Should I do Life Drawing?

Life drawing is drawing (or sometimes painting) of the human figure from a live model.  Sometimes the model is clothed or semi-clothed but the idea is that you can observe the human form in its ‘life’ or natural form.

 Drawing clothed models is very useful of course because you can get to observe the folds and creases of the clothing.  Life drawing  has the advantage of seeing the anatomy as it is and sometimes to understand how clothing behaves in the way it falls and creases we have to understand what is underneath, the anatomy.

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What are the Essential Materials for Beginners?

 

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When you start learning to draw and paint you can be totally overwhelmed by all the range of materials out there.  There is so much choice, which is great but where do you start?

Some of my learners have rushed out and spent a fortune purchasing so many materials which they then aren’t sure what to do with or don’t like using.

My advice would be start with the ‘essentials’ there are certain materials that in my view all artists need.  This is a personal list, so it will vary for each of us, but here is my list of my essential materials:

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