Day 1: Intro and Mindset

Hi and welcome to Figuary! Every day we are going to post a video and an article with guidance about figure drawing and Croquis Cafe will post a practice session – life models posing for you to draw. We’re hoping you’ll watch our video/read the article everyday and then do some practise at Croquis Cafe. […]

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Day 2: Angles & the Story of the Pose

I love the analogy of drawing to story-telling. Lets think of drawing a figure like making a movie about a true story.  It needs a coherent plot. That’s the structure of your drawing – the proportions and the volumes. These are the things that help you understand what’s happening.  The story needs emotional threads that […]

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Day 3: Angles! The 3 torso lines

On day 2 we talked about the story of the pose, today we’ll get more specific. Often the core of the story can be found in how the shoulders and the ribcage mass relate to the pelvis. However you draw, it’s going to be useful to ensure you get the angles of the shoulder line, […]

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Day 4: The squashy, folding, stretching middle

We talked about the story of the pose and how it’s really useful to observe the curve of the torso centre line or spine and the angle of the shoulders against the angle of the pelvis. To continue that idea let’s look at the sides – the outlines on each side of the torso. So […]

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Day 5: Torso / spine line – distance to each side

We’ve talked about looking for just the top 0.1% of the information in the pose and filtering out the rest, looking for the important curves and angles that define the torso. Now we’ll take a look at what people often tend to reduce and lose that dynamic look of the pose. When looking at the […]

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Day 6: Wilder stories

So we looked at some fairly standard stories in these poses – the curve of the torso centre line, the fold in the torso and that sort of thing. These are fantastic places to start and almost always yield something interesting. But the story is whatever you see. It doesn’t have to the be those […]

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Day 8: Unusual angles and tricky poses

So we are going to be looking at values, or the light and dark in the pose and shading, this week. But before that, I wanted to address something we didn’t cover last week. A lot of what we looked at worked great when you could see the torso clearly, especially upright poses. What about […]

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Day 9: The corners that explain the form

In the first week, we focused on the story of the pose, the top 0.1% of information in the pose that we wanted to capture. This week we are going to find the top 0.1% of information in the light and dark. In Croquis Cafe sessions, we are mostly doing quick drawings, so there may […]

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Day 10: Learning to simplify values

 We looked at how important the big, simple shapes of the shadow and light are to the drawing, but you may be struggling to see the simplified tonal shapes on the figures and faces you’re drawing. Don’t worry, it’s a skill you develop with practice. The first thing is to realise how much you […]

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