January 24, 2016 at 6:10 pm #13111
After getting some great feedback on my past last week and mulling it over, I decided to start by creating an e-course on drawing the human face. I need a jazzier title for it! I can generate all of the content myself, so there’s no need to deal with copyright, permissions and other issues, and this can become a basic building block in creating a clientele who want what I have to offer.
Here are my notes from Evernote:
1) WHAT is the eCourse all about that you’re inspired to create?
Drawing the human face
2) Out of all the options, WHY are you most excited to create this eCourse?
People who feel an interest in the arts often feel deeply inadequate that they can’t draw, especially the face. Giving them this skill set will improve what they do artistically, and give them a deep sense of mastery and confidence.
3) Describe WHO you are creating this eCourse for.
People who want to be artistic and creative, or want to develop their artistic abilities in depicting humans or expressing emotion. They may be accomplished artists who have never mastered figure or face drawing, or people coming to the arts later in life and find they have the courage now to try this, or that they can’t do the sort of art they want to do without this ability.
4) Describe the TRANSFORMATION or benefits they’ll receive by going through your eCourse.
There’s the clear benefit of learning a new set of skills. Many people internalize their lack of drawing ability, so they feel not not just that they lack this skill in a value-neutral way, but that they are inadequate. Learning how to do this will be very rewarding and enriching for them. It will increase the styles and types of art they can do. Being able to draw or paint the human face can also help people become more empathetic, because it refines their skills of observation.
Drawing is considered a foundational skill for all the arts, as well as design, engineering, film-making, or just being able to tell a story on paper or share ideas. All children draw but most people stop drawing as they get into their teens. Some people believe that the human ability to draw is a survival trait, because it allows us to share what’s in our heads, and the existence of so many pictographs from 30,000 years ago or more shows how long this has been a crucial skill. Many people long to be able to draw or express themselves visually, and this desire is very deep in us. Being able to render a human face so it expresses how you feel or moves someone to feel a certain way is considered by many to be the greatest achievement of an artist, so giving people that skill would be an enormous gift to them. Who knows what they’ll do with it?
5) Using your skills and resources, HOW do you intend to facilitate the ultimate transformation?
I’ll create a series of steps that go into the various components of drawing faces. This will start with how light falls on a sphere so people can understand form, light and shadow; proportions and anatomy; creating facial expressions and the various elements that do that; drawing faces full front, profile and 3/4; the steps of drawing a face in pencil whether that will be the final medium or as a basis for another medium like ink or paint. I may also go into some specific styles of depicting faces, like whimsy art or Manga. No more than 4 or 5 styles, just so people who have specific interests can see how they need to adjust what they’ve learned to get the effect they want. It will help everyone to see the ways different artists approach the face, and how far you can change the realistic proportions and still create a recognizable face with expressions and personality.
This will involve talks, but mainly demonstrations using objects, video of me drawing, photos and video of various faces to illustrate points (I may rope my friends into being models!), as well as written materials to support the lessons.
6) If your eCourse was a person, how would you describe its PERSONALITY or VIBES?
It provides clear direction and opens the door to new worlds of drawing and creativity, in a lively and fun way.January 24, 2016 at 6:26 pm #13126
WooHoo! This sounds really great, JoAnn. I think you are going to zip up this mountain. Thanks for calling to check on our meeting today, too!January 24, 2016 at 6:31 pm #13129
Brilliant @joannturnip! Sign me up when it’s launched. This is going to be so fun to go through. I love the ‘Transformation” of becoming more empathic because of enhancing our ability to be more observant. This is going to be a great course. Way to go with all this clarity!January 26, 2016 at 7:33 pm #13799
“Drawing You, Drawing Me: An Introduction to . . . .”January 26, 2016 at 10:41 pm #13842
Oh Oh Oh @JoAnnTurnip, Deb @robson just gave me an idea!!
You could partner participants up for a project and they have to send each other a picture of themselves and draw each other’s faces. I think this’d be a really cool engagement tool and fun for participants to do.January 27, 2016 at 9:15 am #13918
MOST amusing idea, Bradley. I wouldn’t have thought of it because most of my drawing (and all of the humans) has been from life. But no reason not to try this.January 27, 2016 at 1:49 pm #13952
That’s a really good idea, Brad!
I’ve been working on this idea as a self-contained course with no live participation, but that presents its own problems. This idea will definitely go into my folder of thoughts on how to set this up.
Many people use photographs as a basis for drawing, and I’d already thought of getting friends to pose for a series of photos or video just so students can see what happens as the same face goes from facing the viewer to 3/4 to profile, and how they need to adjust and look at foreshortening.
The challenge in the e-course format is that it is, essentially, flat, two dimensional, even when it’s live and the subject is moving. We think we’re perceiving in 3 dimensions but we’re not, and that becomes an issue when we start trying to draw 3 dimensions on a flat surface. Or at least, it presents a challenge for me because I want students to get past copying what they see on the flat surface. I want to get students thinking about the 3 dimensional forms and analyzing those so they can get an accurate rendering, and I’ll be using a combination of source material so students aren’t stuck on copying a photo or life drawing or any one format, that they get comfortable with capturing what they see and getting a face they’re happy with no matter where they get that from.
This sounds more complicated than it actually will be!
I definitely like the idea of engaging students with each other!January 27, 2016 at 7:42 pm #14000
I totally hear ya around the difficulty and main intention of teaching in 3D rather than 2D.
Well consider the seed planted and we shal see if or how this idea or something better comes to fruition 🙂February 5, 2016 at 10:48 am #15922
Love your idea JoAnn! I’m just the kind of person who would take your course – someone who has always wanted to draw people more easily and naturally.
Here are some ideas that may go with what you’re trying to create:
- What if you framed your course like apprenticing to Renaissance Master? You could have tons of fun with that, and it would stand out from other “how to draw” courses.
- Your students could use 3D models of heads on their computers to draw to learn more about form. You could have something custom created for your own online program that people could use from their browser, or you could point them to other existing resources like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvALq8G48Fk https://www.blackdesertonline.com/events/ccm/
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