What you'll learn
- Students will learn how to creatively compose an icon of the Prophet Elijah
- Students need to have completed at least the following:
- Series 1 Drawing the Face
- Series 2 Drawing the Half Figure
- Series 3 Garment Basics
- Series 4: Drawing the Full Figure (P1)
- Series 6 Drawing Seated Figures
- Series 8 Drawing Buildings and Landscapes
In Series 9 of the Byzantine Iconography Drawing Tutorials we are be putting together everything that we have learned in the previous series by learning how to compose icons. Everything in this series builds on what has been taught in the previous eight series of tutorials so it is important that students have completed the previous Series. In particular, they need to have completed the tutorials in Series 1 Drawing the Face, Series 2 Drawing the Half Figure, Series 3 Garment Basics, at least parts 1 and 3 of Series 3 drawing the Full Figure, Series 5 Drawing 3/4 Figures, Series 6 Drawing Seated Figures and Series 8 Drawing Mountains and Landscapes.
In this second tutorial in the series we will be composing an icon of the Prophet Elijah in order to draw a figure in a landscape setting. We will start off by taking a look at how rhythm is used in various landscape compositions. My Patrons on Patreon were polled as to whether they would like to do a classic composition of the Prophet Elijah or a more "adventurous" composition, the overwhelming majority voted for the "adventurous" composition. So instead of him resting his head in his hand we will draw him with is one hand outstretched to the raven and the other raised in thanksgiving to God. We will start our drawing by setting out the basic structure of the figure and landscape and building up the rhythm of the composition, before moving on to the details of the icon.
Required Materials: Pencil, paper and eraser
Who this course is for:
- Advanced students who have completed the first 8 Series of tutorials
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.