If you can't make it to a workshop or just want a (better than) front row seat with instruction that can be reviewed time and again, Rob's dvds are the perfect solution. Check out excerpts and testimonials below. All videos are directed and edited by our Emmy-nominated friend, filmmaker Adam Lubkin.
Eight titles are available (below) with future titles to be announced.
"Robert, As an artist, I truly appreciate the thought and logical progression that you used in the making of your newest DVD. As a former trainer for the US Navy, I understand what it takes to make clear concepts that are difficult to put into words on the best of days. I would like to tell you that this is a home run. Outstanding piece of work, in it's organization, elucidation and development. I intend to use this DVD to remind myself of the importance of a concentrated, logical yet intuitive painting approach, and can see myself reviewing it often in the future...This DVD is wonderful. "
Louise Sackett, "The Classic Portrait" purchaser
"...having just bought a couple of your DVDs, I thought I would write and say complimenti davvero. Bravo!!!!... they're brilliant." John Angel,
Angel Academy of Art, Florence, Italy
"Hi Rob, I have to tell you that I have just done 2 paintings, a portrait and a still life, using your methods, and they're the best paintings I've done. Plus, I did them in one tenth of the time. I can't thank you enough. I'm a veterinarian but since receiving your DVDs last week, I think of nothing but art.
Yours with extreme gratitude, Max McCann", Dublin Ireland
“Dear Mr. Liberace,
Received your DVD today... Just wanted to let you know what I thought. In short...it knocked my socks off. I’ve been painting for almost twenty years and I’ve spent thousands of dollars on educational and instructional DVD’s and absolutely nothing compares to yours for clarity, presentation, format, and the amount of information you impart to the viewer. Thank you for the absolute best, most insightful, most informative class I’ve ever had. And thanks for giving me back my mojo just by watching you work. Highest Regards, RB McGrath, Jacksonville, Arkansas”
"Robert Liberace has set the bar high. His DVDs truly are educational tools. RL is a master and eloquently expresses his ideas while conducting demonstrations. His fine gestural pencil marks on the toned support demand a high level in production quality and the quality shines through. This is not a pro stepping out of his league to make bread and butter money off of hobbyists. This is a conscientious effort to share knowledge from a master made available to everyone interested." and "Robert Liberace has managed to capture his mastery as both an artist and a teacher. He is a true Master and due in part to his comfort with his position, using only the bare essentials he achieves a level of rapport with the viewer that I have not seen elsewhere." (For a full review off "The Figure in Motion" and "Alla Prima" visit artdvdreview.com.) Michael Souza, ArtDVDReview (www.artdvdreview.com)
"This professional quality, well edited, instructional DVD has everything you'll need to understand the three color chalk method of drawing: a gifted and articulate instructor, a well organized demonstration, and a section on materials." M. Stephen Doherty, Editor-in-Chief, American Artist Magazine
(Rob's tips on drawing in the first dvd is mentioned in Steve Doherty's blog: Six Tips for Drawing)
"Excellent artist, excellent teacher...you blend the two so well... so rare among DVD's that are being released today..." buttonlane
“Truly the most informative demonstrations available on DVD anywhere… The best in my collection. Liberace radiates his unparalleled knowledge of anatomy, art history and studio practice in this remarkably filmed demonstration.” Charles Miano, Founder and Program Director of The Southern Atelier Center of Fine Art, Sarasota, Florida “Great for the novice as well as the seasoned artists! It takes great mastery to speak to all levels of artists, and this is a video with which one can continue to grow.” Dasa, fine artist
This four hour video describes an approach to portrait painting based on a carefully organized plan involving clear steps from monochromatic underpainting to colored glazes. The first day is devoted to grisaille which establishes form and value and the second day focuses on color which adds life and vitality to the portrait. Artists from Raphael to Ingres would often work in these distinctly delineated stages resulting in paintings with both a radiant glow and strong form definition. The colors and mediums used in this video are all historical pigments and oils which were found on artists’ palettes as far back as the Renaissance and earlier. Exotic lapis lazuli and authentic vermillion together with mediums containing wax and leaded glass all play a role in creating a portrait which evokes the richness of classical portraiture.
