This is a hybrid method combining two popular methods, both a construction approach and a rhythmical design approach for creating the portrait. By learning the basic forms of the head features, skeletal landmarks, and muscular rhythms, any head can be drawn from any angle, made up or from a point of reference, live or from photo.
The basic forms represent the masses of the portrait while the rhythms elegantly tie them together, as well as define the lines where shadow patterns and highlighted structures will likely fall depending upon the direction of the light.
As simplified as this approach sounds, likenesses are very easy to generate with it. We learn this approach simplified, but the geometry and rhythms there are can be as complex as you can manage once you’ve mastered the baseline shapes and rhythms to start your under drawing.
A virtual room link will be sent to you up to 24 hours prior to your class start date.
Complimentary 10-day access to each recorded session. Recordings are emailed the day after each live session.
18″x24″ newsprint pad-preferred smooth but rough will also work
A roll of tracing paper the width of the pad for doing tracings over your work to correct information you have already drawn
Charcoal Pencils Preferred Generals Brand at the 4B or 6B density/softness
Razor Blades to sharpen the pencils
Sketchbook and pen to take notes
This online course requires the use of the Zoom program. You will need a computer, tablet or smartphone (with camera preferred) and internet. To download the program, click on the following link: zoom.us/download.
A Zoom meeting link will be sent to you up to 24 hours prior to your class start date. If you need help with Zoom, please let us know and we will schedule a short tutorial for you prior to your class.
Ron Lemen has had an eclectic artistic past, working consistently in the entertainment art industry and as an art instructor. Ron first went in to the Action Sports Industry working as a layout artist, logo designer, and board graphic illustrator. Moving on to more involved illustrations and conceptual design, he went back to school and is a graduate of the Atelier System, classically trained, and a former pupil of Sebastian Capella, Spanish portrait virtuoso.
Ron Lemen has been a concept designer and art director in the video game industry for 10 years with dozens of clients including Sony, Activision, Ubi Soft, Mattel and more. Now freelancing full-time, his clients include Upper Deck, Image Comics, Birdhouse Projects, Disney, and more. In addition, to illustrating and Portrait Painting, Ron has been an art instructor for the last 16 years.
Course Changes or Cancellations
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If a class/workshop is cancelled; students may transfer to another class/workshop, use credit on artschoolvideos.com, keep credit on file or be issued a full refund.
Refunds and Transfers
All online classes and workshops are non-refundable.
There are no make-ups available for online courses. Students are emailed a 10-day access to each recorded session, made available the next day after the live session.
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