Standing man - 4 quick sketches

The Importance of Practising Quick Drawing

Most life drawing sessions include quick drawings between 1 and 5 minutes, and most teachers highly recommend regularly drawing quick poses. If you’re drawing from photo references, the website quickposes.com allows a maximum of 2 minutes per pose. So why is it useful and important? Mayko and I talked it through and here’s what we came up […]

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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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How to draw what you see, not what you think you see

Life drawing massively helped bring to life the drawing I do from my imagination. One reason is that it has helped to break down the preconceptions I had about the lines that define the human body. The lines that you need to portray a human figure in different poses during life drawing are often surprising. […]

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An exercise to help learn the muscles

      The skeleton tells you about the structure you are looking at. We cover some of the essential points and shapes of it in our free beginner mini-course. The muscles give you the tension, relaxation, stretch and much of the sense of energy in the pose. Human muscles are layered and there are […]

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Adventures with Acrylic

By Mayko Oil and egg-tempera have been my main media for painting, along with occasional dabblings with watercolour. For drawing, I regularly use pastel and colour pencils. I have branched out into Photoshop and other digital media too. However, I have always stayed away from acrylic, convinced that it’s not for me. I tried acrylic […]

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