Russian Drawing Course Part 22: Cast of the Nose

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    New Masters AcademyNew Masters Academy
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    In this part of the Russian Academic Drawing Course, we take everything we’ve learned about light and shadow and apply it to an organic element, figuring out where to establish our major changes in plane. In this lesson, we will be using a plaster cast to analyze and render the forms of the nose.

    Students are encouraged to work from the NMA reference images and 3D viewer included on this page*.

    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 series of drawing courses, 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.

    In the last part of our Russian Academic Drawing Course, Iliya brought together the knowledge we learned about Anatomy in order to complete a fully rendered figure drawing. In this next part, Casts of the Face, you use your understanding of the technique to explore these important and organic forms.

    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
    • 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.

    Nathan Senevirathne
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    I find very hard to follow this video because so many distractions caused by so  many camera angles. On the other hand, too much light is projected on to white paper and we cannot see his pencil marks. Tell me what is the importance of this view. The reference image is not even related to what he is drawing here (he is drawing a nose not a human body). I am sorry to tell you it is very frustrating to be honest. If you don’t believe me just get a pencil and paper and try to follow what he says and draw with him. It is merely impossible.

    Daniel DaigleDaniel Daigle
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    Hi Nathan, we hear your feed back and appreciate your criticism. Our goal is to produce high quality instruction and video content that is efficient to learn from. We are in the process of re-editing this course to reduce the camera changes.
    Please be patient, video editing takes time, but we are working on it.
    I will update this thread whenever we get close to re-uploading the course

    Jennifer StrauchmeierJennifer Strauchmeier
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    Hello everyone. So this is my attempt at the nose drawing. Critique is very welcome 🙂

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