Open Drawing Session #36: the Birth of Venus, as interpreted by Mariya

The second Open Drawing Session of the series “Inspired by the Masters” is dedicated to Mariya, a talented Circassian émigré’ model and photographer that lives in Normandy. In addition to creating beautiful artistic photos of nude, Mariya is a classically trained Opera singer.

The pose depicted in the reference photo we will be using during this 2:30 hour, online class, is Mariya’s take on the Birth of Venus.

The participants will receive a reference photo of Mariya to print and to use as reference during the drawing session.

We will be drawing this elegant, sinuous pose, inspired by the many depictions of Venus in Art, including the Venus Pudica and the Birth of Venus, using charcoal and chalk on toned paper, paying particular attention to the effects of the light on the forms of the body, practice  measuring the figure accurately and render it tonally.


  • Charcoal sticks in medium, soft and extra soft gradations. My favorite brand is Nitram, but you can use any charcoal brand you are used to. Do not use willow charcoal because it is too weak for our purposes.
  • Compressed charcoal pencils in medium, soft and extra soft gradation, General’s is a very good and cheap brand.
  • White chalk in pencils and-or sticks.
  • Paper: Medium value, tan or gray toned paper such as Canson, Mi teintes, Fabriano, Hahnemuhle or Strathmore Charcoal toned.
  • Kneaded eraser, pencil sharpener, sand paper,

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.
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