You are your own art teacher. Are you a good one?

I’ve had that deep desire to create artwork my whole life. But it’s been so difficult, especially drawing people. This whole channel is designed to help with that if you feel that too. I used to just love drawing as a kid. I drew this comic, with the x-men plus not one but two new […]

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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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Portraits: the ultimate challenge

Portraiture is an artform of endless possibilities. Drawing is very expressive, and faces are arguably the most expressive thing that we see. So it’s no wonder that portraits, in all their myriad forms, are one of the most captivating types of art. But holy cow are they difficult! Drawing a face that looks halfway human […]

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Drawings from your fellow life drawing students

This was a great year of art for the life drawing class at ULU. Lots of great pictures and lots of improvement among the students, which is perhaps the most exciting thing. Mod White produces fascinating drawings on a consistent basis, and seems to ever up her game. Her 2 minute sketches were astonishing as […]

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Charcoal woman standing

Student blog 6: failing – learning – improving

Since we started lovelifedrawing.com, I’ve been paying much more attention to my own life drawing technique and process with which I’m learning. This has made me realise just how important technical skills are. The techniques themselves may seem like boring details sometimes, but they help you to get your vision onto the page, and there’s nothing boring about […]

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More great pictures from fellow life drawing lovers

Simon Tolhurst is the life drawing teacher at ULU Art Society’s weekly life drawing session. He’s an excellent artist and teacher. Today Simon and I recorded a podcast. He is super articulate about life drawing, and he provided a lot of fantastic information and insights about life drawing during the  interview. It will be up […]

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