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ART 151 Life Drawing I

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    Oct 25, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    You draw the human figure from observation, not to be perfectly anatomically correct, but to capture gesture and emotion quickly and efficiently. Basic anatomy knowledge is required, but the class does not require you to render photo realistic humans. It is a very mellow, yet informative class. Techniques the instructor provides will serve any artist well even if they don't necessarily focus on drawing people.

    Course highlights:

    You do not need to draw everything to show your audience everything. Artists who can render detailed, photo realistic art are incredible, but those who can capture a pose under one minute with less than ten lines is (to me) much more awe inspiring. This class teaches how to make more with less and shows you how so few lines can have power. Poses can last from thirty seconds to twenty minutes, so not everything is rendered in an instant. But if you learn to capture a gesture in two minutes, you can really polish one in twenty minutes. Naturally, you learn value, line quality, proportion, etc., but the key take away is how there is beauty and accuracy in simplicity.

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    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Go to the open figure drawing sessions provided by the school, or even other sections of the same class since a model always poses during class. Don't be afraid to show your work. This class has in class critique. It may be painful to show "amateur" work in front of your peers, but think of bad drawings like wounds. They will never heal, if you don't show them to someone who knows how to fix them. A professor from this school always told students "you only have so many bad drawings in you; the earlier you get them out of you, the better." This class is one of the best places to display your work. Here you have an instructor who gets paid to tell you how to get better. I'm not going to say it's painless. It's not. The benefits you get, however, are priceless.

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