still be accessible though to catch up on.

In this Patreon environment I am trying to create a place to continue my teaching and my artistic practice; and sharing my insights into drawing and painting in a new way to more people and further afield than I have before. 
Each month focuses on a new theme or topic supported by teaching videos, demos and online live chat discussion. This began with two videos about some fundamentals of drawing which are then taken into drawing with oils; and then at the start of January 2021 two videos about differing ways of starting an oil painting. Since then I've looked into transcription (copying) and will next look at tonal values and restricted palette painting.

I post each new video/topic on the 1st of the month which includes or is accompanied by a demonstration, and then follow this with live online chat in the middle of the month. Topics I plan to cover include: differing colour palettes, glazing technique, drawing, tone, mark-making, portraiture, measuring, transcription, texture, qualities of transparency and opacity in oil paint, pastels... and other stuff. There will also be an open online chat session to discuss issues and clarify things; and access to a private community of drawers and painters (on Discord) to post images, discuss ideas and share with like-minded artists from around the world.

My interest is in an expressive approach to drawing and painting from life - which for me mostly means from the figure but is equally applicable to any subjects, landscape or still life. An approach which is both sensitive to the subject and recognises the individuality of the making artist. This requires I think both an understanding of the discipline and techniques of art and the freedom to explore and express ourselves through them. We build the playground and then play in it.

I have been a figure artist and teacher for many years and have exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London and Scotland and taught in many institutions including Edinburgh College of Art, the Royal Academy and The Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin and others. Here I will be sharing my art practice, experience, thoughts and insights about how to create expressive and confident representational art. There will be a mix of demonstrations and insights into my own practice and teaching lessons (on subjects like drawing, colour, tone, materials, oil paints, etc) as well as more reflective pieces on working as an artist.
I will be examining, opening up and illuminating the actual practices and techniques of drawing and painting. While I will not be promoting a single "method" or teaching that there is only one way to do things.
This will be the production of someone who is still a working artist - still "in it" in the same way that we are all trying to find our way - and it is important to me that I am also on a "path" and therefore am still learning, still asking questions, still trying to search in and through the creation of art. To make pictures not like photographs, not like historical pastiches, but of our living, vital experience.

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