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    We believe life drawing should be fun, accessible and expressive. Here you'll find simple & concise tutorials & courses on life drawing techniques and mindset, a free reference library to practise with and a welcoming community, plus a newsletter with extra tips. Welcome!

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How to learn anatomy - 5 DOs and DON'Ts

  DO #1: Do understand the role that anatomy is going to play in your figure drawings It’s not just […]

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Rewire your brain to master art - Four Steps

  Something that never ceases to amaze me about learning art skills is how long it takes between understanding the […]

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Popular but bad SHADING advice

  “Ok so here’s how you shade, you get the blending stump and you carefully smoosh the tones around and […]

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The 10 Stages of Learning Any Art Skill

Even though learning to draw and paint is one of life’s great joys, you’ll notice that most of the stages […]

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Popular but BAD drawing advice - top 3

  This article isn’t about advice that’s obviously wrong and really easy to avoid, like to draw a hand just […]

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7 tools to give WEIGHT to your figures

  You only realise how important these topics are when you’ve been practising and you’re serious about it. So you […]

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LEARNING & MINDSET

LEARNING & MINDSET

In this series, we learn about the mindset needed to succeed learning life drawing and cover various topics about the learning process itself.

GESTURE SERIES

GESTURE SERIES

A short series of tutorials designed to help you achieve loose and expressive gestural drawings, including technique, mindset and exercises.

BEGINNER COURSE

BEGINNER COURSE

A 10 lesson series designed to help beginners get to grips with the most important life drawing skills, keeping it all simple and doable

ARTIST EYE TRAINING

ARTIST EYE TRAINING

Learn ways to see the world with an artist's eye. We look at principles of perspective and light during daily life

AREAS OF THE FIGURE

AREAS OF THE FIGURE

In this series, we go in-depth on how to draw specific parts of the body. You'll learn how to draw shoulders, necks and so on.

MATERIALS

MATERIALS

In these tutorials, we look at how to choose the best drawing material for you

DRAWING HAIR

DRAWING HAIR

In this series, we learn to draw hair which will transform your portraits. It's a simple step by step process

ARTIST ANALYSIS

ARTIST ANALYSIS

Here we analyse great artwork from our favourite artists to understand why the drawings and paintings work so well

FIGUARY CHALLENGE 2019

FIGUARY CHALLENGE 2019

Figuary is a month of figure drawing lessons and practice sessions. Take the challenge and transform your life drawings!

FORESHORTENING

FORESHORTENING

Foreshortening is tricky at first, this 3-part series will help make it simpler for you. We cover the techniques, exercises and principles.

DRAWING FACES

DRAWING FACES

This short series of tutorials is about drawing faces

DRAW ALONG PRACTICE

DRAW ALONG PRACTICE

In these we show reference photos and draw them, and narrate the process and you can draw along with us.

PODCASTS

PODCASTS

We used to do podcasts and you can still hear them here. We talk about all sorts of life drawing topics.

HATCHING TECHNIQUE

HATCHING TECHNIQUE

These posts are about hatching technique, crosshatching, contour hatching, parallel hatching and other forms of hatched shading.

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