Artists are often confused when drawing a view of the figure that has an arm or a leg that “sticks out” at us. This confusion is often a result of a mismatch between our mental concepts of what something “should” look like and what the shapes that we’re actually seeing. This class will teach new mental models for understanding the human form that are more flexible and can accommodate a wide range of views. We’ll draw from the live model in a variety of poses to practice this way of seeing and drawing to help you get more sure with your foreshortening.
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Term: Spring 2023
Suggested Ages: 18+
2 sessions: $120.00; Capacity: 15
Students can work in pencil, charcoal, or other drawing media. I have listed my recommended materials for reference here. CHARCOAL • Medium or soft vine charcoal sticks (4 - 12 sticks) • General's Charcoal Pencils: HB, 2B, 4B (1 or 2 of each) *Note that CAW does provide some vine and compressed charcoal as part of the class. • If you work on toned paper: General's White Charcoal Pencil or White Pastel Pencil (not a white colored pencil which is too waxy to work with charcoal) • Sanding pad (for sharpening charcoal pencils and vine charcoal- I highly recommend the Nitram Sanding Block over the regular small “tear off” sandpaper block. Fine sandpaper can also be used. (http://www.dickblick.com/products/nitram-sharpening-bloc/) • Straight Razor blade (for sharpening charcoal pencils-can be purchased at a hardware store. Sold in packs of 5 or more, usually used for paint scrapers. A box cutter can work as well but I recommend a straight razor blade.) Paper For Charcoal: • Large sheets of regular drawing paper (like a Strathmore Drawing Paper pad) as it is more durable and has a slightly toothier drawing surface that catches charcoal better than the slick surface of newsprint. • Canson Mi-Teinte Pastel Paper is also recommended for charcoal and conte crayon. (It comes in a variety of colors of 25.5" x 19.5" sheets. Get 2-3 sheets of light grey, tan or medium blue. Charcoal papers have a tooth to them that catches and holds the charcoal.) Fabriano charcoal paper is also good. Toned paper allows you to work both with white and black to quickly set up light and dark values. PENCIL • Pencils: HB, 2B, 4B (1 of each). • Pencil Sharpener or straight razor blade for sharpening pencils. • Strathmore 400 Series 18” x 24” “Drawing” Pad CAW provides large sheets of newsprint but the slick surface of newsprint can make it a bit slippery to work on with pencil. If working on newsprint (an inexpensive and readily available substrate) I would suggest working with soft or very soft pencils (2B, 4B, or 6B pencils.) Drawing Board: CAW does provide large drawing boards, however you might want to bring your own board to ensure you have a smooth, clean drawing surface. Your drawing board needs to be larger than your paper size. I recommend a simple piece of masonite, gator board, or 1/2” foam core. • CAW provides large paper clamps for attaching your paper to your drawing board. • Straight, thin knitting needle or stick (for measuring and finding angles) • Kneaded eraser and/or vinyl “pencil” eraser • Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Coating or similar (for fixing charcoal drawings at home) • Glassine (for covering drawings in storage, especially charcoal – Glassine is like tracing paper and can be bought in rolls. You can also buy a pad of tracing paper and use that as long as it’s acid-free.) • Portfolio for storing and transporting paper and drawings (do not roll your drawings!) • Sketchbook - for your own sketches and for taking notes Recommended Books: Stephen Rogers Peck “Atlas of Human Anatomy for Artists” Gottfried Bammes “The Artist’s Guide to Human Anatomy” and other books Stan Lee and John Buscema “How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way” Andrew Loomis “Figure Drawing” Robert Beverly Hale “Drawing Lessons from the Great Masters”