In week one, Iliya will show you how to draw and simplify one of the most complex facial features, the eye. You will learn to construct an eye from start to finish using a plaster cast.
In week two, Iliya will teach you how to draw the mouth using a plaster cast. You will learn to analyze, observe, and render the structure of the lips.
Week 3: David's Nose With
In week three, Iliya will teach you how to draw the nose using a plaster cast. You will learn to construct the nose, from its big simple shapes to the small delicate details.
In week four, Iliya will demonstrate how to construct and render an ear. You will learn to break this feature down to its simplest forms.
In week five, you will follow Iliya as he analyzes and simplifies a plaster cast taken from a cadaver. You will explore the forms and anatomy of the head as it occurs in real life.
In week six, Iliya will teach you how to apply half-tones and finishing touches to your plaster cast drawing. You will learn to analyze and render complicated light and shadow passages of a human face.
In week seven, Iliya will demonstrate how to draw an Early Renaissance bust. Using the plaster cast, you will learn to describe subtle forms and plane changes, a stylistic norm of the Early Renaissance.
In week eight, Iliya will show you how to refine the construction and shadow masses of your drawing to bring it to completion. You will learn to model and characterize the curvature of smooth facial features like the mouth, cheek, forehead, etc.
You will learn to construct the facial features of the face, absent of color and texture. This course will give you the ability to focus on the forms of the face. In addition, Iliya will teach you how to draw from a cadaver, giving you the chance to work from a real human head. Lastly, Iliya will teach you how to render light & shadow over a Pre-Renienssance bust; it focuses on smooth features and curved characteristics.
This course includes eight (8) downloadable assignment PDFs, that help you practice the materials taught by instructor Iliya Mirochnik. Keeping up with these assignments will maximize your learning outcomes.
Each lesson includes a detailed Materials list PDF linked under the description. Please check the file to see what you need to prepare. This course includes photos and 3d models of the plaster casts mentioned in the lectures; you can find them under the References tab. You are welcome to use your own plaster cast, but we’ve ensured to provide references for every assignment.
This course is recommended for students who have a basic understanding of form, lighting, and construction. It is ideally for a student who has taken Iliya's Fundamentals of Observational Drawing.
Most New Masters Academy courses are designed to be done traditionally or digitally. Software changes constantly, but the fundamentals stay the same. It will be up to you to translate the information that you are learning to your software of choice. We recommend avoiding layer, undo, automatic line straightening, or other shortcuts for this course.
This drawing method has been taught at the Repin Academic Institute of Fine Arts (former Saint Petersburg Imperial Academy of Arts). This training has been preserved from one generation to the next within an institution that has changed remarkably little over the last 250 years. We would describe this approach as a hybrid between constructive and optical or graphic approaches. We also have a full 35 lesson course taught by Iliya here: Complete Russian Academic Drawing Approach