Figure Invention with Erik Gist


Registration Opens Wednesday, January 4th, 2023 @ 8:00 A.M. PT

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 the 5 week term.


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

This class uses footage from Term 3-21.

Date : 17-Jan – 14-Feb

Length: 5 Weeks

Videos Uploaded: Tuesday

Level :  Intermediate to Advanced

This class will focus on developing a system for breaking down the human figure, so that you can more easily draw from your imagination. In this class we will focus on simplifying complex anatomy into more iconic forms by way of mannequinization. Once mastering these simple forms we will learn to use powerful gestures to position and manipulate them to achieve a better sense of dynamics.  Figure invention is a priceless skill for any figurative artist looking to pursue a career in fine art, illustration or visual development.


Sketching materials left to student preference.

Erik Gist

Erik M. Gist received his B.A. from SDSU in 1998. He began studying with Jeff Watts in 1996, three years later he began to teach and has done so ever since. Erik has worked in the video game industry as a concept designer and 3-D artist and is now working as a freelance illustrator. Erik’s clients include Marvel Comics, D.C. Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Disney, Audible, Wizards of the Coast, Upperdeck, Boom! Studios, Palladium Books, Blizzard Entertainment, Viking Childrens Books, Monkey Brain Books, Quart Publishing, and Chiat-Day. His work can be seen in Spectrum: the best in fantastic art including a nomination in 2018, and Aphrodesia: art of the female form 1 . Along with a Spectrum nomination, he has been nominated for an Illie Award, a Pulp Ark Award, a Chesley Award, and multiple Horror Comic Awards including one win. For more information about Erik’s art please visit his website at

Additional information

Class Type

Full Participation, Audit