Russian Drawing Course Part 32: The Draped Mannequin

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    New Masters AcademyNew Masters Academy
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    In this part of the Russian Academic Drawing Program, we go over every individual construction of folds and how to apply them while working from a model from life. In this lesson, we combine all of the knowledge we’ve learned in this course to analyze and render a draped mannequin

    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, Illya used his approach to explain the organic and important forms found in the face. In this next part, Drapery, we will delve into the different constructions of cloth, highlighting the effect that each one has.

    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.

    David Durrans
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    What is the make of the sharpener that Iliya uses, can I buy it in Europe?





    Daniel DaigleDaniel Daigle
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    Hi David, It is a pencil sharpener that we were selling on
    we currently out of stock but we plan on getting more in the future

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