Russian Drawing Course Part 4: Geometric Forms

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    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 these three 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.

    The first course: the Fundamentals is our most comprehensive beginner-level course to date, including everything you need to get started.

    In this lesson, Iliya will train you on one of the most important elements in the Russian drawing approach: form. Using simple geometric forms, you will learn how to correctly describe three-dimensional volume in your work.

    You will learn how to draw the cube, cylinder, and cone from observation as well as how to construct these forms from imagination. Then you will combine both approaches and construct the forms from observation.

    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
    • Staples
    • Staple gun
    • Easel
    • Light source
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    Dear Illiya, Thank you so much for your wonderful lessons. I am getting a huge amount of knowledge out of them and feel very lucky to have you as a teacher.  Chapter 5 drawing the cylinder. Don’t you need to take a comparative measurement of the square after you have the initial angles to make sure your cylinder is in correct perspective? Chapter 16 drawing the cone. When you truncate the cone at an angle shouldn’t the axis be the same as the full cone? Thank you Anya Yeatman

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    Sir, I’m having a little bit of trouble in constructing the cylinder… Actually, it is happening when I’m using a live cylindrical object to measure perspective….. Help is kindly requested…

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    This method of constructing the circle is not really correct. Imagine dividing the square horizontally and vertically into 16 pieces. Then the radius is 8. But the 8 points you marked are at a distance sqrt(4^2+7^2)=sqrt(65)>8 from the center, so they are just a tiny bit too far. I guess they could be good guidelines, cause the difference is very tiny, just remember to go sligtly closer to the center.

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