Figure drawing on life art classes London

Sketching the Life drawing

Portraying humans is always one of the most difficult tasks any aspiring artist faces. There are various exercises and tips which will help you to master the art of figure drawing. Among the most important is doing as many sketches as possible and simply getting used to how the humain figure may be transferred onto the paper.

So, let’s imagine there that you attended life drawing classes in London, and it’s very well may be your first time drawing a life figure. What do you do with it?

Example-of-figure-drawing

Steps on How to create a Figure drawing

  1. As usual, start with the composition. Regardless of your paper’s format, mark the limits within which you intend to keep your figure. If he or she is standing, these limits will coincide with the top of the model’s head and the soles of their feet. Make sure your figure will be neither too big, as it may foil your composition altogether, nor too small, as it will create an impression you don’t know what to do with space. life-drawing-schematic
  2. The next, and maybe the most difficult step is getting the proportions right. You measure the proportions via comparing the size of one part of the body to the others. Usually, the head of the life figure serves as a reference mark. When it comes to the typical adult, their whole figure will contain seven to eight heads (the more person’s height is, the higher will be their “headcount”).
  3. While constantly keeping the head as a point of reference, you pinpoint where the hips of the model and their head itself will be on your paper.
  4. You may also mark how wide hips and shoulders are in comparison to the head.
  5. Then you should try to catch the curve of the spinal column and the hips.
  6. If the model is standing, ensure that your depiction of it will also not be falling over. The easy way to do it is to draw a straight line from the figure’s head down and make sure one of the model’s heels also remains on this line.
  7. Here comes the actual sketching part: you will try to capture the figure’s posture, body type, and proportions. Do it quickly and do not linger if you feel something isn’t right.
  8. Recreate the light-and-shade. Depending on how quick are you working, you will do it either via the varying thickness of the lines or some stumping. Unlike academic drawing, however, life drawing sketches are not the place to practice refined shading.
  9. If the model remains in the same posture, after finishing the sketch, change your place and draw them from another perspective. The more, the better.

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Do’s for model drawing

  • Work quickly: the time frame of a sketch is from 30 seconds to 15 minutes.
  • Move from the general to the details. Depict the model’s most characteristic features.
  • Re-check the head-to-body ratio. It is a common mistake for the beginners to end up with the head smaller or larger than it should be.
  • Mind the plasticity of your drawing. Especially if you are drawing a female life figure, there will be no straight or stiff lines.
  • Make sure the figure’s limbs and their respective parts are of the equal length.

 

Dont’s 

  • Don’t use the eraser. To correct your mistakes, just make lines thicker or use the softer materials.
  • Do not try to make one part of the picture (usually the head receives such an honour) more polished while abandoning everything else. Your sketch should look holistic.
  • Do not avoid drawing hands and feet. They are hard to draw, but doing this is essential for your growth.

 

Getting the hang of figure drawing via quick sketches is a vital step of improving your mastery. With the sketches, you learn how to notice and depict the most distinctive features of the model, which in time will allow you to excel in long-time figure drawing and create complex compositions. In London art studio Artacademia we do teach all kinds of lessons.

Life drawing schedule

MONDAY TUESDAY WENDSDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
Morning
12.00-14.00
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12.00-14.00
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12.00-14.00
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12.00-14.00
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12.00-14.00
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12.00-14.00
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Afternoon 14.00-16.00 Afternoon 14.00-16.00 Afternoon 14.00-16.00 Afternoon 14.00-16.00 Afternoon 14.00-16.00 Afternoon 14.00-16.00 Afternoon 14.00-16.00
Evening 16.00-18.00 Evening 16.00-18.00 Evening 16.00-18.00 Evening 16.00-18.00 Evening 16.00-18.00
Evening 19.00-21.00 Evening 19.00-21.00 Evening 19.00-21.00 Evening 19.00-21.00 Evening 19.00-21.00