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Portrait Drawing

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In this class students draw from a live model and learn the art of portraiture. Using the Reilly Abstraction learn the relationships between facial features and simple ways to check your work early to achieve more

realist portraits. Anatomy of the head and each facial feature will be discussed. See light, shadow and color as tools to better likeness.

Instructor will provide demos, printed material and lectures throughout the 4-week course.

model fee
4 Wednesdays
At the NoBo Art Center
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model fee
4 Wednesdays

In this class students draw from a live model and learn some of the finer points of portraiture. Using the Reilly Abstraction learn how to use to exaggerate features for caricature, and also how this practice can help general likeness. Gain knowledge of how the face ages causing changes in the artist’s perspective of the portrait. The Instructor will provide demos, printed material and lectures throughout the 4-week course.

This class will be capped at 6.  Artists must pre-register to maintain safe gathering numbers. The NoBo Art Center's garage door will be open.

We are asking the artists to bring their own easel for as touch-less of an experience as possible, but we do have some to loan out if you don't own your own.  

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About Instructor: Robyn Cochran-Ragland

I am forever pulled to the simplicity and complexity of the human figure. I attempt to capture a pose quickly and fluently. The figure is so personal, so close and I am so very aware of its image. I, therefore, feel that I must work within the confines of the figure again and again. I strive to draw the ideal figure and the perfect mood of the pose while conscientiously trying to create a well-designed work of art. I learned from master figure artist Harry Carmean and master anatomical artist Burne Hogarth: as well as painters Dan McCaw, Lorrie Madden, Dawn Emerson and Peter Liashkov; illustrators Antonio Lopez, Lou Police and Bill Reiser; and designers Ruth Tulino and Walter Herrington.

My works are part drawing and part painting. I enjoy working the color to bring life to the surface. Limiting color is part of my mental process: get the light and the shadow then make it glow or feel the texture. Atelier 6000 print studio/Bend Art Center has opened new horizons of adding chine colle to texture, ink to pastel and figure to surface. Designing monotypes with figure drawings has warmed my artistic heart. Lately I've been consumed with just the drawing: lecturing on figure drawing, drawing in 2-4 workshops a week, choosing the colors, catching the gesture or movement, and exploiting the mood.

I have been a contributing illustrator to the Bend Fashion Quarterly. I have fine art showing at the Astro Lounge in Bend, OR and Lakewood Arts Gallery in Lakewood, CO, also at 40 West Arts District and Art Students League Denver. A member of Redline Contemporary Art Center. Currently teaching figure and still life drawing at Lakewood Arts Council, portraiture at the NoBo Art Center and portraiture and fashion illustration at the Spark in Boulder.

The Muse Evolution Podcast Show
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Click illustration to watch Robyn chatting about drawing figure and about 

creating art for social justice with 

Podcast Host, John Lewis Rushing, Jr.

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