The human figure in the illustration

How to draw a human figure that has the right proportions? How to express the personality and emotions of a character through her/his constitution and her/his gestures? Designing the human body is one of the most exciting challenges for an illustrator. Knowing how to correctly represent the human figure is key; only starting from this base, in fact, it will be possible to search for one’s own style later, moving away from realism.

– studying the anatomical proportions of the human body (the anatomical canon, the adult and the child);
– observing the figures from life or from references and then transferring them to paper and transforming them into characters inspired by literature;
– studying the three fundamental trends in the representation of the human figure: realism, idealization and expressive deformation;
– studying the human figure in balance and in movement;
– deepening the relationship between the figure and the background, between the figure and the space and studying how to insert a figure into a composition;
– analyzing the representation of the human body and its iconographic, symbolic and cultural value in the works of the great masters, to then apply it when it comes to finding a personal representation;
– investigating together the path that leads to the creation of a character for an illustrated book;
experimenting with different drawing techniques and basic painting techniques (in particular acrylic).

The course is open to everyone, each participant will be followed personally by the teacher.

Participants are required to bring their own technical and artistic materials.
Plywood board 1 cm thick (about 40 × 50 cm) or other rigid support (e.g. thick cardboard) to fix the paper.
Pencils of different hardness (HB, B, 2B), pure graphite pencil.
Rubber bread, normal rubber, scissors, cutter, glue stick and vinyl.
Light paper (or block) for sketches.
White and colored cards by design (natural and soft colors), A4 or A3 format.
Cardboard for painting, 300 gr possibly with smooth surface (not rough).
Thin transparent paper, tracing paper.
Acrylic colors (at least the primary colors, white – large package – and black – small tube).
Fine round tip brushes (size 0, 1 or 2) and large flat (size 60-70) synthetic (no natural hair).
Paper adhesive tape.
Soft colored pencils.
A glass for water.
Palette (or plates) for mixing colors.
Graphite paper (copy paper, found in fine art shops, not carbon paper).
Hair dryer and extension.
An apron to protect clothes can be useful.
In addition to these materials, each student can bring the materials she/he usually uses to draw.

Partecipants can bring some magazines (e.g. Vogue or similar), photocopies or own photographs with faces and human figures that could serve as inspiration.

Date Timetables
26 Aug 2019 09.30 – 18.30
27 Aug 2019 09.30 – 18.30
28 Aug 2019 09.30 – 18.30
29 Aug 2019 09.30 – 18.30
30 Aug 2019 09.30 – 18.30
31 Aug 2019 09.30 – 13.00

Location: Centro Sociale di Rugolo

Price: 370 euro

Deadline for entering : the enrolment deadline is one month before the beginning of the course, unless otherwise specified. Late enrolments will be accepted dependent upon available places.