Instructional DVDs and DOWNLOADS

Rob’s instructional DVDs are the perfect solution if you can’t make it to a workshop or just want a front-row seat for world-class classical art instruction that can be reviewed time and again. All videos are crafted by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Adam Lubkin. Ten titles are available with future DVDs to be announced. View excerpts and purchase below. (Note: excerpts shown here are lower resolution than the actual DVDs.) All but the Silverpoint are also available as high definition downloads. The model poses for all released DVDs can be found here. For information about newly released DVDs and upcoming workshops join our Facebook group page or email list.

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Testimonials

“Never had much to do with human anatomy until I discovered Rob's demonstration of the torso which was so captivating I had to attempt a copy. I don't think I've ever seen a better demonstration of both the explanation of the subject and the demonstration of the material. Cannot wait to get more into the figure and anatomy from here.” Alex Fisher, South Africa

“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

“...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

“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

“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

“Excellent artist, excellent teacher...you blend the two so well... so rare among DVD's that are being released today...” buttonlane

“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." (Rob's tips on drawing in the first dvd is mentioned in Steve Doherty's blog: Six Tips for Drawing)” M. Stephen Doherty, Editor-in-Chief, American Artist Magazine

“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 of "The Figure in Motion" and "Alla Prima" visit artdvdreview.com.)” Michael Souza, ArtDVDReview (www.artdvdreview.com)

“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

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DVDs

THE CLASSIC PORTRAIT
THE CLASSIC PORTRAIT 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 that evokes the richness of classical portraiture. The model photos can be found at the link above. Also, video excerpts can be found from video link above.

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RED CHALK, WORKING LARGE
RED CHALK, WORKING LARGE Natural red chalk's warmth and beauty have been a favorite tool of artists since the Renaissance. It is most often associated with drawings on an intimate scale as artists exploited its delicate effects. But modern pastels and Conte crayons allow artists to easily enlarge the scope of their designs offering an opportunity to create a monumental statement and a more physical artistic application. Follow along with Rob as he renders a large scale red chalk drawing from a live model while discussing materials, methods, tools, and technique during this two hour DVD. Model poses can be found through link at top of page and video excerpts can be found from the video links above.

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THE FIGURE SKETCH IN OIL
THE FIGURE SKETCH IN OIL 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. See excerpts of this dvd with the "Painted Sketches Video Excerpts" link above. Total running time is 3 hours and 33 minutes.

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THE PORTRAIT SKETCH IN TERRA COTTA
THE PORTRAIT SKETCH IN TERRA COTTA In this two-disc set, you will follow the development of a terra cotta portrait bust over the course of two days. Subjects such as materials, massing, finishing and sculpture’s relevance to painting and drawing will be covered thoroughly. The experience of working in three dimensions is very helpful in sharpening an artist’s comprehension of planes as well as muscle and bone formations. This deeper understanding is extremely useful in directing both brush strokes in painting and linear cross-hatching in drawing, resulting in a fully dimensional effect. Terra-Cotta’s beauty and ease of handling are difficult to surpass. From China’s third century BC life-size warriors to Rodin’s powerfully realistic portraits, terra-cotta has been used throughout the ages. Even great painters such as Degas and Zorn explored the creative potential of clay sculpture. Model pose can be found from a link on the back of the DVD cover or the link at the top of the dvd page. For video excerpts, click on video link above. Total running time, 4 hours, 13 minutes

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ANATOMY: THE ARM AND HAND
ANATOMY: THE ARM AND HAND 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 from the link on the back of the DVD cover or at the top of the page. Included is a chapter on materials. View excerpts from the above video links. Running time 2 hours, 45 minutes.

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THE ALLA PRIMA PORTRAIT
THE ALLA PRIMA PORTRAIT 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 brush stroke better than this fresh and painterly style. Artists from Hals to Sorolla employed this bravura technique with dynamic virtuosity achieving dazzling results. In this DVD Rob 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. Included is a chapter on materials. The model's pose can be found from the link at the top and video excerpts are shown from the link above. The total running time is 2 hours and 58 minutes.

