Drapery: The Russian Approach

In this part of the Russian Drawing Program, join Iliya Mirochnik as he breaks down the complexity of drapery into 6 basic folds. In this course, you will learn to observe, draw, and render each type of fold in isolation and apply what you learned for a final project: drawing and rendering a draped mannequin.

7 Lessons 14h 28m 25s of videos

Level 1

Common Questions

Who is this course for?

This course is for students wanting to understand the construction of drapery and improve their ability to render fabric and clothing.

How much figure drawing do I need for this course?

Though knowledge of figure drawing will considerably improve your understanding of drapery on the figure, you do not need any prior knowledge of figure drawing to take this course.

What's the best way to take this course?

Take notes in your sketchbook during the lecture. Follow along with the instructor demo stroke-by-stroke, then practice on your own with the provided references.

Is this course beginner-friendly?

Yes, this course is beginner-friendly and a recommended follow up to the Fundamentals Of Observational Drawing. If you haven't already, we highly recommend that you complete the Fundamentals of Observational Drawing or have a basic grasp of the fundamentals of light and form.

Do I have to do this traditionally?

Although each lesson lists traditional materials, you are welcome to use digital media.

Do I have to do the fundamentals of the Russian Fundamentals course first?

This course builds on the Fundamentals Of Observational Drawing course and therefore, we highly recommend that each student starting the Russian Drapery series first complete that portion of the Russian course or have a strong understanding of light and form.

How does the coaching program work?

The NMA Coaching program provides professional art mentors to students. The coaches develop a personalized curriculum and guide students in their artistic development. The Russian Academic Drawing Course and related courses such as Drapery: The Russian Approach and Plaster Cast Drawing: The Russian Approach, integrate 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 at: https://www.nma.art/coaching/

If I am not enrolled in coaching, what other ways can I get feedback?

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.