October 2014

Foundation Weekend Workshop

The Foundation in Classical Realism workshop took place on the weekend of September 20 and 21st. We had 8 participants and here are some of the drawings they did. We started with an introduction to the principles of how light reveals the form, and how three dimensional objects can be expressed on paper, with the proper gradations of values.

Starting with the block-in and an introduction to measuring accurately for proper proportion, we continued to identifying shadow shapes, and toning these in to obtain a flat light and shadow pattern. Then we modeled the form in the lights and turned the lights into the shadow, with special attention to the terminator line.

Here are spheres, cones, cubes and cylinders, nicely rendered by these Foundational students. Lastly, we turned these into more organic and everyday objects, such as loaves of bread, pears, apples and cups of cola.


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Sculpting the Skull Workshop

by Melanie Furtado, Sculptor

The skull is the single most important piece of anatomy to understand in portraiture. It is what gives the head its main planes and structure.

skull diagram

In this upcoming workshop we will first learn about the large general proportions and then focus in on some key anatomical landmarks. The image below illustrates 6 of these landmarks on the skull, and then on a clay sculpture in progress:

  1. zygomatic arch
  2. mandible / jawline
  3. orbit of eye
  4. temporal fossa/ridge
  5. brow ridge
  6. mastoid process

Skull Landmarks

These are key landmarks where the bone structure of the skull is evident on the surface form. By understanding the characteristics of these landmarks, one can begin to look for evidence of them on live models and references to help determine proper placement of features in the overall structure of the head- whether drawing, painting, or sculpting.

We will investigate these key forms by sculpting them in clay, and develop a tactile sense of their relationships and main planes. This will help anyone working in 2D to develop a new framework to analyze the portrait, and be able to render a more convincing sense of volume.

Skull Planes

I look forward to sculpting the planes of the skull with the artists of Mandy Boursicot Atelier!

November Weekend Workshop: Constructive Drawing

To sign up for classes, email info@mandyboursicot.com.

November Weekend Workshop: Constructive Drawing

November Weekend Workshop: Sculpting for Drawers and Painters

To sign up for classes, email info@mandyboursicot.com.

November Weekend Workshop: Sculpting for Drawers and Painters