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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Why practise life drawing?

Beautiful life drawing using warm pastel tones of woman lying down This is an important question for prospective students and maybe even those that haven’t been motivated to go to class for a while. I thought about it and discussed it with other artists, and everything seemed to boil down to two main reasons. Reason […]

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Pencil figure drawing of sitting man

What you need to know for your first life drawing class

What I wish someone had told me before my first class Before starting life drawing, I had a number of basic questions. Since then, I’ve found out some answers and thought it would be useful to share them with you. Where can I find a class? Finding a life drawing class is easy – click […]

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How to draw what you see, not what you think you see

Life drawing massively helped bring to life the drawing I do from my imagination. One reason is that it has helped to break down the preconceptions I had about the lines that define the human body. The lines that you need to portray a human figure in different poses during life drawing are often surprising. […]

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An exercise to help learn the muscles

      The skeleton tells you about the structure you are looking at. We cover some of the essential points and shapes of it in our free beginner mini-course. The muscles give you the tension, relaxation, stretch and much of the sense of energy in the pose. Human muscles are layered and there are […]

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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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Top five tips for a budding life drawing student

The first thing Mayko pointed out when I asked for basic tips on life drawing was that it’s wrong to think too much about prescriptive ‘how to’ steps in drawing. Drawing style and technique are unique to the individual and there isn’t a ‘correct approach’. When painting or cooking, there is more scope for discussions […]

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Making a fuss about paper

Consider these two paper selection situations: Situation 1: you see, through a window, a lovely bird on the branch of a tree in the garden. You grab a discarded junk mail envelope and a ballpoint pen from the table and quickly sketch the scene. This emergency drawing on an envelope becomes one of most memorable […]

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Copy of Barocci, life drawing

3 methods of practising that will improve your figure drawings

Understanding technique is crucial for drawing – which is why much of our site is dedicated to it. However, even more important than technical knowledge is practice. This can be a pretty annoying fact. If only we could download the know-how into our brains like Keanu Reeves in the Matrix and hey presto – ‘I […]

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