Animal Charcoal Drawing

Animal Charcoal Drawing

Instructor | Denise Wada
Three Sundays | 1- 3pm
February 2, 9, 16, 2020
Tuition | $135, optional supplies $15
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Draw a favorite pet or any other animal, from a photo reference.

  • Week one: Prior to this class students should read the instructions, below, for taking or choosing better animal photos. Once in class we will analyze reference photos to determine the lighting of your subject. We will set our intentions by creating words that set our focus and feeling we want to convey. We will go through the process of developing the composition and contour drawing.
  • Week two: A demonstration will show the importance of identifying the value structure with shadows, that creates the illusion of 3-d form on the 2-d picture plane. This is the beginning of keying our drawing as students will apply this instruction to his or her drawing.
  • Week three: Students will begin the class by reviewing their intention as they continue working. A demonstration will show students how to prioritize refinements key to creating a likeness.

Instructions for taking a good reference photo: Have a strong direct light source (like a desk lamp or spotlight) pointed immediately above and towards your pet while sitting still. If from a smartphone, tap the area on the screen where your pet portrait shows up before taking the photo and it should focus. You may need to take a few by repeating the process. Pick the photo that comes our clearest. You may need to stand some feet away, to avoid foreshortening distortion, and zoom to capture the image.

Don’t have a photo? We will have animal photos for you to choose from.