Premier Coup | an approach to direct painting | Watch on demand instantly 

In this 40 minute completely instructional video, David Kassan takes you through the different steps that he uses to create an all in one sitting Premier Coup painting of the human skull.

Premier Coup is a one shot, first strike approach to direct painting that requires an artist’s full concentration and completely deliberate responses to the subject, within a limited time.
The intensity of Premier Coup painting has a rich history dating back to William Merritt Chase, Robert Henri and Edwin Dickinson.

To encourage a full understanding of the process, David completely vocalizes his thoughts on how he uses value, texture and brushstroke to turn form as he paints. Included is a rich discussion of the anatomy of the skull and facial bones as well as all of David’s materials (palette, brushes, mediums, paints, etc)

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Painting a Life | documenting an approach to painting  | View Trailer 

In this 2 disk 7-hour instructional documentary, I really wanted to weave together my philosophies on painting as well as how I paint technically. In “Painting A Life”, we get to know the subject, Jaece Lutece. intimately — her thoughts, feelings and her life as I paint her.

Painting, for me, is my way of understanding the world around me; a way of slowing things down to carefully observe life. It was really important to me that this film illustrates not just the step-by-step process of how I paint, but also depicts my patient search to understand my subject.

To encourage a full understanding of the process, I completely vocalize my thoughts on how I use broken color to develop lifelike skintone and how I use color temperature, value, texture and brushstroke to turn form. I also discuss how to train your eye to see these subtle color shifts and transitions.

In my approach to direct painting (an integration of academic and organic techniques) I strive to demonstrate how we never lose sight of the model’s emotional character.

Included is a full discussion of my materials (brushes, mediums, paints, etc), how I prepare my painting surfaces, my studio setup and lighting, how I transfer my drawing to my painting surface, a brief introduction to my drawing process, and a field trip to Vasari Classic Oils Colors to discuss of all of the paints on my palette and their properties and history with Gail Spiegel, Vasari’s color expert. And, of course, some bloopers.


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Drawing Closer to Life | documenting an approach to drawing  | View Trailer 

This 3 hour DVD documents a day in David Jon Kassan’s Brooklyn studio as he develops a charcoal study of Henry Williams Oelkers. Follow along as David vocalizes his complete thought process and approach as he develops this drawing. The essence of this DVD is developing an understanding of how to translate and interpret what we see into drawings that capture the subtle character, emotion and insights into the model’s personality.