Standing man - 4 quick sketches

The Importance of Practising Quick Drawing

Most life drawing sessions include quick drawings between 1 and 5 minutes, and most teachers highly recommend regularly drawing quick poses. If you’re drawing from photo references, the website quickposes.com allows a maximum of 2 minutes per pose. So why is it useful and important? Mayko and I talked it through and here’s what we came up […]

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Lovedrawing Podcast 10: The Old Masters

By popular demand, we decided to focus our tenth episode on the old masters. Why are the old masters so revered, even in this day and age? Is there still a lot to learn from the old masters? How can we learn from them? We discuss all these topics and more – I hope you […]

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Adventures with Acrylic

By Mayko Oil and egg-tempera have been my main media for painting, along with occasional dabblings with watercolour. For drawing, I regularly use pastel and colour pencils. I have branched out into Photoshop and other digital media too. However, I have always stayed away from acrylic, convinced that it’s not for me. I tried acrylic […]

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Featured interview with Mayko

Our friends at PortPrep – the portfolio preparation experts – have a featured interview on their site with our very own Mayko: http://portprep.com/wp/2014/05/artist-spotlight-interview-mayko-fry/ She talks through her early experiences as an artist and the role of formal study, college and life drawing in an artist’s development. Have a look and let us know what you […]

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Creating an imagined scene from a life drawing

Although drawing and painting are generally treated as separate activities and distinct skillsets, I personally think they are simply variations of the same thing. You can bring in some paints and brushes to a life drawing class, if the venue has a sink, and do life drawing as usual using paint. A more important distinction […]

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New Year’s Resolution 2014: Draw Like You Want To

My brother, who successfully became a professional concept artist and now an art director at a big games studio, is often asked ‘what’s the secret to becoming a successful artist’. His answer boiled down to ‘lock yourself in a room for years practising 8-12 hours a day and you might become good enough’. Ouch! Now, […]

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Drawings from your fellow students 4

My wife and I recently visited the legendary Académie de la Grande Chaumière life drawing session in Paris. Rather than the tea and biscuits we get here in the UK, they had wine and cheese – stereotypes are strong at life drawing session breaks. They also had some excellent artists: Back in London at the Holborn […]

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