Figure Drawing

SOLD OUT – Check back in August for next session
10 Thursdays (June 11 – Aug 13) 10am – 1pm Pacific Time (USA)
Live on Zoom, plus weekly critique videos.

*All class sessions are Live on Zoom. Critique videos will be sent to students each week.

Gesture and Form

There are two major concepts that work together to make a drawing come alive: Gesture and Form. These two ideas are actually complete opposites of one another; Form is the 3-dimensional mass that gives things weight, and Gesture is the weightless energy, or action, that flows through the drawing and describes what the body is DOING! When the two are put together, something ignites and the drawing takes on a life of its own. Understanding this magic relationship will be the focus of this figure drawing class. The instructor will share his screen throughout the entire session, so students can watch every stroke of the pencil. Each week there will be a lecture covering a new aspect of figure drawing (See Syllabus). Students will then draw from reference photos, along with the instructor. This gives the student the opportunity to literally draw alongside the instructor and watch the process live, up close, and personal. Recordings of each session will be available to the students throughout the course. After each session, students are invited to email images to the instructor for critique. A weekly critique video will be made by the instructor and made available to all students. This is the perfect way to enhance your knowledge of the figure for drawing, painting, or sculpture.

ALL LEVELS WELCOME, from beginner to the advanced professional

Week 1. Gesture 101: Flow and Action!
Week 2. Three Major Forms of the Figure: Head, Rib Cage, Pelvis
Week 3. Inter-ACTION of Forms: Squash, Stretch, Twist
Week 4. Corners and Centers: Defining Form in Space
Week 5. The Limbs: Extending the Gesture
Week 6. Foreshortening and Overlap
Week 7. Using Anatomy to Emphasize the Action
Week 8. Line and Contour – Creating Action and Depth with Line
Week 9. Rendering: Using Tone and Core
Week 10. Procedure: Figure Drawing Start to Finish!

Homework will be assigned each week, and students will also receive a weekly class critique video covering homework assignments.


Students are mostly welcome to use their preferred drawing supplies (digitally created drawings are accepted as well). Here are some supply recommendations:

Paper: Newsprint (for charcoal or Conte pencil); Drawing Paper; Sketch Paper; Layout Bond; Toned Drawing Paper (if highlights are desired)

Charcoal (“General Brand” 2B); Conte pencil (Sanguine, Sepia, White, or colors of choice); Color Pencil (Polychromos or Prismacolor – Sanguine, Sepia, White, or colors of choice). Color pencil will not work well on Newsprint Paper.

Other: Razor blade and Sanding Pad for sharpening, Drawing Board for support,

*An introductory video explaining the usage of Zoom will be sent to students before first session.


Figure Drawing – 10 Thursdays (June 11 – Aug 13) 10am – 1pm Pacific Time

SORRY – SOLD OUT. Check back in August for next session.