Russian Drawing Course Part 19: Long-Pose Project

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    You’ve arrived at a pivotal moment in your curriculum.

    This project is the culmination of everything you’ve learned in Parts 1-3, as well as the shorter pose projects you completed in Part 4. Approach it with a confident and newfound understanding of anatomy, a keen eye for form, and mark-making proficiency.

    Using the large paper prepared in the Fundamentals section of this course, join Iliya in the execution of a long-pose figure drawing from life. Premium subscribers can download the hi-res reference images to follow Iliya’s every stroke and create their own drawing of Mark. On such a big canvas, getting accurate proportions is crucial. Iliya Mirochnik gives you a generous vocalization of his inner monologue, a running descriptor of his every decision. He gives you excellent tips for completing such a large piece, for working with a live model, and for preparing yourself for the challenge.

    Join Ukrainian-born artist Iliya Mirochnik as he passes on a 250-year-old academic method preserved at the Repin Academy in Saint Petersburg, Russia and seldom taught outside of the Academy and never before on camera.

    The Russian Academic drawing and painting approaches were uninterrupted by the modern art movements that transformed representational art in the West, and as a result, they provide a unique and clear lineage to the greater art traditions of the past. As a powerful approach that is both constructive and depictive, it combines the two methods that prevail in contemporary representational art.

    In this course, we have set out to condense the entire program, spanning over eight years into a logical, step-by-step procedure. We have made improvements and added resources and exercises to explicitly drive home the concepts that are required to work in this approach.

    We have also structured the course so that it is not only useful for professional and experienced artists but also artists with no drawing experience whatsoever.

    The New Masters Academy Coaching Program directly supports this Course. If you enroll in the coaching program, you can request an artist trained in the Russian Academic Method including Iliya Mirochnik himself. Click here to enroll in the Coaching Program.


    • Graphite pencils
    • Kneaded and Hard Erasers
    • Sanding Block
    • Utility Knife
    • Roll of Paper, Smooth Sketchbook paper
    • Easel
    • Light source

    * Reference material is only available for premium subscriptions. If you don’t have premium access to the reference, you can pause the video when the reference is shown.


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    Absolutely outstanding instruction by a highly accomplished artist! The course is a bit daunting and even tedious but the results in personal development in technique and expression as an artist is very much worth it. This course alone is well worth the annual NMA membership fee. (Of course, not to omit the other great instruction and inspiration by Vilppu, Huston, Westermoe, Perkins, Gnass, et. al.) Thank you Mr. Jacobo!

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    I agree with JohnBranco, this whole course has been amazing. I’m partway though this really long drawing, and it’s so incredibly tough. My only negative is that I really wish hands and feet were covered before doing the whole figure; most of my drawing looks quite good thanks to all of the previous anatomy lessons, but my renderings of the hands and feet are pretty hopeless! The feet especially……

    Also kudos to the model Mark, who stood for many hours with barely any movement….what a pro!

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