Byzantine Iconography Series 4: Drawing the Full Figure (P3)
What you'll learn
- Students will learn to draw the garments of Imperial Saints, Martyrs and Holy Unmercenaries in frontal poses.
- Basic rules of composition for drawing an icon with two figures.
- Students should have completed Series 1 (Drawing the Face)
- Series 3: Garment Basics
- Series 4: Drawing the Full Figure (P1)
In this course, Part 3 of Series 4, we will continue to draw full figure Saints and their garments, by putting into practice what was learned in the series on Garment Basics. We will also go more in depth into the use of the transverse principle in created rhythm and harmony in our figures as well as how it is used in composing icons of more than one figure.
In section one we will be studying the garments of Imperial and Noble Saints.
In Section two we will learn to draw the garments of the martyrs.
Finally, in Section 3 we will draw the garments of the Unmercenary Saints and learn basic rules of composition for drawing two figures together.
Required Materials: Pencil, paper and eraser.
Who this course is for:
Hello, I'm Julia. I'm a South African born byzantine iconographer with 16 years experience. I live and studied iconography in Greece with teachers including master iconographer George Kordis. I have also studied Theology and done post-graduate studies in Liturgics at the University of Athens.
So what are these iconography tutorials about? This is not a standard weekend iconography workshop where you simply learn to trace an icon and "paint-by-numbers". It was never the tradition of the Church to make "photocopies" of old icons, but sadly this modern "tradition" is destroying the creative tradition of the Church. Every period of iconography from the Comnene to the Paleologian periods to the Cretan School has it's own style within the Byzantine system of painting and the iconographic tradition of the Church. In these tutorials you will be introduced to the Byzantine system of painting and given tools that will allow you create within the tradition of the Church.
It cannot be emphasized enough how important it is for iconographers to learn to draw before starting to paint. That is why with these tutorials we will start by building the foundation by learning how to draw before we progress to painting icons.
The tutorials have subtitles for the deaf.