Eric Manella is an award winning fine artist and the co-founder of Atelier de Brésoles. Eric holds an MFA cum laude from the New York Academy of Art and is an inspiring teacher, having taught students of all ages for over 20 years. Eric has given artist talks and painting demonstrations at Concordia University, S.U.N.Y. New Paltz, and Algonquin College, been a juror for the Pastel Society of Eastern Canada and was featured in the 2007 documentary film L'Art du Nu. In addition to this, he is also the recipient of a Forbes Foundation Travel Grant, the Prince of Wales Scholarship from the Prince of Wales Foundation and a merit scholarship from the New York Academy.
Constructive Figure Drawing
Weeks 1 and 2
Gain proficiency in the block-in technique through a series of simple exercises designed to teach you to effectively simplify and construct figures from life. You will learn to efficiently measure proportion and create a perfectly composed drawing within your workspace.
Weeks 3 and 4
Become proficient in representing the major masses of the human body as a combination of measured cubic, spherical and various curvilinear forms so you can represent the human body and its major structures from imagination with proper volume, depth and proportion.
Learn how to visualize the head as a series of planes to best understand form and lighting so you can accurately construct and render the human head from imagination.
Learn how the skeletal and muscular systems interact with the pose to create the surface features of the body that you need to represent in your drawing.
Learn how light describes form and creates volume so you can apply correct shading to any figure that you construct and render it to look 3-dimensional.
Weeks 8, 9 and 10
Become proficient in rendering techniques such as hatching and graining so your finished drawings appear realistic and lifelike. Finally, combine all that you’ve learned to construct a full figure and render it exquisitely.
Tuesday from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Date of first class: January 15th
Duration: 10 weeks
You can register at the bottom-left of this page.
Do you possess basic life drawing skills but struggle when it comes to constructing lifelike and dynamic drawings of the human form from multiple angles? Do you feel you lack the skills necessary to accurately portray human figures from imagination? In this constructive figure drawing course, you will learn the essential strategies involved in breaking down the human body, first into simple shapes then into more complex structures so you can build up an anatomically correct drawing with proper depth and perspective.
During this 10-week course, you will learn the skills to create convincing and accurate figure drawings from both reference and imagination. You will first review the block-in technique for simplifying and constructing figures from life so you can rationally measure proportion and compose a solid drawing within the given workspace. You will then become proficient in representing the major masses of the human body as a combination of measured cubic forms so you can gain a clear understanding of volume and proportions. Subsequently, you will learn how spherical, cubic and various curvilinear forms can be combined to represent the organic shapes of the body and you will engrave them into your visual memory so you can accurately produce figure drawings from imagination. Further, you will gain proficiency in visualizing the head as a set of planes to best understand form and lighting so you can construct and render the human head precisely from imagination. In addition, you will understand how the skeletal and muscular systems interact with the pose to create the surface features of the body that you need to represent in your drawing. Following that, you will learn how light describes form and creates volume as well as essential rendering techniques such as hatching and graining so you can create beautiful finished drawings. Finally, you will combine all that you have learned to construct a full figure and render it exquisitely.
By the end of this class, you will have greatly increased your figure drawing skill and your ability to construct human figures from imagination. In addition to this, you will also have many new stunning figure drawings for your portfolio. Your understanding of anatomical structure and figure construction will have greatly increased giving you the ability to accurately render human figures from reference and imagination. Finally, you will have gained a powerful method and set of techniques for figure construction that will give you an edge even over many professional character designers and illustrators.
This class is level 3, or advanced. Drawing the Human Form and Analytical Sketching or equivalent experience (competence and confidence drawing live models) is required. Our Dynamic Anatomy course is a recommended co-requisite for this class.
Language requirements: You need at least intermediate level English to take this class (the teacher will use many visual examples and there will usually be students in the class who speak French and can help you if you don't understand something).
This new course, developed by a master artist and experienced teacher, has been added by popular demand and we expect that it will fill up very quickly
Late registration still available for this class if there is a "Register Now" button below.
- Gain expertise in representing the human figure as a combination of simple forms so you represent the human body from imagination with proper proportion, volume and depth.
- Become proficient in visualizing the head as a series of planes so you can accurately construct and render the human head from imagination
- Learn how light describes form and creates volume so you can apply correct shading to any figure to make it appear 3-dimensional.