Renaissance Portrait Drawing

Likeness and Ideal

£299.00

Learn How to Draw the Head and Face With the Approach of the Old Masters of the Italian Renaissance in this Live, Interactive Online Course 

6 Thursdays Starting 14th March 2024

These six practical drawing tutorials teach you the process and underlying logic of Renaissance Portrait Drawing by reviving the methodology and approach from the past.

Course Overview:

Explore the immediacy and emotive depth of Renaissance Portrait Drawing by by learning the approach of the Renaissance Masters. These six practical drawing tutorials teach you the process and underlying logic of Renaissance Portrait Drawing by reviving their methodology and approach from the past. You will discover how the Renaissance Masters set out the shape and inclination of the head, how they positioned the features, and then defined the linear structure and gave it a sense of relief using line and tone. The practical focus of this course centres on the practical application of Renaissance drawing methods and demystifying how artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Sandro Botticelli, Filippo Lippi, and Raphael implemented them to achieve both a likeness and ideal in their drawings of the head.

This course teaches you the underlying theory and logic of representation which informs the linear structure of the Renaissance portrait drawing. This constitutes both the basis of the method of executing the drawing and the foundation of achieving an individual likeness. This means that the methodology explained and demonstrated in this course will enable you to draw portraits with the creative freedom to achieve a likeness of a subject while being able to manipulate the intrinsic design of the features to independently communicate mood, expression, affection and emotion.

On this course you will draw from Old Master Drawings, Renaissance Paintings, Classical Sculptures and Live Models

You Will Learn:

  • Where the Renaissance Masters started the drawings of the head and face
  • The proportions and rules of representing the human head and face
  • How to build up the design of the portrait using varying linear qualities
  • How Renaissance artists gave volume and relief to their drawings with tone
  • Which different media to use to model the form and structure of the head
  • How to use hatching and contour modelling to create dramatic and emotive effects
  • The intrinsic linear design of the head, face and the features
  • How to modify the linear design of the features to achieve an individual likeness

Course Structure:

Week 1 – Drawing the head start to finish | an overview of the Renaissance Methodology | Full live demonstration of a Renaissance Drawing

Week 2 – Aiming for accurate alignment of the features | learning how to set out the structure of the head and face | Explanation of the Renaissance process and live demonstration

Week 3 – Applying the intrinsic design of the features | exploring the linear structure of the parts | Explanation of the formula used to set out the face and its expression

Week 4 – Beginning to model the drawing | shading the face and defining its form | demonstrating how to make the physical mass visible

Week 5 – Achieving an individual likeness | Individual modulation of the intrinsic design of the head and face | demonstrating how to apply Renaissance principles to achieve likeness

Week 6 – Assessing and enhancing the drawing | learning how to finish the drawing | demonstrating the full process with an emphasis on completion

Materials (What you will Need):

Pencils or Silverpoint,

Paper (Both white and Toned – silverpoint requires prepared paper),

Ink,

A Dip Pen

 

Start Date

14 March – 18 April 2024 4-6 pm UK time / 11 am NY