Reilly Method of Drawing the Head

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Reilly Method of Drawing the Head

With Luke Church

Like other educational institutions in Alberta, we have decided to postpone all courses and events until further notice. Although our studio is small in numbers and has lots of physical space, we feel it is very important that everyone does their part to protect the health and safety of our community. 

Dates: Mondays, March 23 – May 4, 2020
7:00 – 9:00pm
Sessions: Six
Cost: $360
*No class on April 13, 2020 for Easter Monday

This is a six-week intensive course that will focus on Frank Reilly’s full process of drawing the human head.

The Reilly Method has a long and distinct lineage from the golden age of illustration and is still widely practiced to this day. It is a powerful and efficient method of interpreting the head that allows the artist to create with clarity, design, and beauty in arguably the most important beginning stage of a drawing—the gesture.

Luke will be covering the beginning stages of a head drawing all the way to a fully finished render. The beginning stages of a head drawing will focus on the proportions, utilization of the Reilly abstraction and planes of the head. Once the students are familiar with this stage Luke will be taking his demos further and discuss shape design, edges, rendering form and handling of the individual features for both male and female.

Each class will contain a lecture and demonstration by the instructor followed by the students will apply the information learned from supplied reference or a live model.

Come and learn how to confidently construct the human head and how to better make a clear, confident and concise statement in your portrait work!

Materials Needed:

  • Charcoal pencils
  • Wolff Carbon (4B or 6B)
  • Conte Pierre Noire 1710-B, or Generals 2B or 4B
  • Soft graphite pencils grade 6B-9B are also acceptable
  • Smooth newsprint, any brand
  • Kneadable eraser, any brand
  • Sandpaper block and single-edged razor blades
  • Large binder clips (two to four)
  • Masking tape or artists tape
  • Roll or pad of tracing paper (9×12 minimum)

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