THOMAS BLACKSHEAR II

“Thomas Blackshear has always been an inspiration and joy to behold.”

- DREW STRUZAN

Now Thomas teaches his secrets for you!

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for Volumes 1 and 2

THOMAS BLACKSHEAR is a master artist and illustrator who is known for his brilliant illustration work, captivating sculptures, wildly-popular figurines, and unbelieveable fine art paintings. Now, Thomas brings his talent in front of the camera to teach you! In these volumes, Thomas Blackshear paints complete works inspired by the art of master illustrators David Grove and Bernie Fuchs. These styles are very rarely taught today, so these presentations are a treasure. These beautiful demonstrations show gouache and acrylic (vol. 1), and oil (vol. 2) techniques that can be incorporated by modern artists into their own individual styles to reach all new levels of creative expression. We are proud to present this historic series of instructional videos. Watch for other titles on the way!

In this volume, Thomas shares his an in-depth look at his whole process from the idea stage all the way to the beginning of the final oil painting stage. Included is a great behind-the-scenes look at ideas, rough sketching, drawing, transfering the drawing to canvas, color roughs, an introduction to gold leafing, acrylic washes for under-painting and more! Also is a look at lighting, posing and photographing models. It’s Thomas sharing his thought process for creating his masterful art.

Approx. 74 minutes

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In this volume, Thomas Blackshear shares his current working techniques for stylized paintings of the “Western Noveau” line he has developed. After a brief look at his gold-leafing process, Thomas shares the development from acrylic wash lay-ins to the development of texture and color in preparation for the final painting in oils. For those of you who love Thomas’ western art, this is the demonstration for you.


Approx. 51 minutes

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In this volume, Thomas Blackshear shares a gouache wash and acrylic technique that he used all throughout his career. Thomas shares how he worked in gouache and acrylic to achieve vibrancy in his early style. He discusses glazing and more! Then he shares about his iconic KING KONG image created using this very technique.



Approx. 52 minutes

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In this volume, Thomas Blackshear paints a direct impasto oil portrait of Mark Twain. This beautiful demonstration shows the loose beginning stages in black and white along with the oil glazing techniques that can be used to add color in the Dutch-Flemish tradition. Modern artists can use these lessons to help their own individual styles reach all new levels of creative expression. Enjoy this modern master of painting in oils.

Approx. 66 minutes

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In this volume, Thomas Blackshear paints a complete work inspired by the art of master illustrator David Grove. This style is very rarely taught today, so this presentation is a treasure. This beautiful demonstration shows gouache and acrylic techniques that can be incorporated by modern artists into their own individual styles to reach all new levels of creative expression. We are proud to present this historic series of instructional videos. Watch for other titles on the way!


Approx. 55 minutes


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In this volume, Thomas Blackshear paints a complete work inspired by the art of master illustrator Bernie Fuchs. This style is very rarely taught today, so this presentation is a treasure. This beautiful demonstration shows an oil technique and rub-out effect that can be incorporated by modern artists into their own individual styles to reach all new levels of creative expression. Thomas will even use Q-tips to get a desired effect. We are proud to present this series of instructional videos. Watch for other titles on the way!


Approx. 50 minutes

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The long-awaited book featuring the stunning work of Thomas Blackshear is finally in production! Anticipated to feature over 250 pages of amazing artwork, sketches and photos. Sign up below to be included on the book's waiting list! UPDATE: We've gathered all the images and are almost finished with design!

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"I am sorry to say that I never knew or spoke to or met these wonderful artists [featured in Thomas’ series].  

As a consequence, I cannot speak directly about them or their technique. That is not to say that I have not always admired their work,

techniques and vision. I have. Their work is inspiring. We are well-blessed to live in this age that allows such a creative series to be made.  

It will remain alive and available to all creatives.  


The Thomas Blackshear Illustration Masters Course allows others to learn from and be inspired by these artists for the ages.  

I have often lamented that the insights and techniques of these masters of the past, their thoughts and spirits have been lost with the

exception of their works. These finished pieces of art are wonderful gifts. Artists can now leave behind not only our art but also our words, thoughts,

spirits, how to, and feelings of love for others to enjoy. Hopefully, these things inspire, teach and live for all time.


I am grateful to have met and spoken with Thomas Blackshear. He has always been an inspiration and joy to behold.  

My eyes were opened, somewhat, with the wisdom shared in these videos and the best I can offer you today is to recommend them to you

for they will open your eyes and your opportunity to become the best you can be."  


DREW STRUZAN

Legendary Master Poster Artist



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“I can't recommend these videos enough for anyone wishing to increase their skills as a painter.

I wish I had these videos when I was at art school!!!"


KIRK THATCHER

Director- Muppets Wizard of Oz, Writer- Muppets Treasure Island



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“This video rocks . . . Thank you for bringing this amazing artist/teacher to help artists everywhere.”

THOMAS FLUHARTY

Artist/Illustrator