Learning to draw is a process that looks different to everyone. Below are the stories of students we have worked with at Love Life Drawing
Rogelio was very new to drawing and did not have a background in the arts. Since going through the Life Drawing Simplified Course, Rogelio has remained a hard working and dedicated student whose work continues to go from strength to strength. Well done Rogelio!
I had no artistic experience going into the program and it gave me the tools to even begin learning. Every day during and after finishing the course I spent about 5-15 minutes drawing poses with the method you showed us, that alone took me pretty far.
Being able to reduce figures to simple objects and manipulate them in my mind in order to draw 3D objects on a 2D surface, instead of just drawing contours
I used to draw really quickly and try to put a bunch of lines down until I found the right one but this made my drawing look kind of noisy. Now I’m trying to take more time thinking about the mark before I make it.
Scott studied with us on our Life Drawing Simplified course in mid-2021. After the course, Scott kept on working hard and practicing and then joined our Study Group when it opened. It has been so fun to work with Scott and see the incredible transformation in his drawings.
l began with the ‘Life Drawing Simplified’ course through which I had my first breakthrough quite early where I grasped the simplified shapes and lines of the basic human form. My second breakthrough came about while studying as part of the Love Life Drawing Study group in which the simplification of form, gesture and values all began to make good sense in theory and practice.
Without Love Life Drawing, I would not be where I am today and I owe a big thank you to Kenzo, the LLD team, and the wonderful community with which I have grown and seen so many others make bounding improvements. The vast impact LLD has had on my artistic journey is profound being my launch pad into the world I had so admiringly wanted to be a part. Not only have I seen improvement in my own personal studies, it has also transferred into my professional work too.
Learning life drawing has been a great journey and one that has been filled with many moments of frustration and then triumph. Through these moments, I can see times where my confidence has grown whether it be in approaching unknown territories for the first time, such as dynamic poses, foreshortening, or even learning from master studies. I have always struggled with the voice of doubt, however, I now have the confidence to take on the challenges within life drawing and enjoy the process.
Makar studied with us on the Life Drawing Simplified Course, and the improvement to his drawings speak for themselves. Well done Makar!
It helped me to be more confident now when I approach a drawing. I’ve noticed improvements in my construction and form relations to each other. My foreshortened drawings are not nearly as frustrating. Simple poses that would take almost an hour before are closer to 10-15 minute drawings now.
I have started being more observant of not just “the world around you”, but people in general. All that information that your brain just mashes into the person you see standing in front of you every day was getting broken down into the planes and simple forms I was seeing in the course. It really helped me get past the misshapen figures and forms I was putting on paper before.
It was great to hear from an accomplished artist in a more candid setting how to approach the process. In many ways, I’ve always felt I need to copy every detail, every shadow, every outline to match what I was seeing (I still do this to an extent), but hearing “that’s not necessary, look at how I do it, or the process of this other famous artist” really helped me overcome some of those mental roadblocks.
Sandhya discovered Love Life Drawing through our Youtube channel in 2019. Since then, Sandhya has studied with us on the Life Drawing Simplified Course in 2021, and continued learning with us in the Study Group. Sandhya’s drawings continue to go from strength to strength and she’s developing her own expressive mark making style – well done Sandhya!
I had never done life drawing before and you and Mayko together opened the door to a fascinating world for me. That was a turning point for me. It was because of you that I started drawing again in a consistent manner.
The journey with you has been so rewarding for me. It is through you that I began to understand the basic foundations of drawing and slowly and steadily I could perceive progress in my work. I know I have a very long way to go but every bit of this journey has been enjoyable for me.
The turning point in my practice in the last two years has definitely been the decision to join your Study Group. This gave me much more focus and direction. Revisiting and learning in detail the fundamental aspects like simple forms, light and shadow, gesture have given me much clarity. The anatomy lessons are super useful. Drawing has become much more of a comprehensive process for me now since I have learned to take into consideration simple forms, shadow shapes, contour lines, anatomical landmarks etc. I had no idea of these concepts before meeting you. So discovering Love Life Drawing was indeed the turning point in my artistic journey. I cannot thank you enough for that.
Bonnie studied with us on the Fresh Eyes Challenge before continuing her studies with the Life Drawing Simplified course in 2022. Bonnie’s work has gone from strength to strength and her dedication to learning really shines through her drawings – well done Bonnie!
I was feeling very discouraged with my figure drawing before I discovered Love Life Drawing. I was practicing regularly but my work was inconsistent at best. Kenzo gives clear, practical instruction, but even more importantly, offers encouragement and support around the sometimes arduous and frustrating process of growing one’s life drawing skills. I started to see my work improve and became more patient and less critical of myself as an artist.
It turns out there was a lot I didn’t know that I didn’t know! I see the figure more clearly now. I understand the underlying structure, what moves, what doesn’t and how parts connect. I can identify landmarks that help me simplify complicated poses. Each lesson is layered upon the previous one which creates a path for gaining skills and proficiency. I draw with more competence and confidence now.
Carrie completed the Fresh Eyes Challenge in 2022 and since then has gone on to work with us in the Study Group. Carrie has been a pleasure to work with and her dedication to learning really shines through in her drawings – well done Carrie!
Tackling the Fresh Eyes Challenge gave me the tools to approach life drawing from a much more structured approach. Previously, I would simply try to draw what I thought I saw, but with no real understanding of the underlying anatomy, and any anatomy studies I had done were disconnected from the figure drawing itself, so I never really saw much improvement. Learning to think of the body as connected parts, and how they related to each other, along with the information being presented in an easy-to-understand way has meant that my ability to draw figures, even from the imagination, has come on leaps and bounds since being a part of Love Life Drawing.
I’m much more positive about my drawing ability since starting the course, and I’m now very excited to see how much further I can push my skills after seeing a good improvement in a relatively short amount of time. I used to struggle a lot with proportions and drawing poses that felt natural and not stiff. I would often put off starting a drawing because I anticipated it to be bad, but now I have a lot more confidence that even if it’s not correct, I have a better eye to be able to fix it.
Over the past few years I’ve become more involved with art communities online in general. Seeing other people’s work that I aspire to has been incredible motivation for pushing me to work on my own art skills. I’m also much less precious over my own art than I used to be. Quantity over quality is definitely key to improvement, and I no longer strive for everything I draw to be “perfect”. As long as I learn something new from each piece that I work on then I consider that successful.