Drawing with... the Draped Figure!


This session of Drawing With… is dedicated to exploring the draped and clothed figure. Clothes and drapery on the figure can create beautiful patterns, hide or reveal the body, add, elegance or dynamism to the human figure. Drawing the clothed figure is also another way to explore the creative and aesthetic possibilities of the body.

During this session, we will be copying a couple of works by masters of the past, using charcoal, red and white chalk on toned paper.


  • Drawing paper: a couple of sheets of lightly toned drawing paper, tan or gray. You can also stain a sheet of hot press watercolor paper with coffee or brown ink or watercolor.
  • Charcoal sticks in medium and soft gradation.
  • Red earth, black and white chalk (General’s) or Conte-Cretacolor crayons. You can also use colored pencils in the same colors
  • Erasers and pencil sharpeners

roberto osti
roberto osti
Roberto Osti teaches figure drawing and human anatomy for artists at the New York Academy of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Formally trained as a medical illustrator before becoming a fine artist, Osti has contributed his work to many science and art publications. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries in Europe and the United States. He is the author of Basic Human Anatomy (2016), an art instruction best seller and classic reference book. His latest book , Dynamic Human Anatomy has been released in March 2021.