Working from a live model (hire a model or go to a local open studio- refrain from using a photograph if possible), utilize the methods of the charcoal medium introduced in the first term. This class stresses accurate measuring, simplification, and basic figure drawing. Because simplification of the figure provides the groundwork for a successful drawing, begin with many quick but accurate sketches before working up to long, delicately rendered figure drawings toward the end of the course. Spend one hour each session executing anatomical studies of lecture topics from the preceding week, working in a method of quick charcoal application technique presented early in the second term. Spend the following 30 minutes drawing simplified light and dark notan sketches with willow charcoal. Commit the remaining time each session to longer figure drawings.



  • Ability to simplify shapes and values of a figure into a believable quick notan drawing.
  • Use of accurate and believable proportions in a quick drawing or block-in.
  • Understanding of perspective within the figure.
  • Understanding of the four basic methods of measurement: Sight-Size, Triangulation, Comparative, and Plumb Line, as well as  being able to utilize them consistently and frequently while working.
  • Ability to render various anatomical structures utilizing the methods presented. 


for CDC202

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Figure Drawing Short Pose
Anatomy, Notan, Scheme, and Envelope

You will be introduced to a method of drawing to best facilitate the study of anatomy. This method will be used to study the various aspects of anatomy covered in LEC200. You will then be introduced to the 2-minute notan. You will also execute schemes and envelopes of the figure.

Assignment 1
Shadow Map of the Figure

Working from a live model, render a complete scheme, envelope, and shadow map of the human figure. The contour of the envelope should accurately reflect the anatomy of the figure and look fully dimensional without rendering.