Byzantine Iconography: Drawing the Face 4: The Face in the 3/4 Pose (Part 1) | Julia Hayes | Skillshare

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Byzantine Iconography: Drawing the Face 4: The Face in the 3/4 Pose (Part 1)

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4 Lessons (29m)
    • 1. 4.1 Introduction

    • 2. 4.2 Angel's Face

    • 3. 4.3 Woman's Face

    • 4. 4.4 Ascetic Face (St John the Theologian)

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In this tutorial we will be learning how to draw the face on the reverential or downward facing 3/4 pose.


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Julia Hayes

Byzantine Iconography Tutorials


Hello, I'm Julia. I'm a South African born byzantine iconographer with 16 years experience. I live and studied iconography in Greece with teachers including master iconographer George Kordis. I have also studied Theology and done post-graduate studies in Liturgics at the University of Athens.

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This is not a standard weekend iconography workshop where you simply learn to  trace an icon and "paint-by-numbers". It was never the tradition of the Church to make "photocopies" of old icons, but sadly this modern "tradition" is destroying the creative tradition of the Church. Every period of iconography from the Comnene to the Paleologian periods to the Cretan School has it's own style within the Byzantine system of painting ... See full profile

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1. 4.1 Introduction: is way. Okay. Hello. Welcome to our fourth iconography tutorial. Over the next two videos, we will be studying the 3/4 starts, which is used extensively in part compositions with multiple figures in order to avoid the frontal or profile poses. Neither of these pauses allow for relationships to be established between figures and other compositional elements. The profile stones, which is sometimes used for Judah's and other non saintly figures, is incapable of protecting the figure off the painting surface out towards the viewer. Wind is occasionally used for sayings. It is to indicate their devotion to Christ. In the 3/4 pose, the face and body are placed trance virtually on the surface, so their projected into the same time in space is the viewer. There are two main types of three course oppose. Firstly, the reverential pose where the head is bowing down leads which will be studying in this video and the sacrifice impose, which will be studying in the next video, we'll be studying three different faces, a young face, a woman's face and a bearded, ascetic face so that we can see how they're all done in this post 2. 4.2 Angel's Face: So let's get started. As always, we start off without excess line and we're going to add online, indicating the angle of the face. And on this line we do our oval, the face, and this time it's people on both sides. We divide us again into three with a lot notice section slightly longer than the other two . And the nice section. We will pay a place on the vertical access. We don't place it on this excess, and we draw a circle for the head within. Divide the horrible into quarters. This lineup here isn't really necessary. This is the important one because it shows where the noise comes. And we had a curved access to the noise line, which is what helps projected off the service. And also Crypt X is coming like us. Now we divide the most into quarters, which gives us the eye line. And this is where the people come and I will come here, do our nose because of the access that will come over here and will be bigger. A society faces now on the vehicles of place. Depending on the composition, the face can either guys can either be looking in this direction or towards the viewer in this case will make it looking towards the view. So surprised the honors over here and the people in the Santa You're not just that the nostril is following this excess line, and the mouth is also going to follow that curved access because we're gonna make this enemy angelic face. The Hammer's got is gonna come about half way down through foot before it. So I want you here. Nick comes down vertically. What's likely to the writer that it supports the head? The neck is again annoys names that comes to about here. Here I remember that does it. It's a 3/4 excess nine. So So hair here, - which like covering on the woman's head, has these lines that helped create the scenes of river decide to break. - Hey , we have a basic 3/4 face 3. 4.3 Woman's Face: we get. The second face we're gonna do is a woman's face with head covering, which is basically the same covering that long would use in a monastic ST as well. Um, he's going to start off with our excess line, as always, the line for the angle of the face. Of course, it could be in the other direction, but for practical reasons, recording the video. I'm doing that at this angle because if I don't at the angle, I'll be covering up the doyen of my hand. We go out for the face equal on both sides. Find those at the length of the nose to the top circle before the lines are knows. We had a curved excess. I accidentally here we find the line for with the Osh. Just 1/4 down dominoes, Chief. Yeah, Access. - I was gonna come here. Those are as I smaller, this one. Yeah. And this time will make the I. Okay. Okay. The other direction could be an icon off felt tacos and looking at Christ, she can either be looking at class or she could be looking at the view like too much. - Remember always to try and keep this live in harmony? What? The eyebrows. - Yeah . - Fortunately , drawing board has a bump with Rex. Difficult? Yeah, way have the 3/4 woman's face. 4. 4.4 Ascetic Face (St John the Theologian): Lastly, we'll look at an elderly. A stated, bearded bass will do the face off, saying John, a theologian. It was a good example. It's always access nine fresh access lines eyes because he's a hell of a decide 12 us than the other ones I was on about that thick, off find eyes. In this case, we'll have just John, you're looking towards the view, which also balances out the movement of the face in that direction. Now, in 3/4 view only book have the cheek on the wider side of the face. You don't do it over here now when we're drawing because John's board, when we're doing his face, we don't follow the circle because he doesn't have hair here. You follow this line and bring a fresh round over here. His beard is gonna come. But its hearing usually elderly saints, they haven't. They showed us will be higher. More hunched. Yeah, the same. Yeah, and then you have an elderly ascetic basement. 3/4 powers. Next time we'll be looking at the 3/4 part of icing tablets is holding. Enjoyed the way