Kenny Routt Irene Rofail

Kenny Routt & Irene Rofail

Observational Drawing & Painting


The purpose of this course is to help you understand the process of Observational Drawing & Painting. This can help you improve dramatically with form, perspective, value, and color. Motion Designers who want to improve their Art Foundation should consider getting out their paintbrushes and following along.

Observational Drawing & Painting

Elevate Your Work The Old Fashioned Way

Course Format: On-Demand Training

Skill Level: Beginner

Materials: Paint Brushes, Watercolor, Charcoal, Black Ink, Oil Paint, Sketchbook

Duration: ~3 hours

Prerequisites: None


Entry Level Course

If you’re interested in becoming a more competent visual artist, then this course is for you. There is no better way to improve your understanding of line, form, value, and color than working in these traditional mediums. This is an entry-level course and anyone can follow along to see this process.

Easy To Consume Videos

We’ve taken the time to time-lapse many of the drawing and painting sessions since many took hours to do. Hopefully, this will make understanding the overall process faster and easier. We won’t make you sit through a 3 hour painting session. Instead it’s been boiled down to watchable 4-5 minute segments.

Unique Approach

Motion Designers have a ton of online courses to choose from. Our goal with this course was to bring something fresh and unique. Busting our your paintbrush and sketchbook is a great way to step away from the computer while still improving your skills.


What's inside?

Are you new to Illustration and looking for a place to start? Then this online course is for you.

This is a useful first step in the process of Observational Drawing and Painting. Doing a timed gesture drawing is a great way to study the forms of your subject matter before fully committing to a painting.

Once we have done a gesture of forms, the next step in this course is to do a quick series of value studies with charcoal. This means blocking in the most extreme values of a subject matter. Finding the light and dark with charcoal is a great way to block in your forms.

In traditional painting you start with an underdrawing. This is the process of lightly sketching out forms and lines before adding any paint, charcoal or oils.

Watercolor is an easy and inexpensive media type. Watercolor is a great way to get your hands dirty while improving your understanding of color in subtle ways.

While not as easy or affordable as watercolor, Oils have a life all their own. In this course Irene will show you exactly her process for doing a full still life in oil.

We also challenged our illustrators to work from existing references. We asked them to show us their process of doing portraits and architectural paintings. 


Irene & Kenny

Illustrators | Ringling College Of Art & Design Graduates

Irene Rofail and Kenny Routt are our guides for this course. They both received their BFA’s from Ringling College Of Art & Design in the Illustration program. Their extensive drawing and painting experience provided a great foundation for the modules in this course. 

Irene and Kenny will show you their full drawing and painting process, from start to finish. We asked them to bring their best brushes, easels, inks and charcoals to create this one-of-a-kind course with MoGraph Mentor. 


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Observational Drawing & Painting

The basics of sighting, form, value and color.

  • Sighting & Measuring
  • Mastering Values
  • Mastering Colors
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Why take This COurse?

This course is designed to help guide motion design beginners. We want you to understand the right things to study, such as perspective, form, and values, but also want to equip you with enough to get started and practicing. 

What will I know by the end?

The process of Observational Drawing & Painting. How to sight and measure. How the process of an under-drawing translates into a finished painting. How color values can affect the mood of a painting.

When does it start?

Right when you sign up! This online course is ready when you are. 

How long do I have access to the course?

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like – across any and all devices you own.

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