Insights straight from Steve Rude

Here is the original set of answers to my questions from Steve. The article and video about him, with lots of images from his legendary career, can be found here. HUMAN FORM, REFERENCE AND IMAGINATION The only way I know to get good at anything is by persistent, goal-oriented practice.  And since we’re artists, this […]

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How to Draw Tiny Figures – a powerful & fun exercise

We are going to draw small, smaller and then tiny figures, which is a good exercise since to draw that small you have to simplify the figure which is an essential skill to develop. We decided to do this exercise because a number of people commented that they’d like to know how to draw faces […]

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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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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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Creating an imagined scene from a life drawing

Although drawing and painting are generally treated as separate activities and distinct skillsets, I personally think they are simply variations of the same thing. You can bring in some paints and brushes to a life drawing class, if the venue has a sink, and do life drawing as usual using paint. A more important distinction […]

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