Skull Study

Wednesdays, October 27, November 3, and November 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$30 for Museum Members, $40 for the general public. Become a member today!
This class is virtual.


Why is it important to understand the bone structure of the skull when drawing a portrait? The visible appearance of the human face depends upon the shape of the bones that push on the muscles and skin to dictate the shapes of the face. For this reason it is essential to understand the bony masses of the skull and how they relate to the likeness of the individual and gender.

In this three-week class, portrait artist, Nicole Troup, will demonstrate a drawing of a skull in graphite pencil, as students follow along with their own drawings. Instruction will be given on the proportions and bone structures of the skull and how they relate to the location of shadows and planes on the portrait as well as the differences in bone structure according to gender. Handouts will be given throughout the weeks, and the class will be recorded weekly via Zoom and emailed to students every week giving them the ability to catch up on their drawings in between classes.

Supply list:
• Assorted kit of woodless pencils ranging from HB-8B ( minimum range needed: HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B. Any brand.)
• 9” x12” or 11×14” drawing pad (any brand) or at least 4 sheets of paper
• Kneaded eraser
• Gum eraser or Vinyl eraser
• MONO ZERO retractable eraser by Tombow
• Pencil sharpener (Carl Angel 5 is recommended—available on Amazon)
• t-square ruler (at least 12 inches)
• compass drawing tool OR a 10” Proportional Scale Divider tool ( any brand)
• 1 blending stump
• q-tips for blending
• 2-3 paper towel sheets

About the Instructor
Nicole Troup resides in Greencastle, PA, working as a commissioned portrait artist to local and national clients. A few of her clients include the VFW, corporations, hospitals, WWE wrestler Titus O’Neil among others. She has also collaborated with former Pennsylvania Governor, Thomas Corbett to paint his portrait in 2015.

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