Thursday, March 25, 2010

Ilustration Academy-style Figure Drawings

This summer I attended the Illustration Academy, the best place for somebody coming right after school to really take your illustration skills on a whole new level and learn about the business side of illustration from accomplished illustrators.
The approach to figure drawing at the Academy is to pay really close attention to the silhouette of the figure. It's important not to get caught up in minor insignificant details and pay attention to larger shapes of the figure and the gesture of the figure. Two other points that were mentioned were not to overrender the figure and not to overstate the shadows.
The materials used in this approach are toned paper and Nupastels. Pastels are not my favorite medium, but for this approach it's essential to use them. I already see improvement even in those few weeks that I started drawing that way again since the summer.

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