Reilly Figure Drawing: Abstraction 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 :  10 May – 7 June

Length: 5 Weeks

Videos Uploaded: Monday

Level : All Levels Welcome 

The Reilly Method includes a figure abstraction commonly called the Reilly Abstraction. When used properly, the Reilly Abstraction will help develop and maintain gestural rhythmical relationships throughout a figure drawing. Gesture is the essential first phase of a figure drawing and acts as a foundation for the rest of the drawing. When guided by the Reilly Abstraction, the gestural start of a figure drawing will feel more cohesive by using anatomically guided rhythms to help the viewer’s eye move throughout the drawing.

The first week of this class will cover an in depth explanation of the Reilly Abstraction along with front, 3/4, profile, and back views. The next two weeks will focus on applying the abstraction to various poses. The final two weeks will start with the abstraction and then show how to layer additional structural and tonal information on top of it.


• 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.

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Class Type

Full Participation, Audit