This course is specifically designed to give the students interested in portraiture, a solid foundation on the subject.
In this six sessions, online course, the participant will work from photographic references creating a number of portraits in a variety of dry media and techniques: graphite, charcoal, colored pencils, Conte crayons, reduction technique, Trois Crayon technique, pen and ink with water media washes. The students will also be encouraged to work from life preparing self-portraits or portraits of family and friends as homework assignment, continuing practicing the techniques studied in class and further develop technical skills.
The techniques we will practice during these 6 weekly sessions, each lasting 2:30 hours, include those that are traditionally used for portraiture to obtain a good level of realism and detail but also quick preliminary sketches to study subject and composition, utilizing also modern approaches and materials such as markers, ballpoint pen and so on.
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.