Lesson 1 – Introduction

This is the start of a series of lessons designed to help you build a solid foundation of life drawing skills, with the end goal being expressive drawings in your own style. We’ll go through a straightforward and doable drawing process and a set of exercises designed to help you develop the skills in those […]

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Lesson 2 – Lines of movement and the newspaper exercise

After this lesson… you will have identified the lines of movement in various poses.     To go through this lesson, you can either watch the video or we have written it all out below. The video is probably best since you can watch the demonstrations. (If you like the video, please hit the like and […]

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Lesson 3 – Training your eyes, arm and mind

After this lesson… you’ll be able to explain how to use structured practice for your eyes, arm and mind   It’s probably best to watch the video, but if you prefer, we’ve written it out below. (If you like the video, please hit the like and subscribe button on YouTube – it’s a new video series […]

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Lesson 10 – Recapping the process

If you’re watching this video, hopefully you’ve gone through our video series, which has been building up to this. Well done for working on your skills and for putting more effort than most would into your learning. We have worked on a lot of skills and steps – isolating them with focused exercises. Now it’s […]

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Lesson 9 – fleshing out the figure

So far, we have laid down our foundation with the construction, and even started correcting some of the proportions and angles. We are now going to take an exciting step – we are going to flesh out the figure on top of that foundation. It’s best to watch the video so you can see the […]

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Lesson 8 – poses viewed from the side and back

It’s best to watch the video so you can see the demonstrations, but if you prefer we have also written out the lesson below. In previous lessons, we have gone over how to start to construct figures for poses viewed from the front. Our process is similar for poses viewed directly from the side and […]

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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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