Monday, August 2, 2010

Understanding the Figure through Anatomy- Robert Liberace workshop

For centuries artists have known that a comprehensive understanding of anatomy has a profound influence on their art. From dissecting cadavers to poring over ancient texts, artists such as Da Vinci and Michelangelo studied the human form not only to improve their own artwork but also to satisfy their deep curiosity.

This class, inspired by the great tradition of anatomical study, explores the intricacies of the human figure in order to craft more solid and spirited drawings. We study the connections and character of the main muscles of the body and render them both as they are under the skin and as they influence the surface form. The morning period is devoted to ecorche drawing stressing the particular relationship of muscle and bone. The afternoon period focuses on rendering the figure in a traditional manner with an emphasis on technique and style.

Rob demoing at Studio Incamminati

Critique of student's work.

Rob's drawing materials include vine charcoal and conte crayon.

Another workshop demo

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1 comment :

  1. Rob's work is great. Love the idea of "solid and spirited" work, whether in figure, still life or landscape.