Spring hasn’t come yet but I’m painting lots of still life – Philadelphia Fine Art K. Hu


Here is my latest still life, a full painting (not a sketch or study like my other ones have been lately.)  Don’t you want to eat that eggplant I bought 4 weeks ago when I started on this painting and the other side of it now looks like a pockled wrinkly mess?  Thank goodness one side stayed relatively ok during this duration!


This is my block in for the painting.  The block in took a while, but honestly probably not more than two hours from sketch to here.  All the time went in to then trying to get the same colour for that eggplant, which I still think I failed to do but the way it came out is slightly more accurate anyways.  I think the eggplant is my focal point (right?  Right?)  I even had to knock down the intensity of the orange at the end so it wouldn’t get distracting.  I bet you would never guess it would come out like this from the block in :D

Once more for posterity.


A new approach to painting – Still Life by K. Hu art Philadelphia

Hello folks!  Spring is just around the corner (and by ‘around the corner’ I mean around the corner, down a few blocks, turn left, another two blocks, make a right, walk another mile or so… – it snowed yesterday.)  In honor of Spring I am trying a fresh approach to painting still life.  Really all I’ve been painting are still lifes so basically it’s a new approach to painting.

Here we have the block in:  Same as usual, but this time there is a twist!


Instead of waiting for the block in to dry so it doesn’t smear, I just go in with all the base shadows and lights.  Boom.  Fill up the whole canvas.  No waiting.  Just do it.  Takes a lot of paint at once.  Cheapskate in me cries for paint loss.


No, really, see?  It’s all blocked in, just large important forms.  Wow it looks like a coloring book.  But like without lines.  Try not to leave too many lines.


Honestly it’s that simple.  I took the time to go to each object and give it it’s preferred amount of detail.  I know the cup being in the back looks a bit surprising but the cup really really took over the painting when it was in the front and ruined my peaceful analagous vibe.


Here is detail of some line I am working with.

This quick painting took about 4 hours (more or less.) and was just a fun study with chrome.  The lime looked delicious but afterward it looked dry and brittle.  Ew.  So this is what I’ve been doing lately.  Getting ready to post a little more and make Spring the time to whip into shape :D  There are a couple updates on khufineart.com since I last posted about it in case you are bored!

Philadelphia Gallery of Art – Now playing.

ImageCheck out PhiladelphiaGalleryofArt.com to find some great artwork from Philadelphia artists!  They also have a facebook and a twitter, although I think as just starting there aren’t too many posts right now.  If you’re in Philadelphia, they’re accepting applications for representation, it’s on the contact on their website.

On an equally awesome note, check out my still life.  I bet you thought I would never paint one (again.)  But I did, and in fact ENJOYED it.  That’s right, the mandarins stood completely still while you move your head around and talk a lot.  The mandarins had very little to say, and honestly putting these on the wall will be cheaper in the long run than buying new oranges every week to replace the dried ones.  I mean, these are like $5 for 3 lbs!  You don’t want that kind of recurring tax on your plate, but if you buy this painting (available at the previous link) you are basically getting an ikea bowl, three everlasting oranges, and a partially opened orange included in the price.  Granted, you can’t do anything with them but look, but imagine how they will brighten up your fancy foyer table, and you’ll never have to change the water.

Since I’m in school now, as well as teaching, I have been busy.  Btw if you want to learn, I have proof that my teaching method is good, and in four weeks I promise your portraits will improve (unless you are David Kassan, then I can’t help you.)

Here is some inspiration (for you to go to AFTER you visit philadelphiagalleryofart.com) www.jefflegg.com  It has music, but if you mute it you will find some beauty.  Maybe you will be inspired to buy a still life as well.

Awesome stuff on e-bay for a good cause! Philadelphia Fine Art – K. Hu


Check out my items (more to come tonight) available now at affordable and discounted prices on ebay!

All the proceeds from the sales go to my fund for schooling: http://www.gofundme.com/5f0dso

Thank you so much to all those who purchase/have purchased.  You guys rule.  If you can donate a dollar or 2, please do so, every dollar counts and I’ll be excessively grateful.

I have another tutorial coming soon!

How to draw using large shadow shapes and a dog – Philadelphia Fine Art

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Here is a nice reference on how to break your picture down into what we call “Shadow Shapes.”  Shadow shapes are the big chunks of lights and darks in your drawing or painting.  Here you can see some examples I drew of shadow shapes, being modeled by the very nude and very hunky Caesar Liu.  I know that I should have labeled this nsfw but since the sketchbook is covering his private parts I just left it.  As you can see he is a really cooperative and eager model.  If he didn’t want to model, he wouldn’t have sat down on my lap that I was sketching in.

1) These look like sunglasses.  If the lighting is unidirectional from a top like angle, these are often there below the brow and above the portruding cheek.

2-3) Look how random these shapes look!

4) See how they were not random at all, but they are very abstract.  Try not to think of your drawing as “Cheeks” “Eyes” etc, think of the big shadow shapes and try to get them all the relatively correct sizes.

5) Shading the shapes.

6) Add more and more shapes

7) NOW you can work on detail!! Don’t look at it at all until NOW because otherwise you will have a very detailed incoherent picture.  Make sure your overall drawing is in first, the big shadow shapes, and that they make sense, before you move on to the ‘eyes’ ‘nose’ etc.

Here is a real life example of shadow shapes:

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Here is the easy shadow shape breakdown


This is the final drawing.  Notice I did not start with “the eye” or “the lips” because then I would get distracted by those and not look at the overall picture.  I drew in the large shapes and then moved on to the little ones.

If you like little shapes, that’s cool, but in that case, I recommend drawing out from each shape so that you don’t have some lines here, some shapes here, and a really detailed eye.  Although when I put it that way it sounds kind of cool.

Have an awesome weekend dudes!  Special thanks to my model.


Happy New Year folks – Daily art by Philadelphia Artist K. Hu

Hello everyone!  I’m back from Los Angeles.  Yes, I didn’t mention that I was going.  In fact I have neglected you, dear blog and blog readers, quite a bit lately.  It just makes when I do post all that much sweeter, right?

Here is a lovely study I got to do IN PERSON in front of this gorgeous Bouguereau in PERSON did I mention I did it standing in front  of the actual painting?  Because I was ACTUALLY THERE.  In front of the actual painting, in PERSON!

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Yeah that’s whats up.  This is probably 15-20 minutes.  I met the coolest chick named Maddi (ok I know I have the spelling wrong!)  there and she looked like a painting.  Expect that soon.

Anyways that’s what’s up over here.  Get down and boogie.

Stay warm my friends!

I am almost there – but I need your help!

I got accepted into two of my dream schools – along with some generous scholarships, but even after that and maxing out my available student loans, I am still just a bit short of going to live my dream (getting a degree in art and then teaching!  Also, opening my own gallery before I die :D)

I am asking for your help.

I have two ways you can help:  One is to purchase one of my super discounted artworks at http://www.khufineart.com/send-me-to-school.html - and the other is to donate (even $1 makes a difference!) at http://www.gofundme.com/5f0dso

Please help me out – it would be an amazing holiday gift for me – and for you if you decide you want a painting or drawing!

Anything you’ve seen on my blog is available at a discount too, please email khufineart@gmail.com for information.

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