Figure Drawing & Character Design
7 Tuesday Evening Classes:
Dates: January 16 - February 27
Time: Tuesdays 6-8pm
Explore realistic and imaginative drawing styles while using mediums from graphite, charcoal, and conte, to soft coloured pencils and artist’s quality markers. This workshop series is ideal for developing skills and building a dynamic portfolio. Ashley will work with each student at their skill level and help them to grow their unique style while using the elements and principles of art and design. This series will focus on various subjects including animals, portraits, figure drawing /character design, and fantasy creatures.
During this course we will concentrate on building an understanding of anatomy and gesture. Students will have the opportunity to develop their unique character designs and strengthen colour and inking techniques.
All experience levels welcome.
Art Instructor Bio - Ashley Gaboury
Even before graduating with a BFA in Studio Arts in 2003 at The University of Lethbridge, Ashley Gaboury worked as an instructor at The Prairie Art Gallery in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Over the past fifteen years, she established herself as a 2-dimensional art instructor, while simultaneously developing as a professional artist. She exudes enthusiasm and passion about drawing and is continually pushing boundaries within her artwork. She creates in a myriad of mediums including watercolour pencils, alcohol-based markers, and acrylics.
The bulk of her work has spiritual undertones, often playing with the dualism of light and dark, and the dichotomy of good and evil.
For the past few years her artwork has evolved to reflect the dramatic impact humans have had on our surroundings, specifically, the domestication of Canis Lupus (wolves) into Canis Lupus Familiars (dogs). In order to better understand the instinctive behaviour patterns of dogs and wolves, she began a comprehensive study and collaboration with The Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary in Cochrane, Alberta. She creates drawings using watercolour pencil on canvas, with the intention of capturing their instinctual nature, curiosity, and stoicism. She sells fine art prints to raise funds and awareness for the sanctuary.
Ashley Gaboury - Artist Website
Supply List (PDF download)
- 8.5” x 11" or larger sketchbook 70lb or more
- 4 sheets grey toned paper 9” x 12” or larger
- Set of artist's quality drawing pencils (6 – 12 set)
- .01 or.03 Permanent pen black
- Brush nib pen - black (Copic or Faber-Castell)
- Charcoal pencil 2B
- White conte or white chalk pencil
- Blending stomp (small)
- Kneaded eraser
- White eraser
- Click eraser (small)
- Ruler 12"
- White gel pen
- Brick White or Warm Gray 1 Copic marker
- 12 – 24 Artist’s quality soft colored pencils (Faber-Castell or Lyra preferred)
- *10 – 12 Artist’s quality markers (Prismacolor or Copic)
- *9” x 12” Marker paper pad (Strathmore Kids pad preferred)
- Register Online
- In store: 7160 Fisher Street S.E. Calgary, AB
- By Phone: (403) 258-3500
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org