Course: Complete Portrait and Figure Drawing (step-by-step)

Complete Portrait and Figure Drawing (step-by-step)

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  • Certificate on Completion
  • Access on Android and iOS App
  • Self-Paced
About this Course

In this course I review the basics of figure and portrait drawing in terms of gesture, action lines, foreshortening, value, edges, and details of the features. With the modified version of the "Reilly" technique used here, the subscriber/student will learn to draw a full figure or portrait in under 45 minutes from life or photographs on toned paper with less than six values using carbon pencils and white pastel chalk. To aid in learning this technique, two complete drawings (figure and portrait) are demonstrated with running description of the drawing process throughout.

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone interested in learning to draw starting with the action and gesture of the model
Basic knowledge
  • No previous knowledge necessary. Materials are toned paper, carbon pencils (Wolff), and white chalk
What you will learn
  • Draw the figure or portrait from life or photographs
Number of Lectures: 16
Total Duration: 01:34:22
  • Introduction  

     Brief description of the contents of this course. 

  • Overview of course  

    Overview of the techniques that will be used to draw the figure and the portrait. 

Drawing the Figure
  • Figure Drawing: gesture, large/small actions, shapes, negative space  

    Initial elements of figure drawing including the gesture, large/small action lines, large shapes relative to each other, and negative space to position limbs. 

  • Figure Drawing: small shapes and value patterns  

    Continuation of figure drawing adding smaller shapes and indicating position of values. 

  • Review of value and edges  

    Review of the concept of values (light and dark) and edges (hard and soft) with there effect on the line drawing. 

  • Figure Drawing: values, foreshortening, and edges  

     Continuation of figure drawing with foreshortening and the refinement of values and edges. 

  • Figure Drawing: refining values and features  

    Continuation of figure drawing with the further refinement of the values (between four and six) and the features. 

  • Figure Drawing: finishing with lights and accents  

    Continuation of figure drawing with the placement of the lights using pastel chalk and accents with Wolff 4B pencils. 

Drawing the Portrait
  • Portrait Drawing: large shapes and demarcation lines  

    Initial elements of drawing the portrait covering large shapes and lines indicating the placement of features. 

  • Review of foreshortening and perspective  

    This lectures reviews the aspects of foreshortening in relationship to perspective using shapes, value and edges. 

  • Review of drawing features of the face  

    Review of drawing the features of the face (eyes, nose, mouth, and ears) with and without foreshortening. 

  • Portrait Drawing: features (eyes, nose, mouth, ears)  

    Continuation of portrait drawing with the addition of the small features (eyes, nose, mouth, and ears). 

  • Portrait Drawing: values and edges  

    Continuation of portrait drawing with the addition and refinement of the dark values and the edges (hard and soft). 

  • Portrait Drawing: finishing with lights and accents  

    Continuation of portrait drawing with the addition and refinement of the lights using white pastels and the refinement of darks with Wolff 4B pencils. 

  • Portrait Drawing: further refinements  

     Continuation of portrait drawing with further refinements of values and edges. 

  • Conclusions and final thoughts  

    This video summarizes the drawing techniques and discussions demonstrated in these lectures and adds some comments on proceeding further. 

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