Nick Baxter's Life Drawing Workshop


Workshop Description:

More so than perhaps any other artistic medium, tattooing puts us in pressure situations faced with a wide variety of artistic requests, requiring versatility and the ability to problem-solve efficiently across multiple artistic disciplines.

Personal flair and stylization is highly prized in the tattoo world, and all such stylization starts with, and evolves from, how things actually appear in reality. Masters of unique style are in control of which attributes of reality to distort and why, which requires a solid foundation of classical art knowledge.

In today's impatient world, these skills are often overlooked. But unfortunately, trying to improve or troubleshoot artistic problems in our personal skillset becomes difficult when foundational artistic skills have been overlooked, forgotten, or fallen out of practice. The observational skills and rendering taught in this workshop are the foundation for all representational art.

Classical life drawing skills provide the structure that enables successful troubleshooting or identification of struggle areas, regardless of preferred artistic style.




Learning Objectives:

-Achieve accurate rendering of form through careful observation

-Learn the classical life drawing method, including measuring and plotting

-Practice accurate reproduction of geometric shapes, foreshortening, and ellipses

-Recognize light source and subsequent equations of shadow

-Recognize value of color by executing a tonal study (grisaille) from life 


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