Streaming figure drawing session with multiple camera angles of each pose. Be safe, be creative, and support artists and models. Poses will vary from 1- to 15-minutes.
NOTE: This is a REMOTE session. Zoom link and access codes will be delivered via email approximately 30 minutes prior to session start, so sign up early.. More info
For this hands-on drawing workshop, we'll be covering the bones and muscles of the face and head, as well as how variations in those affect appearance. Through demos and exercises, we'll practice drawing the head and face from various angles to increase our understanding of the underlying forms and structures... More info
It's a challenge to draw hands and feet; they're complex and expressive, unique to each individual. In this 3-hour, hands-on (!) workshop, I'll provide a number of approaches to drawing accurate and expressive hands and feet... More info
Emphasis on understanding and accurately representing the structures of the spine, shoulderblades, and shoulders through demos and live model... More info
An introductory drawing workshop in how to see proportions, how to make intentional marks, and how to combine these to make quick, dynamic sketches from a live model... More info
An intermediate-beginner drawing workshop on how to form the mountains and trace the rivers of the figure when working with a live model.. More info
An intermediate pastel drawing class on using saturated colors to bring light and life to drawings from a live model... More info
Learning to draw from life is like learning a new language. We’ll start with making marks on paper; this is our vocabulary, simple phrases from which we can construct increasingly sophisticated ideas.
We use square pastels because they let us make a wide variety of marks. We use newsprint paper because it takes the pastel well, and because it’s inexpensive; even unconsciously we tend to hold back if we use expensive materials.
Next we’ll bring out the model. After a brief introduction, I’ll give a short demo of how to use reference points to find shapes through simple triangulation. We’ll talk about the dominant line, and the importance of having a clear starting point - in this case, the boots.
Then the model will give us a series of short poses which we’ll draw with large gestures using our marks and triangulation to capture the essence of her form - always beginning with the boots.
After the gestures, we’ll try some slightly longer poses, allowing for more precision in our drawing. I’ll spend time with each student individually, answering questions and providing guidance.
We’ll finish up by thanking the model for inspiration, reviewing what we’ve learned, and talking about next steps.
Whether you use the metphor of spheres and cylinders or mountains and valleys, it's helpful to make comparisons when learning how to express the human form. What appeals to me about using landscape is that, even at rest, the body's hills tremble, its rivers flow.
With this in mind, we'll be approaching drawing the figure from the point of view of time; which parts change slowly, which parts are never still. This enables us to dwell on the former while being alert to moments where we can capture the latter.
This workshop will build upon what we've learned in Just Draw the Boots by using our personal language of marks to create volume on the paper. We'll begin with a demo of these techniques, then the model will give us a series of short poses. Our focus here will be less on the entire figure than on particular relationships between parts; her shoulder and her neck; her hip and her ribs; the crook of her elbow.
With longer poses will come more attention to representing the cohesiveness of the figure. In a landscape, we're always acutely aware of gaps in the trees or mountains shaped by tectonic forces; we'll look at how the functions of joints and muscles affect how they're rendered. (We aren't studying anatomy, per se, but a passing understanding doesn't hurt.)
We'll finish up by thanking our model for her inspiration, reviewing what we're learned, and talking about next steps.
This workshop builds upon what we've learned in the previous two, but any level of skill and experience is welcome.
The introduction of color into a figure drawing can be a game-changer. Whereas monochromatic studies can be sculptural (see our Figurative Landscapes workshop), adding color can make them breathe.
We'll be looking at the temperature of color on the skin; warm highlights, cool shadows, but also vice-versa. We'll also experiment with layering of complementary colors and how that allows a limited palette almost infinite nuance.
Emphasis will be on process over product, with both demos and exercises liberally sprinkled with plenty of self-guided exploration. This workshop builds upon concepts and techniques introduced and developed in the first two workshops.