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with Richard Scott
Online Class

Expressive Figure Drawing

Conveying Mood & Emotion
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Learn how to use composition, placement and movement to create expressive figure drawings as award-winning artist Richard T. Scott guides you through the design principles behind some of history's most celebrated masterworks. Transform a simple line into an expression of weight, shadow and gravity, and create a compelling visual narrative using gesture, rhythm and repetition. Use triangulation to easily and accurately map proportions as you create a lifelike contour drawing of a plaster cast. Then, use charcoal and an eraser for a reductive cast rendering with atmospheric depth and sculptural form. Learn the visual language of mood and emotion, and translate your expressive intent into a striking work of art!


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h5m

Included in this Class

1. Introduction

1. Introduction

Meet your instructor, artist Richard Scott, before diving into an exploration of various expressive works and the artistic decisions behind them.

2. Form Sense, Placement & Line

2. Form Sense, Placement & Line

Discover the difference between Dionysian and Apollonian styles, and learn how both techniques can affect the look and feel of works in different ways. Scott walks you through various works in regard to their universal or individual focus, and discusses artistic choices regarding composition, placement and movement.

3. Gesture & Rhythm

3. Gesture & Rhythm

How do artists use charcoal, graphite and paint to suggest an inhalation of breath, the emotions a subject is experiencing, or even the presence of dreams? Discover the answer to these questions and more as you explore various artworks in regard to gesture, rhythm and implied meaning.