Introduction to the course:

This course is made up of eight lessons of 5 hours each. Each lesson is comprised of a section of life drawing, from the nude model, and a section in which to work on a simplified ecorche (flayed figure).  There will be recommended homework to practise the content of the course.

 

Life drawing from short poses:

The life drawing component will involve mainly linear methods for capturing the form, gesture and anatomy of the figure from poses ranging from 30 seconds to 2 hours.   There is a series of guided activities for the student to work through, which will be accompanied by demonstrations and suggested extension homework.

 

The simplified ecorche:

The simplified ecorche course will see the student building up the major masses of soft tissue of the human body onto a 420mm resin cast of a 3D printed skeleton.  The purpose is to give an overview of the distribution of the masses and function of the body, the bony landmarks and the ways that these elements create the characteristic appearance of the body in different poses, both for the purpose of facilitating more in depth study later, as well as offering directly the the main essentials that are taken away from even the most detailed study of anatomy .  

Since we are attempting to simplify artistic anatomy to its broadest essentials,  there are many forms to be grouped together or left out entirely.  In particular, elements that not superficial or do not impact the surface forms greatly will be left out. We will focus instead on the general forms and arrangement of muscles and how they contribute to the characteristic forms of the human body, as well as the bony landmarks and the most important bony structures (such as the pelvis and ribcage) that organise the more mobile, soft tissue such as muscles and tendons. 

 

Summary

This course aims to conceptually integrate the life drawing activities with the ecorche: the student can investigate each region or aspect of the figure both through the 2D activity of drawing on a flat surface, and the tactile 3D experience of sculpting the ecorche.

Ultimately, the aim is to help the student to see the figure in spatial, anatomical and gestural essentials, and to deal with this information efficiently and directly.