Fundamentals of Figure Drawing – The Art Students League

Fundamentals of Figure Drawing

Greg Follender

Greg Follender, Eight 15-Minute Muses, 2018, sanguine conté on paper, 17 x 14 inches

Class Description

From the basic supplies to sophisticated shading techniques, this class is designed to give a beginning student all the integral tools they need to draw confidently. Learn how to sketch competently in a positive, encouraging environment that will give you the skills you’ve always wanted to bring your work to the next level.

Often new students find themselves uncomfortable or intimidated in a life-drawing session by their lack of understanding in the rudimentary tenets of classical figure drawing. It is sometimes difficult to jump into such an endeavor without first understanding the core disciplines. The course is designed to introduce all the basic aspects of successful drawing—rendering simple shapes, understanding light and shadow, creating volume and measuring proportion—building on each step exponentially before finally introducing the human figure to the proceedings. Exercises that stress constraining value and tonal control will further refine the student’s basic knowledge until they can confidently produce solid imagery, enabling them to concentrate more on the fluid expression of their marks on paper instead of the simple reportage of their subject, whether it be drawing from life or their own imaginations.

About the Instructor

Greg Follender is a New York-based artist and illustrator whose passionate pursuit of rendering the human form has taken him from the dynamic world of comic books and graphic novels, to character design and costume fabrication in the industry of film and television.

After receiving his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, he worked as an illustrator for many years for such prestigious clients as The New York Times, Scholastic Publishing, and Time Magazine. Through his connection to these organizations and their educational branches, he eventually parlayed his love for the visual medium into instruction. Along with the classes and workshops he teaches at The Art Student League, Greg Follender continues to instruct drawing, painting, and sculpting classes at the American Museum of Natural History in their Education Department as he has for almost two decades. His work has been exhibited worldwide and is represented in many private and public collections. He also published his episodic graphic novel, The Pugilist, in the pages of Heavy Metal magazine.

Mr. Follender holds gestural life drawing workshops in La Morra, Italy annually and is deeply influenced by the draftsmanship of the Italian High Renaissance. His allegorical paintings are firmly rooted in this classical tradition, and the dynamic figure drawing tenets of that time continue to inspire his personal narrative imagery.

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