June 29, 2012

Head Drawing Course Begins July 9th

My head drawing class begins Monday July 9, 7-10pm. To enroll contact The Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art (click here for more info), (877) MY-LAAFA (695-2232).
Sure, the class will heavily cover structure and rendering (in charcoal) but in the age of instant digital photography our work needs more than just mindless rendering, so we'll also talk about giving portraits a reason to live through design.

In this lay-in example, I'm carefully finding long lines and shapes that will give the portrait strength and visual interest.

The long line that connects the background to the figure helps make the whole image cohesive and creates a repetition of the triangle shape to give a sense of meaningful relationships between the parts.


Katherine Thomas said...

This looks like such a good class. My son just moved to Bakersfield, CA, so maybe we'll be able to fly out from Ohio some day, and I'll attend a workshop while I'm there. Your portraits are wonderful!

Nathan Fowkes said...

Thanks Katherine, come out anytime.

Jose Sánchez said...

sus trabajos son maravillosos,
fantasticos. un saludo.

Arto Isotalo said...

Truly amazing skills you have. That's a perfect portrait!

Geoff Lander said...


♥AMBre said...

Very beautiful !
Something strange but so strong...
I like it a lot.
All the best to you.

steve molyneaux said...

beautiful and inspiring as always nathan.

Rose said...

Great charcoal, great features on the subject.

Keyna Davis said...

great work and inspiring...

Young Vic said...

Many definitions of art have been proposed by philosophers and others who have characterized art in terms of mimesis, discount oil paintings, communication of emotion, or other values. During the Romantic period, art came to be seen as "a special faculty of the human mind to be classified with religion and science".Though art's definition is disputed and has changed over time, general descriptions mention an idea of human agency and creation through imaginative or technical skill.The nature of art, and related concepts such as beltaff bag and interpretation, are explored in a branch of philosophy known as aesthetics.

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