Learn the basics and technique to create realistic anatomical drawings
Diego Catalán - a painter and expert cartoonist in artistic anatomy - is passionate about realism and fantastic aesthetics and horror. From this eclectic mix and the inspiration found in classical masters, his incredible portraits emerge. Catalán carries out his works with different techniques, but it is in the graphite that he finds the most expressiveness, since it allows him to work with maximum detail, understanding the light and the structure of the human anatomy.
In this course you will learn how to make a realistic portrait in pencil using a model. Diego will explain a wide range of technical concepts: from the composition, through the anatomy of the head, modeling and texturing, so that you are able to make your own realistic portrait with graphite.
What's included in this course?
You will begin by getting to know Diego's work, and he will also tell you about his favorite artists. Together, they will review the history of the portrait.
Afterwards, he will explain the materials you will need to carry out your final project. It will give you some advice to take into account when choosing your model and the best way to make the photograph that will help you during the whole drawing process.
Diego will tell you the fundamental principles of academic drawing, which will help you to draw the silhouette of the portrait and begin the first sketch of your drawing.
You will learn to raise the proportions of the face from a theoretical point of view and you will begin to raise the scale and proportions of the portrait.
Next, you will perform an analysis of the bone structure of your model's skull and you will also study its muscle structure. Later you will detail the features of the face.
Once you have drawn your portrait, you will begin to apply shadows in two dimensions. Diego will explain to you, then, the physics of light and its properties; and you will start the modeling phase that will bring realistic volume to your portrait.
Finally, you will apply textures to the drawing, including hair, wrinkles, pores, etc.
What is this course project about?
You will make a realistic drawing with graphite pencil from the photograph of a real model.
Who is it for?
Illustrators, cartoonists, designers and anyone interested in learning to make realistic drawings with graphite pencil.
Basic drawing knowledge is necessary. With regard to materials, it is essential that you have pencil and paper; It is also recommended that you have an easel or a table, pencils of different hardness, eraser, a stick and a mirror.
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He graduated in Fine Arts from the University of Salamanca, specializing in painting and has completed postgraduate studies at the Art Students League and at the National Academy of Design in New York City. At the moment he combines his artistic work with the teaching of Artistic Anatomy in the School Superior of Professional Drawing of Madrid.