Head Quicksketch with Brian Knox


Registration Opens Sept 24th, 2020 at 8am 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.



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

Date : Oct 6, 2020 – Dec 15, 2020

Videos Uploaded: 12pm on Tuesday

Level : All Levels Welcome

Head Quicksketch, much like Figure Quicksketch, is a great way to develop one’s ability to skip steps and judge proportions, distances, and angles accurately and without the need to stop and measure. Gaining these abilities requires an intuitive understanding of plumb lines, negative shapes, and angles. The first half of the term will focus on the use of these tools to create gesture and structural type quicksketch head drawings. The second half of the term will focus on how to skip key steps and use a more shadow mapped and tonal approach. The human head is every bit as complex as the body, possibly even more so. The localized complexity of the head necessitates its study both on its own and in conjunction with the body. This class will focus on studying the human head by itself and without the body and will consist of 5 minute, 3 minute, and 2 minute figure poses at different times throughout the term.

Video Archives will be available livestream students until Jan 2nd.


• 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