Online Class

Drawing the Draped Figure


Add lifelike movement and striking sculptural quality to your drawing skill set as you learn to masterfully depict the draped form.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Matt Weigle

How it works

  • Once you purchase find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find class materials in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Discover expert techniques for sketching, shading and finishing to recreate the timeless motif of the human form draped in fabric. Begin your first rendering as award-winning artist Matt Weigle introduces you to the seven basic folds, and use the envelope method to quickly block in a pipe fold. Create a sphere study and diaper-fold rendering, and find out how to model and turn form using a range of values. Then follow Weigle as he sketches from a live model, simplifying the complex human form with basic shapes. Develop a realistic rendering with movement and depth as you use careful gradation details, sweeping lines and beautifully defined shapes to depict cascading drapery as it glides over the figure. Refine your drawing with clean edges and rich shadows and transform basic subject matter into a striking work of art.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction to the Draped Figure
Meet your instructor, classical realism artist Matt Weigle, and learn about three of the most important basic fold techniques. Weigle walks you through ways to identify the pipe, zigzag and spiral folds before demonstrating how to set up and start blocking in your first sketches.
2. Identifying & Sketching Folds
3. Warm-Up Modeling Study
4. Figure Block-In
5. Composing the Folds
6. Modeling the Forms
7. Finishing the Drawing

Taught by

Matt Weigle
Matt Weigle
Matt Weigle earned a master of fine arts degree in painting and drawing from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, where he was awarded the Charles Crawley Still Life Painting Prize. He studied traditional drawing, painting and sculpture at the Grand Central Academy’s Water Street Atelier program in New York and worked as a studio assistant for acclaimed artists Anthony Visco and Corliss Cavalieri. Weigle now works as an adjunct instructor at the Pennsylvania College of Art in addition to offering private drawing and painting workshops nationally and abroad.
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