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As David Simon begins his fourth lesson in his figure sculpting series, he is determined to address issues like the articulation of the hips and “rubbery” qualities of the legs. For the most part, he’s done adding and subtracting volumes of clay and no longer will be “futzing around” with that sort of minutiae. He […]
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 creating rich blended tones using a combination of wax pencil and mineral spirits on a printed vellum copy.
In the third lesson of David Simon’s figure sculpting series, he moves forward from blocking in the pose and begins focusing on the accuracy of the silhouette of the sculpture. He checks and rechecks the volumes of each major form of the body, adding small amounts of clay to each part as needed (in particular, […]
In this third charcoal drawing session, Steve Huston creates a beautiful rendering of model Brant. He gives you a couple chapters on preparing materials and tips for mark-making before showing you how to work with the model to find a pose that’s both pleasing to the eye and comfortable enough to hold for multiple hours. […]
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 at this concept so that you have an adequately solidified mental model of the head before moving onto more difficult angles in the final lesson.
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 […]
In the second lesson of David Simon’s figure sculpting series, he takes a few measurements from the model and starts adding clay to the armature. David considers the anatomy of the figure as he adds volume to the sculpture. After blocking in the major masses of the figure, he can begin to establish the gesture […]
Mark demonstrates an approach called underpainting or imprimatura, wherein the first layer of paint on the canvas serves as a base tone for the rest of the forms painted on top. In this lesson, Mark shows you how to apply your understanding of the planes of the head and the laws of light to make even the simplest of paintings “ring true.” In this case, he paints a portrait of the notoriously bullish financier J.P. Morgan.
A sculptor of international acclaim, David Simon’s career has ranged from life-size portraits and figures to massive bronze statues. Among others, he helped oversee the giant Leonardo da Vinci Horse project. David created maquette and sculptures for films such as Where the Wild Things Are, Fantastic Four, and Watchmen, and holds private workshops abroad and […]
Steve Huston will share with you his techniques for preparing materials, mark-making, and rendering a finish, all while explaining his thought processes! In this lesson, three different models pose for Steve. He chooses a body part or region that catches his eye and then demonstrates his approach to long pose charcoal drawings. He draws Rajiv’s […]
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