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CGMW – Analytical Figure Drawing

Instructor: S. Michael Hampton

Proposed Course Outline
Course Description:
As students continue to develop a basic skill set throughout this course, a special emphasis will
be placed on the understanding and application of those basics to the human figure. This course
will emphasize a process based approach and development of the figure heavy in an analysis of
from, construction, and perspective. This course will offer and in depth study of the figure and
the surface anatomy while always maintaining a grounding in the artistic and principles of
design.

Week 1:

Lecture: Introduction of teacher/ Goals of class. Lecture on gesture and the
development of a process.
Homework: 100 Gesture Drawings (half should be done from life, the other half
from Old Masters drawings, paintings or sculpture). Choose 5 of your best
gestures to submit for critique and instructor feedback. Drawings may be scanned
in and submitted or submitted as digital files done in photoshop or as jpgs. You
may also upload one, or more, for student feedback on the class blog.

Week 2:

Lecture: Connections, Shape and Understanding the skeletal landmarks.
Homework: 25 construction drawings. Drawings should follow in class process
of gesture, shapes, connections, landmarks, and finally into a development of the
perspectives of the torso, arms, and legs. Choose 2-5 of your best to submit for
critique and instructor feedback.

Week 3:

Lecture: Head Drawing. Construction and design of the human head.
Homework: 25 Head constructions. Following the in class work flow, develop
the head from simple shapes into the architectural planes. Development of the
features is optional. Choose 2-5 of your best to submit for critique and instructor
feedback.

Week 4:

Lecture: Muscles: Torso/trunk. Placing the anatomical shapes of the upper and
lower torso based off the understanding of the skeletal landmarks.
Homework: 25 Construction drawing with the anatomy of the upper and lower
torso included on top. Only develop the muscles covered within the lecture, but be
sure to draw the entire pose. Choose 2-5 of your best to submit for critique and
instructor feedback.

Week 5:

Lecture: Torso 2.

Develop the anatomy of the upper arms together with the anatomy of the upper torso. gesture. and perspective of each shape as you build. construction. Choose 2 of your best to submit for critique and instructor feedback. This week should specifically focus on the shoulder girdle and the muscles of the scapula and front of the humerus. Homework: 25 Shoulder and arms constructions.Homework: 25 Construction drawing with the anatomy of the upper and lower torso included on top. Week 8: Lecture: The structure. Week 6: Lecture: Structure and anatomy of the legs Homework: 25 Leg and pelvis constructions. Choose 2-5 of your best to submit for critique and instructor feedback. design and anatomy of the upper arm and shoulders. Choose 2-5 of your best to submit for critique and instructor feedback. Homework: 25 Shoulder and arms constructions. Include the anatomy on top of the underlying skeletal and perspective breakdowns. Develop the anatomy of the upper arms together with the anatomy of the forearms. . Pay close attention to the shape. Choose 2-5 of your best to submit for critique and instructor feedback. Week 7: Lecture: The structure. Include the muscles discussed in the prior week as well as the anatomy of the torso. and design of the forearm.