Drawing the Structural Figure with Landon Clay
In this intensive twenty eight hours course with American figurative artist, Landon Clay, we will examine the human figure by drawing with an emphasis on structure and form in order to improve naturalistic figure drawing. Landon will describe his figure drafting process which can be also applied to painted portraits and figures. The course will focus on improving the artist’s proportion, anatomical and structural knowledge, likeness, and gesture over the progression of a block-in to a rendered drawing.
The great advantage to working from life rather than from a photograph is the opportunity to understand how a model settles into a pose, or to catch a previously unconsidered resting position. By carefully observing bodily comportment, we will create more naturalistic and thoughtful work. This careful observation from life with the model will yield skill improvements which may be applied to portraiture, still life, and other subjects.
Over the course of the four days, we will start with warm-up shorter sketches, and have at least one sustained longer pose of hours. This combination of short and long poses will allow the students to first familiarize themselves with drawing the figure from life and then permit a careful and thorough academic study.
o 18×24” Drawing Paper cream or white colored (Strathmore, Canson,
Fabriano recommended) – Pad or several sheets
o Drawing Materials:
o 2B, HB, 2H, 4H (a combination of each. Instructor recommends at least 3x
o Mono eraser for fine detailed erasure
o 2x kneaded eraser (Prismacolor or Faber Castell recommended)
o Paper towels
o Clean paper stump(s) (optional)
o Soft brush(s) (optional)
o Bristle brush(es) (optional)
o Masking/Artist’s tape
o Box cutter or knife for sharpening pencils
o Sandpaper on board for sharpening pencils