This workshop teaches a clear, simple and accurate figure construction technique that suits today’s modern educational (and professional) environment where students have a lot more to learn in a short period of time. It is updated from more classical drawing traditions, but is easier to grasp in the beginning and can be more quickly learned. The approach also allows students to address figure composition more easily, and assumes students will soon want to draw figures in motion, composed in groups, and as part of a narrative story.
The techniques learned in this workshop can be applied to animation, graphic novels, children’s books, game design, or in character design. The workshop is based on courses Will has developed at ArtCenter (where it is considered an essential class) and in seminars for professionals at the Society of Illustrators in LA, for DreamWorks’ TV and Feature Animation, for the Animation Guild and other organisations in Los Angeles.
About the Instructor
This is a structural figure-drawing class that addresses figure drawing as a component part of a larger art ambition. Students will learn an easy to use drawing process that, combined with design issues outlined in class, allows them to draw figures in a way that addresses both the needs of figure drawing and narrative compositional needs as well.
What You’ll Learn
Figure proportions, drawing concepts and practices, figure construction techniques, gesture drawing, anatomy for artists, lighting, the components of narrative composition, and figure composition techniques.
Basic drawing experience is recommended, but beginning students will be fine. I start at the very beginning with basic proportions and progress from there. Additionally, though the course has an overall agenda, I teach students individually in class and adjust my instruction to suit the level of each student.
- 17 X 24” Drawing board and white drawing paper (standard life drawing size)
- 10 Prismacolor Pencils in black OR Black Progresso Pencils
- A pencil sharpener with a catch basin for shavings
- Charcoal pencils and newsprint are OK, but I’d give the above list a try.
The first class addresses figure construction through an extensive presentation, and applies the construction techniques to drawing with a live model.
We briefly review the previous days figure construction lesson and address anatomy, head drawing and lighting techniques. We then work with a live model for the rest of the day.
We build on the previous days lessons with longer poses for lighting, a demonstration on drawing hair, hands and feet. There is a figure composition lecture towards the end of class.
Day 4 is used for longer pose drawing, finished drawing techniques, review, questions and answers, more figure composition, and individual help for everyone who needs or it.
|9:30 – 11:00||Workshop|
|11:00 – 11:15||Coffee Break|
|11:15 – 12:45||Workshop|
|12:45 – 14:00||Lunch|
|14:00 – 15:30||Workshop|
|15:30 – 15:45||Coffee Break|
|15:45 – 17:30||Workshop|
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.
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