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"I always loved to draw when I was younger and then stopped with the daily grind of work and other commitments. This class was perfect for reminding me why I find drawing such a wonderful way to spend my time. Learning the anatomy has made a huge difference and allows you to go on and develop your own style and interpretation of the human figure. Absolutely loved it and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it!"
Sammy
from Australia, after completing term3 of the Masterclass

"Thank you very much for my membership to Figure Drawing Online blog! And thank you for the great lectures! They are exactly what I was looking for!
Your lessons are even better than the lessons that I have visited during my graphic design studies at the University.

Because of your teaching lessons I discovered the figural drawing again for me and I have the feeling to really learn something ... step by step. Thanks for that ;-)

In a few weeks I would like to progress to the Advanced Class."
Nicole K., Germany

"I was so impressed with the clarity of the beginning lecture and the lecture on the torso that I will be ordering all 13 lectures and advanced as they are produced. Great teaching!! I wish I was in Australia!"
Jack from USA
 

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Note: The links in orange are live and have content. The rest is coming soon.

1/ Approach To Drawing – a bit of theory that goes a long way

1.1/ There is no such thing as Multitasking

1.2/ Copying versus Creating

1.3/ The Only 3 Rules

1.4/ Grasping the Complex

2/ The Basic Set–Up

2.1/ Materials – paper, drawing tools...

2.2/ Environment

3/ Drawing Basics

3.1/ Why Standing?

3.2/ How to hold A Pencil

4/ Drawing Practices

4.1/ The Shapes

4.2/ How to Steady the Hand

4.3/ Basic Perspective

4.4/ Foreshortening

4.5/ Imagine It and Draw It

5/ The Drawing magic

5.1/ The building Elements – line, plane, mass and contour lines

5.2 Flick that Light Switch

5.3/ The rule of the Mass – weight, thrust, orientation
 

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Image of a female model and the drawing of her.

I also teach in person – figure drawing, figurative sculpture in clay and figurative sculpture in stone. Attending a class in person has it's advantages. If you wish to do so, find out where and when is the next class held.

About Robert Stollar

I am a sculptor focusing on realistic figurative work. While experiencing the flow of life in the process of creating my artwork, I also take immense pleasure in sharing my knowledge, empowering those who wish to learn to draw but were never told they can.

When drawing, the experience pushes me forward and before the ink dries I know what I could have done differently. This is both, frustrating as the artwork is never finished and magical as there is always more to discover. A continuum of creation.

Black chalk portrait drawing of a man in a cap.

Black chalk figure drawing of a male torso.

Drawing and sculpture is where I find the consciousness and aliveness ever present in all beings and things entangled in the human form. Tracing the human body, what comes forth is shaped and re-shaped a few times. What might be a fleeting pleasurable assembly of lines in a drawing gets recast and reshaped in translating the 2 dimensional drawing into a 3 dimensional clay model. Suddenly the back of the artwork is just as important as the front. And then yet another transformation takes place when the clay model is carved in stone. And just as the clay model carried the emerging unknown a step further so did the stone. And with every change of material the incoming medium imposes it’s own unique advantages and restrictions. No matter how satisfying the artwork might seem in clay, the stone recasts the ideas and presents yet another expression. The process of such rebirth is pure magic.

Close up of a black chalk portrait drawing of an old bearded man.

Lifesize sculpture. A bronze coated clay bust of a youth with inclined head.

In terms of work, a sculpture can be created in three ways:
1/ By careful planning, great preparation and extensive study. The result is decided and the stone carving stage of the creation is just copying the preconceived form.
2/ By “freeforming” – a process where nothing is certain and the sculptor finds the form by carving the stone.

Whilst the first approach builds a good foundation, it kills the flow. And while the second approach has a great flow, carving stone is hard labour, takes a long time and is expensive. Not many can afford the time, effort and expense to see if it works.

I work using the third method, which is the combination of the two above. In a partnership. I like to know where I am headed, I like to know and understand the form to a point where I am saturated with it and mostly don’t have to rely on preparatory drawings or clay models when carving.

Then I regard the stone. I form a relationship to it. I invite it to share the journey. To have it’s say. And then I pick up the chisel.

Sandstone carving of a portrait bust of a man.

Sandstone carving of a bust with stone flowers on the back.

Robert Stollar's journey so far...
Robert always had the desire to learn to draw. He taught himself the human anatomy and elements of drawing which naturally progressed to figurative sculptural work.

Between 2002 and 2008 alongside his artistic oeuvre he trained himself as a graphic designer, editor of commercials and motion graphics designer which allowed his journey though several advertising agencies. The figurative sculptural work connected with the digital world in exploring 3D animation.

The 3D work and compositing skills culminated in film work. Between 2008 and 2011 Robert worked as a VFX Artist and Film Compositor on 13 feature films, which included Baz Luhrmann's Australia, Jane Campion's Bright Star, Peter Weir's The Way Back, Samson and Delilah, Animal Kingdom and Mao's Last Dancer. The ability to pick up new skills fast has always been greatly helped by his knowledge of figure drawing.

In 2012 Robert returned full time to drawing and sculpting. His ability to carve stone allowed him to take part in restoration work on such iconic buildings as Sydney Town Hall. His latest exhibition opened at The Regional Art Gallery in Broken Hill on 22 August 2014.

Robert Teaching in a Classroom

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Robert Stollar teaching Figure Drawing in a classroom 3

Robert Sculpting and demonstrating Stone Carving

Robert Stollar sculpting, carving a sandstone bust.Robert Stollar demonstrating stone carving at the Broken Hill  Regional Art Gallery 1

Robert Stollar demonstrating stone carving at the Broken Hill  Regional Art Gallery 2Robert Stollar demonstrating stone carving at the Broken Hill  Regional Art Gallery 3

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This site has a Blog which is the platform for announcements. This is where the news of any new article, video and / or tutorial is posted. It also publishes the "A Drawing A Day" series where I upload a drawing a day, sometimes with a bit of commentary to demonstrate some of the many points talked about in the free lessons and the drawing course. This may take on a form of a video.

 

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