Head Quicksketch with Erik Gist


Registration Opens June 29th, 2022 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.

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 : Jul 15 – Aug 12

Length: 5 Weeks

Videos Uploaded: Friday at 12pm PT.

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.


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

• Smooth Newsprint

• Single Edge Razor Blade

• Sanding Pad

• Kneaded Eraser

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 www.erikgist.com.

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Class Type

Full Participation, Audit