In week one, you will learn how to establish three major masses of the figure, make clear design choices, and begin to posterize, or graphically separate lights from shadows.
Now that you have learned to construct simple, clearly designed figures, we will attempt to add clothing. In week two, you will learn how to use 3D and graphic ideas to drape clothing over the figure.
In week three, Joseph will teach you his technique for drawing with willow charcoal. You will learn about posterization, gradients, and blending using various tools to create a tonal drawing as quickly and simply as possible.
In week four, you will learn how to establish the focal point of your composition with contrast and rendered forms.
In week five, Joseph will teach you how to put the final touches on your drawing for a beautiful finished look, that will translate well into a painting.
After five weeks of studying the tonal approach to drawing, you will apply that knowledge in oil painting. In week six, Joseph will teach you the essentials of color theory and mixing, as well as introduce you to his color palette. You will learn how to mix the proper shadow, light, and transition value.
In week seven, you will learn how to resist the urge to add detail too early, and to trust in the process of posterization. You will practice adding transitional tones to core shadows, while keeping value and color relationships clearly defined.
In week eight, you will study the procedure of figure painting. It is the idea of taking your time to slow down and correct mistakes while painting. Besides, you will learn how to turn form using paint, and explore the simplicity of painting illusion.
In week nine, you will learn to establish hierarchy and render the focal point in your composition. Joseph will demonstrate how to select areas of importance, in which he will focus on developing contrast, saturation, texture, sharp edges, or resolve.
In the last week of this course, you will explore your composition in a more free and natural way. You will learn to keep your color, value, and designs as simple as possible, yet still be able to create a successful figure painting from start to finish.
Joseph's teaching approach combines and builds upon several approaches from instructors such as Mark Westermoe, Glenn Vilppu, and Karl Gnass. However, he synthesizes and distills them to an efficient and easy to understand process.
It is for both. Solid drawing and painting skills are the bedrock in all visual art fields like animation, illustration, and fine art.
All 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 that before attempting this course, you should take Beginner's Guide to Drawing, Renaissance Figure Drawing with Glenn Vilppu, The Spirit of the Pose with Karl Gnass, the Frank Reilly Drawing Method with Mark Westermoe, and Introduction to Oil Painting for Beginner's with Charles Hu.
This course includes downloadable assignment PDFs, that help you practice the materials taught by instructor Joseph Todorovitch. Keeping up with these assignments will maximize your learning outcomes.
A material PDF list is linked in each lesson under description. Please check the file to see what you need to prepare.