Learn all of the materials you will need for the duration of the course including pencils, erasers, papers, and other utensils and tools.
2. How to Make Marks With
Learn how to hold your pencil and practice the necessary marks that you will need to master for drawing. You will create straight and curved lines, point-to-point lines, flat tones, hatch marks, and combinations. You will do assignments that help reinforce your hand and eye coordination and pressure control.
3. How to Measure With
Learn one of the most vital drawing skills: measuring. Using a pair of knitting needles, you will learn how to take accurate angles from life and then apply it to your work. You will also learn how to use proportional measurement and how to work from flat photos.
Learn how to draw the primary forms of all constructive drawing methods: the cube, cylinder, sphere, and cone from observation as well as how to construct these forms from imagination. Then you will combine both approaches and construct the forms from observation.
5. Light & Shadow With
Learn the essential elements of light and shadow, including the components of light theory: light, shadow, halftone, the terminator line, cast shadow, and highlight. Learn how to group your values correctly and how to turn your forms with tone. You will also learn how to describe curved and planed surfaced, and you will also practice rendering techniques to describe structure clearly and efficiently.
It’s time to put together all of the skills you have learned thus far. Your project will be to draw a still life, consisting of geometric forms arranged in an interesting group. Your skills at construction, measuring, and building up value in order to create the illusion of three-dimensional form will all be put to the test. Iliya will demonstrate the project first and you will then work on your version from home.
Combine all of the concepts and training you have learned thus far. Using the stretched canvas that you made at the beginning of this course you will draw John Asaro’s planes of the head sculpture from our 3D scan or the photos provided. You will focus on turning form, establishing clear planes, clearly showing your light source and developing proper values and value relationships.
The "Russian" or "Repin" drawing method refers to the drawing approach taught at the Repin Academic Institute of Fine Arts (former Saint Petersburg Imperial Academy of Arts). Seldom taught outside of Russia, the “imperial” drawing and painting method was uninterrupted by the modern art movements that transformed representational art in the West. This training has been preserved from one generation to the next within an institution which has changed remarkably little over the last 250 years. In modern parlance we would describe this approach as a hybrid between constructive and optical or graphic approaches.
This course is intended for any artist who wants to improve their drawing skills as well people new to drawing. If you're a beginner you can certainly start here! If would like more of an overview of drawing in general, we recommend doing the Beginner’s Guide to Drawing first!
Absolutely! The Russian academic drawing method is a powerful tool for any new artist. The skills you learn in this course will last you a lifetime and set you up well for working from observation or from imagination.
Sight-size is a primarily optical and observational drawing approach where the value patterns as they fall on the eye are transferred in 1:1 scale from life to the paper or canvas. The Russian approach is observational as well but it also utilizes construction which produces a more three-dimensional and solid look.
The NMA Coaching program provides professional art mentors to students. The coaches develop personalized curriculum and guide students in their artistic development. The Russian Academic Drawing Course integrates with this program in a special way in that Iliya Mirochnik himself is available as a coach to provide guidance to students taking this course. Availability is limited. Learn more here.
If you're not in the coaching program you can still share your progress with other subscribers in the NMA Community Forums. We highly encourage students to work together on projects and help each other progress.
You can read a description of this course by New Masters Academy founder Joshua Jacobo here.
You would need to travel to Saint Petersburg and study at the Repin Academy. You can learn more here.
Like all New Masters Courses you can follow along digitally with a tablet. Because software and digital drawing and painting techniques change quickly, you will need to decide how to interpret the information presented into your drawing application of choice. We recommend avoiding drawing layers, undo, automatic line straightening or clean up or other shortcuts for this course.