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Expressive Figure Drawing

Conveying Mood & Emotion

with Richard Scott
Expressive Figure Drawing
Harness the elements of artistic expression to create emotive drawings that captivate the viewer!

Learn how to use composition, placement and movement to create expressive figure drawings as award-winning artist Richard T. Scott guides you through the design principles behind some of history's most celebrated masterworks. Transform a simple line into an expression of weight, shadow and gravity, and create a compelling visual narrative using gesture, rhythm and repetition. Use triangulation to easily and accurately map proportions as you create a lifelike contour drawing of a plaster cast. Then, use charcoal and an eraser for a reductive cast rendering with atmospheric depth and sculptural form. Learn the visual language of mood and emotion, and translate your expressive intent into a striking work of art! 

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Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet your instructor, artist Richard Scott, before diving into an exploration of various expressive works and the artistic decisions behind them.


Lesson 2. Form Sense, Placement & Line


Lesson 3. Gesture & Rhythm


Lesson 4. Lighting & Contour Line Drawing


Lesson 5. Properties of Light & Reductive Drawing


Lesson 6. Refining & Avoiding Common Hurdles


Lesson 7. Charcoal & Graphite Technique

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