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March 25, 2021 at 10:13 am #1302202New Masters AcademyKeymasterNo badges. No points.
In this lesson, you will learn how to use rhythm and gesture to create a sense of movement and character within your figure drawings. Instructor Bill Perkins will teach you how to find the rhythms within the forms and contour of the figure. He also shows you how to apply chiaroscuro in designing your artwork.
This lesson belongs to the course The Beginner’s Guide to Drawing. It is a 12-week course designed to empower new students with a structured approach for learning how to draw. Join instructors Steve Huston, Chris Legaspi, Heather Lenefski, Bill Perkins, and Mark Westermoe as you learn the fundamentals of perspective, rendering, and composition. After completing this course, you will develop a solid foundation in drawing.
Throughout this course, you’ll have access to the NMA community for feedback and critiques to improve your work as you progress.June 21, 2021 at 1:00 pm #1536699Ingrid Van WauweParticipantNo badges. No points.July 4, 2021 at 3:38 am #1569438Andrea Lo RilloParticipantNo badges. No points.
I’m having a problem with chiaroscuro.
The exercise asks you to draw a figure every 5 minutes but I take much longer to complete it. Am I doing something wrong?July 7, 2021 at 8:53 am #1581164Daniel DaigleKeymasterNo badges. No points.
Hi Andrea, the point is to not get lost in the details. if it takes you longer than 5 minutes to only do what what is being asked in the course, then you can take more time. but if you are over rendering and obsessing over details then you should try to limit yourself
I think the idea is to get the general impression, not a finished or complete drawing, I think you only need to get the idea out
I hope this helpsMay 15, 2022 at 2:01 pm #2396638FraniParticipantJuly 14, 2022 at 2:27 pm #2544015July 14, 2022 at 2:28 pm #2544020July 14, 2022 at 2:30 pm #2544022July 14, 2022 at 3:03 pm #2544064
Hi I’m a little confused should I continue posting my assignments here or there’s a specific place to do so?July 14, 2022 at 3:47 pm #2544102Daniel DaigleKeymasterNo badges. No points.
Hi Melissa, this thread is for discussing the course, however, most of the conversation is happening on Discord (link at the top of this page) on discord you can post in the crit channels to get peer critiques. alternatively you can sign up for the coaching program to get one on one professional advice, critiques and portfolio reviews. https://coaching.nma.art/
I would also recommend any one of our live classes live.nma.art where you can submit your homework to the instructor for potential critique. Please see the assignment tab under the video for instructions on how to properly submit those assignments.
any other questions can be directed to a mod on discord by tagging @nmamod or by emailing “firstname.lastname@example.org”
I hope this answers your questions 🙂September 17, 2022 at 6:47 am #2700725Alexander AlexisParticipantNo badges. No points.February 16, 2023 at 7:58 am #2789212Martti HeinonenParticipant
According to John Asaro the center axis line is curved on the figures. Only in a skeleton the backbone could be straight. Does this mean that gesture lines can’t be straight?February 23, 2023 at 4:14 am #2790234Martti HeinonenParticipant
Is there a difference between center axis line and gesture line?
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