Starting to use colour – video demonstration

This video/article is for anyone that would like to introduce colour to their figure drawings, but isn’t sure how to start. The video is probably better since it shows the demonstration, but we have also written out the tutorial with screenshots below. We grabbed a reference photo of a hand from the wonderful resource Croquis […]

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Love Drawing Podcast 17 – A matter of time

We discuss how to approach figure drawings of different lengths – quick 2 minute poses, 5 min, 10 min, 20 min and 45 minute poses. Each one allows you to focus on different elements of drawing. With less time, you need to relinquish some control, forget about corrections an measurements, and facial features. In some cases, you […]

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Love Drawing Podcast 16 – Confidence and drawing

In this episode, we talk about the role that confidence plays in art and learning to draw. We discuss different types of confidence and how they influence your actions – confidence in competition with others, confidence in your own vision and confidence in the power of consistent practice. If you enjoy the episode please subscribe to […]

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Love Drawing Podcast 15: Mistakes we can’t stop making

In this episode we talk about certain mistakes in our figure drawings that we have struggled to get past, and the best way to get past these known but stubborn problems. We hope you enjoy it – please leave a comment or review to let us know how we’re doing with these podcasts. And for […]

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Love Drawing Podcast 14: Pose difficulty

In this episode of the Love Drawing podcast, we discuss the factors that cause some figure drawing poses to be harder than others to draw. We also made a video and article about this, where you can see examples of the different types of pose we discuss in the podcast, so check that out too. Don’t […]

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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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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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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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