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Counterpoint

  • It: Contrapasto
  • Lat: Contrapunctus

Defn: A musical device using contrary motion, perfected in the Baroque Period and exemplified by the music of J.S. Bach (1685-1750).

In music

Bars 1-8 from Bach Prelude No.1 (WTC) | excerpt from "Bach's Guitar: Master Chords and unlock your Right Hand" by Peter Inglis.
Bars 1-8 from Bach Prelude No.1 (WTC) by J.S. Bach.

J.S. Bach

Bach's Guitar: Master Chords and unlock your Right Hand
Bach's Guitar: Master Chords and unlock your Right Hand

In Nature

Trees often display intricate counterpoint. | Stages in painting "Capture the Light (Wisteria Gardens)" - An original Australian Landscape by Peter Inglis. © 2018 Peter Inglis
Trees often display intricate counterpoint.

The deeper you look, the more contrapuntal movement you will see. We choose energetic brush strokes to emphasise this musical movement. In another painting we might choose to stipple, representing intersecting clouds of harmony.

Figure Drawing 101

About this session

Enter the wonderful world of figure drawing!
Artists see the figure in several ways: Gesture, Stick Figure, Contour and Mass. We will practice them all in this session.

Pete's Figure Drawing Practice Routine.
Gesture Simple marks showing mass, movement and weight distribution.
Stick Figure Head = oval
Joints = dots or circles
Limbs = lines
Feet = Triangles
Overall shape Simplify the shape
Find the main angles
Enclose the arms
Counterpoint Opposite sides of the neck, torso and legs will be alternately compressed and stretched.
Internal Shapes Circles, squares and triangles within the body.
Scribble Wander in and out of the shapes in one loose line.
Ribcage & Pelvis Position and size of shoulders and hips.
3-D Tilt, foreshortening, perspective.
Form from Tone Find the light and shadow on each big shape.
Contour Finding the lines which wrap around the shapes, creating volume and foreshortening.
Texture Add texture to hair and clothing with simple strokes and cross-hatching.

Figure Drawing 101 at Inglis Academy | www.inglisacademy.com
We learn to capture the expression of a movement in a few simple marks.

What will we learn

The human body is one of the most complex objects we can draw due to it's ingenious construction. We make the subject accessible by using powerful and simple techniques:

Figure Drawing 101 at Inglis Academy | www.inglisacademy.com
Contour lines indicate the shape of curved objects. Here we are describing the neck, arms and torso as cylinders.

Figure Drawing 101 at Inglis Academy | www.inglisacademy.com
With a few gesture marks and some contour lines we have really captured the essence of this complex pose.

Figure Drawing 101 at Inglis Academy | www.inglisacademy.com
Stick figures are developed into fully realised drawings, element by element. Here we are looking for contour and counterpoint.

Figure Drawing 101 at Inglis Academy | www.inglisacademy.com
Movement and balance captured with simple gesture marks.

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