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Drawing an Early Renaissance Bust: Half-Tones & Finishing Touches with Iliya Mirochnik

Drawing an Early Renaissance Bust: Half-Tones & Finishing Touches
Learning To Draw From Plaster Casts Develop the skills to model the curvature of smooth facial features and utilize hatching

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Iliya Mirochnik
Head & Portrait
2h 56m 24s

In this lesson, instructor Iliya Mirochnik will show you how to refine the construction and shadow masses of your drawing to bring it to completion. You will learn to model and characterize the curvature of smooth facial features like the mouth, cheek, forehead, etc. Iliya will demonstrate how he uses hatching as a glaze to unify and soften edges in the drawing.

This lesson belongs to the course Cast Drawing: The Russian Approach. In this 8-week course, you will follow Iliya Mirochnik as he walks you through the centuries-old tradition of plaster cast drawing. You will learn to analyze the anatomy of the face and head. Iliya will demonstrate how he methodically builds up tones and utilizes hatching as a glaze to unify his drawings. This course provides you with many intuitive assignments, reference images, and 3D models of historical plaster casts that maximize your learning potential. After completing the course, you will gain an understanding of form and proportion, as well as develop a sensitivity to rendering light and shadow.

Throughout this course, you’ll have access to the NMA community for feedback and critiques to improve your work as you progress.

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