Anatomy to Remember. Drawing the Human Figure by Dan Nelson

$425.00

The REAL trick for drawing the human figure is not simply SEEING what’s what, but REMEMBERING what’s what.

Dan Nelson has spent much of his art career figuring out tricks for doing just that— mnemonic devices of various sorts that will help the student not only to RENDER the figure, but REMEMBER the figure.

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Description

  • This is a 12 week class. Class will meet on Thursdays
  • DATES: August 20 to November 19, 2020 (class won’t meet on Sept 3 and 17)
  • TIME: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
  • FEE: $400 plus model fee for the last 5 classes ($25)
  • SUPPLIES LIST: Scroll down, you’ll find it after cancellation policy.
  • LOCATION: 1401 S. Bloodworth St., Raleigh, NC 27610
  • MEDIUM: Pencil / Charcoal
  • LEVEL: all levels | STUDENTS: Max 15, min. 6

CLASS DESCRIPTION

The REAL trick for drawing the human figure is not simply SEEING what’s what, but REMEMBERING what’s what.

Dan Nelson has spent much of his art career figuring out tricks for doing just that— mnemonic devices of various sorts that will help the student not only to RENDER the figure, but REMEMBER the figure.

OVERVIEW OF 12 SESSIONS:

1) OVERALL RATIOS –
“Dans naughty Ns”
3 Boxes:  (Head, Torso, Hips)
Arm and Leg Length

2) TORSO BASICS –
Shoulder
Neck
Chest /Breasts
Back
Abs

3) LEGS AND FEET BASICS
Hips
Thighs
Calves
Feet

4) ARMS AND HANDS BASICS
Shoulders
Upper Arm
Lower Arm
Hands

5) HEAD BASICS
Shape of Head
Jaw
Eyes
Nose
Mouth
Ears

6) GESTURE AND FLOW
Gesture Drawing
Balance
Energy
Motion
Dynamic Motion

7) FORM AND SHADING
Expressive Line
Techniques for Shading
Primary and Secondary Lighting
Creases and Wrinkles
Clothing and Fabric

8) TORSO DEEP DIVE
3D Kinesthetic Modeling
Live Model Drawing

9) HEAD DEEP DIVE
3D Kinesthetic Modeling
(The 19 Plane Head)
Live Model Drawing

10) ARM DEEP DIVE
3D Kinesthetic Modeling
Live Model Drawing

11) LEG DEEP DIVE
3D Kinesthetic Modeling
Live Model Drawing

12) PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
Live Model Drawing
Shorter and Longer Poses–
Identifying All Parts

ARTIST BIO

Dan made his living for decades as a freelance illustrator, winning competitions in everything from street painting to sand sculpture. At the same time he began mesmerizing audiences by producing 8-by-10-foot masterpieces in the streets and parks of Raleigh, North Carolina, his hometown.

Besides setting up his plein air easel anywhere from California to Cote d’Azure, Dan spends much of his time doing Live Art Performances in cities large and small, painting at festivals, concerts, and fund-raisers. He has painted for the NC Symphony, the Carolina Hurricanes, IBM, Glaxo Smith Kline, and many of the major Corporations across the Triangle and beyond.

With a BFA from Calvin College Grand Rapids, Michigan, Dan has been teaching art for decades, and loves passing on all the secrets he has learned in his long and multi-faceted career.

To learn more about Dan go to DanNelsonArt.com
Or visit his YouTube channel– https://www.youtube.com/user/DantheArtMan.

CANCELLATION POLICY (NEW!)

If a month before the class we haven’t reached the minimum amount of students for the workshop to happen the workshop will be canceled and students will receive a full refund.

If you cancel less than 60 DAYS prior to the start of a workshop you will receive half of your registration fee, If you cancel less than 30 DAYS prior the start of the workshop you will not receive a refund. If you must cancel in this time frame we encourage you to find a replacement, and your replacement can reimburse you for your course fee. If you cancel before the 60-day limit you will receive a full refund minus 3% processing fee.  Unfortunately, students who start a multiple-day class and are unable to attend any portion will not receive a refund.

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY (NEW!)

Class will be canceled or rescheduled if inclement weather (hurricanes, snow storm, tropical storm, black ice, flooding, etc.) is on the forecast. No one should take any unnecessary risks. If a class is canceled for inclement weather, the class will be rescheduled if possible for both parties.

SUPPLIES

PAPER OPTIONS:
Newsprint pad, approximately 18 x 24
Sketch OR drawing Pad, approximately 16 x 20 or larger
Some kind of stiff board to use behind these pads. We  will be drawing on standing easels (provided by the studio).

DRAWING TOOL OPTIONS:
1) An assortment of soft graphite pencils (2B, 4B, 6B…)
2) A hand-held pencil sharpener
3) Vine Charcoal
4) Charcoal pencil (soft)
5) An assortment of blenders (“tortillions”)
6) A kneaded eraser
7) A white eraser

OPTIONAL—
8) Terra cotta pencil
9) Electric eraser
10) Workable fixative
11) Knife for pointing pencils
12) Pen and/or sketchbook for taking notes
13) Smart phone for taking notes or taking pictures

OPTIONAL BOOKS:
• George Bridgeman– Bridgman’s Life Drawing
• Andrew Loomis– Figure Drawing for All It’s Worth
• Jack Hamm– Drawing the Head and Figure

 

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