Intro to Portraiture with Diane Aeschliman

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The course will begin with an introduction to the structure of the head and the orientation of the features to the overall mass of the skull. By understanding the arrangement of the lateral and vertical axis lines, students will learn to represent the model’s features in relatively accurate proportion and position on a voluminous skull, in any rotation.

Students will learn the fundamentals of gesture drawing as the underpinning of accurate, dynamic drawing. This method trains the eye to see and capture the vitality and rhythm of the subject. Student will also explore studies in shadow and light by working with charcoal on toned paper as well as learn the techniques needed to express value changes and textural qualities between the skin and hair by painting in grisaille, using one color of oil paint (burnt siena) on a white canvas panel. 

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Materials List:

  • Charcoal pencils: HB, 2B, 4B, 6B (2 each)
  • White General pencils
  • 1 large kneaded eraser
  • 1 large pad of newsprint paper or sheets of similar quality
  • 2 sheets of Canson charcoal paper, Felt Grey or similar value
  • Vine or willow charcoal, soft
  • Blending stumps (tortillons), solid felt, if possible. Large and small.
  • Drawing board (large enough to support your drawing pad; can be a piece of masonite, plywood or foam core)
  • One or two clamps
  • WN Burnt siena oil paint – one tube
  • Canvas board/palette 9” x 12” (one per student)
  • Canvas boards 16” x  20” (3 per student)
  • Turpenoid thinner

 

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