Creative Figure Drawing: Gestures and Colour with Justin Ogilvie

Soft Pastel, Conte, and Charcoal




FREE per person


1h 30min

About This Experience

In this demonstration, Vancouver artist and educator Justin Ogilvie shows how to apply creative approaches to drawing the figure & portrait in soft pastel, Conte, and charcoal.

While working from photographs of the nude model, Ogilvie first constructs the human form using traditional drawing techniques of proportion, gesture, volume and basic human anatomy.  Once the form is established, various contemporary techniques will be used to colour the figure in realistic and artificial skin tones and animate the composition with a dynamic background.  Emphasis will be placed upon making each drawing ‘pop’ through expressive gesture, colour, and mark-making. 

Attendees of this demo will experience a sense of play, discovery, and creative flow in their figurative drawing!


Cartridge Paper (18" x 24") 1 pad of 40 sheets

Brown kraft paper (18" x 24") 1 pad of 40 sheets

Canson Mi-Teintes (19" x 25”): Tobacco, Bisque, Pearl, Felt Grey, 

‘Conte’ Sticks: Black (2B), White (2B), Grey, and Sanguine (1 of each)

‘Conte’ Pencils: Multiple colours

Soft Pastels

Charcoal Pencil : 2B, 4B or 6B soft

Compressed Charcoal Stick (‘General's): 2B, 4B or 6B soft



Blending: Blending stumps, leather chamois, toilet paper, paper towel, etc.

About Your Host

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Justin Ogilvie is a Vancouver based artist, educator and co-founder of ‘Canvas Method – Contemporary Atelier’, a local art school with in-person/ online classes and mentoring programs for aspiring artists. Ogilvie’s painting practice examines various rifts between traditional and contemporary modes of painting, weaving together pictorial explorations that hover between figuration & abstraction. He received an MFA from the University of Alberta and a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. A devoted instructor since 2000, Ogilvie teaches privately and publicly (Emily Carr, University of Alberta, Red Deer College, Vancouver Film School). Ogilvie exhibits nationally and internationally within the commercial, municipal, and artist-run-centre galleries, is part of private and public art collections, and is the recipient of numerous awards.

Instagram: justin_ogilvie