"Originality depends only on the character of the drawing and the vision peculiar to each artist." -Georges Seurat
Life drawing is having a huge renaissance these days; it's an excellent skill to master and harness. Open to any medium and style no life drawing is ever the same, however it will challenge you abilities and require dedication to get the results you probably want.
I hope this page give you the fundamentals and also inspires some risk taking as the whole point of life drawing is to try something new, trust your self and learn - no matter your ability.
PROJECTS AND REFERENCE SHEETS:
Below there are some Reference sheets and Exercises for any budding life drawing student, they cover measurements and techniques - please note there are Nude Human Diagrams in the Life Drawing document.
Please take your time and read them all, make notes as there is a lot of important information. I have also added a selection of great websites links along with handy books that I love and use.
TOP TIPS FOR LIFE DRAWING CLASSES:
1) If you are new to life drawing, work in a soft pencil like a 2B or Charcoal.
2) Work on large sheets of cheap paper and draw from your shoulder - aim for long marks, don't worry too much.
3) Generally there are seven heads in the height of a human body, remember this fact, build on it and use it.
4) Learn to measure, it will save you a lot of headaches.
5) Practice, practice and practice some more - life drawing is incredible hard to master, be persistent, don't give up.
PORTRAIT MEASURMENT: REFERENCE SHEET FOR BEGINNERS AND IMTERMIDATE
Exploring the fundamental facial proportions the sheets provide two different approaches, try both and see which you prefer?
Remember that you should also be building experience of tone and contours while learning these rules. There will be futher Exercises on facial features coming soon.
HANDS AND FEET: BEGINNERS TO INTERMEDIATE
Hands and Feet strike the fear into most students, but they actually aren't that bad. This Exercise looks at breaking them down and slowly building the drawing back up.
Have a go, you will learn a lot about hands and feet!
The complex nature of the human body has inspired artists for centuries, as a drawing exercise it combines all drawing skills from contour to measuring and tone nothing quite pushes anyone at any stage of artistic ability like life drawing.
There is a curious mathematical measurement which can be found and tie humans to nature. I will be exploring Life drawing further in the future; this Reference sheet provides fundamental knowledge.
RECOMMENDED LIFE DRAWING BOOKS/REFERENCE:
There is some fantastic Life Drawing books available to either rent or buy here are some of my favorites:
Figure Drawing by Butch Krieger (comes with CD of models to draw)
Artist Anatomy by Dr Paul Richer (medical but great for technical knowledge).
Basic Figure Drawing Techniques Edited by Greg Albert (great for all abilities)
Art Models: Book 1 - 10 (The early editions cover more techniques of drawing, later ones are for model reference images)
If this page has inspired you then here are some other fantasic life drawing sites: