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    The Frank J. Reilly Papers

    Matthew Innis on his blog underpaintings is reporting that Pennsylvanian portraitist John Ennis has recently been made custodian of nine boxes that contain the hand-written teaching notes of Frank J. Reilly, one of the most influential American art teachers of the twentieth century. He is starting a blog called The Reilly Papers and will be posting all of the information from the collection.
    He is concerned no one is interested in this information so show some support and follow the blog.

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    Awesome! Looks like a nice find.. never seen much of his materials other than by way of the people he taught.

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    Great news, Reilly method has created some fantastic artists

    Thanks for the heads up dpaint.

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    Fantastic.

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    This should be good... Following!

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    Amazing find. This should be sticky.

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    Ennis is earnest in his desire to electronically share these documents with artists worldwide, but he knows the web log will be a time-consuming endeavor. He is afraid that his effort is selfish, and that these notes are of interest only to himself. If this is a project you would like to see him continue, then please visit The Reilly Papers, and show John Ennis your support.
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    Great news! Thanks for the heads up, dpaint.

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    Wow, indeed. Makes for fascinating reading. I hope there is enough interest as it would be a great resource.

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    Previous CA threads discussing Frank Reilly and his system of teaching:
    http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=118194
    http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=151539


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    For some reason it's really difficult to find the abstraction method online. It's such an important method to learn. It really makes drawing easy. The only issue that I have with it is it doesn't help with facial expressions.

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    Man I just noticed this in the stickies. This sounds like it could be some real serious shit.

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    In his post, "The Lay In" he writes...

    The paint mixed and put down are called averages.
    The correct averages make a condition called the poster.
    The averages are the local condition in chiaroscuro (light-shadow)
    -so each local is to be mixed in light & shadow
    -the poster is the look of the chiaroscuro together as a pattern.
    Could anyone give a simple definition of what Reilly means by "averages" and "locals"?

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    The local is the actual color of an object/surface, irrespective of lighting. So, the local for a model's skin might be a middle/high value, medium chroma orange, or, in Munsell terms, YR7/5. The averages are the big value areas that establish the lighting pattern, and that smaller variations in hue, value, and chroma are related to. So, for that same model, in standard 3/4 studio lighting (what Reilly calls form lighting), the shadow average would be a value 3, and the light average would grade from value 8 to value 6 (there are ways of figuring out these averages for different lighting conditions). Once the averages are established, other modeling factors, and hue/chroma variations, are built on top of them. Essentially, it's taking the same concept of working big to small/general to specific that should be familiar to most people in drawing, and applying it to value/color as well.


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    So if the model was 200 ft away, you could paint the locals under the lighting condition they're in, let's say the whole face one color YR 7/5. And when the model get's very close you would want to paint the averages, the detail, so to speak?

    And not to sound very dull, he said, "The correct averages make a condition called the poster.". I assume he get's this idea from actual old posters?

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    Yes, shapes of color to capture the big plane changes, values first, then hue and chroma, then edges and details. Here is a picture of the value poster from Faragasso's book A Students Guide to Painting. Faragasso has taught the Reilly method now for 50 years and worked as Reilly's class monitor.

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    heres an explination and demo for the term "poster" by tony ryder (student of ted seth jacobs (student of frank reilly)) http://underpaintings.blogspot.com/2...iv-poster.html

    [edit] i just noticed ive been linking to the same blog a link to started this thread... great blog indeed

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    I would strongly encourage people who are interested in this material and who have visited the site to leave comments on the blog. That way, the extremely generous fellow who is putting up this information recognizes how much his work is appreciated. After all, he is only being paid in appreciation.

    So leave comments for him, thanking him, so he knows we're out here.

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    Man, that high chroma chart in sunlight seems like an awesome exercise.


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    For those who are interested, I recently spoke to John Ennis via facebook and thanked him for the blog. He told me he hopes to update it sometime in the Summer, so hopefully some more of Mr Reilly's papers won't be too far away.

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    Thank you for sharing! Adding this to my RSS.

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