Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Caricature Classes starting up again on April 1st, 2013

Classes LIVE locally in Largo with Lars-Erik Robinson

I am very thrilled to once again Caricature Class at the Largo Community Center, starting up again in April 1st if we get at least 6 signed up 
Here is how you can find out more information
Call and sign up with your payment today
727-518-3131 or call me 727-422-0668
"Caricatures Classes with Lars-Erik Robinson" 
A little blurry this is what is says:
"Lars-Erik Robinson, a talented caricature, illustrator and portrait artist, will teach you the art of drawing caricatures of friends and family and even celebrities. In this 4 week class you will learn to get a realistic likeness in your a fun and friendly atmosphere. 
(Some supplies are included. A materials list is available.

$45 Resident with Cards
$ 56.25 Non Resident with Cards
$68.25 With out Cards

(Cards are good for both Largo and Pinellas Park)

Recreation Cards Cost:
$10 a year for Residents
$59 a year, $39 for 6month, and $24 for three months.

Mondays from 7 – 9pm
(Minimum of 6 students) As of today we have 5 signed up
*Call to be placed on the interest list. 
*Classes starting soon! 

Largo Community Center 
400 Alternate Keene Rd
Largo, FL 33773 
Read more on this on the website above or pick up the "Play Magazine"
I am looking forward to seeing you all there!
Thank you Eileen Crowell (arts coordinator for the City of Largo)
Here is my brain storm on the class:
Name: "Start your week out learning Art-Tainment (Caricatures) with Lars"
Short Description:

Week 1: First thing I will be all set up for a retail style Caricature booth with display and all. I would then draw a demonstration off a photo reference received from other fellow artist. I will have the drawing recorded and to be projected on a screen projector. They can observe the 5-7 quick Caricature in Black and white, and then another 5- minutes to add the color. I will then ask them to draw each other on the spot, get to know each other, and also so I can see the level of the students. The rest of the day talk history, foundations, and other links to references. Assignment is to do a value chart, draw shapes with shading in a medium of choice

week2: Have all your own sketch book to take notes, and sketch in to share with teacher. Importance of seeing shapes, squinting, sketching  from a photographs or the fellow student in front of you, critiques will be done with trace over lays by Lars.

week3: Demonstrate Traditional mediums, digital medium Caricatures and tricks in photshop for studio Caricatures. Home work continue to work on studio Caricature off a photo of a famous person or from photos supplied of my choosing. I will also be working a studio piece that you will be able to follow as the students work on there own work. Your final art work will be due at end of the month for grading.

week 4: I will continue to share news about the feild, share personal stories, work on private commissions right in the class that you will be able to along with, ask questions, while following my steps. You will be working on your final assignment in class, followed by me critiquing the Caricature art with a trace over lay or in photoshop showing pointers on how to improve. I encourage all my students to continue to keep me in the loop of your progress even after the class is over, but the further along you take the class with me the more advanced and harder the courses will be!

Sign Up Today:
Lars-Erik Robinson 727-422-0668
Recreation Program Manager-Community Center:
Warren Ankerberg
400 Alt Keene Rd
Largo, FL 33771
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Phil Portrait for Phil Phest 2013

I am always so honored to have my client of 8 years hire me to draw live Caricatures for their Melanoma fund raiser and remembrance to their son Phillip A. Bryant that died of Skin Cancer. Please check out the link here http://www.pab40foundation.org/events.html . This year the also commissioned me to do a portrait/Caricature of him for there advertising! Here is what I have so far and more to come! Please help pray for Jason Seiler friend, teacher, great artist, and father of two wonderful girls that is going thru divorce with his wife, and I hope his two daughters are able to deal with this difficult time! Good night and God bless!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Cover Illustration with The American Spectator

Different Sizes
I proud to announce I received a cover Illustration with The American Spectator Magazine. I am so pleased to have the  chance to with Kyle Peterson editor. I am dedicating this art to a great artist Jason Seiler (I will be sharing the final one it is published)

My Illustration for The American Spectator of sharks in suits is finally printed. Read more on their blog http://spectator.org/issues/march-2013. I am so thankful for the work!

Different Sizes

Sunday, February 3, 2013

My Interview on Consumeraffairs.com with Daryl Nelson

When I first got the call from Consumeraffairs.com I was a little worried some one complained, but it was actually a positive and an honor to be asked for an over the phone interview. 

