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Figurative Illustration Workshop Presents



2-Day Workshop at platform studios
April 21-22, 2018

E. M. Gist specializes in teaching a method of drawing called the “Reilly Method”, credited to Frank Reilly at the Art Students League of New York in the mid-20th century.  It is a constructive methodology based on a system of rhythms and comparative measurement.  The Reilly Method has it’s basis in the French academic tradition, but is also well suited to more gestural work. 


Why take this class?

This workshop is great for anyone looking to take advantage of an instructor with 20 years of experience in teaching art, and life drawing in particular.  Whether you are a novice artist looking to learn more about academic drawing, or an experienced professional who wishes to improve their speed and efficiency, this is a wonderful opportunity.  The approach to figure drawing taught by E. M. Gist has been shown to be very successful in nearly every field of representational art over the last 80 years.


Platform Studios

Platform Studios; 1821 W. Hubbard Street, Suite 304, Chicago, IL 60622

Free lot and street parking available.

Saturday and Sunday April 21-22, 2018

10AM - 5PM

Required Supplies

  • Smooth newsprint
  • Charcoal pencils (Conté 1710 B, Wolff's carbon 4B)
  • Sanding pad
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Drawing board (the studio has a limited supply available)
  • Razor blades (not x-acto knife)

E. M. Gist

E. M. Gist received his B.A. from SDSU in 1998. He is a lead instructors at Watts Atelier of the Arts. Gist began his career as a professional artist in 1998, working in video games. Erik’s clients include Dark Horse Comics, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Disney Entertainment, TOR Publishing, Wizards of the Coast, Upperdeck, Boom! Studios, Palladium Books, Blizzard Entertainment, Viking Childrens Books, Monkey Brain Books, Quart Publishing, and Chiat-Day. His work can be seen in Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, and Aphrodisia: Art of the Female Form Volume 1. Erik has been a finalist for the Illie Award, Chesley Award, Rondo Award, Pulp Ark Award, and he won the Horror Comics Award for best cover in 2012. Recently you can see his work on the covers of AvP: Fire & Stone, Disney Kingdom's Haunted Mansion, and The Strain comic series, and Magic the Gathering as well as many other publications

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The workshop has limited spaces available.


2 day workshop with Erik Gist. April 21-22, 2018.

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