Michelangelo: Bust of Brutus

Michelangelo: Bust of Brutus Michelangelo: Bust of Brutus – Demos from my Cast Drawing #5: the Male Head Session Michelangelo […]

Michelangelo: Male Back With a Flag

Michelangelo: Male Back With a Flag Demos from my Drawing with… Michelangelo! Session This beautiful study by Michelangelo, portrays the back […]

Drawing the Hand

The hand is a marvel of functionality and aesthetics. The complexity of its forms and its inherent mutability make it a challenging but extremely rewarding subject. This complexity can be better understood by conceptualizing its forms. In my anatomy and figure-drawing classes, I teach my students to focus on only a few essential characteristics of the hand at any given time, limiting its complexity. This method— which can be applied to other subjects as well—was developed during the Renaissance and has been further refined since.

Understanding Contrapposto

Contrapposto describes a category of pose that artists have favored for thousands of years. Even though “contrapposto” is an Italian word, the earliest sculptures that depict the human body posed in this specific stance date back to the 5th century B.C. in classical Greece. The typical contrapposto pose shows the counterposing of various segments of the figure: The pelvis and rib cage are tilted in opposite directions, and one leg is straight while the other is bent. This deliberate counterposing can contribute various expressive qualities to a figure.