Structural Figure Drawing, with Brian Knox


Registration Opens July 5th, 2021 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 : July 20, 2021 – August 17, 2021

Length: 5 Weeks

Videos Uploaded: Tuesday at 12pm PST.

Level :  All Levels Welcome

Structural Figure Drawing is a hybrid class designed to help students understand how and when to inject structural and anatomical knowledge into a drawing. Week 1 will be focused on arms, Week 2 will be focused on legs, and Week 3 will be focused on the torso. The remaining 2 weeks will bring all of this information together and apply it to the full human figure. Gesture will be stressed throughout and will be used as the rhythmical basis for the structural/anatomical components that will be studied. The goal is to learn when to use anatomical and structural knowledge and how to use it without disrupting the underlying gesture. This will help one’s figure drawings to be anatomically accurate and interesting without sacrificing too much of the life and energy created by a strong gestural start. Understanding how basic shapes can be combined to create complex forms can help bridge the gap between inventing the human form and merely copying.


• 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