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Graphite Drawing Techniques for Planar Portraiture

A course by Dan Thompson , Artist and Teacher

Artist and Teacher. New York, United States.
Joined November 2020

Learn how to use structural forms with multiple planes to create experimental pencil portraits from observation of the human figure

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  • Audio: English
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Learn how to use structural forms with multiple planes to create experimental pencil portraits from observation of the human figure

A course by Dan Thompson

Drawing people and portraits is an opportunity to tap into a centuries-old tradition and continue the legacy of the talented creatives before us. Artist and teacher Dan Thompson aims to uncover the mysteries of the human form through his portraiture. His work can be found in both public and private collections around the world, and he teaches at the New York Academy of Art, among others.

In this online course, Dan shows you how to use structural forms and planar modules to interpret an experimental portrait drawing from life. Learn how to use graphite to draw the body as an aesthetic blend of construction, plane, and morphology. Are you ready to create perceptual portraits from scratch?

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What will you learn in this online course?

26 lessons & 17 downloads

Materials and Tools
12 minutes, 38 seconds
Drawing the Head Block
11 minutes, 2 seconds
Optical Information 1
18 minutes, 28 seconds
Tonal Information 1
19 minutes, 55 seconds
The Schematic Drawing 1
20 minutes, 17 seconds
Experimenting within the Head 1
13 minutes, 19 seconds
  • 99% positive reviews (251)
  • 8316 students
  • 26 lessons (5h 53m)
  • 17 additional resources (8 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
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  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Create two drawings: an abstract portrait from direct observation, and another which is a structural, linear study of the original.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone with an interest in improving their portrait drawing with graphite pencils and who wants to explore experimental portraiture.

Requirements and materials

Previous drawing experience would be beneficial but is not essential.

In terms of materials, you will need paper with a medium texture, graphite pencils of varying hardness, a razor or penknife, sandpaper, and a kneaded eraser.


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8316 Students
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Dan Thompson

A course by Dan Thompson

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Artist and Teacher

Dan Thompson is an artist and educator from Virginia, U.S. with over 20 years of experience in his field. He first discovered a love of art through making band posters and later studied for an MFA at the Graduate School of Figurative Art. Passionate about human anatomy and perspective, as well as educating others, he went on to found two art schools of his own in New York.

Dan currently serves as dean of fine arts at Studio Incamminati, as well as the faculty chair of the one-year certificate of fine arts program at the New York Academy of Art. He has been awarded two grants from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation and received the Ethel Lorraine Bernstein Memorial Award for Excellence in Painting on multiple occasions. In 2001, he also won Best of Show in the American Society of Portrait Artist’s International Portrait Competition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His work can be found in both public and private collections throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    What You Will Need for the Course

    • Materials and Tools
    • What Is a Planar Portrait?
  • U3

    Warming Up

    • Drawing a Simple Block: A Lesson in Structure
    • Drawing the Head Block
    • Drawing the Trapezoid: A Lesson in Taper
  • U4

    Portraits of the Head: Naturalistic versus Schematic

    • Optical Information 1
    • Optical Information 2
    • Optical Information 3
    • Optical Information 4
    • Tonal Information 1
    • Tonal Information 2
    • Tonal Information 3
    • Tonal Information 4
    • The Schematic Drawing 1
    • The Schematic Drawing 2
    • The Schematic Drawing 3
    • Interpretive Values 1
    • Interpretive Values 2
  • U5

    Experimentation

    • Experimenting within the Head 1
    • Experimenting within the Head 2
    • Experimenting within the Head 3
    • Experimenting within the Head 4
    • Experimenting within the Head 5
    • Experimenting within the Head 6
  • FP

    Final project

    • Graphite Drawing Techniques for Planar Portraiture

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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

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Graphite Drawing Techniques for Planar Portraiture. Illustration course by Dan Thompson Best seller

Graphite Drawing Techniques for Planar Portraiture

A course by Dan Thompson
Artist and Teacher. New York, United States.
Joined November 2020
  • 99% positive reviews (251)
  • 8316 students