Last year, I went to a life drawing session for Wanimate members. I hadn’t done life drawing since I was studying at Central TAFE so I was pretty excited!
I started off a bit rusty, but I got better as I kept sketching. I also tried a few different mediums and styles towards the end.
Here are some of the drawings I produced that night, the sketches start at 2 minutes, then 5 minutes, 10 minutes and the last ones were 20 minute drawings:
For anyone who wants to improve their drawing skills I highly recommend doing life drawing. Not only to practice things like proportion, but gesture, poses and even caricature elements as well.
For me, I find that it relaxes my style a lot. When I am forced to draw a figure in 2 minutes I start to draw in a very loose/scribble style which you can see more of in the 2-5 minute sketches. I have never been that fussed about proportion to be honest, but the human body amazes me and I tend to focus on drawing the small details such as the odd shapes that muscles make. It’s those details that really add to a drawing I find, they make a figure look more organic.
For anyone planning to do some life drawing here are some ideas:
• Change the length of your drawings, do 2, 5, 10 and 20 minute drawings.
• Focus on different elements for each drawing, such as proportion, shape, gesture shading etc.
• Bring a bunch of different mediums with you to try (chalk/copic markers/pencils etc.)
• Focus on drawing one body part and make a page for it if you have extra time, such as hands or feet.
• Try drawing in a different style than you are used to. For example, don’t let your pen leave the page.
There are heaps of different ways to do this. You don’t even have to go to a life drawing class, objects or people to draw are all around you so you can always give that a go too.
Posemaniacs is also a good website if you want to practice poses. They have 30 second drawing where the poses will change so you can practice speed sketching too.
I’m really looking forward to the next session, I plan to bring some different mediums to try out!