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Drapery: The Russian Approach

In this 8-week course, instructor Iliya Mirochnik will introduce you to the Russian Academic method of drawing drapery from observation. You will learn how to render each of the six types of folds. Iliya will teach you how fabric interacts and is affected by gravity. You will discover how designing and incorporating fabric and folds in your work can create movement. Through this course, you will be able to combine everything you have learned into drawing a clothed figure.

8 Lessons 14h 31m 25s of videos

Common Questions

Is this course beginner friendly?

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.

What materials do I need to get for this course?

A material PDF list is linked in each lesson under the description. Please check the file to see what you need to prepare.

What is the Russian/ Illia Repin drawing method?

This drawing method has been taught at the Repin Academic Institute of Fine Arts (former Saint Petersburg Imperial Academy of Arts). This training is preserved from one generation to the next within an institution that has changed remarkably little over the last 250 years. We would describe it as a hybrid between constructive and optical or graphic approaches. You can also find a 35-lesson course on this method taught by Iliya here: Complete Russian Academic Drawing Approach

Can I do this course digitally, using Photoshop or Procreate?

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.