For me, nothing is more interesting than drawing people, and of course the most fascinating part is their faces. We are surrounded by people everywhere: talking, laughing, crying, telling us about themselves in all kinds of ways. In this workshop, we will practice drawing portraits, but not in a traditional, academic method. We will not concern ourselves with anatomy or measuring perspective – instead we will ask ourselves how we perceive reality, what is “likeness” in a portrait and how can we achieve a true, complete likeness, not just of the subject’s exterior. We will adopt a free approach to selecting methods and tools, we will “mix ourselves up”, step out of our comfort zones, and most importantly – enjoy the process!
*The workshop is suitable for all levels, both illustrators and artists who want to free up their hand and step out of their comfort zones, and beginners.
Through fun and liberating exercises we will learn:
- To overcome our fear of drawing faces
- To break free from automatic choices and approaches
- We will adopt new approaches and understandings, connect to the emotional aspect of drawing
- We will strengthen eye-hand coordination, improve our observational skills
- We will try to avoid mechanically copying reality, instead taking only what is artistically important from our observation (eschewing the tangential)
- We will work fast, forget the rules (which will work for us subconsciously), operate based on live perception, from the gut, emphasizing the emotional aspect of drawing
- We will “mix ourselves up”, step out of our comfort zones, and enjoy the process!
What should you bring?
Sketchbook or large pad of drawing paper (A5) with cheap paper and easy-to-tear pages
Or a pack of A4 or A5 paper and clipboard
- Line-making tools (pencils, pens etc.)
- Mark-making tools (water brushes, paint markers, felt- tip pens, pastels etc.)
Large, high-quality sketchbook or drawing paper for the final exercise
- Your favorite tools for the final exercise
- Guts and good vibes ☺
Marina Grechanik – illustrator, artist, graduate of art academy in Minsk, Belorussia. Writes for the global blog “Urban Sketchers”, in which 100 artists from throughout the world share experiences from their hometowns through stories from their sketchbooks. Grechanik established the local branch of Urban Sketchers in Israel. Every month, she organizes sketching outings for the public.
“A sketchbook and a pencil – that’s all you need to embark on a journey every day. Drawing from observation is first and foremost about seeing, so open your eyes wide and start drawing!”