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Figurative Drawing at SU May 15 - 16

How to Start Your Drawing in 30 Seconds

Iver Johnson, art educator, leader and long-time host at Open Figure Drawing. Johnson will teach participants how to visualize the figure as a series basic forms.

Drawing and Thinking

James Ransome, graduate of Pratt Institute in New York, illustration professor at Syracuse University, and illustrator of over 50 children's books. "My philosophy is very simple," says Ransome. "I believe in drawing, strong design, and beautiful colors. At its best a painting should feel handcrafted, but also very simple and fundamental."

Portraiture from Photos

Mark Topp, of Harrisburg, PA, graphic artist for the City of Syracuse Parks Department, 1987- 2008, and supervisor of the community murals program, 1994-2008. Topp will present the work of portraitist Daniel Greene and graphic novel illustrators Alex Ross and Richard Piers Rayner. Working with a model, he'll demonstrate lighting and photography techniques and, if time allows, drawing from photographs. Please bring a digital or film camera and drawing materials.

Drawing Hands and Feet

Mark Topp's second workshop gives an overview of how classic masters focused on the expressive potential of hands and feet. He'll introduce the basic structures and lead the class in practical exercises, working from a model and from participants own hands and feet.

The Figure: Lighting and Shadow

Johnny Robinson, a founder of Open Figure Drawing, graduate of the Illustration Program at Syracuse University (MA), and film and animation faculty at Rochester Institute of Technology. Robinson will show how to use light to define form on the figure. He'll discuss coherent light, such as sunlight, versus soft light, and give an overview of form shadows, cast shadows, and core shadows. Suggested materials: cigar-sized vine charcoal, square dense charcoal, white dry pastel, medium toned paper.

History of Caricature

Bob Dacey, professor in SU's illustration program and well-established illustrator of children's books, will retrace caricature's broad history of commenting on political and social personalities and issues, from Thomas Nast in the 1880s to the work of Steve Brodner and other contemporaries.

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