Contemporary Portraiture

Drawing Portraits on Paper using mixed media with Esther Erlich

About the class

Working from photographs, the aim of this workshop is to develop your skills and creativity in drawing portraits on paper, with capturing faces being a key focus.  You will discover how the quality of paper impacts on mark making and how mixing media can help to achieve greater depth and dimension in drawings.

Participants will work with acrylic and/or water based paints, as well as more conventional drawing materials, such as charcoal, chalks and black ink, on a variety of papers.

You will explore the many effects than can be achieved when working on paper, from the painterly to the precise and everything in between. You will cover approaches such as layering and try out creative ways to push beyond traditional drawing techniques.

You will be encouraged to embrace mistakes and take some risks, with the intention of discovering new techniques and developing you own personal style in creating portraits.

This workshop is best suited to those who already have some drawing skills.

About Esther

Esther Erlich regularly teaches in Victoria, with McGregor Autumn being her debut Queensland workshop.

Esther has been exhibiting her figurative works since 1983.  She was the winner of the prestigious Doug Moran National Portrait Prize in 1998 and the Archibald People’s Choice Award in 2000. Esther is also a semi-finalist in the 2017 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.

Her paintings and drawings feature in prominent public and private collections throughout Australia and overseas including collections of the National Portrait Gallery, National Library and Performing Arts Museum.

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