Life Drawing with Light and Shadow
Drawing from the life model over a five day period, this course will teach you to draw with more confidence, understanding and skill - all achieved through acute observation and understanding of light and form. We will explore different light qualities on the model - from subdued natural lighting to very strong directional light...
Taught by: Miriam Escofet.
Drawing from the life model over a five day period, this course will teach you to draw with more confidence, understanding and skill - all achieved through acute observation and understanding of light and form. We will explore different light qualities on the model - from subdued natural lighting to very strong directional light. You will investigate how light and shadow can really help you to see and explore the volumes in the human figure in a deeper way, allowing the form to lead you to the line.
Throughout the week we will cover the basic principles of light theory and shadows, how shadows are formed, how they work and how they define the form.
You will gain a better understanding of how contrast and discerning mark making can set the mood in a drawing, as well as gaining solid drawing techniques.
The course will touch on aspects of perspective and foreshortening and shadow casting. We will start with a series of short poses to 'free up the hand' and learn to draw with economy and speed, building up to longer poses, with the last pose being held over a day for a more considered piece of work.
Level: This course is suitable for all levels.
Entry requirements: No previous life drawing experience is required.
Who should take this course?
The course will be particularly useful to students familiar to life drawing wishing to deepen their practice and experiment and learn within a structured framework.
Anyone interested in learning how to drawing from the model, a unique practice that is incredibly challenging, exciting, intense and hugely rewarding.
Miriam Escofet has been a practicing artist since graduating from Brighton School of Art in 1990. Her BA was in 3D Design, specialising in ceramics, but she started painting soon after and has exhibited widely in the UK and Europe, including many solo exhibitions. She has been selected for the BP Portrait Award exhibition 4 times and was made an associate member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 2014. Her work is very figurative and reflects her passion for space, volume, perspective and detail, expressed through various themes. She paints in oils but has worked with most paint media. She teaches life drawing and oil painting.
Visit her website here www.miriamescofet.com
Materials will be discussed on the first day
- Basic drawing materials will be provided for the week including papers, charcoal, conte, graphite, and white pastel/chalk.
- Students are welcome to bring their own preferred drawing media and papers or sketchbooks if they wish to
- You may want to purchase different materials as the course develops
- You will be working mostly on toned pastels which will be supplied, but you can also bring your own preferred coloured papers such as canson pastel papers or similar (neutral earth/grey tones being more suitable)