Drapery Essentials in Charcoal with Brian Knox


Registration Opens 4/30/21 at 8:00 A.M. P.S.T.

Audit: Watch instructor warm up, demo and receive photo reference every week.

Full Participation: Watch instructor warm up, demo, receive photo reference AND receive instructor critique every week.

All videos will be available until two weeks after week 5 of the term.


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Instructor Critiques for Full Participation Students will be uploaded for viewing approximately one week after each class. 

Date :  14 May 2021 – 11 June 2021

Length: 5 Weeks

Videos Uploaded: Saturday

Level :  Beginner

Join Brian Knox as he explains and demonstrates techniques to draw the seven basic drapery folds. Students will watch Brian’s demonstrations, and begin their learning with academic studies of the “anatomy” and construction of the fold, learning when and why they occur. Students will learn to redesign these folds for better effect and composition, learning to make sense of the apparent randomness of natural folds and better understanding their dynamic relationship in the draped or costumed figure. This is a full-participation course, allowing students to watch the instructor warmup and demonstration each week. The student will receive reference photos and worksheets each week, from which they will complete a drawing to submit for a personalized video critique traceover by the instructor.


• Conte 1710b or Wolf’s Carbon 6B charcoal pencil

• Smooth Newsprint

• Single Edge Razor Blade

• Sanding Pad

• Kneaded Eraser

Brian Knox

Brian Knox began studying full time at the atelier in 2012 and began teaching in 2015. As a student his emphasis was on logical and simple head and figure construction. As an instructor his dedication to teaching full time has allowed him to focus on finding clear explanations for complicated concepts and, when combined with his gestural/structural approach to head and figure drawing, has helped countless students tackle difficult subjects over the last 5 years. Brian’s ultimate goal is to produce a series of head and figure drawing books that rival those of the great instructors of the past (i.e. Bridgman, Loomis) but in a more modern format. Each term brings him one step closer to realizing that goal.

Additional information

Class Type

Full Participation, Audit