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The Large Format Multi-Figure Composition with Iliya Mirochnik

The Large Format Multi-Figure Composition
The Multi-Figure Composition Russian Figure Drawing

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You’ve arrived at a pivotal moment in your curriculum.

This project is the culmination of everything you’ve learned in the previous portions of this course. Approach it with a confident and newfound understanding of anatomy, a keen eye for form, and mark-making proficiency.

Join Iliya in this execution of a long multi-figure composition from life. With the addition of another figure, elements of composition and narrative come into play.

Ukrainian-born artist Iliya Mirochnik passes on a 250-year-old academic method preserved at the Repin Academy in Saint Petersburg, Russia and seldom taught outside of the Academy and never before on camera.

The Russian Academic drawing and painting approaches were uninterrupted by the modern art movements that transformed representational art in the West, and as a result, they provide a unique and clear lineage to the greater art traditions of the past. As a powerful approach that is both constructive and depictive, it combines the two methods that prevail in contemporary representational art.

In this course, we have set out to condense the entire program, spanning over eight years into a logical, step-by-step procedure. We have made improvements and added resources and exercises to explicitly drive home the concepts that are required to work in this approach.

We have also structured the course so that it is not only useful for professional and experienced artists but also artists with no drawing experience whatsoever.

The New Masters Academy Coaching Program directly supports this Course. If you enroll in the coaching program, you can request an artist trained in the Russian Academic Method including Iliya Mirochnik himself. Click here to enroll in the Coaching Program.


  • Conte Pencils – Sanguine
  • Conte stick – Sanguine
  • Kneaded and Hard Erasers
  • Sanding Block
  • Utility Knife
  • Roll of Paper or Smooth Sketchbook paper
  • Easel

Used in video: 

  • Cretacolor Art Chunky – Sanguine Light
  • Conte Pencils – Sanguine
  • Stretched Drawing Paper – 46 inch (117cm) x 69 inch (175cm)



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