Learn to draw the human form ~ Art course Feb 11 – 15

Contributor:  Francisco J. Ureña Duarte

Ever thought of drawing? For people interested in learning or bettering their abilities on drawing Human Figures, there will be an Art Drawing Workshop: 1-2-3 of the Human Figure held Feb. 11 – 15 at the Superior Technological Institute of Puerto Peñasco (ITSPP) that is open to the public. The courses will be held in both English and Spanish session of groups of up to 25 people.  The Spanish session is to take place from 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. and the English session from 5 p.m.  – 7:30 p.m. Cost: 500 pesos/person. Ages 16 and up.

Please contact Francisco Ureña Duarte for more information and to register: urena.francisco@beisfan.com

Art Instructor

Francisco Ureña Luna started drawing when he was five years old. His father, Justino Marcelo, was working for El Universal, Novedades and La Prensa newspapers in Mexico City. Justino was an active designer for advertising and also illustrated comics.  Little Paco´s dream was to become a great comic illustrator, as his father was; so when Paco was 12, Justino Marcelo asked three of his comic artists friends to make some room for Paco in their studios, which they did.  When Young Paco was 17, he participated as a comic artist for one of his teachers. He traced and did the inking for many pages of comics adventures, but was not authorized to manage the star hero.

In May, 1957, Paco´s family moved to Hermosillo, Sonora. Dad Justino Marcelo Ureña and Francisco were hired by José Alberto Healy, Director of El Imparcial newspaper. There, father and son became important people for the paper´s income basic in advertising sales.  Two years later, Paco was the only designer as his father began to work for Chanel 6, the new TV station. Meanwhile, Paco kept drawing ads and political cartoons for the newspaper.

Don Paco Ureña Luna —now 74—has inked possibly more than 35 thousand paper sheets in his life.

Content Themes:
First Session, Monday Feb. 11:
a. Conference: How Drawing Art was born and its fast evolution; practical uses in times of the first human tribes. How it became a communication media. How was it used for teaching and as a learning tool.
b. Our first steps on drawing the Human Figure.

Second Session, Tuesday Feb. 12:
a. In this second session we will put some flesh over the sketched skeleton subject. Now our skeletons will receive muscles over the bones and the skin over the muscles. We will also include some small lines to add eyes and eyebrows, mouths and ears, as well as other parts.

Third Session, Wednesday Feb. 13:
Now we will refine some details over the face. Sharpen your pencils. Erase the small details of yesterday and try to copy the substitute drawing that I will sketch for you. With a little effort you will see how better the face of your subject looks.

Fourth Session, Thursday Feb. 14:
Now we will study several aspects to have a better subject. You will draw close details of the eyes and eyebrows, nose, mouth, lips, chin, ears, hair, etc. We will include some expressions and facial details. Your drawing will be almost alive. But please: you have to remember that you must practice every day at home for no less of 1 hour.

Fifth Session, Friday Feb. 15:
Starting human figures in action. I believe this is one of the most thrilling chapters for drawing a subject. You will learn to move your hand in an easy way. Our draw is not rigid anymore. He will walk, jump, play and maybe even fight!

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