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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 final installment of Johanna Schwaiger’s first series at New Masters Academy, she makes decisions about the composition of the portrait. She sculpts a distinct set of plane changes at the sternum to distinguish the anatomy from the classical bust structure. The neck muscles and trapezius is sculpted, the eyes finished, and the brows […]

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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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Beginning Figure Drawing represents the culmination of decades of instruction to studios and professionals around the world where Steve has honed his teaching philosophy down to a fun and efficient experience. This is Part 3 of the series, check out Part 2 here! Despite his impressive bona fides, Steve specializes in making complex information easy […]

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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 the masterful Glenn Vilppu teaches head construction. Working from a live model, Glenn demonstrates techniques for blocking in the head, tips for incorporating expressions into your drawings, and gives details about his personal sketchbook. He also goes over some of his sketches […]

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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Ellen Eagle
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