1. The Pipe Fold With
As an introduction to Drapery: The Russian Approach, You will start with the Pipe Fold. You will take your knowledge of rendering cylinders and apply that to rendering fabric. You will learn how to render fabrics of different materials and local values.
2. The Diaper Fold With
You will learn how to analyze and draw the Diaper Fold taking what you know from the previous lesson and applying it to rendering fabric that is changing direction. You will learn how to identify the “eyes” of the fold and use that knowledge to construct the Diaper Fold.
Similar to the Diaper fold, you will learn how to compare what you’ve learned from the previous lesson and apply new information to construct and render the Half-Lock Fold.
4. The Zig-Zag Fold With
In this lesson, you will draw and analyze two different types of Zig-Zag folds; the hanging Zig-Zag Fold and the Zig-Zag Fold placed around a form. You will learn the similarities of the Zig-Zag Fold to the Half-Lock Fold and how to describe form underneath fabric.
5. The Spiral Fold With
Similar to the Zig-Zag Fold placed over a form, you will continue to develop your ability to describe the form of an object underneath fabric, paying special attention to occlusion shadows created by the spiral fold.
6. Inert Cloth With
You will learn how to analyze, draw, and simplify inert cloth or cloth without a distinct fold or movement. You will take your knowledge of rendering forms, cast shadows, and occlusion shadows from previous lessons and use it to describe this kind of fold.
In this final lesson, you will take everything you’ve learned in the course and apply it to drawing a draped figure. You will take your knowledge of drawing fabric and use it to edit and design the draped figure for simplicity and composition.
This course is for students wanting to understand the construction of drapery and improve their ability to render fabric and clothing.
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.
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.
Although each lesson lists traditional materials, you are welcome to use digital media.
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.
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 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.