From the basic supplies to sophisticated shading techniques, this class is designed to give a beginning student all the integral tools they need to draw confidently. Learn how to sketch competently in a positive, encouraging environment that will give you the skills you’ve always wanted to bring your work to the next level.
Often new students find themselves uncomfortable or intimidated in a life-drawing session by their lack of understanding in the rudimentary tenets of classical figure drawing. It is sometimes difficult to jump into such an endeavor without first understanding the core disciplines. The course is designed to introduce all the basic aspects of successful drawing—rendering simple shapes, understanding light and shadow, creating volume and measuring proportion—building on each step exponentially before finally introducing the human figure to the proceedings. Exercises that stress constraining value and tonal control will further refine the student’s basic knowledge until they can confidently produce solid imagery, enabling them to concentrate more on the fluid expression of their marks on paper instead of the simple reportage of their subject, whether it be drawing from life or their own imaginations.
Greg Follender is a New York based artist/illustrator who has been teaching drawing, painting, and sculpting classes at the American Museum of Natural History for over two decades. His passionate pursuit of rendering the human form has taken him from the wondrous world of book illustration and graphic novels, to character design and costume fabrication in the industry of film and television. With the classes and workshops he instructs at the Art Students League of New York, Greg returns to the roots of his work… the dynamic figure-drawing basics that inspire his personal narrative imagery.