When putting together the new You be the Judge art contest, I wanted to include prizes that would help educate artists and give them access to information that could assist them in reaching their goals.

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As part of the Grand Prize package, I’ve included an entire set of five instructional art DVDs with over 16 hours of training. Through the use of visual aids, painting demonstrations, palette demonstrations and examples from past master painters, I’ve packed as much information as possible into this series.

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Since I’ve already written about the series in past blogs, here’s what others are saying about the videos:

“I have been a fan of Joe Bowler, the renowned portrait artist, for almost 30 years. I was so excited when I learned about Brian Neher, and how he has been a Bowler student for about 18 years. Neher’s work is extraordinary, and one can definitely see the great influence that Bowler has had on his work. I couldn’t wait to purchase all of Brian’s videos so that I could learn more from him, especially the Painting Outdoor Light DVD.

I am thrilled about how my color skills have improved since reviewing the video set. I now truly understand about how important color temperature is and how it can help turn the form and how to create ‘grays’ that yield believable flesh tones. I often leave the videos running on my computer next to me while I paint, so I get to hear the principles over and over. It’s like having Neher teaching me in my own studio. The DVDs are very well done and extremely thorough on teaching the techniques. It is totally worth the money for artists on any level to help further their skills.”

-Tisha Robinson

“Brian Neher’s video instruction series is by far one of the finest and most informative series on painting available. Brian’s approach to teaching is thorough and fundamental, giving the student eager for real knowledge the information they need in order to understand the guiding principles of Value, Color and Light.

I particularly enjoyed the way in which Brian presented his examples. As an Instructor, his illustrations helped me to clarify my own teaching approach and I believe my students have benefitted greatly.

Brian Neher’s portraits are stunning, filled with the mystery of light and color. In his video series, the Principles of Painting, Brian shares the same knowledge that has helped him to create such memorable works. He makes the information easy to grasp and remember. I appreciate that Brian did not focus on himself in the series but really focused on educating the artist in a clear and plain spoken manner, with the same commitment that he pours into each of his paintings.”

-Kyle Keith

“Thirty years ago, I expressed the importance of having a good library of books to my art students. I also said that if you would have just one book it should be Creative Illustration by Andrew Loomis. Ten years ago, I added that if there were 2 books in your library it should be Creative Illustration and also Alla Prima by Richard Schmid. This year I added The Principles of Painting, a 4 DVD set by Brian Neher to those two books.

What all these resources have in common is that they are all packed with information. Brian starts with the basics of sound drawing and builds with the fundamentals of painting that you would expect in a good art school. The DVD’s are filled with demos and examples that complement Brian’s clear explanations. Brian is articulate and thoughtful in his presentations.

I highly recommend these DVD’s to anybody who is serious about being an artist or someone who would like to get started in painting.”

-Brian Jekel

Click here to learn more about the series and to see individual clips from each video.

Here’s a new clip from the Painting Outdoor Light DVD.

Click here to learn more about how to enter the You be the Judge art contest for a chance to win all five instructional art DVDs!