Line/Tone/Perspective: Drawing Fundamentals // A 3 Day Workshop with Artist Alan Clarke

Drawing is the foundation of all representational art, and mastery of drawing is conditional on the understanding and practice of certain fundamental principles.

This intensive three day workshop will give participants an overview of some of these fundamentals, namely linework, tone (value), and perspective. It will provide a framework to develop a mode of drawing that is accurate and stylish, and will enable participants to be more focused and productive with drawing practice that is undertaken in their own time. Day 1 will involve drawing from objects, while in Day 2 & 3 we will work with a live model.

The workshop will cover:

  • selection and best use of materials
  • line work and mark making
  • understanding and depicting tone, and using it to your best advantage within drawn compositions
  • seeing accurately and clearly
  • 1, 2, 3 and 5 point perspective, and atmospheric perspective
  • basic composition
  • comparative measuring and techniques for drawing accurately
  • style

Date: Friday, March 22nd to Sunday March 24th
Time: 10:00 – 16:00
Venue: Digital Court, Rainsford Street, The Digital Hub, Dublin 8, D08 R2YP, Ireland
Register here
Course Fee: €350


Alan Clarke is an acclaimed illustrator and sculptor. His work is rooted in traditional skills and is informed by the guiding principles of Art. He is former chairman of the Illustrators Guild of Ireland and is the only Irish member of the Society of Portrait Sculptors. He is drawing tutor on the Illustration BA in NCAD. In recent years he has taught drawing and sculpture workshops in Ireland, Russia, Italy, the UK, Germany and Spain. His illustration work has appeared in books that have been nominated at the Irish Book Awards every year since the inception of the awards, and won on multiple occasions. In 2021 a large collection of his drawings were acquired by the National Library for inclusion in the National Collection alongside the work of Heaney, Yeats etc.

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