Monday, June 13, 2016

Release of Portraits in the Wild

Portraits in the Wild is now available. At the bottom of this post are links for the download and the DVD. They're both 10% off until midnight tonight. (Link to YouTube trailer)

Also, don't miss the Facebook Live stream starting at 12:00 noon Eastern Time today. I'll flip through sketchbooks, answer your questions, and do a quick demo in gouache.

What the Experts are Saying
"I loved how genuine these videos are. James doesn't hide anything. When his subject walks away, he shows us how he deals with it to save the painting."
—Stan Prokopenko,

"Insightful, direct and inspiring, Portraits in the Wild brilliantly shares James Gurney's creative process of capturing those fleeting moments of beauty that life provides.”
—Edward Jonas, Chair, Portrait Society of America
Download (66 minutes, 1080p HD widescreen MP4 video) Available at Gumroad and Sellfy for $14.95

DVD (NTSC widescreen with slideshow) Available from and from Amazon.


Tom Hart said...

Ordered! Bingo! (DVD - can't wait!) The preview looks great - not that I had any doubt :)

Fabio said...

The sellfy link is broken! It has "edit" before http in the anchor

Unknown said...

Just bought from Sellfy! Can´t wait to watch it this weekend :)

Gary said...

James, thanks for an engaging and useful video. It has many points that make it worthwhile, but probably the most important one for me is how to recover from the various kinds of missteps and pitfalls (like having the subject depart abruptly!). I plan to study it again when time permits.

Gary Hoff

Glenn Tait said...

Just finished the video. Wow! It is really packed. There are so many subtle layers of information, technique and process that will require many viewings to just scratch the surface.

It's very instructive to see how many times you will alter, turn, reposition a face or adjust its colour to get the story just right. There is definitely a contagious all or nothing approach here that is wonderful to watch as you work. It's almost cavalier but it strongly underscores the importance of not being "precious" with one's work and to be willing to take chances.

A great addition to your "In the Wild" series, probably my favorite.


Keith Patton said...

Just bought and watched it. Wow. Really great.

David Morning said...

Haven't been able to pick it up yet, but I've got the other two and this is definitely going on the list to pick up. Used to do a lot of sketching of people in cafes, but got tired of it because I didn't really know where to go with it to turn it into a painting, and from the trailer it looks like this answers exactly that question.

Carole Pivarnik said...

James, another fantastic video! I really enjoyed all of it and as always, found so many useful little tidbits and reminders. I liked watching you work in different media; it's neat how consistent your style is regardless of medium. Your relaxed approach, pleasant outlook and attitude toward people, and understated sense of humor also add a lot to the whole experience of watching you paint on location.

One of my favorite parts in this video was the small bit where your sketching group shares their work and then heads off together for a bite to eat. Sketching in a group is so much fun. I also love the little bit at the end where your setup for doing the title sequence is shown. Such inspirational DIY awesomeness!

Thanks for yet another valuable addition to my art video library. What's next in the series?

Faisal Tariq said...

I downloaded my copy from GumRoad. Loved every minute of it, just like the other videos. The best part is that it is so affordable. Thank you James for your generosity. It is appreciated.

I have a question, does painting in Gouache help you with painting in oil? (Or more generally painting in one medium help with painting in another medium?)

James Gurney said...

Faisal, I'm so glad you enjoyed it. The answer is YES. Painting in an opaque medium like casein or gouache is more like oil than it is like transparent watercolor. You can approach the sequence of steps in the same way (such as 1. toning board, 2. background, 3. shadows, 4. halftones, 5. lights, 6. highlights and accents.)

The main difference is that with water media every decision is greatly accelerated.

With gouache it's very valuable to be direct and economical with your brushwork. That is, think about a stroke, mix it, and lay it down with one touch, rather than fussing back and forth with it. When you return to oil, that economy of means and directness pays off too. You'll be a faster painter. Oil's intrinsic properties don't require directness and economy, but they help.

Transparent watercolor requires kind of an inside-out thinking because you have to paint around the lightest areas, and that takes a certain amount of planning and deliberation.

Tom Hart said...

I already ordered mine (DVD version) as mentioned above, but just for fun I went and looked at it on Amazon and I see that it's temporarily out of stock there. A good sign, I'd say. I encourage those of us who ordered from the non-Amazon sources to go to Amazon and post a review. (As you probably know, you don't have to have ordered from Amazon to post a review there.)