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The Spirit of the Pose

In this 10-week course, instructor Karl Gnass will teach you how to draw the human figure directly and compellingly. You will discover his fundamental principles of figure drawing, including gesture, formulation, and anatomy, and then build upon those foundations to learn about light, tone, and aesthetics. The emphasis will be on seeing beyond the details and focusing on the "spirit of the pose." By the end of the course, you will have gained the knowledge and skills to analyze and confidently create representations of the figure. These traditional techniques can also be applied to digital media.

10 Lessons 30h 13m 6s of videos

In week two, Karl will teach you how to tell a story in a figure drawing through gesture. You will learn how the ability to make a solid gesture aids in your drawing skill; it will help establish the feeling of the pose.

Common Questions

Is this course beginner friendly?

This course is recommended for the intermediate level. Instructor Karl Gnass presents an in-depth examination of concepts and techniques that are best understood with a prior background in figurative art.

Are there any assignments in this course?

This course includes 10 downloadable assignment PDFs, that help you practice the materials taught by instructor Karl Gnass. Keeping up with these assignments will maximize your learning outcome.

What materials do I need to get for this course?

A material PDF list is linked in each lesson under the description. Please check the file to see what you need to prepare.

Can I do this course digitally, using Photoshop or Procreate?

Most New Masters Academy courses are designed to be done traditionally or digitally. Software changes constantly, but the fundamentals stay the same. It will be up to you to translate the information that you are learning to your software of choice.