Layil Umbralux is a fine artist based out of the Bay Area, working primarily in oils and graphite. She has a BFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. and additional training under Carl Dobsky in the classical atelier method of representational drawing and painting. Her studio work features figures and still life elements in compositions exploring mythology, the natural sciences, and the human form as allegory. She also takes interest in plein air landscape painting and portraiture.
Her teaching strategy is informed by traditional techniques dating back to the Academic methods of the 19th century, and begins with material handling, best practices, and learning how to see accurately. She instructs using Barque Plates and working from life to develop foundation skills, then progresses on to show practical applications of those methods towards making original compositions. She teaches primarily in graphite and then in oil paint as the students advance, covering design, perspective, anatomy, color theory and storytelling as applicable.
This class specifically has a focus on portraiture and drawing the face with accuracy. Beginners are welcome, as each student will start at the beginning of the curriculum and progress at their own pace as they develop skill and understanding. Talent is a very small part of excellence in drawing and painting; anybody who applies themselves with deliberate practice can be expected to visibly improve their ability to create accurate representations.