Review: OSL Masterclass in Hamburg

by Roman aka jar

Hey Jungle,

Object Source Light?
Nothing wrong with that. Many painters paint it, but it is always good to know the wisdom behind it. In my one day masterclass seminar "Object Source Light" we are working on this. In depth knowledge on OSL.

I have been in Hamburg just recently to enjoy some days of holidays and visit some friends, but also to teach this class up north. I want to thank everybody for joining up, from near and far. Thank you all for your will to learn from me and your support in my work, art and teachings. From my curriculum about this seminar:

Instructor: Roman Lappat

Duration: Saturdays (one day)

I usually do not teach masterclass seminars, but when I do these seminars focus on one subject, because they aim to teach you to master a certain topic. This Object Source Light (OSL) Masterclass
all about light sources from objects and about the "how to" place them and the "why" behind it. After this seminar you can transport these into your projects easily.

Main topics:
- Understand the principles of OSL
- Learn how to include them on different materials
- Learn about different time slots when to include these effects in your projects

Student level: All

Early in the morning when my students achieved their first OSL studies. I call them "basic knowledge" to understand the theory behind it, before we go deeper in how to apply advanced knowledge.

This was my explanation figure for the basic OSL ...

... and the group's results:

Thanks to Heiko and the WuDao Kung Fu School for providing hospitality, a roof over our heads and a relaxed and chilled atmosphere for this one day seminar ... It is always a pleasure teaching in the Wu Dao.

After the basic knowledge we enjoyed a quick lunch and then continued painting until it was dark outside. Of course it was not dark on our painting tables as it was now time to understand OSL and its application while other basic colors come into paly ...

This was my epxlanation figure for the advanced part of OSL:

Thanks to everyone again for a real cool day and your will to learn from me. OSL?
From now on not a big deal for these gentlemen!

Keep on happy painting!
Best Wishes,

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Review: Private Coaching with Thomas

by Roman aka jar

Hey Jungle, 

another private coaching review dropping in the jungle.
A private coaching is a two day session were I help you with your miniature painting questions, one on one. Of course all subjects are differents as the painters who arrive at the studio in Augsburg are on different journeys to progress in their painting skills. So they all have different questions.

Early February I was happy to welcome Thomas from Berlin for a two day session.
He loves to paint his models mainly for gaming, but was interested in more knowledge. We both agreed on that my content of my beginner seminar would fit perfect to his questions. It is not very common that I teach this subject in a private coaching, but the more fun it was.

Me & Thomas

Somehow I was not able to take many photos as we were both in depth in guidance, teaching and learning. Really enjoyable chats about life too. Time went by in a glimpse of an eye and Thomas did really learn quite a lot. So far he was using a basic color for certain areas and a wash on top of his gaming models without deeper background on why or how to do something different. This is were I came into play with the content of my beginner seminar:

Instructor: Roman Lappat
Duration: Friday/Saturday/Sunday (2.5 days)

The word 'beginner' might be confusing to many first time participants of this class. It is not a class for 'only' beginners. In fact it is a class for every person, at every age interested in figure painting, whatever their experience level is.
'Beginners class' means that I give an introduction into my way of thinking while painting; in detail a lot of in depth theory is explained while extracting art concepts from art history lessons and putting this knowledge in practical exercises on miniature canvas. During the weekend you will not only learn to improve your painting skills, you will also learn to understand the 'Why?' behind everything. With that you will be able to teach yourself in your own hobby future by just recognizing what nature has to offer.
Main topics:- Learn to see your world with different eyes
- Introduction into basing composition
- Learn how to feel harmony in different aspects
- Important contrasts for figure painting
- Explanation about how to paint a light situation on your figure
- Understand colour theory and learn how to use it properly
- Learn about different materials, their unique properties and learn to paint them
- Wide range of painting techniques explained and used
- Learn to lose fear of doing something wrong
- much more!

My experience level in doing this specific class is high as I have done over 60+ hands on seminars over the last decades. Many of my students visit this class several times to manifest the massive amount of knowledge presented in one weekend.
Student level: All

Of course this seminar usually takes 2,5 days. In this private coaching I had only two. This is mainly the reason why I did not take many photos during the coaching. We were busy.

"Nochmals vielen Dank für die empfangene Gastfreundschaft und das für meine Begriffe perfekt Coaching - freue mich darauf, heute Abend die Dämonette meinem Bruder zu präsentieren." - Thomas

Thomas' beginner content demonette:

Thank you for two splendid days in good company, Thomas and your will to learn from me :)

Keep on happy painting!
Best Wishes,


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Review: Material Masterclass in Augsburg

by Roman aka jar

Hello Jungle Painters,

well, well, well ...
It was time for my first group seminar in 2019 and we went all in for my Material Masterclass.

This is what my curriculum says about this seminar:

Instructor: Roman Lappat
Duration: Friday night, Saturday (1,5 days)

This is an in depth two day seminar that takes you deep into understanding a wide variety of different materials, to analyze them and extract their properties into your painting work. Most important in this class are the questions: "Why?" and "How?". My Material Masterclass will help you step forward big time in your knowledge about observing and painting what you see.

Main topics:

- Learn to read material properties
- Learn the grisalle painting technique for applying texture
- Learn to tint it properly by using glazes
- Learn how to put too much time in such details
- Focus on: leather, fabrics, metals, fur, hair

Student level: Advanced For this class you should be prepared with an advanced skill level. You should know about zenital light, basic color theory, contrast range and how to create a blending.

I want to thank everyone for joining up in the MV studio.
A small group, but this only benefits the students ... well known faces and it was beautiful to see your progress since the last time we've met! Thanks for joining from near and far :)

Friday night ...

Studying material ...

Studying from the real thing ...

Recreating its properties ...

In depth analysis ...

... and of course some fun ...

Saturday morning we tinted these with color ...

We then started to work on different busts to put that knowledge to a test ...

Now the fun began ...

Time to focus now ... when it comes to color on top of it
and even more focus to work more on top of this ...

A happy teacher is a teacher who enjoys his students click moments and who helps them to get them ... I really enjoyed these 1,5 days with you, ladies and gentlemen.

Thank you all for some beautiful hours spent together and your will to learn from me!

Keep on happy painting!
Best Wishes

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