With your understanding of the human head's planar structure well under way, you are ready to delve into individual features. In addition, as you begin to synthesize perspective and anatomy in your portrait drawings you will be ready to play with the larger compositional picture with increased knowledge.
First, you will learn to simplify and comprehend eyes, nose, mouth and ears as sculptural and anatomical forms. Then you'll work on integrating these landmarks into the overall architecture of the head. In addition, you will learn to use shapes and spaces to more easily and effectively portray the unique character of each feature from your viewpoint. Finally, you will carry the focus on flat shapes and spaces into costume and background to make surprising and satisfying compositions. The class builds on our previous work with planes and modeling the form to full rendering of the head and surroundings in light and shadow.
Portraits 3: Features and Composition
July 8, 15, 22, 29
August 5, 12, 19, 26
Class cost: $288
Leonardo da Vinci
Angel for the “Madonna of the Rocks”
metal point heightened with white on prepared paper, 181 x 159 cm