Bill Buchman DVDs
"Zen Breakthrough" - 145 minutes | Get Supply List
Eastern art meets Western art. This is the groundbreaking concept of this exciting DVD. It features Bill’s methods for merging the Eastern techniques and concepts of the Sumi-e brush and reed pen with the unique ideas, expressiveness and freedom of contemporary abstraction. Bill, who is both a well-rounded and experienced artist and jazz musician, shows how Sumi-e brush painting, particularly expressive abstract painting, is like a musical performance. He shows us how to handle and care for and use these wonderful traditional tools that are so well suited to the art and artists of today. Bill shows how they can be used with all water media and discusses the differences and similarities in methods of handling, mixing, and using Sumi-e ink, acrylic ink, watercolors, and acrylic gouache. Bill shows convincingly some of the limitless possibilities and aesthetic power that reside in these unassuming and ancient painting tools. Beginners as well as experienced artists and teachers will find this a stimulating and enjoyable journey into original and essential territory. Be sure to see Bill’s book, Expressive Figure Drawing and his other DVDs. Says Bill, “Explore these techniques. They will help you to find real power and joy in your art."
"Zen Breakthrough: Figure Drawing Techniques" - 133 minutes | Get Supply List
As in music and sports, so in drawing, there are training exercises and equipment that will improve your perception, sensitivity and execution. Bill has made this exciting DVD to show you a way to bring your art to the next level by taking advantage of the inherent expressive power of the Sumi-e brush, reed pen and other unique materials. His techniques for using these magical tools, which incorporate basic figure drawing concepts, will help you to learn to see and draw the human figure expressively with maximum confidence, freedom and spontaneity. Working with a live model, Bill demonstrates, in detail, over twenty valuable techniques (more than two hours' worth) that show you how and what to prioritize in order to develop good observation and drawing skills while still staying loose and free. Buchman explains and shows you how to manipulate the brush and ink; various kinds of brushes and brush movements, how to create mass and contours; how to simplify the line; how to do dry brush effects; how to use the reed pen and combine it with the Sumi-e brush; how to do the figure with the Giant Charcoal Chunk, and how to work in color with king-size oil pastels, Art Chunky's, water-soluble Aquabriques, and brilliant acrylic gouaches. He also demonstrates simple mixed media approaches as well as his own unique Zen approach. Bill's highly accessible methods emphasize using the best materials and following a practical and logical sequence in drawing the figure while never losing sight of the importance of creativity and individual expression.
"Keeping the Melody" - 115 minutes | Get Supply List
In this DVD, Bill Buchman reveals the innovative methods and concepts as well as the wide variety of exciting materials that go into his abstract art. In nearly two hours of instruction, Bill explains and demonstrates many of the basic principles of abstract design and gears you up with much practical information on the nature and contemporary uses of pastels, oil pastels, watercolors, acrylic gouache, AquaStics, Aqua Briques, the Sumi-e brush, the reed pen, and various papers. He shows you how your imagination can take flight just by working with simple guiding principles and by knowing how to take advantage of your materials. In line with this, you are shown simple exercises that help you to become sensitive to your materials and to develop control over them. You will see, in action, how to plan for spontaneity, how to think musically, how to create richness and drama with lines, shapes, space, rhythm, resonance, and counterpoint; what using contrast really means, how to work with simple motifs and how to do a theme and variation. You will learn, at first-hand, ways to work with mixed media and resists, the advantages of "high risk" strategies; methods of achieving balance, harmony and unity, and even how to manage your "mistakes". In a highly unique segment, Bill demonstrates and explains a complete spectrum of splatter and splash techniques.
All DVDs are recommended for all skill levels.
You might also be interested in Bill Buchman ZEN Pens and Brushes, as well as Bill Buchman Books and other Bill Buchman DVDs.