The Gnomon Workshop

Figure Fundamentals Volume 1

Construction for Proportion and Gesture with Van Arno


Drawing the human figure is a pivotal skill for artists in a range of fields. Story boarding, concept art, illustration, and animation portfolios rise and fall on anatomical dynamics. Artists of all levels of ability draw the figure to engage the part of our brain that revels in dramatic tension. Often our efforts to draw accurately, however, are undercut by our preconceived ideas about how things should look in a "good drawing” as well as our fear of drawing poorly. A strong foundation in fundamentals allows us to quickly see the pose in its entirety. In this demonstration and lecture we will be conscious of the proportion and gesture of the figure from the first stroke of the pencil. Other topics include anatomy, drawing methodology, foreshortening, light and shadow. This is a boot camp for beginners while also a valuable refresher for experienced artists looking for new perspectives from an accomplished artist. Van Arno is known for the powerful dynamics of his figurative work and this title kick starts his figure drawing series.

Duration: 172 minutes

Format: HD 1920x1080

Van Arno


Van Arno is a Los Angeles based figurative painter whose work has been displayed in the U.S. and internationally for almost 20 years. Van's background includes illustration, amusement park design, game art in 2D and 3D, animation, and character design. His paintings have frequently been featured in Juxtapoz magazine and included in a national survey of Lowbrow painters. His ongoing fascination with the imagery of propaganda and its use of the heroic figure has attracted many admirers with Van's focus ultimately remaining on the figure and it's power to engage the viewer.

  • "Van Arno's art demonstrates an astonishing talent in depicting the human figure in every possible position aiming to a great emotional and expressive impact on viewers. His contorted and interlocked postures show an impressive knowledge of the figurative repertoire ranging from Hellenistic art through the mannerist artists to the best examples of today's comic books and illustrations. Arno is one of the most impressive manipulator of the human body I've ever seen in the painting field."

    - Nicola Verlato
    Visual Artist