As an introduction to the plaster cast series, you will start with the eye. You will observe and learn the structure and form of the eye and further develop your process for blocking in and refining your drawings.
You will learn how to draw and render one of the most expressive features of the face; the Lips. You will learn techniques to better describe the forms of the mouth on a 2-dimensional surface using clear shadows and modeling the subtle forms of the lips with halftones.
You will analyze and render the forms of the nose, starting with the simple pyramid shape and working towards the smaller forms that define the structure of the nose.
You will learn how to draw and render the ear, breaking down the complex forms and understanding the process of identifying and rendering the cast shadows of the ear and the subtle variations in halftones.
You will be introduced to the forms and anatomy of the head as it occurs in life. You will break down and analyze the complex forms of the features, using your knowledge from the previous lessons.
You will learn an alternative method of blocking in the features to emphasize the round forms of the face. You will build upon what you’ve learned from the previous lessons and explore rendering the subtle features of the Early Renaissance Bust.
Take notes in your sketchbook as you watch the lecture. Follow along with the instructor demo stroke-by-stroke, then practice on your own with the provided references.
This course includes both photos of plaster casts as well as 3d models of the casts used in the lectures in the resources tab of the lesson. You are welcome to use your own cast, but we’ve ensured that each cast is available for the assignments.
The recommended materials are:
Kneaded and Hard Erasers
Roll of Paper or Smooth Sketchbook paper
Easle or desk
However, you are welcome to use what you have available.
Although each lesson lists traditional materials, you are welcome to use digital media.
We highly recommend that each student starting the plaster cast series first complete the fundamentals of observational drawing section 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 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.