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Does this sound familiar?
“I more or less understand what I’m supposed to be doing, but when I start drawing, it doesn’t come out the way I imagined”
I experienced this and it was a real struggle. My knowledge was further ahead than my skill level. I understood principles and techniques that I saw or read about but couldn’t apply them properly. Teachers did a good job explaining the ideas, but understanding alone wasn’t enough!
“I want to work on gesture but I’m pre-occupied with the proportions being off”
What I always found difficult about learning to draw figures is that you have to learn a mixture of skills simultaneously. Normally tutorials and lessons are focused on one thing at a time, but figure drawing doesn’t let you work on one thing at a time.
Build the skills for beautiful, expressive drawings
10 weeks of learning and practice integrated together
We will go through drawings together, finding the important things in the pose and building our drawings step by step. Most of the program is structured not around individual techniques, but around the drawings. We’ve designed this more like a training program for an athlete than a course that only conveys information.
In each drawing we will use a variety of techniques, because that’s how drawing works. We’ll establish structure, gesture, tones and good proportions, developing our line quality and much more, but we’ll take it slowly and make each step doable. There will also be feedback and support throughout.
Kenzo & MaykoYour Instructors
We love life drawing, but more importantly we love helping people become good at life drawing. It's been amazing to help tens of thousands of people navigate the tricky path to beautiful figure drawings through Love Life Drawing and Figuary. This programme is our chance to work more closely with a smaller group of people.
How it will work
The program will run for 10 weeks, but you can go through it in your own time because you'll have lifetime access to all the content and materials.
Every week, for 10 weeks, you’ll get 5 videos:
- 1 main lesson
- 1 additional lesson
- 2 optional extra practice sessions
- 1 group video feedback video
Enrolment will be in late March, and the program will start in early April and there will be a one week break in the middle. The program will have its own website created using an online course platform, accessible on any device with a browser, and will include a discussion forum. I’ve explained what each type of video will entail below:
1 Main Lesson each week
The main lesson integrates teaching with practice. We won’t just focus on one technique in each lesson, instead we will focus on one drawing that brings together techniques.
We will break down the subject, look at how each technique such as alignment, anatomy, gesture, negative space and so on can be used to help you draw that pose or part of the figure. While we explain and demonstrate all this, at each stage you will be given time to do it yourself. These lessons will be around 30 minutes including time for you to draw.
1 Additional Lesson each week
The 2nd lesson will follow a similar format to the main lesson, but we will guide things less. Some weeks, you will draw first and then we will look at corrections. Other weeks, we will speed things up a little bit and get through 2-3 drawings instead of one. These lessons will have less instruction and more time for you to draw.
2 optional practice sessions each week
We’d like to encourage as much practice as possible, so we want to add some extra practice sessions which you can do if you have the time. These practice sessions will include a short video taking you through a warm-up, explaining the goals of the session and some things to look for in the poses you’re going to draw. From there, you’ll be directed to a Croquis Cafe video from their archive or we’ll select a series of reference photos to draw depending on what we are working on that week.
1 group feedback video each week + community
Sometimes drawings are a struggle and you’re not sure why. This is where feedback can be so valuable. The weekly group feedback video will involve us choosing example drawings from students and explaining how to overcome the challenges – similar to those we did for Figuary, but more in-depth.
There will also be a community component to Life of Drawing. The supportive community was something we loved about Figuary, and we’d like to continue that into Life of Drawing. We will provide discussion forums where you can ask (and answer) questions, talk about drawing topics and get clarification about anything that is confusing you.
The skills you'll build
How to see and how to build the drawing
Across the 10 weeks, we will build up our skills to cover:
- Getting the proportions right with simple and quick tactics
- Seeing and establishing the gesture
- Simplifying the light and dark to design an attractive value structure
- Understanding the main points of each area of the figure (torso, neck and head, limbs, hands and feet)
- How to draw faces in figure drawing
Who Life of Drawing is for
- If you love life drawing but you struggle with proportions, gesture or making confident marks, this is for you.
- If you are willing to put in practice time, this is the programme for you.
- If you have seen our tutorials on YouTube or on this website and found the content has helped you, you will love this programme.
- If you want to be able to design the light and dark tones in the drawing, this is for you.
- If you want to know how to approach each area of the figure, including the face and hands, this is for you.
Who it’s not for
- If you are an advanced artist who can effortlessly establish proportions, gesture and values, it may be too basic for you.
- If you are looking for ‘secrets’ that just by knowing them will transform your drawings, this programme is not for you. It only works if you do the practice.
- If you want an academic anatomy course, this is not it. We will cover basic anatomy where it is useful for our observational skills.
- We ask that only people aged 18 and over sign up for the course.
How we helped Kasem transform his drawings
Kasem's experience with us
This is the first time we are running the Life of Drawing program, but here’s an example of what our tuition can do. We’ve been helping Kasem with life drawing for around 6 months. In that time, his drawings have improved dramatically. We can’t take all the credit – Kasem is a great student and does the exercises patiently and thoughtfully.
Kasem had already taken some classes and was doing a lot of things well, but the skills hadn’t yet come together fully.
We worked for 3 months or so on various exercises to improve proportions and capture the story of the pose
We’re now experimenting with different types of line quality and focusing on specific areas, like hands
When does Life of Drawing start and finish?
When can I sign up?
Enrolment will be open until Sunday March 31st and you can sign up below.
How long will I have access to the program?
What if I am busy during the 10 weeks?
You don’t have to do the programme during the 10 weeks – since you’ll have lifetime access to the programme’s contents, you can do the lessons in your own time. The only exception is if you signed up for the version with feedback – you would need to submit your drawings by the end of the week to be included in the group feedback video. You can request your written feedback at any point in 2019 (more info on feedback below).