Figure Drawing in the Russian Style

Join Repin Academy Drawing Expert Iliya Mirochnik in learning the traditional Russian Academic drawing approach as it pertains to the human figure. Working on the famous super large stretched canvases of the Academy, getting accurate proportions and having a clear process is crucial. Iliya guides you through his inner monologue during the entire process, with a running insight into his every decision. We will begin with short poses to warm up, followed a medium length pose, before a long-pose of a single model, and then finally move onto the final drawing project from the Academy: long-pose multi-figure composition.

4 Lessons 20h 58m 50s of videos

Level 1

It's time to address a vital element of preparation for the final project: quick-pose drawings. Iliya works with his model to draw 13 short poses from various angles. First, he works with simplified construction, then contour, line, and direct tone. Drawing shorter poses from your live model or from reference will train your mind and hand, giving you the strongest possible understanding of your subject.

Level 2

The next step in preparation for the long-pose figure drawing project is to draw a medium long-pose. Iliya considers this to be any pose that's worked on for 2-4 hours-- enough time to introduce some anatomical elements and to bring the drawing to relative completion. This slow build toward your long pose figure project is vital to the success of your drawing.

Level 3

Level 4

You’ve arrived at a pivotal moment in your curriculum. This project is the culmination of everything you’ve learned in the previous portions of this course. Approach it with a confident and newfound understanding of anatomy, a keen eye for form, and mark-making proficiency. Join Iliya in this execution of a long multi-figure composition from life. With the addition of another figure, elements of composition, and narrative come into play.

Common Questions

Why the Russian Academic Method?

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. The training has been preserved from one generation to the next within an institution which has changed remarkably little over the last 250 years. The method provides a unique and clear lineage to the greater art traditions of the past. More than that, the artwork produced in this approach is impressive in its combination of constructive solidity and observational sensitivity.

Who is this course for?

This course is intended for any artist who wants to improve their drawing skills as well people new to drawing.

Can I take this course if I'm new to drawing?

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.

How is this approach different from sight-size academic methods?

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.

Is this approach good for painters?

Yes! This approach is fantastic for painters and it has been tied to the Russian painting method which will be recorded in 2020.

How does the coaching program work?

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 at: https://www.nma.art/coaching/

Isn't this course also part of a longer Russian course?
Is there more information available about this course?

You can read a description of this course by New Masters Academy founder Joshua Jacobo here: https://www.nma.art/introducing-the-russian-academic-tradition/

If I want to study this program full-time, in person how would do that?

You would need to travel to Saint Petersburg and study at the Repin Academy. You can learn more here: https://eng.rah.ru/