Here it is:

Homemade jewelry on Pinterest
What separates the dreamers from the doers? Because most of us dream, right?
Most of us at some point in our lifetime have mentally put together a game plan which usually derives from a natural talent or ability that we’re born with.
But what divides the folks that keep those ideas in their heads and the folks that act on those ideas and turn them into a project or business venture?
Sometimes the difference in the way people approach their dreams has everything to do with their perception of how difficult it’s going to be to get that dream off the ground, meaning if a jewelry maker always wanted to move their merchandise from the secrecy of their living room to the public arena of, say, a flea market or festival, they might be hesitant to take the necessary steps to speak to the right people and get everything they need to get started.
Another thing that keeps people from showing their self-made merchandise is because they wait for long periods of time, hoping that someone will come along with enough decision-making power to give them that one break or opportunity they were always looking for.

Waiting won't do it 

But as many successful artists and business people will tell you, waiting around for your big break is the last thing you want to do, because it might never happen, and with technology being what it is today, there’s really no reason that you can’t put on an art exhibit if you’re an artist, put together and market an album if you’re a musician or promote and sell your homemade products to those interested in what you’re doing.
Keith Richards painting by Lars-Eric Robinson
So to help those who are in the position of wanting to monetize their creativity or at least get their creations exposed to the public, we put together some fairly simple ideas to get you started, starting with how to successfully put on your own art show if you’re an artist, painter, photographer, etc.
To get some firsthand advice we contacted Florida-based artist, illustrator and art teacher Lars-Erik Robinson, about how independent artists can get their creations out to the buying public and how they can put on their own art exhibition.
Robinson says that securing a venue to show your art is the way to go, as opposed to holding an event at your house, but first artists should sit down with the venue owner and iron out all of the details, especially as it pertains to the door percentages.
“The most important thing to remember is if you are having your work in a certain gallery and you want a certain percentage, you’ve got to think about everything [like] how long it took you to do your piece and if the percentage they’re offering is fair, that’s one of the things you want to deal with," said Robinson in an interview with ConsumerAffairs.
“You also have to have an interview with the person to see if you trust them, and see if you’re willing to work with that gallery or outlet, and if you do set out on your own, you have to figure all of the materials and all of the labor. It’s up to you to finish that piece and figure out the prices. That’s a whole other issue,” he says.

Team up with others

Lars-Eric Robinson
Robinson also says if you’re unable to put enough money together to hold your own exhibit and secure a venue, you can bring in other artists who can show their own art and split the costs with you. This especially works if you’re able to gather other artists from your area that share similar styles and artistic opinions.
Robinson pointed to an example of this collaboration style when he spoke about an event called Artistry in Motion in his area, where a bunch of artists pooled their resources so they could all show their work at once.
And if you’re a person who makes your own merchandise and you want to make a little money and get your work out there, there are several avenues you could take, but the best all have to do with the power and reach of the Internet.
Of course you can do everything yourself from creating your own website or simply setting up a Facebook and Twitter account to get your work exposed, but if you'd rather not create your own site and do all that legwork yourself, you can use a third party service to help get your creations to the public.
And some good sites that can do this for you are KitsyLane.com and Web.com.
Kitsy Lane is a site that helps small business owners and independent product makers set up online storefronts that it then helps market and promote. The creators of the site help people who want to sell their own merchandise, but would rather avoid the headaches associated with opening a brick and mortar, or starting their own online business.
The site is free to use and the company keeps in touch with you to provide advice on how to maintain and grow your business.
Web.com is another site that can help you get your merchandise out to consumers. The company will build your website and provide promotions through its marketing team. The site can also help get your website and company in popular search engines like Google and Bing, which is difficult to do sometimes.
Web.com also says it will reach out directly to your customer base by sending them emails and updates on your business and new merchandise, which is extremely useful if much of your time is occupied with other responsibilities like a day job or family.
So if you want to take your business idea from your head and put it into action, you first have to find out the resources you have available to you, and also remember that putting the necessary tools together to sell your merchandise or show your art isn’t as difficult or scary as you may think.
All it takes is being brave enough to take that first step so you can get your creations out to the public for feedback, because positive feedback could be all that you need to get your good ideas out of the dream phase and into the phase of reality, which is sometimes the hardest thing to do.

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I am looking for someone to send some pictures of themselves to be drawn by me and my students. It will be used in my Caricature art class starting up tomarrow at 7pm.
 Just email the at larserarts@gmail.com.
It can be all different genders, and ages!
Thank You http://larserarts.blogspot.com/2012/09/caricature-at-largo-community-center.html