Folk art, by Giulio Porta

Folk art, like primitive art, is a world wide phenomenon. Even though folk art is usually associated with artists that did not have formal training, its popularity has influenced many, including highly educated people, who for a number of reason enjoy working in that style.


 thumbnail sketch, by Giulio Porta, ball point pen and acrylic wash.

The two drawing here above hope to demonstrate two things, one: drawing should be editable. two: folk art is about style, and story telling, not just about drawing country folks of a by gone era. But if you don't feel strongly about your style don't worry about it, this course focuses mainly on the drawing of the human figure. To make changes you'll need a media that can cover up areas, such as acrylic, gouache, tempera, latex, occasionally crayons, and water soluble marker. Petroleum based markers shouldn't be used because they are toxic and if used first they can't be covered up that well at all.

Drawing the complete figure

Always consider drawing complete figures rather than just heads. The drawing of a complete human figure will apply directly to the last 3 required drawings, the skeleton, muscles, and the complete figure. By doing so you'll learn more about the drawing of the human figure and human anatomy in general.

Issues like balance, gesture, expression, and rapport can be addressed more effectively when drawing the complete figure.


Dog Bite, by Giulio Porta, CG

Folk Art often seems to be the product of pure imagination, that is not always the case, some folk artist have taken art lesson, and they do observe nature to a certain extend. Although simplified design elements leading toward abstraction seem to be preferred.


Folk art in most cases tells a story or speaks about something, and that is what you should try to do, open the newspaper and see what you can find in terms of a story, anything goes. Just keep the background simple. Emphasis should be given to the figure.

"Apple Farmer", Giulio Porta 2012, CG

Parson Weem's Fable, remake by Giulio Porta 2008