CJS Faces and Figures 2024

Negative Painting Watercolour

Linda Kemp Online Art Workshop: Simplified Figures and Faces, Negative Painting Style

 May 1- 3 , 2024

12:00 - 3:30 pm ET 



Hello! I am delighted that we will be painting together. I hope you will enjoy our workshop and learn lots of new ideas and techniques.

Scroll down to find loads of information - images of the demonstrations, some reference photos, an essentials supply list and student handouts. You will receive a handbook to download to your computer and several printable pages, by email, before the workshop.

*If you do not receive the two PDF booklets let me know and I will send them to you directly.


The main demonstration videos will be posted here after the workshop. You will be able to watch and paint along for 8 extra weeks!

In addition to the handbook and printable pages, if you wish to make a copy of anything on this page, rather than printing directly from the website (and using a lot of ink!) just take a screen shot of the image or click and drag the images onto your desktop. You may need to resize before printing. 

My thanks to Edwina May and Cheap Joes Art Stuff for hosting this event.  

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FB Workshop Page where you can post your work


Test your paints! Not sure if your watercolour paint is transparent or opaque/ Here's a video to help you test your colours.



Course Description

In this interactive online workshop with Linda Kemp, whimsical, simplified figures and faces will emerge as we portray the forms and features using negative shape-painting techniques in watercolor. We will focus on building with minimal details as shapes and edges reveal the character. Descriptive silhouettes and profile views are key to success.  We will follow the basic steps fashion designers use as you learn how to create your own croquis templates to get your figures' proportions right every time. Then we will exaggerate and stylize shapes and lines to capture expressive poses and personality.  Transparent and opaque watercolors will be layered to create a sense of mystery as the figures and faces are revealed. 

Each day features new projects as Linda leads you step-by-step through the key exercises in this fun workshop. This hybrid online program includes live and video demonstrations created just for this new and unique workshop. There will be plenty of time for you to work on your projects and ask questions. A private workshop webpage provides reference photos, supply list, bonus lessons, and handouts for you to download. The major demonstration videos will be available there, too, for you to review and practice for an additional 6 WEEKS following the workshop. Designed for the intermediate and up painter.

This online painting class will be taught via Zoom. Cheap Joe's will record the workshop and upload it to our YouTube channel. Enrolled/participating students only will have unlimited lifetime access to the video following the workshop. Students will receive more specific and log-in information by email prior to the live event.

  • Wednesday May 1, 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm ET
  • Thursday May 2, 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm ET
  • Friday May 3, 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm ET

Standard Figures and Faces Colour Palette  


Our Main Painting Projects 

You will learn how to draw the portraits and figures and then make templates so you can use your drawing for a number of different lessons.
If you do not wish to use templates, draw your subjects freehand while we are creating templates.
You do not need to prepare your sketches or templates before the workshop. We will work on everything together.

 Day 1 - Learn to draw and paint whimsical faces!

Create a whimsical character - transparent watercolour. 


Create a whimsical character - transparent and opaque



 Day 2 - One face, many lessons

Transparent watercolour only

Transparent and opaque 


Wet into wet advanced techniques



Day 3 Figure work - draw and paint


Photo reference or use your own.




For your interest! - all the pages below will be sent to you by email. If you do not receive them be sure to contact me at studio@lindakemp.com and I will send them to you. 

Print 2 copies of this grid handout. Resize as needed so that each 3 x 3 grid is about 3" x 3". OR draw these grids freehand on printer paper or in your sketch book. 


Sketch/Template practice worksheet - if desired, print one - resize to fit 8.5 x 11" printer paper.


 Suggested Sequence For Drawing Features

 Just for fun!


Doodle Sheet - Print

Three Hearts and an Action Line Plan

Figure Proportion Cutout Strips - Print and cut out the guides.

Videos will be posted here after each day of our workshop

Bonus Lesson