Children In Action For Illustrators And Designers (Weekend)

This workshop is aimed at anyone who would like to learn more about drawing children, but are not sure where to start with this often challenging subject. Students should feel comfortable with drawing, as most of the exercises involve this activity, as well as using your observational skills...

Taught by: April Wilson.

Description

This workshop is aimed at anyone who would like to learn more about drawing children, but are not sure where to start with this often challenging subject. Students should feel comfortable with drawing, as most of the exercises involve this activity, as well as using your observational skills. We will begin by examining the anatomy of children, observing how the body's proportions change dramatically between the ages of 0 - 7. To help students understand the importance of the skeleton's role in defining how a human body can bend and move, each student will be shown how to create a model armature or 'wireform model' of a child. These models can then be manipulated into any action pose desired, and drawn from any angle of view. By using these sculpting methods, the often daunting topics of drawing perspective and foreshortening can be tackled with greater confidence. From here, the wireforms are 'fleshed out' on paper using anatomical and photographic references to create more life-like children. Special focus is given to drawing children's faces of different ages to ensure that the head sizes are right and features are positioned correctly.

This is very much a 'hands on' practical workshop that will start with the creation of a wireform model of a child and progress through a series of drawing exercises, all of which explore how to draw the human child in action. By the end of the workshop, students will understand the importance of proportion and scale when drawing children and can continue to use their wireform model to develop and refine their action drawings.

This course is aimed at students who are already confident at drawing ideally, students who have already attended April's courses "Children's Book Illustration."

Tutor information

April Wilson is an artist and illustrator who has written and illustrated many children's books. To find out more about April's work, and this course, please visit her website www.april-wilson.com

Materials

Please bring with you to the first session:

  • A3 sketchbook
  • Pencils
  • Any preferred drawing materials
  • Scissors
  • Small hand mirror
  • Craft knife

Details for booking

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