Online Advanced Life Drawing Course course at Sessions College

Online Advanced Life Drawing Course

1.5 credits

ILL 212: Life Drawing II

Tackle advanced topics in life drawing

Life drawing is an endless, fascinating challenge for an artist. In this online advanced life drawing course, you'll learn how to observe and capture the clothed human figure and explore basic techniques for all figure drawings. Working with a trained illustrator, you'll learn essential concepts in form, structure, and motion as you address subjects that interest and engage you. Discover the seven functions of the line, constructing scenes, and incorporating color.

Student work by Eladia Laines

Course At A Glance

Course Features

  • 100% online
  • Project-based
  • Instructor-led
  • Credit-bearing: 1.5 Credits
  • Classes start January, April, and August


The course is taught by the following instructor(s):

Course developed by: Lyndsey Lesh

Take this course as a standalone or as part of the following program(s):

Course Projects

    1. This Line is Yours

      The course begins with a profound concept. We will explore an illustrator's authentic line, with reference to Andrew Loomis's seven functions of the line. We'll look at examples of line functions in figure illustrations and practice imitating lines. We'll also open up the conversation of personal branding for an artist or illustrator.

    2. Composing Scenery

      In Lecture Two, we're going to discuss the importance of scenes, learn two composition and process techniques that help you build interesting scenes, and examine some examples of great scenery. As we go, you'll continue to hone in on your personal style.

    3. Coloring to Life

      When we first study drawing formally, it's all about the black and white. A pencil line, a blank piece of paper. But there's a reason for the phrase "in living color." Now we'll look at making your work live vibrantly with color. When used well, color can be seen as a recognizable trait or calling card for an illustrator's body of work.

Sample Student Work

Heather Dunlap illustration by Heather Dunlap

Course Outcomes

What Are The Course Projects?

Intermediate life drawing studies explore the question of personal style, environmental drawing, and the application of color.

What Software or Supplies Do I Need?
  • Computer with Internet connection.
  • Access to a digital camera or scanner.
  • Drawing materials including pencil, paper, charcoal and easel (full guidelines provided in the course.)
  • Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Basic experience in the above software.
What Will I Learn?

Students in this course can expect to learn to:

  • Develop an understanding of the terms of advanced line drawing.
  • Understand the significance of an illustrator's authentic line and Andrew Loomis's seven functions of the line.
  • Practice line functions and techniques through imitation activities.
  • Apply practical fundamentals for personal branding.
  • Use constructive lines in life drawings.
  • Use formal and informal subdivision grids for illustrated scenery compositions.
  • Explore strategies for self-branding online and learn about the importance of protecting your creative rights.
  • Make effective grayscale sketches and practice grayscale sketch strategies.
  • Develop a personal minimal color palette.
  • Research illustrators with unique styles and match specific illustrations to specific line functions.
  • Create spot illustration portraits, black and white still lives, and scenes from life of figures that incorporate imagination.
  • Stage a creative scene made up of everyday objects in your home and two to three real life figure models, and draw a final full color scene that demonstrates creative vision.

Getting Started

Course Registration

  • Classes start January, April, and August
  • 1.5 Credit Course
  • Project-Based: Exercises, Discussions, and Critiques

Course Tuition and Fees
Registration Fee* $200
Total Course Price $965

Registration fees are nonrefundable after 5 days from enrollment. All tuition includes a digital materials fee for course content.

Course Registration Form

To register for this course, use the form below to enter your information and desired start date. An Admissions Advisor will contact you to arrange payment and provide you with an Enrollment Agreement.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


What Are The Courses Like?

Our courses are project-based. In each course you’ll enjoy a series of lectures, projects, discussions, and critiques designed to stretch your creative skills, earning college credit for your completed course.

How Much Time Do I Need?

Classes start January, April, and August, and this course can be completed as part of a 15-week term in 8 weeks. College credit from this course can be applied to a range of degree and certificate level programs at Sessions College.

Who Are The Instructors?

Our courses are developed and taught by our faculty of professional artists, designers, and photographers. This means that you’ll learn in-demand skills, get feedback on your work, and build a portfolio of creative work.

Is Sessions College accredited?

Yes. Since 2001, Sessions College has been accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).