Drawing a Self Portrait in Three Colors at The Glasgow Academy of Fine Art

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Drawing a Self Portrait in Three Colors at The Glasgow Academy of Fine Art

Published on February 16, 2022

In this five-day workshop with Paris-based artist and Grand Central Atelier alumnus Patrick Byrnes, participants will create a self-portrait drawing from direct observation using one or two mirrors and a traditional combination of red, black, and white dry media on paper. Instruction will include a comprehensive demonstration from start to finish, as well as in- depth personal critiques with a particular focus on cultivating an organized, rational process. Two distinct steps will be emphasized throughout: building an accurate linear block-in, then interpreting values effectively to create a sense of form, while exploring the play between three general aesthetic aims: sculptural, graphic, and atmospheric. Cranial anatomy, color theory, materials, line quality, resolution/abbreviation, edges, and the physics of light will also be discussed throughout the course.

Each day of the workshop will be divided into two basic components. Mornings will begin with a short lecture and detailed demonstration, introducing and illustrating core concepts for each stage of the drawing. Following the demonstration and for the rest of the day, participants will focus on their own drawings, with the help of intermittent personalized critiques.

The workshop runs from June 27 - July 1, 2022 at the Glasgow Academy of Fine Art, 135 Buchanan St., Glasgow, G1 2JA, United Kingdom.

To learn more about this workshop, visit www.glasgowacademyoffineart.com/patrick-byrnes-portrait-drawing-workshop.