The Vital Line: Gestural Life Drawing for Beginners

Greg Follender

Greg Follender

Workshop Description

November 13-17
Monday–Friday, 6:00 – 9:30 pm
Fee: $450
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Please request supply list
 
Learning to render the human figure from life in a gestural, vital way is an important skill to master for any aspiring artist.  In this workshop, short, timed sketching sessions will allow participants to quickly turn the figure in deep space and represent the nude form in more dramatic and challenging poses, while longer drawings will encourage the expression of volume and weight in the subject.  These exercises are designed to establish easy-to-follow anatomical formulas and increased recognition of important body landmarks.  The sketch sessions will build confidence exponentially until students find that they can document the nude figure in dramatically less time than before, enabling them to concentrate more on the fluid expression of their marks on paper instead of the simple reportage of their subject.

About the Instructor

Greg Follender is an artist/illustrator that has been teaching both drawing and sculpting classes at the American Museum of Natural History for almost 2 decades. His passionate pursuit of rendering the human form has taken him from the illustrative world of comic books and graphic novels, to character design and costume fabrication in the industry of film and television. After a recent drawing workshop in La Morra, Italy reconnected him with his classical inspiration, Greg returns to the roots of his work…the dynamic figure-drawing basics that inspire his personal narrative imagery.

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