Figure It Out: A Short Course in Life-Drawing – The Art Students League

Figure It Out: A Short Course in Life-Drawing

Umakanth Thumrugoti

Umakanth Thumrugoti

Workshop Description

APRIL 13–17
1:30 – 5:00pm
Fee: $460
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
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“If only my hand obeyed my mind, my drawings would be so much better.” A challenge we all wrestle with. The goal is not to copy the model but to train your mind to “see” by understanding the building blocks of the human figure. In this short course on Life Drawing, we will earn the basic tools:proportions, anatomy and lighting, and use this knowledge to capture the essence of the pose. We will discuss techniques that simplify the drawing process and enhance clarity. Whether one is doodling on a train, story-boarding for a film, or life-drawing, capturing the subject’s gesture is the key to a successful drawing.

About the Instructor

Umakanth Thumrugoti is an artist, writer and filmmaker who started his career at Walt Disney Feature Animation–working on films such as Lion King, Pocahontas, Fantasia 2000, Treasure Planet, Chicken Little and Bolt among others. While at Disney, he worked in various capacities–Technical Director, Lighting Supervisor, Sequence Supervisor, Visual Development Artist and finally as a Co-Art Director. His books include Figure It Out: A Thin Book on Figure Drawing & Broken Parts–Pies R Squared, a graphic novel. His film ‘7 Days In Slow-Motion’ was called ‘A Bright and Cheerful comedy’ by Roger Ebert and won many awards. For more info visit: or

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