Oliver Sin

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DATE: 12th September to 16th September 2022

TIME: From 9am to 4pm (Monday to Friday)

LOCATION: Madrid Academy of Art, Avd. Manoteras 38C Madrid 28050 Spain

Oliver Sin will be visiting Madrid Academy of Art next September 2022 on the week of the 12th to the 16th. His workshop, ‘Expressive Portrait Drawing workshop from live models’.

This workshop will teach you to make competent portrait drawings, step by step demonstrations will help to understand the structure of the face in terms of shapes, planes change, anatomy and value by using lines and value rendering.

Workshop Details

This five-day workshop will help you make competent drawings of portraits.  Whether you're a beginner or have some experience, this class will further your skills.  Step by step demonstrations by artist/author/instructor Oliver Sin will help you look closely and understand the structure of the face.  You will draw from the live models and learn the techniques of mastering expressive portraiture with different dry media. All levels welcome!


Material list

  • Extra Soft Vine Charcoal in 6mm
  • Willow charcoal in 6mm
  • 4B&6B charcoal pencil
  • White charcoal pencil
  • 18"x24" Strathmore 70lbs drawing paper medium surface
  • 18”x24” smooth newsprint
  • 2 sheet of 18”-24” toned paper
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Final fixative



Oliver Sin is an alumnus from Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA, with a BFA in Illustration. Right after he graduated in 1996, he started his art career as a computer game concept artist in LucasArts. Since 2001 until now, Oliver has returned to his own school to be an art professor for the School of Fine Arts and 2D Animation. Oliver has been so drawn to art even as a little boy, he once recalled that he has started drawing at the age of 3. Somehow, portraiture just seem to be his favorite form of expression which he constantly practice, not only as an art professor, but as a favorite hobby as well. Since 2011, Oliver has been lucky enough to come across a few distinguished contemporary artists as his mentors, ZhaoMing Wu, Henry Yan and Chung-Wei Chien. Their tireless guidance has urged him to put greater efforts in capturing fleeting human expressions and paying more attention to precise composition in figurative portraits.  Oliver’s first art book, “Drawing the Head for Artists” is scheduled for publication by Rockport publisher on August 6th in summer 2019.

Oliver has always been deeply inspired by a 20th Century master artist, Nicolai Fechin, Oliver employs his influence in creating sensitive, emotional and dramatic portraits in vine charcoal. To capture the insight and warmth of each subject, then transfer it from life to drawing paper is Oliver’s motivation.  To leave behind an essence of personality on drawing paper, along with intense personal feelings, is Oliver’s attempt to reveal his approach towards art and life.



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