Hatching mechanics – fluidity and pressure

In past videos/articles, we looked at the different types of hatching and their roles, and some exercises to get better at hatching. In this video, we are going to look at how the movements of your fingers, hand and arm create hatching of different sizes and characteristics. The video has demonstrations, but if you prefer […]

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Love Drawing Podcast 19 – Proactive Progress

iTunes In this episode we discuss a question from listener Toby about how to ensure we are making the most of our practice and progressing as well as we can. We think through the progression strategies beyond just drawing a lot, such as reflecting on what we need to work on next, deliberate practice and […]

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Learning from Lautrec – the Physicality of Drawing

Mayko is going to copy some drawings by Lautrec, an artist with a distinctive style, and try to learn from the experience. You can either watch the video or we have written it out below.   There’s understanding that happens in your conscious mind, which comes from taking in information, and then there’s understanding that happens […]

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Draw Along Club 2: 25 minutes of drawing practice (video)

With this video, you can get out some paper and draw with us. We’ll draw five 4 minute 30 second poses. We narrate the process, and talk about what we are doing, what we need to work on and other thoughts about the drawing process. We use reference photos from the amazing and free resource Croquis […]

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Drawing faces – 3/4 angles

In our last video, we went through a simple process for drawing faces from the side. The process when drawing a face from the front is similar to side-on views, but because you can see both sides of the face, the relationship between the two sides becomes important. The face will look natural if we […]

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Love Drawing Podcast 18 – Peter Dobbin

In this episode, I interview professional concept artist and storyboard artist Peter Dobbin. He’s recently started using Instagram, so if you’re on there, check his drawings out here and welcome him to the platform. His daily sketches Tumblr page is also really fun. Every morning, Peter gets his drawing muscles warmed up with these awesome gestural […]

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The face in profile – tips on the mouth, nose and eyes

This video is filled with tips for drawing facial features, including the mouth, nose and eyes. In case you prefer, we’ve also written out the lesson below with screenshots. Putting in a rough structure Draw the overall shape of the head with light but bold strokes as we’ve described in past videos. Don’t worry too […]

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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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