Jake Spicer figure drawing

Love Drawing Podcast 13 – Interview with Jake Spicer

In July I had the opportunity to attend Skip Gallery (see the article here). At that event, I got the chance to interview a very thoughtful and passionate life drawing teacher – Jake Spicer. Jake Spicer runs life drawing sessions around the UK, with his regular class being Brighton Drawing (@brightondrawing on Instagram). You may have […]

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Love Drawing Podcast 12: Materials for life drawing

This episode is all about drawing materials and their use in life drawing. We tackle two main questions: what materials are best for people just starting life drawing? what materials are good when you feel ready to branch out into new materials, and what are the things to keep in mind when branching out? We’ll […]

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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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Equipment and Materials

Our guide to equipment, kit, paraphernalia, gear, bits and pieces Mayko and I talked through the best equipment for a budding life drawing artist. Different materials and tools will work for different artists, and a process of trial and error will be needed for everyone. However, we did figure out some important things to consider and some top […]

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Use of colour example

How to introduce colour to your life drawings

As you can see from the variety of technical topics on this site, there’s a lot involved with just drawing a figure, so why add another dimension to an already complex mix? Indeed many artists continue to focus on monochrome drawing and can continue to find new depths with one colour. However, as you can […]

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Pastels (video)

Characteristics: rich and pleasant colour, difficult to handle sometimes – especially soft pastels, cannot be erased easily. Who should use it? It’s not an easy medium to handle at first. Practise and a bit of determination are needed to master pastels, but they’re well worth the investment. Copying the pastel work by masters such as […]

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The most important thing to keep in mind when learning life drawing

  Before going into anatomy or perspective, it’s really important to understand something that many of the best artists emphasise repeatedly. There isn’t a ‘correct’ approach to life drawing. Everyone has their own style, and that style will itself constantly evolve. You are doing things right when you are having fun and feel satisfied that […]

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