Video: How to make life drawing simple
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Is this you?
“There are so many skillsets within figure drawing and they are each really hard to learn!”
Gesture, proportions, anatomy, construction – you could study any of these for years on end. Fortunately, you don’t need to master these subjects in their entirety to draw figures beautifully. In fact, you just need to learn the most important 20% of each skillset, and then combine them together.
“Some artists make it look easy, but when I do it, it doesn’t work like that!”
Those experts are not special talents. They are people that have done the exercises that give them the basics of each skillset. These basics create a powerful drawing ability which is easy to build onto. Until those basics are built, it’s counterproductive to try to learn more advanced things, so the key to success is to focus.
Learn to simplify figure drawing dramatically
6 weeks of learning and fun together
What if all you needed to focus on was the simplest and most effective parts of gesture, anatomy, observational skills and construction? Rather than being overwhelmed by all the skills you have to learn, it all becomes straight forward and doable. The best part is, each one starts to help you learn the other ones.
Across 12 lessons, we will master the 20% of anatomy that gives you enough knowledge to do simple construction exercises which then help you to only ever need the simplest observational skills. By mastering the simplest aspects of each skill, we create a powerful combination.
Kenzo & MaykoYour Instructors
We love life drawing, but more importantly we love helping people become good at life drawing. It's been amazing to help tens of thousands of people navigate the tricky path to beautiful figure drawings through Love Life Drawing and Figuary. This programme is our chance to work more closely with a smaller group of people.
The lessons are interactive – you will be drawing as you take in the information. This way your eyes and arms learn the information, not just your brain!
We will gradually build our ability to simplify the figure starting with the torso and eventually covering the whole figure. While we explain and demonstrate all this, at each stage you will be given time to do it yourself. These lessons will be around 30-40 minutes including time for you to draw.
12 Practice Sessions
Each lesson is accompanied by a carefully designed practice session. We will provide a set of poses to draw and depending on what we’re working on, annotations and guidelines on the references to help you see if you’re drawing the right things for the exercise, and examples to help you complete the practice successfully.
Live feedback sessions
Sometimes drawings are a struggle and you’re not sure why. This is where feedback can be so valuable. I will select drawings from the community that we can all learn from and we will discuss what is working well and what could be better. I’ll answer questions and address any confusion. Last year, some students told me the group feedback videos were as useful as the lessons. The sessions will be recorded for anyone that can’t make them. (The live sessions are available to those that sign up for the ‘Feedback’ tier.)
This will be one of the most valuable and fun aspects to this course. Whether you’d like to share your drawings or not, seeing the community posts and feedback on people’s drawings is really useful. You can also ask questions, talk about drawing topics and get clarification about anything that is confusing you. (The community is available to those that sign up for the ‘Feedback’ tier.)
What past students have said
Carefully combining the most important 20% of construction, anatomy, observation and gesture has had a huge positive impact on my figure drawing ability and confidence. No other figure drawing course has such intelligent delivery of content to maximize learning potential.
I really love this course and can see that I have made great progress if I compare with my previous life drawings... Thank you for a fantastic course.
This course was worth every penny and more. Your crystal clear lessons on the body's proportions, anatomical landmarks, the volume of the body and its planes (perspective) have been like a revelation, and your considerate and concise way of giving critique egged me on to work really hard, giving me the confidence I didn't have before.
The skills you'll build
The keyword is SIMPLIFICATION
We will start by building up our skills to cover:
- The essential anatomical forms
- The simplest constructions
- The most powerful and easiest observational skills
We will apply these first to the torso, then shoulders and thighs (i.e. attaching the limbs), the head and neck and then the limbs themselves. Through this practice of the most important and simplest aspects to figure drawing, we will develop confidence. Confidence combined with simplification will lead us nicely onto developing our gestural skills further.
Mary had done various workshops and courses before, but was still unsure when faced with a figure to draw. She came in with an amazing learner’s mindset and really applied herself, and I was so impressed with the transformation in her drawings, which you can see below.
Who the program is for
- If you love life drawing but you struggle with establishing the gesture and simple forms first time.
- If you are willing to put in practice time into mastering the most fundamental skills.
- If you have seen our tutorials on YouTube or on this website and found the content has helped you, you will love this programme.
- If you want to know how to approach each area of the figure, this is for you.
Who it’s not for
- If you are an advanced artist who can confidently and quickly establish the gesture and forms of the figure, it may be too basic for you.
- If you are looking for ‘secrets’ that just by knowing them will transform your drawings, this course is not for you. It only works if you do the practice.
- If you want a comprehensive anatomy course, this is not it. We will cover basic anatomy where it is useful for our observational skills.
- We ask that only people aged 18 and over sign up for the course.
1. PRE-COURSE FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS MINI SERIES
Foundational skills are about being able to roughly draw what you’re seeing. If you can match the major lengths, angles and shapes that you’re looking at on paper, you are in a good position to start learning to simplify what you see and be creative with it.
Before the course starts, I will provide a self-assessment video lesson from our previous course, Foundational Skills. During this session, you will find out if you have any tendencies in proportions that need fixing.
I will also provide two additional lessons from Foundational Skills designed to build your observational skills and get basic proportions in place. This means you can start the course with confidence.
2. FINAL ASSIGNMENT
Once you have completed the 12 lessons and practice sessions, I will provide you with a final assignment which will bring together everything you have learned. I’ll guide you through a final figure drawing which will help you see how far you’ve come and what areas you still want to work on.
3. PAST FEEDBACK SESSIONS
You will be able to watch the feedback sessions I have run in the past for each week of the program. You will see the common struggles that people have had with each skill and how a simple fix made all the difference. There is so much to learn from seeing the feedback given to fellow artists.
4. FULL LENGTH PASTEL DEMOS
If you’ve seen our videos and website, then you’ve undoubtedly seen the wonderful pastel figure drawings Mayko produces. They are full of life and colour.
What I love about her drawings is that even though they are longer drawings (around 30-45 minutes) she keeps them as vibrant and energetic as a quick gesture. Not many artists have that ability.
After the program you’ll receive access to 3 pastel full length demonstrations by her (2 figures and 1 portrait) and a trois crayons study which is a great way to start transitioning to colour. You’ll see her lay down her initial simple structure and then build her layers of colourful soft pastel on top, and you can draw along if you like.
How long will I have access to the program?
What if I am busy or have something scheduled?
You don’t have to do the programme in a particular timeframe. It’s structured as a 6 week program but since you’ll have lifetime access to the programme’s contents, you can do the lessons in your own time and according to your own schedule.
When does it start?
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