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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Drawing Live Models

Drawing the figure is a challenge, clothed or unclothed.  I offer a few tips for those working with live models for the first time…

Consider Your Viewpoint

Firstly you should think about your distance and viewpoint from the model.  Don’t make this too challenging at first.  I always think that a three-quarters view is good for a beginner because straight-on can make drawing faces look flat.  An extreme straight-on view for the figure is probably one of the hardest viewpoints because of the fore-shortening challenges.

Have you got the best view?

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