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THE FIGURE IN MOTION
THE FIGURE IN MOTION 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. Photos of the pose can be found from the link at top. Also, excerpts can be found with the "The Quick Draw" video excerpts link above (scroll to right). Total running time, 2 hours, 54 minutes.

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THE PORTRAIT IN THREE COLOR CHALK
THE PORTRAIT IN THREE COLOR CHALK (DVD SOLD OUT - ONLY AVAILABLE AS A DOWNLOAD AT THE MOMENT) 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 techniques 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 found from the link above. Also, excerpts are on the "The Quick Draw" video excerpts link above (scroll to right). Total running time, 2 hours, 20 minutes.

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ANATOMY: THE TORSO
ANATOMY: THE TORSO 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 or above). Video excerpts can be seen on "The Quick Draw Video Excerpt" link above. Running time 2 hours, 48 minutes.

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GRISAILLE “THE PAINTED SKETCH”
GRISAILLE "THE PAINTED SKETCH" Follow along as Rob creates a figure drawing with oils on paper using a monochrome palette 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. Video excerpts can be found by clicking on link above. Model photos link can be found through link above.

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THE WATERCOLOR PORTRAIT
THE WATERCOLOR PORTRAIT The complex characteristics of watercolor and ink enable a wide variety of approaches, from quick thumbnail sketches to highly rendered modeling. Artists such as Rembrandt and Goya transformed the ink sketch into a powerful art form by exploiting its ability to simultaneously capture the finest line along with broad melting masses of tone. Durer, Sorolla, and Sargent showed that watercolor can deliver refined results as well as capture the fleeting effects of light and atmosphere. This video focuses on the portrait painted with watercolor in full color and in monochrome. From broad abstract masses to precise anatomical detail, Rob executes two demos that explore the full range of effects watercolor offers. All the materials are described along with step-by-step approaches that provide roadmaps to finished watercolor portraits. See link to model poses at top of the page. Also to see video excerpts, click on the video link above. Total running time, 2 hours, 12 minutes.

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COMING SOON – THE FEATURES IN OIL
OMING SOON - THE FEATURES IN OIL Masters such as Rubens or Rembrandt rendered facial details in a manner both startlingly lifelike and psychologically engaging. Their work illustrates that successful portrait painting requires a thorough knowledge of the features. This includes a comprehensive understanding of the form, anatomy, and the play of light on the details of the face. In this video, Rob demonstrates his approach to analyzing and depicting the structure of the eyes, nose, mouth, and ears in a variety of positions in order to facilitate a more efficient and elegant rendering. Each pose illuminates a different aspect of the features as Rob guides the viewer through the steps required to organize, animate and finish each of the critical forms of the portrait.

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SILVERPOINT AND INK: THE FIGURE AND PORTRAIT
SILVERPOINT AND INK: THE FIGURE AND PORTRAIT Of all the drawing techniques available to artists, silverpoint and ink are perhaps the most graceful and elegant. These illustrious techniques were the first to be studied by the great masters such as Da Vinci and Durer and their works demonstrate the unparalleled power and nobility of the media. In this video Rob will explore this ancient craft by using specially prepared paper, silver stylus tools and various ink types to show off the graphic beauty of silverpoint and ink with distinctive methods of modeling such as hatching, crosshatching and linear glazing. Total running time, 2 hours, 54 minutes. View excerpt by clicking on link above.

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Celia 2021 Portrait Society conference demonstration
High resolution model images from 2021 Portrait Society conference demonstration available for use by artists via Zip download. We ask that you do not share the downloaded photos

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Ava Eight up Robert Liberace workshop Zoom demonstration
High resolution model images from Robert Liberace workshop Zoom demonstration available for use by artists via Zip download. We ask that you do not share the downloaded photos

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High resolution model images from Robert Liberace workshop Zoom demonstration available for use by artists via Zip download. We ask that you do not share the downloaded photos.

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Ava Robert Liberace workshop Zoom demonstration
High resolution model images from Robert Liberace workshop Zoom demonstration available for use by artists via Zip download. We ask that you do not share the downloaded photos.

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Celia 2020 Portrait Society demonstration
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