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Costumed Figure Drawing & Painting

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Costumed Figure Drawing & Painting


with Christine Mitzuk

Calendar Jan 23, 2024 at 4:15 pm, runs for 14 weeks

In this class we will explore how to portray clothed figures and different materials. Learn about underlying anatomy, characteristics of fabrics and folds, and how to select folds from nature to serve the picture. The costuming will be a little unrefined to show you a budget-friendly way of how to use what’s available to then design and create what you want to see in your drawing or painting. Knowing these things can help you draw and paint clothing and costuming that doesn’t actually exist.

This 14-week class will be broken into three segments, each with a different costume and pose. In segment one we’ll use one class to draw the nude model to familiarize ourselves with essential anatomical landmarks. Then we will work with the same pose but with the model in costume. For the remaining two segments (4 weeks each), we will start immediately with the clothed model. Using the sight-size method, students will develop a minimum of 3 costumed figure studies. Depending on experience, students are welcome to work in pencil, charcoal, or oil paint.

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