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Field Trip to the Styrian Armoury

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This is a 5 day masterclass for Concept Artists, Illustrators and Students. Get individual feedback from a world-renowned artist and take your art career to the next level!

Content Summary

In this masterclass Peter Han shows you how to construct and render hard surfaces, especially armour sets and weaponry. Observational studies play an important role in this class, which is why we will go on a field trip to the Styrian Armoury of Graz, the museum with the largest collection of medieval armour and weaponry in the world!

On the first day Peter will introduce you to basic drawing exercises, tell you more about the Dynamic Sketching method and show you how to render primitive shapes. This is basically the warm-up phase of this workshop, where you learn the basic techniques needed during the rest of the week. You will see that you have plenty of time to get to know your fellow classmates during breaks and that Peter is always happy to answer questions. Also feel free to bring your portfolios  and sketchbooks!

On the second day Peter will dive into the construction and rendering of armour sets from photo reference and equip you with the techniques you need for drawing on site. On day three and four we will draw armour and weapons from life at the museum. Peter will do several demos and guide all of you individually, by giving feedback during our sketching sessions. 

In addition to the techniques used for polishing drawings, visual and verbal presentation will be an important aspect of the last day. Peter will show you vital tips for presenting your portfolio, to prep you for job interviews and portfolio reviews.

Through packaging all aspects of “Dynamic Sketching” – such as quick sketching, shape building and manipulation, visual vocabulary, rendering and presentation – your level of confidence and control should rise.

Materials used are toned paper, markers, pens and (coloured) pencils, but you are welcome to bring your own digital devices, should you wish to refine your analogue drawings. 

Aim of the workshop:

  • Drive and enthusiasm to draw
  • Mileage and growing with others
  • Communication from visual to verbal


  • Armour
  • Medieval weapons

Key principles:

  • Building shapes
  • Rendering surfaces
  • Visual & verbal presentation and communication

About the Instructor

Peter Han
Peter HanFreelance concept artist
Peter Han is an instructor at such schools as the Artcenter college of design, Concept design academy, Brainstorm school and CG master academy. With over 13 years of experience in the professional field and education, the main skill he instructs is the ability to express through drawing. This basic skill has led him to work in multiple industries including the Game industry, Fashion, Illustration, Advertising, and Print work.

Workshop Schedule

Introduction, drawing exercises, rendering primitive shapes with value

Rendering materials, breaking down armor and weapons from reference

Field trip to the Armoury, first pass to study shapes and composition

Field trip to the Armoury, rendering surfaces and refining drawings

Packaging the work to present and organize, presentation of work process to verbally build skills.

Daily Schedule

9:00 – 11:00 Workshop
11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 – 12:45 Workshop
12:45 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 16:00 Workshop
16:00 – 16:15 Coffee Break
16:15 – 17:45 Workshop

The Armoury

The Styrian Armoury of Graz is the world’s largest collection of medieval armour and weaponry. The exhibition displays over 32.000 pieces on 4 floors, including plate armour, swords, muskets, cannons, pikes and more.

What is Dynamic Sketching?

The roots of Dynamic Sketching go back to a class at Art Center College of Design, that was created and taught by Norm Schureman. Since he passed away in 2010, Peter Han has carried on his mentor’s legacy and teaches the principles of this class world wide.
The pillars of Dynamic Sketching are critical thinking, drawing from observation and the (de)construction of objects using simple shapes. Observation and shape breakdown are the foundation for creating successful and believable designs. Dynamic Sketching teaches you to understand your subject matter and helps you to build a strong visual library that is needed to work effectively as a designer, concept artist and illustrator on a daily basis.
Please check out Norm’s book “To Draw is to See” and Peter Han’s “Dynamic Bible” to learn more about this approach.

The Venue

The workshop is held at the Erzherzog-Johan-Salon (John of Austria Saloon) in Graz. The venue is easily accessible by car and public transport. There’s a basement carpark (10€/day) right below the venue and the next bus stop is 300 metres away (bus line 40, direction “Gösting”; bus station: “Anton-Kleinoscheg-Strasse”). We’ve also got a bakery/cafe (“Auer”) and a supermarket right next to our venue. The cafe serves delicious coffee, snacks and breakfast, so we can definitely recommend it to those who want to meet beforehand and enjoy breakfast together.

Please take a look at our page “location” for travel advice and apartment recommendations. If you need more help (plane, train, bus tickets, free parking options etc.) contact us at: contact@carbon-black.design