Open Drawing Sessions #35: featuring Andrea Morani

This first Open Drawing Session of 2023, inaugurates a new series dedicated to drawing the human figure, male and female, featuring talented models like Andrea and Mariya, that pose replicating famous artworks, as you can see from the photographic references created specifically for these new Open Drawing sessions, where we will also have informal discussions about the art history of the work featured.

This first session, is dedicated to Andrea Morani, a talented, professional model and photographer: Andrea also takes his own photos!

During this 2:30 hour, online class, we will be drawing this elegant contrapposto pose,  reminiscent of the Hellenistic Gaddi Torso displayed at the Uffizi in Florence. We will draw using charcoal and chalk on toned paper, paying particular attention to the effects of the light on the forms of the body, practice to measure the figure accurately and develop a consistent tonal range.

The session is will be recorded, and, as usual, the recording will be added to your New Renaissance Atelier Video library for you to watch as many times as you want.


  • 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.
Open Drawing Sessions #35: featuring Andrea Morani
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