Light and Shadows on the Figure

The effects of the light on the human form can be fascinating and unpredictable, the direction or intensity of the light can dramatically change a pose, without the model moving an inch.

In this online, 6 week sessions course, we will draw the human figure in a variety of poses and lighting, to explore the esthetic and creative possibilities created by the light on form using a variety of techniques, such as reduction technique and charcoal and chalk on toned paper.

This course is a very good opportunity to keep practicing drawing the figure including also aesthetic, narrative and expressive elements, and open the door to the exploration of a variety of artistic possibilities.


Paper: we can start with a pad of Strathmore charcoal paper, white and toned. We will discuss more types of paper in class

Drawing materials: charcoal in sticks (non compressed) such as Nitram in hard, medium and soft gradations. Compressed charcoal pencils in B, 2B, 4B gradations (Wollf’s Carbon) or hard, medium, soft (General’s), white chalk in sticks and pencils.

Kneaded eraser, pencil eraser such as Factis or Tombow, sand paper and a small, sharp blade to sharpen the drawing utensils.

More drawing material will be discussed in class.

Availability of Courses' Recordings

As part of the services offered by the New Renaissance Atelier, you will have access to the recordings of the video sessions of all the courses you purchased for one year.
You will find the links to the videos in your Personal Video Library that has been set up specifically for you. Please keep this Video library link on your desktop or in your browser for easy access.

In case You missed a course You are interested in, You can purchase the recording of the video sessions, by clicking on the menu above

roberto osti
roberto osti
Roberto Osti teaches figure drawing and human anatomy for artists at the New York Academy of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Formally trained as a medical illustrator before becoming a fine artist, Osti has contributed his work to many science and art publications. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries in Europe and the United States. He is the author of Basic Human Anatomy (2016), an art instruction best seller and classic reference book. His latest book , Dynamic Human Anatomy has been released in March 2021.
Light and Shadows on the Figure
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