Originally from the Los Angeles area, Nick Skoug is a figurative painter that lives and works in Berlin. Before moving to Germany, he studied drawing and painting in California.
After receiving his BFA from the California State University, Long Beach, he came to Europe, attracted by the history and the art. This interest was encouraged by a brief study abroad in Florence and an ongoing study of the German language.
With a foundation in traditional observational techniques, he explores a variety of subjects. While these subjects are often contemporary, the past continually asserts itself as well.
Introduction – Free trial class
For the first lesson, you will all look at a drawing that you have brought, the teacher will give some feedback and then do a demo for the rest of the class. This will demonstrate what you will be learning in the next sessions.
Lesson 1 – Gesture
This lesson will focus on basic sketching, and capturing the gesture, or ‘feeling’, of what you are drawing. This is the first step that lays the foundation for a finished drawing, and gives a sense of life and movement to the subject.
Lesson 2 – Line
Lesson 2 will cover line drawing. You will do some exercises focusing on the lines and contours of the subject, training the eye to follow the outside edge and the ‘inner corners’.
Lesson 3 – Value
Following the line drawing, this lesson will focus on light and shade. You will look at the range of value (chiaroscuro), from the lightest to the darkest parts of the drawing, and how to organise them and put them down.
Lesson 4 – Light logic
Continuing on from the last lesson, this one will take a closer look at light and shade. You will now look at the different types of light and dark (highlights, cast shadows, reflected light, etc.).
Lesson 5 – Perspective and proportion
Finally you will look at perspective (one and two point) and how it figures into a drawing. You will also look at proportion, and how to effectively measure when drawing and show depth and space in 2D space.
Lesson 6 – Outside drawing
For the final lesson, you will go outside and do some drawing from life. This will be a great opportunity to apply everything you have learned in class in real space.
Graphite drawing pencils (2B, 4B, 6B)
One kneaded eraser (Knetradiergummi)
One drawing pad (A2 size recommended) or a sketch pad