In the Online icon Course, linking the history of the Church to the development of iconography, we have now started the second set of exercises based on the classical cultures which influenced icon painting. We are looking at A2 Ancient Greece and the art of brush drawing, with brush drawing exercises.
I cannot over-emphasise how important this often overlooked exercise is. Many students plunge into trying to paint perfect faces – which requires perfect brushstrokes – before they are comfortable with drawing with the brush. The Greeks were, and their icon painters still are, masters of brushwork par exellence.