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Now that you’ve internalized the fundamental techniques and concepts related to Frank Reilley’s rhythmic abstraction of the head, Mark encourages you to tackle more nuanced angles, poses, and expressions of the portrait in the final lesson in his series. He demonstrates various approaches using toned paper and colored pencils, as well as a technique for […]

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In the fifth lesson of the series, Mark diverges from the curvilinear rhythmic approach and shows you how to conceptualize the head by using planes and connecting lines. Many art teachers harp on the need to focus on construction, without pointing directly to what they mean by construction. In this lesson, Mark takes direct aim […]

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In the third lesson of the series, Mark begins with some general rules and tips for monochrome drawings– designing the shapes, the values we assign to them, and the edges between them. He then moves on to draw three shadow patterns on three heads based on the Reilly Abstraction. He incorporates three different lighting scenarios […]

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In the series’ second lesson, Mark introduces Frank Reilly’s abstraction: a rhythmical representation of the shapes and forms of the head. Internalizing this model will give you an excellent starting point for any portrait or head drawing. Mark first explains a little bit of the history behind this abstraction, then moves on to show you […]

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As the protegé to the famous Fred Fixler, who worked directly under the legendary Frank Reilly, Mark has unrivaled knowledge of the Reilly Method for drawing the head. In the 1980’s, his artistic prominence gave way to an illustrious career in Hollywood movie poster design. He later founded Associate’s in Art in Southern California, a […]

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Here is the final week’s recording from Art Mentors’ 10-week class in which legendary illustrator Mark Westermoe teaches figure drawing using the Reilly Method. Mark finalizes a rendering of a standing female figure by resolving the shadows throughout the entire body. He also refines the half-tones and demonstrates how to design the foot. We hope […]

We are pleased to share with you a 10-week long class brought to you by Art Mentors. In this class, legendary illustrator Mark Westermoe teaches figure drawing using the Reilly Method. In this 9th lesson, Mark continues working on the full female figure, first by working on the detail of the arms and back. He […]

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We are pleased to share with you a 10-week long class brought to you by Art Mentors. In this class, legendary illustrator Mark Westermoe teaches figure drawing using the Reilly Method. In this 7th lesson, Mark will continue the hand drawing from the previous lesson by showing how to properly introduce shape and shadow to […]

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