Col Nelson’s Drawing People 101

– an introductory workshop

19 August 2017

Jo Baskett has written this enthusiastic description of the event.

What better way to spend a winter Saturday afternoon than with like minded people in a warm environment, to learn how to draw people that look like people moving naturally?

All materials were generously supplied.

Col Nelson was an inspired demonstrator and teacher, willing to take questions and advise on our attempts.

Col started with showing that there are a number of standard geometric shapes on which all drawings can be based – square, cylinder, triangle, and circle. He then made these 3-dimensional, then curved – all to help with “gestures” – which make the form lifelike!

Starting with gesture lines, these were then expanded using the 3D curves.

After following Col and practising some life forms, Col gave us a choice from a number of photos – and we were on our own!!

Not only were all materials supplied but Col gave us a sketch book –  to take away and practise!!

With so much accomplished, there was only a limited amount of detail spent on drawing hands, feet, faces and the theory of perspective and proportion.

So please Col, when is the next workshop to continue the learning?

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