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Figure Drawing: The Spirit of the Pose | Part 4: Anatomy with Karl Gnass

Figure Drawing: The Spirit of the Pose | Part 4: Anatomy
Master a Dynamic Approach to Drawing the Figure Learn to use anatomy to add movement and force to your drawings

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Karl Gnass
Human Figure
Paper, Pastel
6h 49m 16s
The Spirit of the Pose

In this series, figure drawing instructor, Karl Gnass, will show you how to draw an entire figure through his five crucial stages: Gesture, Formulation, Anatomy, Light and Tone, and Aesthetics. In this fourth lesson of the series, Karl will share with you the next step: anatomy. Karl will give you his take on “active anatomy” and how you can use it to help describe the gesture in your figure drawings and as a result, tell a better “story.” Karl will begin with a thorough lecture on Anatomy, followed by a series of figure drawing demonstrations. Next, Karl will analyze Old Master works, and then give you a timed figure drawing assignment. The lesson will conclude with Karl’s approach to the same assignment, allowing you to compare your work with his.


  • Faber-Castell Pitt Pastel Pencil – Dark Indigo
  • Digital Tablet
  • Seth Cole Heavy Ledger Paper

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