Making faces: fun with facial expressions and physiognomy
To celebrate first year of activity of the New Renaissance Atelier I put together a special new course dedicated to the facial expressions and physiognomy. Physiognomy is quite an interesting topic, and has many facets, some funny, some absurd, some disquieting, I don’t know of any other courses offered on this subject.
During this this 4 sessions online course, we will create a number of drawings using, as reference, artworks from different periods and photographs of facial expressions, practicing different techniques and studying the incredible variety of expressive possibilities of the human face, but also have fun copying the fantastic physiognomic works by Charles Le Brun, Lavater and Dell Porta, to name a few.
This course is also a fun way to practice portrait drawing and refine our understanding of the human physiognomy and facial expressions and proportions.
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.