For the first time at Arts On the Block, we had a Figure Drawing Course–by an great instructor and fellow artist by the name of Julie Philips. Philips gave our apprentices a crash course in figure drawing 101–which we even had a real model for practice–yours truly.
She began teaching the lesson by showing our apprentices some sample works of figure drawings by various portraiture artists. Instructing them on light and shadow, and the anatomy of the figure. With a warm up, she had everyone crumple a piece of white paper, and sketch all the different lights and shadows within the folds and wrinkles of the paper. Next she led them into the first exercise of the day–drawing the gesture. In which, the apprentices had to draw fleeting poses of the model that would quickly change into the next posture.
For this exercise she introduced many to new mediums–vine charcoal, compressed charcoal, white conté, and for practice–newsprint paper. After some warm up sketches, they did some longer five and ten minute poses.
Following their gestures and short poses–Philips added a final exercise, in which our apprentices had to incorporate everything they learned into a final twenty minute pose. Each apprentice had a unique approach, which was intriguing to watch as they replicated the model on brown toned paper, using white acrylic paint, and compressed charcoal to capture light and shadow.
Our apprentices truly enjoyed their crash drawing course, and many of them became inspired to practice more with these newfound materials and skill sets. Arts On The Block sends a huge thank you to Julie Philips for visiting our studio and teaching us the creative process of figure drawing!
February 27, 2013