Art on Demand | Intro To Figure Drawing With Joan Vienot

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Join us Wednesday, June 17th  at 9 a.m. for a virtual Art on Demand event brought to you by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County in partnership with Alys Beach and

In this episode, local artist Joan Vienot presents an Introduction to Figure Drawing using a live, clothed model. She uses linear gesture to show the sweeping “motion” line of short, active poses as a way of warming up. She follows with a progression of increasingly longer poses, briefly demonstrating masses, line quality, and values, concluding with a short demonstration of a figure drawing on a full sheet of paper.

The event will be viewable on 30A, Alys Beach and Cultural Arts Alliance’s Facebook pages as well as available on the CAA’s YouTube channel following the broadcast.

Supply List:

The following supplies are suggested, but if you have similar, use what you have and practice along with her.

  • 15 sheets 18×24 Blick Manila (rough newsprint) or Bogus Gray or other cheap toned paper  **(NOTE: Neither of the papers are colorfast or archival.)**
  • 2 sheets good drawing paper, toned, i.e., Stonehenge, fawn color, or steel gray, 22×30
  • Ebony pencil, or any 6B pencil (soft, dark)
  • Soft white eraser, like Alvin Vinyl Eraser
  • White Nupastel or white Conte, which is harder than Nupastel
  • Sepia-colored Nupastel or Conte
  • Extra-soft black charcoal pencil, paper-wrapped
  • Workable fixative, matte, i.e., Blair spray can
  • Optional — drawing board and easel

Excellent reference books:

Basic Figure Drawing Techniques — Greg Albert
A Step-by-Step Guide to Drawing the Figure — John Raynes

For information about open studio group sessions, contact this presenter, Joan Vienot (850) 259-8394.

Joan Vienot is a local realist landscape artist painting en plein air. An avid paddleboarder, canoeist, nature photographer, and outdoor enthusiast, Joan finds inspiration anywhere there is light. Her adventures often lead her to return to scenic areas, brushes and palette in hand. Plein air painters paint on-site, racing with the sun to capture the essence of a scene before the colors and shadows change. 

Joan resides in Point Washington, in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Born and raised in Colorado, Joan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art from the University of Northern Colorado, with a certification in public school teaching. She taught art in a Colorado high school for three years before moving to Northwest Florida in 1980. 

Joan’s work is displayed at Bohlert-Massey Interiors in Seacrest Beach. Joan’s recent works are in her studio in Point Washington, FL, which may be seen by appointment. 


@JoanVienotArt on Facebook and Instagram

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