Learn to Draw Life Beautifully in 2015

Why should I take this course?

We are intimately familiar with the human form, which is why we are so fascinated by it and why it is so hard to draw. This is what makes life drawing so rewarding – it’s difficult but a well executed figure drawing or painting will captivate the viewer and be incredibly satisfying to the artist.

The learning process can be a struggle. Just practising without any technical knowhow will result in slow and frustrating progress. On the other hand, there is a lot of knowledge and technique out there, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the variety and complexity of things you are ‘supposed’ to learn. Anatomy, perspective, colours, use of different materials, line and tone technique – you could spend all your time learning about just one of these topics. Trying to learn all of them at once and then using them during a drawing feels like learning to juggle with 20 balls before you’ve learned to juggle with three.

In this course we successfully extracted only the most useful parts of each topic for life drawing, and take an approach focused on experimentation and selection of techniques. We have found ways to make the learning process quicker and more effective and therefore more fun. With this course, you will start to see consistent and noticeable improvement in your drawings towards the types of drawings that you’ve seen your favourite artists do.

What will the course teach me?

The aim of the course is to give you the foundation skills for life drawing in easy to follow bite-size lessons that you can do in your own time. Mayko, who provides all the information about life drawing technique in this course, has spent decades learning all the technical detail and has thoughtfully refined it into the most essential points.

by Mayko Fry, the brains behind the course

We will help you to capture the movement of the pose and get the positioning, proportions and perspective right. We’ll also show you how to create beautiful lines and tone using various materials like charcoal, pencils, pastels and oil paints. We will also provide you with personal feedback on your work when you email us pictures of your work.

The other essential ingredient to achieving beautiful figure drawings alongside this knowhow will be practice. That’s why we have a directory of life drawing sessions on this site, and we provide reference photos in the course to practise with when you can’t get to a class.

What exactly does the course include

The course is comprised of a series of written and video lessons on each of the topics in the list below. As you go through the materials, you can then email us your work or ask us specific questions and we will give you personal feedback and answers. You’ll also have the reference photos to practise with.

1 Introduction to the course

  • 1.1 A common drawing process
  • 1.2 The learning process
  • 1.3 Balancing ‘correctness’ and vibrance
  • 1.4 Understanding movement (with video)
  • 1.5 Start on an A2 scale with open posture
  • 1.6 The most important thing to keep in mind when learning life drawing

2 Marks on the page

  • 2.1 Pivot points in your hand and arm when drawing (with video)
  • 2.2 Tone technique (with video)
  • 2.3 A note on lines
  • 2.4 Approaches to tone (with video)

3. Positioning and proportions

  • 3.1 Composition and your vision for the drawing
  • 3.2 Don’t let your brain get in the way
  • 3.3 Measurement
  • 3.4 Alignment
  • 3.5 Negative space
  • 3.6 Simplifying the human form (with video)
  • 3.7 Introducing foreshortening and perspective (with video)

4. Practical Anatomy for life drawing

  • 4.1 The spine, the ribcage and the pelvic bone (with video)
  • 4.2 The neck (with video)
  • 4.3 The shoulders and arms (with video)
  • 4.4 The head itself (with video)
  • 4.5 The hands (with video)
  • 4.6 The legs and feet (with video)

5 Materials

  • 5.1 Charcoal (with video)
  • 5.2 Pastels (with video)
  • 5.3 Watercolours (with video)
  • 5.4 Graphite Pencil (with video)
  • 5.5 Oil paint (with video)
  • 5.6 Coloured pencils (with video)
  • 5.7 How to introduce colour to your life drawings

6 Tying it all together

  • 6.1 Methods of practising that will improve your figure drawings
  • 6.2 Methods of practising that will improve your life drawing part II
  • 6.3 Keeping your drawing muscles fit – how to stay disciplined
  • 6.4 Photos to draw from – male standing [CONTAINS NUDITY]
  • 6.5 Photos to draw from – male kneeling and sitting [CONTAINS NUDITY]
  • 6.6 Photos to draw from: female standing [CONTAINS NUDITY]
by Mayko Fry
by Mayko Fry

How much does the course cost?

The cost of full access to the online course content and one year of personal feedback on your work is £45. We noticed some students don’t make use of the personal feedback we include with the course and want access to the online lessons only, so you can also get membership without the personal feedback for £25.

What are other people saying about it?

Hi Kenzo, definitely like the course a lot. It’s very informative, and I really appreciate the specific and quick response on the critique forum. Being self taught and not having art teachers I find this to be a huge help, and can already see myself getting better and moving towards my goals. Thanks, your class is appreciated.  – Aidan

I am very much enjoying it! No problems at all with the website. Great information, good instruction. Thank you. – Patti

Finally, someone has provided a progression of how to move through the content in a seamless and engaging way which builds on previous information – what a relief. You have my gratitude! I have already applied the instruction from the Understanding Movement video in my life drawing session last night – it made an immediate difference in my gesture drawings and in the composition of an extremely foreshortened pose … Thanks for creating this wonderful place to learn. – Tess

Your  course is lovely, very comprehensive and well thought out – Felicity

Hi Kenzo

I’m finding the online course very useful particularly the blog, podcast and video sections and the artwork is inspiring. I am not a complete beginner and find the course a good way to pull together my other reading and work to date. A word of caution though – I think it could be misused as a procrastination tool!. It’s a great resource and am sure it will be a long term part of my artistic practice.

Thanks and regards, Barbara


by Mayko Fry
by Mayko Fry

Additional information

Is it set up so that you can access it any time from anywhere? Yes you can access it any time from anywhere with an internet connection.

Do you have to be at your computer at specific times? No, the course is comprised of articles, videos and reference photos that you go through in your own time, including various exercises. You can also email us your drawings or exercises and we will provide you with feedback. You’ll get this service for a period of one year after registering. We’ll aim to get the feedback to you within a week.

How long does the course run? You can go through it in your own time. Your access to the course will last for as long as this website exists (which hopefully will be forever!).

What if I sign up for the full course and don’t enjoy it? Then just let us know and we will give you your money back, guaranteed with no questions asked.

Is there a student discount? If you are a struggling student or artist – we know exactly what it’s like. Just email kenzo@lovelifedrawing.com and we’ll offer a student discount.

How much is the course in US dollars? Paypal will automatically convert from US dollars when you pay, so the amount in dollars would just depend on the exchange rate, which is about 165 USD for £100.

Is the payment secure? Yes, we use Stripe and PayPal to keep everything secure. You can pay with your credit or debit card or with a PayPal account.

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