Choosing A Pencil for Life Drawing

I love pencils, specifically non-graphite pencils including charcoal and pastel pencils – but a few times, these pencils have driven me bonkers. This post is about finding the best pencil for you, how to sharpen and use these pencils. After using willow charcoal sticks for a while, I decided to commit to pencils, non-graphite pencils, […]

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How to find the perfect drawing tool for you

Finding and assessing the drawing material that is right for you can throw up all sorts of challenges and confusion, especially if you’re self-taught. I’ve been through it all, so hopefully hearing my story with different art supplies will help you. Here’s the video version and below is the article version:   So first a […]

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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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Proportions in Practice

If you struggle with proportions for your figures, this video’s going to be useful for you. If you’d prefer to read it as an article, it is written out below the video. We’ve described before some techniques for getting things in the right place when you doing life drawing – alignment and negative space and […]

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Is it TOO LATE to learn to draw & be a good artist?

If you’re aspiring to be a good artist, but feel like you’re ‘behind’ or regret not having started sooner – well firstly you’re not alone. A lot of people feel that way whether they’re 20 years old or 80 years old, including me. And secondly, I made this video/ article for you. We’re going to […]

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Drawing Experiment – 2 beginners make rapid improvement

I asked my wife and my friend Dan to draw this face and then try the same thing with a very simple abstraction method. Neither of them draw much and they’re especially nervous about drawing people and faces, so they really did me a favour doing this. I think the results are pretty dramatically different. […]

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If you’re teaching yourself to draw with online tutorials…

Since you’re here, you’re probably learning to draw with some help from online tutorials, from websites like Love Life Drawing. I’ve started to teach myself through online learning too – we are all about figure drawing here, but I also want to be able to paint landscapes . And I’ve realised that I need some […]

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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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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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What is life drawing?

Life drawing, also known as figure drawing, is the act of drawing a living person. Normally this means drawing a nude model in real life – i.e. not from a photograph or from memory or imagination. You may wonder why the model is usually nude, and perhaps the easiest answer there is that clothes aren’t […]

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