Anatomical knowledge has inspired and guided artists for centuries. From DaVinci’s sublime studies to Michelangelo’s muscular creations, the study of anatomy led to extraordinary achievements in the history of art. In this dvd Robert Liberace explores this tradition by examining the fundamental anatomical forms which shape the lights and shadows of the body’s surface. Working from a live model, each significant form-creating muscle of the arm and hand is described and rendered from origin to insertion with a modified three-color chalk technique which highlights the muscle character, direction, and the bony connections. The video includes detailed reference diagrams based on the pose of the original drawing which featuring highlighted origins and insertions. The complete group of anatomical diagrams and photos of the model in position can be downloaded. See back of dvd cover.
Item Number: 007
Price: $85 (includes S/H)
The Portrait in Three Color Chalk
The classic technique of three chalk or “trois crayon” is one of the most elegant and efficient methods of rendering the portrait. It involves the manipulation of red, black and white to suggest the warmth and richness of flesh hues. It is not only a visually compelling technique, but also a means to connect with some of the great artists who used this approach, such as Rubens, Watteau, and Holbein. In this DVD, you will learn from one of America’s foremost artists and teachers, known for his inspiring and informative teaching style, as he takes you through the entire process of creating an original drawing while explaining everything from the selection of materials to his techiniques to final touches. Special features include paper preparation, art gallery, and video previews from the five demos in this series. Photos of the model can be dowloaded from robertliberace.com (see back of dvd case). Total running time, 2 hours, 20 minutes.
Item Number: 001
Price: $85 (includes S/H)
The Figure in
Classical figure drawing radiates with energy giving us the sense of the body's full range of strength, movement and vitality. This dynamic approach infuses artwork with a kinetic excitement that is the hallmark of classical drawing. This video explores the tradition of energetic figure drawing by following the development of one of Rob's drawings from selecting, arranging and maintaining the pose, to the final accents. See jacket cover for a link to photos of the actual poses. View short clip. Photos of the model can be dowloaded from robertliberace.com (see back of dvd case). Total running time, 2 hours, 54 minutes.
Anatomical knowledge has inspired and guided artists for centuries. From DaVinci’s sublime studies to Michelangelo’s muscular creations, the study of anatomy led to extraordinary achievements in the history of art. In this video Robert Liberace explores this tradition by examining the fundamental anatomical forms which shape the lights and shadows of the body’s surface. Working from a live model, each significant form-creating muscle of the torso is described and rendered from origin to insertion with a modified three-color chalk technique which highlights the muscle character, direction and the bony connections. The video also includes a chapter gallery which includes detailed reference diagrams drawn by Rob. Each diagram, based on the pose of the original drawing, features highlighted origins, insertions and actions of each individual muscle along with diagrams of the muscles themselves. Photos of the model can be downloaded online (see back of dvd case). Running time 2 hours, 48 minutes.
The Alla Prima technique, an expressively direct manner of painting, is the “wet into wet” application of paint popularized by the impressionists. This method, also called “premier coup”, often requires that the painting is completed in one sitting. No other technique demonstrates the beauty and energy of the brushstroke better than this fresh and painterly style. Artists from Hals to Sorolla employed this bravura technique with dynamic virtuosity achieving dazzling results. In this three hour dvd Robert Liberace demonstrates Alla Prima as he paints a portrait of his artist-filmmaker friend Adam Lubkin. He describes the surface and underlying forms of the face and discusses the rich array of colors and the various materials used while rendering the portrait in a spirited and efficient manner. Special features include selection of materials, art gallery (II) and dvd previews. View short clip. Total running time is 2 hours and 58 minutes Photos of the model in position can be downloaded from robertliberace.com (see back of dvd case).
Follow along as Rob creates a figure drawing with oils on paper using a monochrome palatte of primarily brown and white. Also known as “grisaille,” this method allows artists to focus on value relationships without the addition of color. Though commonly used as an underpainting for color, Rob uses the technique to create a finished work of art as he details materials, paint application, and finishing. All aspects of the work including materials, selecting a pose, basic organization, and finishing are described and demonstrated. Photos of the model can be downloaded from robertliberace.com (see back of dvd case).
In this dvd, Rob uses a full color palette to explore the figure in oil. So get a front row seat and follow along as he begins with a simple monochrome sketch of the figure which is then blocked in, shaped, and detailed in a single sitting. Important features of the painting process are explored - from a dynamic underpainting to controlled anatomical modeling. Photos of the model can be downloaded from a link provided. Special features include a section on materials plus video previews from the other available dvds. Total running time is 3 hours and 33 minutes.
Item Number: 006
Price: $85 (includes S/H)
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