Location: Donkey Mill Art Center
September 13 - October 18, 2011
(Tuesday's, 6 weeks)
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Level: Beginners - Intermediate
Enrollment: 12 seats remaining
This figure drawing class will be a combination of both drawing from life and imagination. Covering the basics of human anatomy as it applies to figure drawing. There will be a series of exercises and drills to strengthen the artist's ability to better understand the mechanics of the figure in life and capture gesture quickly. We will cover the fundamentals of form rendering root forms, interlocking forms and efficient use of standard mediums.
The class will start daily with quick poses and gradually lengthen as the semester progresses.
Lee Ballard has been working as a professional illustrator and artist for over 15 years. Some of his clients include Lucasarts Entertainment Company, Hasbro, Dog Town Skateboards, Dub House Records,Road Runner Records, Freewill Press,Rock Star Games and Sega Japan. He was awarded the New York Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Winner in 1996, the Best of Show Film Roman 1st Annual Competition in 1999, Best children's book 2004 SF BAY Guardian, and numerous merit awards from Communication Arts.He also won the Hispanic Literace Award for his part in the children's book Daniel's Ride. His work has been featured in group and solo shows at galleries such as the New York Society of Illustrators Annual Show, 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco, Rico Gallery in Venice, and Varnish Gallery San Francisco.
Lee has taught Figure Drawing at Lucasarts, and at the Academy of Art University he shares his love of the arts with students in Figure Drawing and Anatomy classes.
Supply List: Please bring whatever drawing materials you can get your hands on and-or are comfortable using. The Items on this list are what I normally use and have found to be good. Drawing at least 18 X 24 is recommended at least in the beginning. Please be sure to include a rigid surface to keep drawing paper flat and smooth. Drawing board is a great help.
1. Recommended Materials: Smooth Newsprint and Carbathello pencils of different colors are recommended. For the more experienced Strathmore layout bond works well with a soft charcoal.
2. Recommended reading: Artistic Anatomy by Robert Beverly Hale, Master Class in Figure Drawing by Robert Beverly Hale, George Bridgman's Complete Guide to Drawing from Life.
Artwork by Lee Ballard, ourtesy of Donkey Mill Art Center.