We were so lucky to have Nafisa Naomi come to teach us how to draw fabulous animals. She is a vibrant and energetic person who produces WOW pictures!
Workshop Report :
Nafisa began by introducing us to the principal components of designing any painting. These are tonal contrast, detail and colour. By manipulating these, in the right combination, you can direct the viewer’s attention to where ever you wish. By way of example, she showed book illustrations of works by great painters, supporting the teachings she gave us.
There followed a presentation of animal anatomy, and how, and why, this varies depending on species. For practical work, we were encouraged to complete animal paintings from our own photos, and from material Nafisa supplied.
The workshop was very stimulating. It gave us new ways to evaluate our own works and those of others artists. We all thoroughly enjoyed it.
Nafisa will teach us how to draw our wonderful furry and feathered friends – elephants, rhinos, tigers and orang-utans. She will bring her photos of these exotic animals, and she suggests we also bring some of our own photos of domestic and farm animals, which can be endearing and great subjects as well.
The primary focus will be on drawing, including the anatomy of the animal.
Nafisa is totally committed to creating works that celebrate the beauty of this fragile world. She has been represented in every major art prize and in 2010 won the Archibald Packers prize and first prize for painting in the Florence Biennale in 2007. She has also been a finalist in the Dobell Drawing Prize, Portia Geach Portrait prize, the Blake Prize and the Shirley Hannan Portrait prize amongst others.
Bring along whatever materials you like to draw with – pencils, charcoal, pastels, even oils and collage, and of course appropriate supports for those materials. Pastels are good as they achieve the best results with wildlife portraits when describing fur.
You can book this workshop online via this KAS website. http://ourkas.com.au/news/workshops/
Any inquiries please contact Anne Carpenter on 0411 034 413