Drawing is fundamental to the creative arts. We will study the methods and techniques for drawing from life, by focusing on ‘observational’ and ‘motor’ skills. The goal is not to copy but to understand the subject well enough so eventually we can draw from our imagination. Life drawing, especially with short poses, forces us to develop tools and techniques to make an image quickly, capture the essence of the pose and exclude unnecessary details. In addition to the usual concerns of life drawing, we will discuss rhythm, gesture, proportion, perspective, musculoskeletal anatomy, as well as lighting and movement.
Umakanth Thumrugoti is an artist, writer and filmmaker who started his career at Walt Disney Feature Animation – working on films such as Lion King, Pocahontas, Fantasia 2000, Treasure Planet, Chicken Little and Bolt among others. While at Disney, he worked in various capacities – Technical Director, Lighting Supervisor, Sequence Supervisor, Visual Development Artist and finally as a Co-Art Director.
His books include Figure It Out: A Thin Book on Figure Drawing & Broken Parts – Pies R Squared, a graphic novel. His film ‘7 Days In Slow-Motion’ was called ‘A Bright and Cheerful comedy’ by Roger Ebert and won many awards.